Eat & Drink

Where to drink by the water

From Newcastle to Lake Macquarie and beyond, we’ve got your waterside watering holes sorted for the warmer months.

Ohhh yeah the warmer months have well and truly arrived, and it’s got us thinking; where can I spend my weekends basking in the sun, by the water, with a drink in hand? If you're asking the same question I’ve got news for you! I’ve done all the HARD HARD work, and have tried and tested the best picks around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and beyond that offer it all!

1. Crusoe’s On The Lake

On the very top of our list is this little hidden gem that sits on the edge of Lake Macquarie right off of the Pacific Highway in Belmont. Crusoe’s has taken FULL advantage of their location, with the massive deck space calling for guests to enjoy a long lunch or afternoon session to take in that gorgeous sunset over Lake Macquarie.

Also boasting the perfect share menu to keep those grumbly tummy’s at bay, you’ve got to get your hands on the coconut chilli King prawns, the beetroot and goats cheese arancini balls (they’re pink inside!) and of course the lemon pepper squid. If you’re after a bit of an indulgent afternoon, we would recommend getting get stuck into the Lake Mac famous Seafood Platter.

It’s worked up to have quite a reputation in the region and I can tell why. The platter is made up of blue swimmer crab, half mornay lobster, fresh Atlantic salmon, creamy garlic prawns, Sydney rock oysters, whole baked baby snapper, and BBQ squid! It’s big, and perfect if there’s a few of you wanting to share.

Round up the gang, order a bucket of coronas or treat yourself to the newest addition to the bar; espresso martinis on tap and sit back, relax, and take in those stunning lake views.

Where: Lake Macquarie Yacht Club
Known for: Seafood platter & espresso martinis

2. The Mulberry

Another hidden gem around the lake is The Mulberry. The tropical oasis sits atop of the famous and heritage-listed Toronto Hotel. The inside is decked out with all the tropicality you’d expect. Think cane chairs and all the foliage you could imagine. But it’s the massive wrap-around deck that offers to-die-for views of the lake that you really want to check out.

Where: Upstairs at Toronto Hotel
Known for: Tapas & cocktails

3. Pippi’s at the Point

Sit back and enjoy the absolutely spectacular views whilst your ears take in the live music and your tastebuds enjoy the seafood menu and all the best cocktails, beers and wines anyone would want! Open seven days a week from 9am, you have no excuse to not give Pippi’s a visit.

Where: Speers Point
Known for: Live music & relaxed vibes

4. Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows

We may have just found the perfect destination to enjoy a refreshing icy cold drink, a long lunch or an out of town beach getaway. Situated right off of Caves Beach, it is the ideal destination for those of you who love sunshine, the fresh ocean breeze, and coastal views. If you can’t find me, I’ll be here enjoying a lazy long lunch with a few Aperol Spritz’.

Where: Caves Beach
Known for: Beach views & Sunday sessions

5. Scratchleys & Battlesticks

It needs no introduction, Scratchleys & Battlesticks are some of Newcastle's most iconic waterfront venues, known for their extensive cocktails menu! Do you need another reason to visit? 

Where: Newcastle
Known for: Cocktails

6. Merewether Surfhouse

Another one we’ve all heard of and visited (frequently), Merewether Surfhouse is an absolute favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. Can you really get a much better view of the Newcastle coastline?

Where: Merewether
Known for: Ocean views & pizza

7. The Beach Hotel

Just a hop, skip and a jump across the road is the almighty Beach Hotel, or The Beaches as we all call it. This place can do no wrong and is a favourite amongst those planning some sort of celebratory event. Why? Well… the views. Need I say more?

beach hotel waterside venue

Where: Merewether
Known for: Event space & ocean views

8. The Boathouse Hotel Patonga

Looking for something a little further afar? We might have found the ultimate slice of heaven on the Central Coast; The Boathouse Hotel Patonga. With coastal views and easy tunes on the weekends as well as a long list of beers on tap, an impressive wine menu and the all-important cocktail list.

Where: Patonga
Known for: Oysters & coastal views

9. Little Beach Boathouse

With a seafood restaurant upstairs and a casual waterfront bar downstairs, Little Beach Boathouse is the perfect spot for a long lunch, relaxing dinner or an evening of cocktails whilst you watch the sun go down. You might even be lucky to watch a few dolphins go past.

Where: Nelson Bay
Known for: Sunsets & wine

10. Shoal Bay Country Club

Our lucky last, but certainly not least venue on our waterside venue list is none other than the Shoal Bay Country Club. This place has become a bit of an institution up here and it has certainly not lost its buzz. Why not hike up Tomaree and treat yourself to a glass of wine or two afterwards? That’s a yes from me!

Where: Shoal Bay
Known for: Beach views & vibes