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Discover Newcastle restaurants with excellent cocktail lists

Newcastle is becoming known for its growing collection of small bars serving up excellent cocktails. But what if you're after a delicious meal and a quality cocktail?

We’ve got you well and truly sorted with our guide to the Newcastle restaurants with the best cocktails. Cheers!

Âpé Yakitori Bar

Newcastle's first yakitori bar is brought to you by the experienced team behind Nagisa and Susuru.The Japanese-inspired cocktail menu has been curated by Chris Wilson from The Koutetsu, so you know it’s going to be a smashing one! There's even a whole section dedicated to different Negroni flavours – say no more.
Where: 16 The Boardwalk, 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

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Bartholomew's

Sitting within the old Methodist Mission building, this 1920s-inspired bar boasts an impressive collection of whisky and a sophisticated cocktail menu. While you might think of Bartholomew's as a place to pop in for a drink, make sure you peruse the restaurant's food menu (featuring bar snacks, approachable mains, and $19 lunch specials) so you can dine and drink.
Where: 145 King St, Newcastle

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Blanca

The first of its kind for Newcastle, Blanca invites you in for a European summer dining experience at the harbourside Honeysuckle precinct. Think a white-washed space with plenty of timber accents, share plates like burek and grilled octopus, and summery cocktails. It’s about sharing multiple courses, drinking, celebrating, and lingering with your loved ones.
Where: 2/11 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

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Earp Distilling Co.

Run by one of Newcastle's oldest family businesses, Earp Distilling Co. distils gin, rum and limoncello onsite at its Carrington distillery. Naturally, the cocktail offering shows off their premium spirits, with plenty of twists on your favourites, but the food menu isn't to be missed – think Asian-inspired share plates like kingfish ceviche, wagyu tartare with miso and crispy enoki, and char siu duck.
Where: 41 Darling St, Carrington

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The Edwards

Much-loved Newcastle West venue The Edwards is not only home to outstanding food, craft beer, music, and events, but also a tightly-curated and delicious cocktail menu. The Half Nelson with mescal, Chambord, cranberry, and lime is an unexpected yet scrumptious combination, while the Peace & Lillies is a lovely concoction for a balmy afternoon, featuring gin, semillon, lemon, and peach.
Where: 148 Parry St, Newcastle West

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Elementa

Refined dining in a relaxed space is at the heart of Elementa. Perched just back from the water in Maryville, it's a dreamy spot for an evening drink, or better yet, to linger over a delicious dinner. The cocktail list is full of classic cocktails and signature creations, like a Bloody Sour and the Fritz Spritz.
Where: 76 The Lane, Maryville 

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The Falcon

The Falcon owners Mike and Brendan have a long and varied history in the hospitality industry, but 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. The Falcon adds some spice to the East End dining scene, as well some smashing good cocktails and a sweet selection of wine and beer.
Where: 10 Pacific St, Newcastle East

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Flotilla

Slightly hidden away in Wickham, Flotilla is a foodie's dream. Flotilla updates its menu twice per season, and focuses on using Australian produce to craft its exquisite dishes whenever possible. Not only is Flotilla a hotspot for the food-obsessed, but a mecca for cocktail lovers – think expertly-crafted seasonal concoctions that are a lovely companion to the food menu. The bar staff know their way around a good martini too!
Where: 9 Albert St, Wickham

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Ginger Megs

Concealed down an unexpected alley on King Street, wandering into Ginger Meg’s feels like you’ve stumbled into a Melbourne laneway bar but with a distinctly Novocastrian identity. Dining at Ginger Meg's is an adventure for the senses, from the decor to the tasty Pan-Asian menu, to the cocktail list designed to match the restaurant's flavours perfectly.
Where: 212 King St, Newcastle

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The Happy Wombat

Whilst the name might sound more like a cute kids' TV show, The Happy Wombat on Hunter Street is much better suited to the big kids. Known for its quality craft beer and tasty bites, the restaurant and bar also offers a great selection of signature cocktails, plus all the classics.
Where: 575 Hunter St, Newcastle West

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In Forno

In Forno's menu is staggering in size, but don't let that deter you – it just means more Italian goodness to choose from. The cocktail list is similarly comprehensive, with a huge selection of classics and signature creations. There's a cocktail to suit any mood – right now, we're in the mood for a lavender gin lemonade.
Where: 79-81 Beaumont St, Hamilton | 36 Pearson St, Charlestown

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Jana Restaurant & Bar

It’s no surprise to hear that QT Newcastle’s restaurant, Jana Restaurant and Bar, is not only serving up some of the most top-tier dishes in the city, but also a selection of fine cocktails. There's even an extensive list of non-alcoholic cocktails made with Lyre's Spirit Co alcohol-free spirits. Need a hand deciding which drink to go for? Ask the friendly staff for a hand and they'll be happy to help you out.
Where: 185 Hunter St, Newcastle

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Light Years Asian Diner

Created from a desire to bring a fun, modern Asian dining experience to the east coast of Australia, Light Years Asian Diner boasts a menu full of bold, colourful, and punchy flavours. We recommend ordering the share option so you can experience as much of the menu, and cocktails, as possible – then sit back and soak up the tropical party vibes.
Where: 5-7 Darby St, Newcastle

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Lock’s Paddock

The menu at Lock's Paddock is all about food that's meant to be shared. However, when it comes to the cocktails, we reckon you can keep them all to yourself. This atmospheric Watt Street restaurant is a lovely spot to really settle in for the night over a delicious meal and good conversation, plus an excellent margarita.
Where: 16 Watt St, Newcastle

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Market St Basement

Market St Basement has long been an inner city favourite for Italian fare. While we love dining here for the pizza and pasta, we can't go past the restaurant's fantastic cocktails to go with our Italian feast. Not too hungry? Simply head in for some antipasto and a cocktail pair with it. The limoncella sorbita and the Not So Charlie (with sloe gin and lychee liqueur) are fab.
Where: 2/2 Market St, Newcastle

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MEET

Located in the heart of the CBD, MEET offers a New York-style bar on one side and warehouse-style restaurant space on the other. When it comes to the menu, Brazilian and South American flavours are the primary influence, and the same goes across the cocktail list. There's signature creations like the Man Goes MEET with spiced rum, pineapple liqueur, and mango syrup, plus South American classics like the caipirinha.
Where: 9 Darby St, Newcastle

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Merewether Surfhouse

Eating at the restaurant on the top floor of Merewether Surfhouse is wow-inducing from every angle – the views, the food, the drinks, and the service. Take in those coastal vistas as you sip on a selection of spritzes, classics with a Surfhouse twist, or a cocktail from the dedicated martini, sour, and margarita sections of the menu.
Where: 5 Henderson Pde, Merewether

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Nagisa

This contemporary Japanese restaurant in Honeysuckle doesn’t just offer divine flavours when it comes to the food menu. Make sure you order from the cocktail list, which features classics with a Japanese twist. Expect a Japanese Smoking Old Fashioned, a passionfruit sour, and the Cherry Blossom, with sloe gin, plum wine, cranberry juice, and lime.
Where: 2/1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

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OH MY PAPA

OH MY PAPA is an exploration of all the flavours that make Asian cuisines fantastic, paired with cheeky cocktails and super friendly service. Both visually appealing and delicious on the palate, each cocktail has its own little Oh My Papa twist – whether it's the presentation or flavour combinations, each packs its own punch.
Where: East End Village, 169-185 Hunter St, Newcastle

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Parry Street Garage

In the back streets of Newcastle West sits long-time local favourite Parry Street Garage. Housed in an former mechanic's garage, this industrial-chic restaurant is always warm and inviting. The cocktails are great for pairing with the Italian menu, spanning the classics to the signature Parry Street collection.
Where: 106 Parry St, Newcastle West

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Peregrin

Perched atop The Beach Hotel sits Peregrin, a sophisticated restaurant offering modern Australian cuisine with global influences. While it's a great spot to dine any time of the day, the views over Newcastle's coastline as dusk descends are fantastic. The only thing that could make your meal better? A cocktail, of course.
Where: Level 1/99 Frederick St, Merewether

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Roundhouse Restaurant

Situated atop Newcastle’s first five-star hotel, Crystalbrook Kingsley, Roundhouse Restaurant utilises the equally impressive space, Romberg’s, just across the way to offer some of Newcastle’s most unique cocktails. There's plenty of native ingredients involved, and lots of interesting flavour combinations, so you can always expect the unexpected.
Where: Level 9/282 King St, Newcastle

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Signal Box

Located in one of Newcastle’s most iconic buildings, Signal Box is an upmarket bistro-style dining experience by the harbour. With a focus on seafood, Signal Box offers up innovative, modern Australian cuisine. There's a quality drinks list to match, featuring cocktails that continue the summery, coastal vibe Signal Box is known for – think a frozen jalapeño margarita and a lychee soju mojito, to name a couple.
Where: 155 Wharf Rd, Newcastle

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Thermidor

Overlooking Newcastle harbour, Thermidor owners Josh and Jess’s have drawn on their extensive hospitality experience to create a beautifully light and bright dining experience. The same passion and creativity can also be seen in their cocktail menu, with the tight offering of four cocktails giving you the option to Spritz, Sip, Sour or Smash.
Where: Shop 1/7 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle 

Urban Deli and Bar

A boutique deli, restaurant, and wine bar, Urban Deli and Bar is your go-to for sophisticated Mediterranean-inspired dining and quality drinks. While the wine list is excellent, the cocktails aren't to be missed either. With an entire page of the drinks menu dedicated to the classics and a whole page dedicated to signature concoctions (like the Cooks Hill Martini), there's stacks of choice.
Where: 143 Darby St, Cooks Hill

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