Newtown – Bars and Pubs

If you’re looking for a night out in Sydney, Newtown is the place to be. With its abundance of bars and pubs, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you’re after a chilled-out pub atmosphere or a more lively club scene, Newtown has it all. And if you’re LGBTIQ-friendly, you’ll feel right at home here – most venues are very open and welcoming to all orientations. So come on down to Newtown for an adventure in bar-hopping! You won’t regret it.

1989 Arcade Bar

Late 80s nostalgia and luminous drinks your thing? 1989 Arcade Bar offers a dark 8-bit escape from reality with nerd culture-inspired cocktails and over 40 beers available! Games-wise you can expect a fine collection of arcade classics including the original 1981 Donkey Kong cabinet.

22-24 King St, Newtown


This initiate space on King Street combines traditional boozer décor with street art-covered walls; making for a unique experience. The bistro fare and happy hour mean that cheese boards and $7 pints can be enjoyed in equal measure in the sun-soaked beer garden.

153A King St, Newtown

Earl’s Juke Joint

New Orleans comes to Newtown with this deep south Americana cocktail bar. The exposed brick and vaulted iron ceilings are decked out with leather booths replicating that blues bar intimacy. The trendy upmarket menu is cultured but approachable with drinks for every set of tastebuds.

407 King St, Newtown


Mary’s lives just off King Street and is the perfect rock n’ roll joint to crash with a beer and a burger. The menu is to the point as is the vibe, with that heavy metal aura etched into the building’s soul. Exclusively seen in the dark, Mary’s is a friendly space with loud music and great comfort food.

6 Mary St, Newtown

Kuleto’s Cocktail Bar

Indulgent and creative cocktails are primed for fun here as the bartenders serve up some of the more dazzling drinks in Sydney; with a focus on innovative martinis. The rooftop exterior combines with the garden creating a leafy feeling, perfect for sun-drenched days or late-night DMCs.

157 King St, Newtown

Uncle Hops

Located in the Bank Hotel, Uncle Hops is an encompassing beer connoisseur. This casual traditional pub oozes charm and friendly sophistication. Over 10 craft beers are available on tap as well as barrel-aged spirits. If you’re hungry there’s pub-grub all accompanied by rustic vinyl sounds.

324 King St, Newtown

Mountain Goat

An unapologetic industrial setting gives the Mountain Goat unmistakable authenticity. After all, they’ve been brewing craft beer here on King Street since 1997! At any one point, there are 12 taps to choose from and a decent cocktail menu too! This casual brewpub also offers a wide array of grub for all occasions, including steak and bougie pizza.

435 King St, Newtown

The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special is a very apparent nod to the San Francisco dive and neighbourhood bar scene. However, the founders didn’t want to just implant American culture; moreover stamp the Newtown community on the San Fran template. Live music is promoted to the forefront with a packed weekly schedule, never creating a dull moment.

44 Enmore Rd, Newtown

Newtown Hotel

A mainstay of any Sydney University student, the Newtown Hotel is one of the busier joints on King Street. The rooftop bar offers great views of the main strip; accompanied with the $5 happy hour pizza it’s easy to get lost people watching. Oh and they throw in a drag show every Friday night, what’s not to love?

174 King St, Newtown

Carlisle Castle Hotel

The Carlisle Castle Hotel retains all the vintage pub elements of yesteryear; and with business dating back to 1876, there’s a certain vintage appeal. The sun spoilt beer garden is an absolute treat, especially considering there are more than 15 beer taps to choose from and a homely kitchen serving up pub favourites.

19 Albermarle St, Newtown

Botany View Hotel

Shabby chic comes to mind when considering the Botany View Hotel. The story goes that this rustic building was beyond repair. The owners returned it to former glories with the help of local artists to deck out a spacious rooftop bar. There’s a focus on community and good times as this bar is open well past late.

597 King St, Newtown

Websters Bar

Fancy choosing from 700 whiskeys to sip on while on a third-floor rooftop terrace? Websters Bar offers such hedonism with a somewhat refined pallet. Striking somewhere between the casual and formal complex, this eccentric hive invites patrons to regular whiskey tasting sessions – accompanied with fine meats including tender steaks and succulent ribs.

323 King St, Newtown

The Marlborough Hotel

The summer sun seeps through the roomy beer garden at the Marlborough Hotel, a great addition to the playful art deco interior. This Newtown institution has stood since 1860 and remains a favourite today with a stacked schedule including bingo, live music and the food menu curated exclusively by Fat Belly Jack’s – purveyors of fine burgers.

145 King St, Newtown

Coopers Hotel

The bright lights of the sign outside light up this corner of King Street; welcoming all to this inclusive spot. The rooftop terrace delights no end with natural sunshine, whether as the interior offers limitless fun with LGBTQ+ nights including ‘gender bender’ bingo; live music and a hearty menu of pub grub.

221 King St, Newtown

The Bank Hotel

The beer garden with a retractable roof alone makes the always popular Bank Hotel a destination for anyone looking for liquid refreshment. Newton locals drive the entertainment schedule with a wide variety on show, all washed down with cocktails and craft beer with a side of folded pizza.

324 King St, Newtown

Kelly’s on King

It’s hard to believe this beautiful architecture was once home to a McDonald’s restaurant. Thankfully, however, Kelly’s on King Hotel has been serving up Irish-Australian nightlife culture since 1999. Live music accompanies this small and dark bar, with a varied schedule playing out rock, pop and everything in-between.

285 King St, Newtown

Town Hall Hotel

A typical hotel boozer with great atmosphere and the original hospitality carpets, the Town Hall (or Townie for locals) boasts live music at least four days a week. This edgy bar serves up bistro grub suited to any traditional Australian pub; having consciously avoided regeneration. Instead, enjoy an authentic drinking experience with a focus on the moment.

326 King St, Newtown

Courthouse Hotel

Touted with having one of Sydney’s best beer gardens, the Courthouse Hotel is a perfect spot to gather with friends. Whether you’re watching back-to-back sports, dropping coins into the arcade machines, or eating off the grill – this somewhat refined Australian pub offers the simple pleasures of beers and good times.

202 Australia St, Newtown

The Drunk Dumpling

This very dimly-lit restaurant/bar takes diner showcases the best of Asian fusion cuisine in an upmarket setting, oozing poise and style. Dim sum, dumplings and shredded beef are commonplace here. The drinks menu is extensive but is headlined by premium margaritas. Bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

level 1/196 King St, Newtown

Young Henrys

Beer with a focus on beer – what could be better than that!  Young Henrys is a brewpub that longed to serve Australia ‘good beer’ long before their first brew in 2012. Get down to this casual urban dig for some daytime drinking as the beer garden offers a spacious viewpoint to people-watch all weekend long.

76 Wilford St, Newtown

Wayward Brewing Co.

The Wayward Brewing taproom fits into the industrial area with its urban shutters yet inside has a polished look and feel. Around 20 taps rotate serving exquisite beer brewed fresh on-site. There’s never a dull moment with regular events, including hot chicken wings for $1! The perfect beer and food combo.

1 Gehrig Ln, Camperdown

Union Hotel

With over 20 rotating taps dedicated to craft beer and several bottles imported from overseas, it’s easy to see why the Union Hotel is ever popular and a haven for beer heads. Yet it’s not just for hop fans, between the mood-lit interior, seared salmon and billiard tables, there’s something for everyone here.

576 King St, Newtown

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