Eat & Drink

Where to enjoy a cocktail, wine, or beer this summer

Port Stephens is known for its laid back atmosphere, excellent seafood, and stunning views. What pairs best with these three things? A drink to enjoy them with, of course. 

If you live in Port Stephens or you’re just visiting, make the most of the summer weather and enjoy a drink – most likely by the water. Keep reading for our guide to summer drinking spots in Port Stephens.


Atmos brings traditional architecture and the relaxing atmosphere of the Greek Islands to the shores of Shoal Bay. The cocktail list showcases Greek flavours, and the wine list celebrates Greek varietals – exactly the sort of thing you want to drink when you're right in front of the water.
Where: 35-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay

port stephens summer drinking spots

Cheeky Dog

For a pub atmosphere in Soldiers Point, head to Cheeky Dog, just below Bannisters. Expect upmarket pub fare, a dog-friendly beer garden, and live music to pair with your beverage of choice.
Where: 147 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point

Crest Birubi Beach

Perched atop Birubi Beach with 180-degree views across the Stockton Bight, Stockton Sand Dunes, and beyond, Crest is a lovely spot for a drink with your lunch, every day of the week.
Where: 73 James Paterson St, Anna Bay


If you like your drinks with a Mexican influence, look no further than Julio’s at Bannisters Port Stephens. With a dedicated margarita menu, Mexican beers, and Jarritos sodas, the drinks list is a dreamy choice for your summer afternoons and evenings.
Where: 147 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point

Lemon Tree Passage Distilling

Want to drink locally-distilled gin and vodka? Head in for a tasting and a cocktail at Lemon Tree Passage Distilling. Expect waterfront views and fun cocktail concoctions made with the distillery’s gins and vodkas, which feature native botanicals.
Where: 7/44 Cook Pde, Lemon Tree Passage

port stephens summer drinking spots

Little Beach Boathouse

With a seafood restaurant upstairs and a casual waterfront bar downstairs, Little Beach Boathouse is the perfect spot for an afternoon drink and a long lunch, or an evening of cocktails whilst you watch the sun go down. You might even be lucky and spot a few dolphins going past.
Where: 4 Victoria Pde, Nelson Bay


A cafe by day and tapas bar by night (from Thursday to Sunday), Magnolia is a casual yet buzzing spot at the marina in Nelson Bay. Do as the Spanish do and grab some tapas with your drink – a recipe for a fun evening.
Where: 8 Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay

Mavericks on the Bay

The cocktail list at Mavericks on the Bay is something to behold – there’s the classics (like a mojito and a Long Island iced tea), Mavericks’ signatures like Everything’s Peachy, and a section each for martinis, and margaritas, and spritzes. Have fun picking one to enjoy as you admire the water views.
Where: d’Albora Marina, Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay

Moby’s Bar

Home to an impressive whiskey selection, creative cocktails, and quality wines, Moby’s Bar is where decadent interiors combine with seaside charm. Located within The Anchorage, it’s a cosy spot to unwind with a drink.
Where: 26 Corlette Point Rd, Corlette

B Farm by Murray’s

With an onsite brewery, distillery, and winery, there’s plenty to drink at B Farm by Murray’s. Sit out the back in the beer garden to kick back with your loved ones and while away the afternoon.
Where: 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bob’s Farm

Restaurant 2317

Named after the Soldiers Point postcode, Restaurant 2317 sits pretty at Soldiers Point Marina, overlooking the water from its second-storey vantage point. With a summery cocktail selection, plenty of wines by the glass and bottle, beers, and non-alcoholic options, there’s something for everyone to drink.
Where: 2D Sunset Blvd, Soldiers Point

port stephens summer drinking spots

Saltwater Restaurant

Featuring a comprehensive cocktail list, plus wine, beer, and mocktails, Saltwater Restaurant has an extensive offering to pair with your meal overlooking Fingal Beach. 
Where: Lvl 1, 3 Marine Dr, Fingal Bay

Seabreeze Hotel

For an easygoing pub dinner and cocktail jugs, make your way to the Seabreeze Hotel in Nelson Bay. It’s a great spot for a laid back family dinner or simply a glass of wine to finish off the day.
Where: 1 Stockton St, Nelson Bay 

Shoal Bay Country Club

At once a cafe, bar, restaurant, and pub, Shoal Bay Country Club is an expansive venue overlooking the water at – you guessed it – Shoal Bay. Head up to The Kitchen & Patio for a leisurely drink with friends.
Where: 35-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay

The Poyer’s

Located on the water in Lemon Tree Passage, The Poyer's is a family-owned and operated cafe and restaurant serving up some of the most interesting seafood in Port Stephens, with a quality drinks list to match.
Where: 42 Cooks Pde, Lemon Tree Passage