The Beach Hotel
With arguably the best view of Merewether Beach, The Beach Hotel is a local icon. This landmark pub is the go-to spot for beachside dining, events and sundowners. During the day, the light and airy venue is the perfect lunch location, and at night the Beach and Reef bars are where the locals come to enjoy a quiet drink or listen to live music.
The Burwood Inn
On the corner of Winsor and Berner Streets, The Burwood Inn is a cosy, local pub, where you can curl up with a glass of wine, devour plates of hearty pub grub, or even stop over upstairs+B25 if you want to make a night of it. Family-owned and run, The Burwood Inn is a destination in its own right with a restaurant, sports bar, cocktail lounge, and eight accommodation rooms. With events and specials running every night of the week, ...
Mary Ellen Hotel
One of Merewether's favourites, the Mary Ellen Hotel is a lively venue known for its love of local brews and talent. Boasting the largest number of beer taps in the Hunter, you can even check out their website for a real-time tap list before your next visit. Drawing in the crowds, most weeks there is live music from Friday to Sunday night. Regulars of The Mary Ellen consider the schnitzel to be one of the best, but all the dishes ...
The Prince of Wales Hotel
A Merewether icon, The Prince of Wales is a watering hole with staying power. The recently renovated venue still retains its pub charm while serving up a refreshed bistro menu and wide selection of craft beers and boutique wines. To make the most of your visit to The Prince of Wales, head upstairs and snag a spot on the wrap-around verandah.
The Hop Factory
A family-owned, craft beer and burger restaurant with exposed brick and greenery galore. The drinks list proudly boasts a selection of local Hunter region wine, with an additional beer collection thatg's equally as impressive. Local breweries and craft beer reign supreme and match surprisingly well with their delicious burger menu. The bright, light-filled space is ideal for a casual weekend hangout, and it’s super pet friendly – so don't forget to bring the pups!
On the sign outside 5 Sawyers it says “A Bar with Food” – which perfectly sums up this no-frills cocktail bar-cum-food-joint. It serves drinks, it serves food and it’s as understated as the sign would suggest. Order a cheeky cocktail (we suggest the Jaffa Cold Brew Cocktail) and chill out to acoustic music from local artists.
Cricketers Arms Hotel
A local watering hole with a refined touch, The Cricketers Arms is not your average pub. You might still be able to order mammoth shnittys, but you’ll be enjoying them alfresco-style, in amongst twinkling fairy lights, if you know what we mean. For the ultimate Sunday session, head to the courtyard where live music creates a laidback and buzzy atmosphere.
Commonwealth Hotel Newcastle
This English-style pub, circa 1880, may be old but continues to stay relevant with Newcastle locals. Take a seat in their leafy beer garden and order from their gourmet gastro-pub menu – think slow cooked Tunisian Beef Cheeks with confit butternut purée or twice-cooked pork belly with prosciutto and scallops. The Commonwealth Hotel, or The Commo as it's affectionately nicknamed by locals, is an instution on the Newcastle pub scene.
Lowlands Bowling Club
It may be the oldest bowling club in Newcastle, but Lowlands will soon become your new favourite hangout once you spend an afternoon on the sun-drenched lawn. Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Cooks Hill, Lowlands is the perfect spot for a social game of a bowls, with some pub grub on the side. Opt for their fun DIY dining offering with their cook it yourself BBQ or enjoying some traditional favourites from their Bistro (the burgers are hard to ...
Hotel Delaney, also known as ‘The Del’, has been an iconic Newcastle pub for decades. The venue's main draw is the newly-opened Cravings Restaurant, which offers contemporary and refined gastro-pub fare in sleek and stylish surroundings. Don’t worry, you can still get your normal pub grub in other areas of the pub (aka Tuesday Schnitzel night).
The Depot on Beaumont
The second Depot outpost on Beaumont Street, is the place where Newcastle locals go to party. The Depot on Beaumont is the Hunter's premier event and live music space that has five separate areas, from a restaurant to sky-high lounge, spread over three levels. There is always something on at The Depot, so be sure to check out their website for the full event schedule.
The Exchange Hotel
With illuminated neon signs and slick concrete interiors, The Exchange Hotel is equal parts cool and rioutously fun. Calling themselves the best place for 'beers, burgers and good times', their regular events and mid-week food specials keep the locals coming in for more. For the music lovers, head down on Saturday or Sunday nights to enjoy some music with your gastropub dinner.
The Kent Hotel
From the outside, it looks like your typical watering hole, but step inside, and you'll be treated to the full gastropub experience at The Kent Hotel. The interiors are minimal with that warming and cosy pub vibe. Every night of the week they run meal specials ($8.50 burgers for the win), and come the weekend you'lll find live music a-plenty from Friday right through until Sunday night.
The Blind Monk
Taking pride of place on Hamilton's bustling Beaumont Street, The Blind Monk is all things craft beer. Keeping it local, the 12 rotating taps showcase the best of the Australian beer scene. The food menu has been carefully curated to complement the hops and wheat, and is designed to be shared. The dark and moody interiors add to the nostalgic vibe, and the outdoor courtyard is the perfect spot for alfresco summer hangouts.
Sydney Junction Hotel
The award-winning Sydney Junction Hotel is one of the Hunter's largest indoor-outdoor pubs. Boasting a bar, restaurant, undercover kids playground and function room, this iconic pub is an all-in-one dining destination with a difference. Boasting a modern Australian menu, a wide variety of beer, cider and wine, and a whole host of regular events and specials, it comes as no surprise this local hangout is packed almost every night of the week.
Moor Newcastle East
This local gem offers a seasonal, share-style menu that’s influenced by Middle Eastern, Spanish and North African flavours. Moor Newcastle East is predominately a breakfast and lunch destination, but come Thursday night, it’s all about the Tagine – one meat, one vegan and BYO wine. Winning.
Customs House Hotel
Once home to Australian Customs, this historical building has a new life as one of Newcastle’s finest dining and drinking destinations. The chic restaurant and bar on the ground floor exudes an old-school elegance, and serves Mediterranean-style food, while the beer garden is a hotspot for alfresco fun, especially during the warmer months.
Closed off from bustling Hunter Street, this dark, sultry speakeasy seems worlds away from Newcastle's laidback, beachside vibe. Part of the small bar scene, bartenders at The Koutetsu masterfully craft cocktails, and word on the street is that the folks behind The Koutetsu did the entire fitout in-house themselves.
Basement on Market St
A sophisticated bar and tapas restaurant, Basement on Market St in Newcastle’s East End is a chic late-night hangout that serves up a quirky, creative cocktail menu. The food is equally delicious and pairs beautifully with the decadent drinks. Thursdays and Sundays are when things really heat up with specials on cocktails.
Steeped in history, The Honeysuckle Hotel is an enduringly popular waterfront bar that boasts beautiful harbour views. With an extensive bistro menu serving up old-school pub grub favourites and tasty tapas, this hotel is a hostpot for locals. Huge supporters of the Newcastle Knights and Newcastle Jets, come game night, things can get pretty lively.
Coal & Cedar
An eclectic speakeasy that requires a secret entry code, and has a strict no-phone call policy once inside. Coal & Cedar's bartenders are at the top of their game, working in a dimly lit space, crafting cocktails to your taste (literally) and you’ll quickly learn their whiskey knowledge is second to none.
Parry St Garage
Parry St Garage shines a light on two of their great loves; good Italian food and fine wine. Woodfired pizzas and delicious pastas pair beautifully with their delectable wine selection and perfectly crafted cocktails. Parry St Garage make it their business to help ease you into the work week every Sunday with live jazz music, sangria and pizza.
The Landing Bar & Kitchen
Located along the Honeysuckle foreshore, The Landing Bar and Kitchen is known for its idyllic views and chic interiors. This harbourside oasis offers a summer-inspired cocktail list, making it a perfect place to relax and watch the harbour activity unfold come sunset. The modern-Italian menu includes plenty of sharing-type meals and heartier mains for the supremely hungry.