One of Newcastle's oldest clubs, the Cosmic Ballroom is in the city's Chinatown area, and in fact pre-dates most of the Chinese restaurants around it. In the 1960s it was renowned as the club of choice for Newcastle's gangsters. These days, however, it is more known as a hangout for a slightly older clientele than frequents the other clubs in the city. Small, and on two levels it has a chic sort of appeal and you can easily imagine rock-stars and the like lounging around in the upstairs area. It does tend to be very busy, especially at weekends. It is supposed to be a members-only club, but you can usually either sign or bluff your way in.