Eat & Drink

Rediscover Your Port of Newcastle: Get Social Harbour Side This Summer

Whether you’re new to Newcastle, just visiting or have lived in the area all your life, there is always something new to see, do and rediscover along Newcastle’s dynamic working harbour. Rediscover the unique sights, sounds and flavours across more than five kms of publicly accessible waterfront. Discover new gems or get reacquainted with familiar favourite ways to spend the day at Port of Newcastle.

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'Tis the time to get social and there’s no better place to arrange your after-work or weekend Christmas catch ups than portside at Newcastle Harbour.

Loaded with bars of all styles and flavours there is a venue to match every mood and social gathering, starting with…

Customs House Hotel

One of Newcastle’s most historically significant venues, the now heritage-listed Customs House Hotel was once home to the operations of Customs authorities. Today you can enjoy the Italianate style architecture as it was when it was built in 1877.

Whether you take a seat inside at the bar, out on the balcony, or in the beer garden Customs House Hotel makes for a most spectacular venue to step back in time and soak up Newcastle’s nautical history, whilst taking in a panoramic view of the port.

Did you know, the time ball above the Customs House clock tower previously served an important maritime function dating back to 1877? At 1pm the Time Ball would descend the spire at the same time the Fort Scratchley guns were fired, a signal for sailing ship navigators to check and reset their chronometers.

Where: 1 Bond Street
Open: Wed – Sun | 11am – late
To Book: click here

Queens Wharf Hotel

One of Newcastle’s most iconic harbour bars, you don’t get any closer to all the portside happenings than at Queens Wharf Hotel. Relax in the Skiff Bar, downstairs Galley, or for some salty fresh air take it outdoors and soak up the sunshine, or stars, on the balcony or get amongst the action on the wharf.

Whilst you're here keep an eye out for the red No.6 portside buoy and the tugs churning up the white wash with one of their famous ‘tug ballets’.

Where: 150 Wharf Road
Open: Open 7 days for lunch and dinner
To Book: click here

The Landing

Sitting in what is possibly Honeysuckle’s most spectacular spot, grab your posse and get tasting The Landing's stellar line up of craft, cocktails and wine. Look out across the sparkling water of the harbour and for a front row view of the majestic heritage-listed Carrington Engine House. The Engine House was built in 1878 and has recently undergone a significant restoration to its Victorian-era façade.

Where: 1 Honeysuckle Drive
Open: Wed - Thu | 12pm - 9pm
Fri - Sat | 12pm - 10pm
Sun | 12pm - 5pm
To Book: [email protected]

Harbour Bar

The newest addition to the Honeysuckle Boardwalk lineup, and with 14 taps and some big menu items to choose from, Harbour Bar is as the name suggests, the place to go for quality eats and drinks harbourside.  

Where: 1 Honeysuckle Drive
Open: All day dining from 11:30am till late.
To Book: click here


A long-time fav it’s hard to go past the neon lights and relaxed vibes that flow from MoneyPenny.  There are loads of brews to choose from and the cocktails are mixed up every couple of weeks, giving you all the more reason to visit a little more regularly. The MoneyPenny crew have also just started serving up slushie cocktails, a must-have on those long hot summer nights.

Where: 1 Honeysuckle Drive
Open: Wed - Thu | 12pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday | 12pm - 11am
Sun | 12pm - 10pm
More Info: click here

The Dockyard

The go-to and one of the original bars to launch on the Honeysuckle Boardwalk, the Dockyard has always delivered the goods when it comes to classic cocktails, Aussie cuisine, craft and good times.

Where: 1 Honeysuckle Drive
Open: Tuesday - Thursday | 12pm - 9pm
Fri - Sat | 12pm till late
Sun | 12pm - 10pm
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Honeysuckle Social

If breezy lounge vibes and quirky cocktails are more your style Honeysuckle Social is your place. Whether it’s for brekky, a long lunch or afternoon eats and evening cocktails Honeysuckle Social brings a refreshing social scene to Newcastle Harbour.

Where: 11 Honeysuckle Drive
Open: Mon - Tue | 11am – 10pm
Wed & Thu | 11am – 11pm
Fri |  11am – 12am
Sat | 8am – 12am
Sun | 8am – 10pm
To Book: click here

Honeysuckle Hotel

Did someone say waterside? Take a seat on The Pier at Honeysuckle Hotel and be at one with the harbour. Watch as the fishing trawlers head out for the night, and get a little envious of those luxury motor yachts as they cruise on past. Combined with the rustic industrial style setting, eats, drinks and live tunes and you have the perfect social setting.

Where: 1 Honeysuckle Drive
Open: Mon - Thu | 10am - 11pm
Fri - Sat | 10am - 12am
Sun | 10am - 10pm
To Book: click here

Newcastle Motor Yacht Club

If you’re wanting something a little more casual but don’t want to forgo the portside views and quality eats than Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club is your venue. The large open windows offer up spectacular views together with a regionally focused seafood menu designed by Chef Tony Harrison that is the perfect recipe for an evening out.

Where: 95 Hannell Street
Open: Mon - Sat | 11.30am – 2:30pm | 5.30pm – 8:00pm
Sunday Breakfast | 8.30am - 10.30am
Lunch A la Carte | 11.30am - 3.00pm
Dinner Sunday roast and pizza menu only | 3pm - 7.30pm
More Info: click here

General Washington Hotel (Washtub)

If you want to view Newcastle from a different angle take a ferry ride across the harbour to Pirate Point (Stockton) for lunch and drinks at the General Washington Hotel, or The Washy to the locals, for some awesome pub grub deals and those harbour views.

Where: 1 Mitchell Street, Stockton
Open: Mon - Sat | 9.30am - 11.30pm
Sun | 8am - 10pm
To Book: click here

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