Eat & Drink

A quick recap on all the latest openings around Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens

The end of 2019 was a hectic one, between the festive drinks, Christmas shopping and barrage or new openings you'd be forgiven for completely over scrolling something.

The new venues have kept coming in 2020 helping you break some of those NY resolutions. From Vampy wine tastings to Detroit style pizza, 80's inspired nightclubs, historic buildings transformed and most recently, authentic Japanese karaoke! There is literally something for everyone to taste, try and experience.

After Dark

The onslaught of openings kicked off in October on Hunter Street with one of our much loved eateries, Bao Brothers shutting down and reopening as After Dark. With the Eatery taking a short hiatus, all the action has headed upstairs with the Bao Brothers inviting you take a seat at - After Dark, and its contemporary Asian style menu.
Where: 1/701 Hunter Street, Newcastle West

Habesha Ethiopian

When the doors closed to their King St space we were relieved to hear it was a relocation. Replicating everything they built at their King Street restaurant, the new space boasts a much roomier interior and an even larger menu. That means there are more food options to choose from!
Where: 50 Glebe Road, The Junction

The Prince

Same old location. Brand new look. The iconic, much-loved Merewether watering hole had quite the refresh in 2019 and if you haven't already you really need to check it out.
Where: 1 Morgan Street, Merewether

Uptowns Bar

A new 80s/90s bar popped up in Newcastle towards the end of 2019. Brought to you by Jerome O’Connor and Sam Earp the space is a curation of all the best things you can remember of the 80s and 90s; NBA, sneakers, video games and hip-hop.
Where: 6/23 Watt Street, Newcastle

Mr Rice

Brought to you from the owners of Naka Noodle on Beaumont St, owners Nomi and Belinda are wanting to introduce to Newcastle authentic delicious Chinese dishes made from rice and rice noodles.
Where: 133 Darby Street, Cooks Hill

The Corner

Charlestown Square launched their brand new $10 million investment at the beginning of December 2019 bringing to the centre some of Newcastle and the Hunter's much-loved eateries including; the contemporary Asian eatery Bao Brothers, Newcastle burgers-and-chicken anarchists Rascal, Italian gelato experts Popolo Artisan Gelato, fresh Thai flavours from Schillykickk and 4 Pines Brewing Company.
Where:36 Pearson Street, Charlestown

The Signal Box

A part of the Newcastle Railway Station precinct since its construction in 1936, The Signal Box has been repurposed to offer honest food in a thoughtful space built to bring people together for what is a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Where: 155 Wharf Road, Newcastle

Earp Distilling Co

Spanning six generations and turning 136 years of age in 2019, Earp Bros is one of Newcastle, and Australia’s, oldest, most innovative and respected family-run businesses, and last year they added, owner of a Distillery to their long list of achievements. Located in the industrialised back streets of Carrington, the tiled façade is what initially catches your eye, inside what you discover is a whole lot of spirit magic.
Where: 41a Darling Street, Carrington

Cheeky Dog

Tucked beneath Bannisters Port Stephens at Soldiers Point, Cheeky Dog is the latest addition to the property, bringing to the coastal suburb a unique blend of stunning indoor and outdoor spaces that include a beer garden, bistro, and sports bar.
Where: Cheeky Dog, 147 Soldiers Point Road, Soldiers Point

Son of a Gun

Beaumont St scored itself a new breakfast, lunch and dinner destination with Son of a Gun bringing late-night vibes and an American style menu to the Hamilton strip.
Where: 66 Beaumont Street, Hamilton


Welcome to the edgy and cool wine world of Vamp – opening in December 2019 the new wine rooms are brought to you by the enigmatic Hunter Valley winemaker, Lisa McGuigan, with the cellar door being as unique and charismatic as its owner. Unique architecture and design aside Lisa’s foremost desire is to give customers a premium, restaurant-like experience, enabling everyone to enjoy a sit-down tasting and excellent service.
Where: 2198 Broke Road, Pokolbin

Valerie's Pizza

Serving their Detroit-style pizza at the Uprising pop-up in June 2018, locals have been eagerly stalking the socials to see when they’d be coming back to town. Officially opening their doors in mid-November 2019 Valerie’s Pizza Parlour has non-stop been slinging pizza goodness out the door.
Where: 87-89 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Jam's Karaoke Bar
Newcastle has scored itself its first Japanese Karaoke Bar! Jam's is bringing an authentic Tachinomi bar and Izakaya food experience to Union St with owners Andrew & Joel working tirelessly for the last 12 months, on every inch of the space, to bring to Newcastle something truly unique.  
Where: 8 Union St, Newcastle