Eat & Drink

What will you be having - Negroni? Manhattan? Long Island Iced Tea?

It’s around about time to renew that GIN membership of mine, and in doing so I thought what perfect timing to pull together the ultimate cocktail guide to Newcastle. From the popular espresso martinis and mojitos to the classics like the old fashioned and negroni; everyone has a favourite and everyone should know where to get the best ones!

Coal & Cedar
Newcastle’s first speakeasy, finding Coal & Cedar maybe a bit of a challenge, but once inside the moody vibes and bluesy tunes will have you wishing you'd visited a whole lot sooner. Winning Australia's Best Regional Bar in 2016, Coal & Cedar has been a favourite amongst locals and those just passing through since it opened back in 2014.
Our favourite: Trinidad Sour
To book: click here 

Newcastle’s other not so ‘secret’ cocktail bar, Koutetsu has got to be one of the best cosy drink spots in town. From the CD cocktail menu and popcorn machine to the barred booths and quirky décor, Koutetsu is a personal favourite date spot of mine.
Our favourite: Rosalie
To book: click here

Blue Kahunas
Calling the Hunter St Mall home, Blue Kahunas is Newcastle’s very own tropical rum bar with a passion for cocktails. Expect the unexpected with drinks served in pineapples, mini barrels or even in a miniature Tiki.
Our favourite: Pina Colada
To book: slide into their Instagram DM's

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One of Newcastle’s most beautiful buildings is stocking an impressive collection of whisky flavours alongside a sophisticated cocktail menu.
Our favourite: French Martini
To book: click here

Located on the Honeysuckle Boardwalk, MoneyPenny has reopened with a glam new makeover. Whipping up their signature cocktails the menu changes weekly, but at their core are tight, deceptively simple cocktails using only the freshest, seasonal fruits with big ice and served in frozen glassware.
Our favourite: Salted Caramel Pina-Colada
To book: Call (02) 4925 2157

Basement on Market St
It's dark, sexy and sophisticated and the Basement is back, pumping out their cocktails and Italian inspired menu. The perfect venue for first dates, girl’s nights out and long nights of cocktails.
Our favourite: Not So Charlie
To book: click here

The 80s-90s cocktail bar on Watt St is known for their love of the NBA, sneakers, video games, hip hop and, of course, cocktails. Order a round and verse your bestie at a game on the Nintendo 64!
Our favourite: Gaytime
To book: Call 0421 795 227

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5 Sawyers
Darby Street’s original cocktail bar might be known for their espresso martini’s but it’s their signature cocktails that have us going back for me.
Our favourite: Kit Kat Gold Martini
To book: click here

Ginger Megs
Brought to us by the team behind both Parry St Garage and Merewether Surfhouse, the Asian inspired cocktail bar packs a punch in the cocktail department.
Our favourite: Cherry Blossom
To book: click here

The Edwards
The Eddies are back! Reopening their doors there are a few new things to check out, like their brand new menu, there's a new face in the kitchen but you can, of course, expect the same gold old vibes that we love the Eddies for. We've yet to try out the new cocktail menu so be sure to let us know what you're liking.
To book: click here

Parry St Garage
The big warehouse venue in Newcastle West has one hell of a restaurant menu and a cocktail list to match. Choose from their four Spritz offerings or over ten signature cocktails.
Our favourite: Calippo Sipper
To book: click here

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Bar Petite
Newcastle's original lounge and tapas bar, tucked beneath the Novotel Newcastle Beach, Bar Petite has a long history of serving up quality eats and cocktails and makes for the perfect venue to settle in for the evening.
New menu coming soon. 
To Book: click here    

Merewether Surfhouse
Espresso martinis for the table! Someone in town has got to be known for their espresso martini’s and we think it’s Merewether Surfhouse.
Our favourite: Espresso Martini
To book: click here

The Landing Bar & Kitchen
The waterfront bar and restaurants has some of the best views of Newcastle Harbour and has over 20 different cocktails on the menu.
Our favourite: Amaretto Sour
To book: email,