The Bigg Market, where medieval Newcastle citizens once sold and bought a type of barley known as ‘bigg’. The Bigg Market is famous for drinking and partying and has been for long time. When the Victoria Tunnel was finished in 1842, a big party was thrown for the workers in the Bigg Market.
Even with around twenty pubs in this area alone, you still get queues forming outside some of them as most get packed out very quickly. The majority are drinking bars only, but there are numerous Indian and Italian restaurants close by that tend to fill up during the night.
At the bottom end of the Bigg Market one notable pub worth mentioning is Balmbra’s which stands on the site of an old music hall. It was here the famous song “Blaydon Races” was first performed. Also just across the road you can find the impressive St Nicholas Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings of Newcastle.