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The Bennett

Make the most of your weekend by kicking off at one Newcastle’s best weekend venues

Whether it’s an outdoor beer garden, drink specials or live music; this is the ultimate Friday night starter guide.

No matter what your week’s been like, we all want to start our weekend on a high and is there any other better way than being surrounded by your best mates, with a beverage in hand and live tunes?

Knowing it’s hard for a group to decide on a venue to to start the the weekend celebrations, we’ve compiled a list full of all the best venues based on their outdoor beer gardens, drink specials and live tunes! 

The Bennett 

Hitting the top of our list is none other than Hamilton’s new go-to venue, The Bennett Hotel. The recently refurbed space boasts one hell of an interior but it’s the beer garden that is the spot to be spending your Friday afternoon and long into the evening. With live tunes from some of Newcastle’s best musicians kicking off from 7pm and $6 house pours from 8pm til close.
Where: 146 Denison St, Hamilton

Quill & Compass

Forget about sitting at home with your aux cord or Bluetooth speaker, Quill & Compass book a long list of musicians that is sure to keep your Friday nights interesting. From Irish folk, Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz, and everything in between; this venue has you sorted.
Where: 171-173 Darby St, Newcastle

The Lucky Hotel 

Soak up the sounds from some of Newcastle’s most talented artists every weekend in The Courtyard. Live beats happening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Where: 237 Hunter St, Newcastle

Great Northern Hotel 

Jamming out live tunes, the Great Northern Hotel is a great spot to unwind for the weekend. Expect to hear from some of Newcastle’s best musical talent every weekend.
Where: 83-89 Scott St, Newcastle

Sydney Junction Hotel 

Head in for $4 knock-off drinks on a Friday afternoon and be serenaded by their local live music acts.
Where: 8 Beaumont St, Hamilton

The Family 

Listen to the live tunes from 6pm whilst sipping on $12 Margaritas and Espresso Martinis. Hungry? Order a Bucket O’Hot Wings (1kg) for $10!
Where: 635 Hunter St, Newcastle

The Prince of Merewether 

Take a seat on the large wrap-around verandah and enjoy the live tunes that happen Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Where: 1 Morgan St, Merewether

5 Sawyers

Share some great food with friends whilst you enjoy classic hits from Newcastle’s top DJs. Don’t forget to make the most of their happy hour from 5pm-7pm.
Where: 115 Darby St, Cooks Hill