Newcastle’s evolving bar and restaurant culture continues to chart its own course among locals, visitors and food critics alike with new venues regularly bursting onto the scene and established haunts continuing to entice patrons with their electric style and charismatic charm.
Three of the best:
Basement on Market Street (1-2/2 Market Street, Newcastle ph: 4906 1386)
Enjoy an afternoon cocktail, wine or casual beer – either outside relaxing in the springtime weather or inside a cosy basement booth if it’s chilly. With its exposed brick walls, partial render and steel beams, dimly lit by scattered candles, patrons can share a tipple or two while listening to a range of chilled, tropical tunes.
A tapas menu features dishes to cater to all tastes and dietary requirements – from vegan to vegetarian, gluten to dairy free.
Open 7 days from 3pm ‘til late and with capacity for just 60 patrons, this is one of Newcastle’s small, intimate bars not to wait too long to visit.
Parry Street Garage (106 Parry Street, Newcastle West ph: 4929 1380)
Parry Street Garage is a destination in its own right. All that remains of the original mechanic’s shop that used to operate out of the building is the roller door.
The interior has been transformed into an uber cool industrial bar and restaurant serving superb cocktails, beer and wine – all paired with authentic woodfire pizza, pasta and Italian favourites, such as cotoletta.
A perfect place to catch up with family and friends, Parry Street Garage is open from 11am ‘til late right throughout the week.
The Terrace Bar (529 Hunter Street, Newcastle ph: 4929 6547)
One of Newcastle’s original small bars, The Terrace Bar is an underground arts and music venue serving the best in boutique craft beer, fine wine and cocktails.
In addition to a striking rooftop terrace bar, the venue also boasts a band room and ground floor bar and is a favourite meeting point for locals and visitors alike.
The venue is open Thursday through to Sunday from 5pm ‘til late. Ensure you arrive early, however, as there is only capacity for 120 patrons.
For more information on Newcastle’s burgeoning bar and restaurant industry, please visit www.visitnewcastle.com.au