Eat & Drink

Small bars providing big vibes for the perfect night out


Where: 6/23 Watt St, Newcastle
Brought to you by two locals, Uptowns provides a throwback to the 80/90’s culture that will leave you a little bit nostalgic reminiscing on childhood memories. 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. 
If you’ve got a competitive streak get down at Uptowns to verse your friends in a game of old school super Nintendo or Mario kart while you sip on a drink catered to your liking.
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Good Brother Good Nights

Where: 40 King St, Newcastle
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.
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The Grain Store

Where: 66 Scott St, Newcastle East
Newcastle's first dedicated craft beer bar, it's fair to say that owners Corey and his 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.
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The Ship Inn

Where: 102 Hunter St, Newcastle
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!
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The Ship Inn

Market St Basement

Where: 1-2/2 Market St, Newcastle
The dark, sexy, and sophisticated bar provides the perfect intimate setting, for a date night with your special someone. If you’re looking for the perfect girl’s night out, Market St Basement has you covered with tasty tapas and creative cocktails till late. Market St Basement also offers takeaway for those wanting to experience a ‘taste of Italia’ from home.
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Blue Kahunas

Where: 3/146 Hunter St, Newcastle
Rum, Rum, and more rum is what you’ll be drinking at Blue Kahunas in tiki inspired cocktails.
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.
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Blue Kahunas


Where: 145 King St, Newcastle
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 Bartholomew's is all about sharing and being social so jump on board those platters that are sure to keep you satisfied.
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Coal and Cedar

Where: 380 Hunter St, Newcastle
Prepared to be wowed by Coal and Cedar, at cocktail hour! This dark, sultry, and slightly hard to find bar is a New York styled speakeasy with the turn of the century influences.
Be amazed by the low lighting, exposed brick, eccentric photos, taxidermy on the walls, and great service, that will leave you wondering where the time has gone.
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The Falcon

Where: 10 Pacific St, Newcastle
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 in to the East End dining scene and some smashing good cocktails along with a sweet selection of wine and beer
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The Falcon Bar & Restaurant

The Rogue Scholar

Where: 4-6 Union St, Newcastle West
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. 
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Where: 8 Union St, Newcastle West
Newcastle's very first Tachinomi Bar & Japanese Izakaya food, if you are wanting to fully immersive yourself in an authentic karaoke experience with the most modern of karaoke machines, in your own private room, then Union St is your destination. Opening in early 2020, no expense has been 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. 

Jam's Karaoke Bar

The Rum Diary Bar

Where: 529 Hunter St, Newcastle
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.
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The Koutetsu

Where: 555 Hunter St, Newcastle West
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 with 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. 
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The Happy Wombat

Where: 575 Hunter St, Newcastle West
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.
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The Happy Wombat

Bar Mellow

Where: 744 Hunter St, Newcastle West
The talented duo, Prudence and Byron, who you may no from Blue Kahunas, have done it again with their newest venture, Bar Mellow. Offering a fun, welcoming, and unique vibe Bar Mellow will be Newcastle’s very own sophisticated wine bar with a focus on all things vino, an elevated cocktail list, and refined eats.
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The Edwards

Where: 148 Parry St, Newcastle West NSW 
Known and loved, not just for its great cafe and restaurant food and great atmosphere but it 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. Much of the soul of The Edwards has come from the people who walk through our doors and help create the diverse community that has evolved since we moved into the West End two years ago.
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Where: 1 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
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.
Try their famous salted caramel pina colada and break away from the traditional dining experience. Who ever said you couldn’t have dumplings alongside a pizza, clearly haven’t been to Moneypenny.
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Earp Distilling Co.

Where: 41 Darling St, Carrington
Spanning six generations and turning 137 this year, 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.
Connecting with local farmers to bring seasonal produce to your plate, Earp Distillery provides a range of options from a summer cheese plater to share with friends or risotto and their famous vanilla bee pollen panna cotta if you’re not looking to share.
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5 Sawyers

Where: 15 Darby St, Cooks Hill
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.
5 Sawyers philosophy is to only use seasonally fresh produce where possible to bring the best food and drinks to your plate.
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The Blind Monk

Where: 76 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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.
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