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The best beer gardens that are perfect for outdoor drinking in Newcastle

What is it about the beer gardens that we love so much?

Is it sitting outside in the fresh air? The shared tables? The atmosphere? The leafy greenery and festoon lighting? Whatever it is, a beer garden brings a different edge to your afternoon or night out.

After a long day at the beach, work, or with the kids, the hunt for the right beer garden begins. From the big and boisterous to the more boutique here are our top picks when it comes to beer gardens in Newcastle.

Clarendon Hotel

Established in the 1930s, this CBD joint is known for its killer weekend atmosphere. Step outside into the spacious beer garden as you enjoy their new cocktail creations, craft beers, fine wine, premium spirits, and if you’re lucky, live music!
Where: 347 Hunter St, Newcastle
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Customs House

Right on the famous Newcastle foreshore customs is your perfect outdoor scene for a few bevies. Lounge on the day beds or sit under the umbrellas next to the fountain and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and views of Newcastle Harbour.
Where: 1 Bond St, Newcastle
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Greenroof Hotel

Created with a party vibe in mind this Hamilton hotel knows how to create a fun outdoor drinking space that's been used for so many different purposes including outdoor cinema and markets.
Where: 71 Tudor St, Hamilton
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Hotel Jesmond

The semi-outdoor beer garden provides the perfect mixture of sun and shade with the most inviting and impressive greenery spaces I’ve ever seen in a pub, making it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a meal, whether the sun’s shining or the rain is pouring. Think Palm Springs meets Melbourne, making it the perfect spot to sit back with a bevvy in hand with a group of mates, enjoy the live sport or try your hand at a game of pool.
Where: 182 Newcastle Rd, Jesmond
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Queens Wharf Hotel

This joint needs no introduction as it’s become one of Newcastle’s most iconic outdoor venues since it first opened! Whether they’ve got live entertainment or it’s just a sunny afternoon, Queens Wharf Hotel is a crowd favourite.
Where: 150 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
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Royal Crown Hotel

Relaxed and easy-going this much-loved Dudley pub has a fab beer garden space that is much loved by families and those who enjoy a beer under the stars.
Where: 94 Ocean St, Dudley
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Sydney Junction Hotel

Complete with wooden picnic tables, beer garden bar, and retractable roof which means rain, hail or shine you can enjoy alfresco drinking and dining. The festoon lights and umbrellas bring a breezy vibe that makes for the ideal space to get social.
Where: 8 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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The Bennett

Hamilton’s go-to home for daily food specials, Sunday sessions, live tunes, and their recently renovated outdoor beer garden!
Where: 146 Denison St, Hamilton
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The Burwood Inn

Whilst smaller than most, The Burwood’s beer garden has a slightly more sophisticated feel to it with a beautifully constructed garden canopy and an award-winning menu to complement.
Where: 77 Berner St, Merewether
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The Commonwealth Hotel

Built in 1880, this place is still thriving with life. Their stunning beer garden is sure to make you feel right at home whether you’re enjoying a few drinks with mates or dining out with the family.
Where: 35 Union St, Cooks Hill
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The Lass O’Gowrie

Known for its quirky music scene, The Lass has become an institution among Newcastle locals. Enjoying some bevies in the spacious beer garden can feel more like you’re catching up with friends in a mate’s backyard.
Where: 14 Railway St, Wickham
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The Lucky

Whilst it’s technically inside and comes with a roof The Lucky has been able to create a beer garden vibe. 
Where: 237 Hunter St, Newcastle
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The Maryville Tavern

Whilst there's a roof there's nothing indoor about this beer garden. There's loads of room to get social in and with an awesome menu it makes for the perfect place to have a couple of beers.
Where: 71 Lewis St, Maryville
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Wickham Park Hotel

More commonly known as ‘The Wicko’, this joint has been a crowd favourite with their live music happening out in the alfresco area. Planning on heading over on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Get in early because they’re also chocka-block!
Where: 61 Maitland Rd, Islington
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Young St Hotel

Whilst the front of the venue features your traditional public bar scenario, heading out the back through the double doors you’ll be greeted with the expansive beer garden and family-friendly alfresco area.
Where: 132 Young St, Carrington
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