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Discover the best bars throughout Newcastle

Hitting the town? Don’t waste time scrolling through google trying to find the perfect venue, instead, utilise our expertise and our comprehensive guide to the very best bars in Newcastle. From cosy underground nooks and secret entrances to wine and karaoke bars; Newcastle has you well and truly sorted for whatever night you’re after.

CARRINGTON

Earp Distilling Co.

Spanning six generations, Earp Bros is one of Newcastle, and Australia’s, oldest family-run businesses. In the back streets of Carrington be wowed by the minimalist industrial style featuring high ceilings, and glass doors.
Where: 41 Darling St, Carrington
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COOKS HILL

5 Sawyers

Kick back, relax, and soak up the history of the city in a relaxed environment at 5 Sawyers. Inspired by quirky artworks that reflect the personality of Cooks Hill, their goal is to make you feel as much at home as possible. Enjoy sipping on the fruits of the region with a glass of Hunter wine, a cheeky cocktail, or a craft beer with mates.
Where: 15 Darby St, Cooks Hill
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Bar Romeo

If you’re a lover of music, natural wines, and good vibes, you’ll need to book in a time to head to Darby Street’s go-to disco social club; Bar Romeo.
Where: 97-107 Darby St, Cooks Hill
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HAMILTON 

Meantime 

Hamilton has a new regular - Meantime is the backdrop for your next good time, serving up amazing street-style tacos, craft beer, and cocktails. More than just a beer & taco joint. You can also expect delicious cocktails, live music regularly and an exclusive function space ready for your next event!
Where: 104 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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The Blind Monk

Catering to all crowds, whether it’s with mates or on a date, you’re sure to become a regular at The Blink Monk. Choose from the extensive menu in the restaurant for a family catch-up or sip on some cocktails in the beer garden with your friends.
Where: 76 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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HONEYSUCKLE PRECINCT

Harbour Bar

Drop anchor at Honeysuckle’s Harbour Bar and experience unobstructed harbour views, balmy alfresco breezes, ocean vistas, and that salty sea air.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
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MoneyPenny

The retro harbour-style garden party atmosphere is the ultimate place to go for a night out with friends. Experience the ocean breeze and laid-back ambiance with good food, good drinks, and good chats. Focusing on tight, fresh, simple cocktails with seasonal fruit, you won’t ever get bored with a new cocktail menu written every week.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
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LAMBTON

Rosa Bar

The boujee late-night venue is a new addition to the streets of Lambton offering the locals a taste of authentic Spanish Tapas as well as killer cocktails. Watch your meals being prepared in the open kitchen and kick back and relax with loved ones while you sip on a house cocktail.
Where: 113 Elder St, Lambton
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MEREWETHER

Merewether Surfhouse

Aside from its smart design and spectacular location, what’s most to love about Merewether Surfhouse is the childfree area upstairs on the left.
Where: 5 Henderson Pde, Merewether
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NEWCASTLE

Babylon

Sitting within the old Methodist mission building this 1920’s inspired bar boasts an impressive collection of whisky flavours and a sophisticated cocktail menu. The food at Babylon is all about sharing and being social so jump on board those platters that are sure to keep you satisfied.
Where: 145 King St, Newcastle
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Bar Petite

The rustic Lounge and tapas bar provides an elegant setting with good company, live music, Bar Petite is a quaint hideaway with a French boutique style. The drinks list of local and imported wines, ciders, spirits, tap beers, and cocktails are on rotation, as is the easy-listening acoustic tunes.
Where: 5 King St, Newcastle
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Basement on Market Street

Dark, sexy, and sophisticated, Basement on Market Street provides the perfect intimate setting, for a date night with your special someone or a cosy catch-up with your besties. Known for its stellar line-up of cocktails and Italian eats the Basement will hook you in well into the night.
Where: 1-2/2 Market St, Newcastle
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Blue Kahunas

Decked out from head to toe in all of the best Tiki culture décor; cane chairs, bamboo furniture, and leis, Blue Kahunas is here to show you how to slow down. Kick back and relax in this tropical heaven, and let the music, food, drinks, and ambiance make you feel as though you’re on a tropical holiday without leaving the city.
Where: 3/146 Hunter St, Newcastle
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Coal and Cedar

Prepared to be wowed by Coal and Cedar! This dark, sultry, and slightly hard-to-find bar is a New York-styled speakeasy with the turn of the century influences. The low lighting vibes, exposed brick, eccentric photos, taxidermy, and fab service will all leave you wondering where the time has gone.
Where: 380 Hunter St, Newcastle
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Good Brother Good Nights

Owners Chris and Steph had one thing in mind when they opened the doors to Good Nights, that being to offer a casual, warm, and inviting space with really beautiful produce and wine, a modest selection that is constantly changing and vibrant.
Where: 40 King St, Newcastle
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MEET

Located in the heart of Newcastle is a world-class culinary offering rivaled only by its industrial-meets-cool fit-out that belongs on every interior lover's Pinterest board. Head in via Darby Street where you’ll arrive into the dimly lit bar area where you can start the evening with a bespoke cocktail, and nosh on a plate or two from the share-plate menu.
Where: 9 Darby St, Newcastle
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Romberg's

Featuring a lowered 10-metre marble bar that allows uninterrupted views of Civic Park, the sophisticated yet fun space is where you can discover expertly crafted artisanal cocktails, locally brewed beer, and an exquisite wine list all whilst you revel in the sights of our city.
Where: Level 9/282 King St, Newcastle
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Saints

Listen up gin lovers this one is for you! Walk into the Saints bar and be in awe with the venue, from the comfy Chesterfields offering a lounged intimate vibe, to the classic bar experience, there’s a spot for everyone. Offering a charcuterie-style menu for the moment, the newly opened eccentric hangout has big plans on the horizon.
Where: 31 King Street Newcastle
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The Falcon

Owners Mike and Brendan have a long and varied history in the hospo industry, following some stints in Sydney and aboard, the pair decided it was time to settle in Newcastle and bring their southern-inspired flavours with them. Sitting opposite Pacific Park, The Falcon adds some spice to the East End dining scene and some smashing good cocktails along with a sweet selection of wine and beer.
Where: 10 Pacific St, Newcastle
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The Rooftop at QT Newcastle

The jewel in the crown of QT Newcastle is the Rooftop at QT, whose Luna vibes feature views across the harbour to the coast. Rooftop revelry meets innovative izakaya, with an extensive cocktail list complemented by a sophisticated local wine offering, and a spirit collection featuring Newcastle’s largest library of Japanese Whisky.
Where: 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
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The Rum Diary Bar

Brought to us from the team behind the original Rum Diary Bar on Brunswick St in Melbourne’s North, Rum Diary Bar - Newcastle is keeping with the original's theme of sipping on boozy rum cocktails or enjoying a classic cigar in the dedicated cigar deck. Dimly lit and filled with shipwreck pieces and secret passageways the venue is bursting at the seams with rum, Caribbean food, cocktails, and so much more.
Where: 529 Hunter St, Newcastle
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The Ship Inn

Brought to us by the team behind the Newcastle East eatery, The Falcon Bar & Restaurant, Mike & Brendan have done it again with this kickarse venue bringing some Falcon vibes but with a whole lot more space and pub atmosphere. In what used to be the Reserve Wine Bar, this classic building continues the historical theme with the interior walls adorned with photographs showcasing Newcastle’s very own vibrant history. Bringing a gastropub theme to the menu expect all your pub favs and of course chicken schnitzel!
Where: 102 Hunter St, Newcastle
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The Underground

Brought to you by the same team behind other crowd favourite venues including Babylon, The Blind Monk, The Whistler, and The Family Hotel in Maitland, John Elsley, Phil Elsley, and business partner, Lukas Thodas, have done it once more by refurbishing The Underground into your new favourite late-night watering hole.
Where: 32 Church St, Newcastle
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Uptowns

Uptowns provides a throwback to the 80/90’s culture that will leave you a little bit nostalgic. Whether you're sipping drinks in the semi-private bball booth, hanging out at the hi-top sneaker bar, or getting the perfect selfie for the gram in front of the basketball card wall, Uptowns is the option for the cool kids. 
Where: 6/23 Watt St, Newcastle
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NEWCASTLE EAST

The Grain Store

Newcastle's first dedicated craft beer bar, it's fair to say owners Corey and wife Kristy introduced Newcastle to craft beer. Focusing on 100% Australian and independent craft beer, their 21 taps are on constant rotation to showcase the more than 1000 craft breweries that are now scattered all over Australia. Located in the heart of Newcastle's east end, the warehouse-style building built by J.T Toohey (Tooheys Brewery) in 1885 has loads of history and character to sit back and enjoy your brew in.
Where: 66 Scott St, Newcastle East
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NEWCASTLE WEST

Bar Mellow

Small bar duo, Prudence & Byron, who you may know from Blue Kahunas, has opened their second, and very plush, venue Bar Mellow. Offering a fun, welcoming, and unique vibe Bar Mellow is Newcastle’s very own sophisticated wine bar with a focus on all things vino, together with an elevated cocktail list, and refined eats.
Where: 744 Hunter St, Newcastle West
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Jam’s Karaoke & Bar

Newcastle's very first Tachinomi Bar & Japanese Izakaya food offering, Jams Karaoke Bar offers an authentic karaoke experience with the most modern of karaoke equipment and comes complete with private rooms to get jamming in. No expense was spared, and from the moment you enter you can't help but be whisked away to downtown Osaka where the idea for Jam's all began for owners Andrew and Joel. 
Where: 8 Union St, Newcastle West
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The Edwards

Known and loved, not just for its great cafe, restaurant food, and fab atmosphere, the Eddies has become the ultimate festival venue. Founded by Newcastle entrepreneurs Chris Joannou and Chris Johnston, The Edwards has developed a reputation as a hub for artistic and cultural events.
Where: 148 Parry St, Newcastle West NSW 
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The Happy Wombat

Offering up a cosy, but industrial-style space with welcoming vibes and a killer native-inspired menu owner Luke Tilse has always focused on craft beer with two taps dedicated to New Zealand Craft to complement their 8 taps of Indie Australian beer. Cocktails are also high up on the priority list, as is the Hunter Valley strong wine menu.
Where: 575 Hunter St, Newcastle West
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The Koutetsu

Swap your thongs for heels, and your beach singlet for a button-down and pop on down to Hunter Street to get intimate, dark, and moody at The Koutetsu. With a large range of cocktails, spirits, craft beers, and premium wine there is something to suit everyone. The Koutetsu prides itself on its large range of Australian gins and Japanese whiskies that dominate the bar. 
Where: 555 Hunter St, Newcastle West
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The Rogue Scholar

There’s plenty to keep you entertained at The Rogue Scholar with a line of local musos every Friday and Saturday night as well as all day Sunday. If you’re feeling vocal, grab the mic on open nights every Thursday evening. The unique one-of-a-kind brewery has two separate areas to chill out and have a cold one.  Pull up a stool at the copper-topped bar and chat to the friendly bar staff or choose from one of the refurbed old bus chairs underneath the exposed brick wall out the back. 
Where: 4-6 Union St, Newcastle West
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