Life & Style

Check out all the venues soon to launch

There is no denying that over recent years Newcastle has seen exponential growth and become a city in its own right.

With two five-star hotels setting up business within recent years, there's also a forever-growing collection of hospitality and lifestyle businesses opening up left, right, and centre.

Well, if you’re enjoying seeing all the new spots opening up across town, you’ll be excited to know that Newcastle has no intention of slowing down just yet.

We’ve done our digging to find a bunch of new venues that are planning to launch here in Newcastle and some gems popping up in surrounding areas.


A little bit of Mexican flavour is set to arrive in Mayfield with Antojitos 2.0!


A new joint is soon to open right across from the Honeysuckle Hotel. We don’t have an opening date, but we do know that the After Dark Design team is working on a Mediterranean fit-out. That’s more than enough to get us excited!

Blank Store

The former Soma Salon space on Darby Street is being transformed into Blank Store – brought to you by Mitch Revs, the new space will be home to apparel, printing, and coffee.


Brought to you by the team behind The Junction-based cafe, Talulah, Bowie is currently under renovation and due to open mid-November. Where is it you ask? From what we know, it looks like Beaumont Street in Hamilton!

Charlie’s Rooftop

A taste of Palm Springs is coming to Hunter Street! Setting up in the former Rum Diary Bar, Charlie’s Rooftop is brought to you by the team behind Uptowns and is hoping to open the doors in December. Watch this space…

Flotilla New Wine Bar

You may have heard the news that the team behind Wickham-based restaurant, Flotilla, is hard at work bringing to life a brand-new wine bar – and it’s just next door!

Granddad Jacks

If you frequent the drive down Hunter Street, there’s a good chance you may have noticed the old-school truck parked along the strip. The owner: none other than Queensland-based gin, whisky, and vodka distillery, Granddad Jacks. Their socials suggest a June opening – watch this space!

Hao Chi by Lee’s Kitchen

We’ve seen them bring a fresh space to Charlestown Square and more recently one at Westfield Kotara, and now it’s Newcastle CBD’s turn. Keep an eye on the old Chinois Restaurant on King Street to watch this joint come to life.

Hope at Honeysuckle

Due to start construction work in spring 2023 and opening in 2024, Honeysuckle will soon boast the best of the Hunter by showcasing the wine, spirits, and craft beer that the Hope family is known for. For now, you can visit Hope at The Landing


You might remember the Maitland Road corner coffee joint that was Forky’s. Well, the team behind Maryville’s Elementa has taken over and is currently updating the space with their own spin. The open date? Who knows!


Korean Fried Chicken is coming to Beaumont Street. That’s right, Hamilton’s Beaumont Street has landed themselves another new foodie joint and it comes in the form of Jjindakk. The former food truck has been busily fitting out the new space and we know it comes complete with a signature mural from Jordan Lucky.

Newy Fried Chicken

This absolute favourite foodie spot that has been set up in Islington’s Newcastle Hotel, has spread its wings and is currently fitting out its new space in Broadmeadow. Keep a close eye on these guys, the opening isn’t too far off!

Oh My Papa New Venue

From the team that brought you The Humble Thai and Oh My Papa, we can announce that they are currently working on their next new space. What do we know? Only that it’s going to be on King Street and it’s going to be different from their current ventures.

Paper Run Merewether

The former Merewether Newsagency is currently undergoing a renovation to become the suburb’s newest coffee shop.

Slingtown Carrington

The community cafe joint in Islington expands to its second space in Carrington. They’ve already opened their artists’ studios, and there will be coffee and more joining the line-up soon. 

Skip’s Deli

Listen in Lambton locals, because a brand-new takeaway sandwich deli/café will be opening soon.

The Rogue Scholar Expansion + Live Music Venue

Late last year we caught up with Adam and Craig of The Rogue Scholar and they let it drop they’ve got some pretty big plans for their Newcastle West venue. There are plans to expand The Rogue Scholar offering into the space next door and launch a dedicated live music venue in the building on the corner of Union Street and King Street.

Do you think we’ve missed somewhere? Email us!