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The Koutetsu

Dark and sophisticated with a signature cocktail list

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You'll feel like you've unearthed something pretty unique when you enter The Koutetsu
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As I open the heavy black door and step inside Koutetsu, my eyes take a few minutes to adjust to the darkness, at first I can’t see anything, but as my eyes flicker in and out of focus a magnificent bar unfolds in front of me.

Koutetsu instantly transports me away from the hustle and bustle of Hunter Street, away to a secluded, secret bar where I feel I could be anywhere in the world, let alone Newcastle. Yes it’s dark, but it is also oh so moody and sexy, with a palette of exposed brick work, dark timber furniture, stripped back walls, along with antique lamps and steel mesh hanging from the ceiling. Hence the name Koutetsu, which means steel in Japanese and is a reference to the mesh cages that divide and decorate the spaces within the bar, Koutetsu is also a memorable name even after too many cocktails. The lighting, layout and booths in the bar are perfect for a first or third date, with plenty of romantic hideouts and privacy, with the bar licensed for just 60 patrons.
the_koutetsu Koutetsu serves up classic cocktails, a selection of boutique beers, wine, cider and light bar snacks from 4pm till midnight.

Three years of planning by owners Chris and Christoph have gone into this bar and boy can you tell, from the fit out, to the drinks menu Koutetsu is no overnight sensation. These guys are old hands in the hospitality industry both in Sydney and locally and their experiences have combined to bring this spectacular bar to life.
They built nearly everything in-house themselves including the tables, booths and furniture, along with recycling a lot of items from the demolition, including the bar that is made from the old ceiling joists and recycled bricks from the doorways used to build the front of the bar. This old building has been reincarnated many times since being built in the 1920’s from a Design School, Pawnbroker, Second Hand Shop and for the past five years it has been solemnly sitting empty.
So where is it you ask? Well the guys have released the address so not so secret any more.

555 Hunter Street
Newcastle 2300
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 4pm-12am
Thu 4pm-12am
Fri 4pm-12am
Sat 4pm-12am
Sun closed
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