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Small bars, wine bars, breweries and slick watering holes. Newtown's got 'em all


Bridging the gap between cheap Thai and a bazillion-course molecular journey Oscillate Wildly, Bloodwood is a very welcome addition to the Inner West. Don't expect a fine diner - it's not that kind of place. Instead, you'll find a neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar bashing out share plates like their perennially popular polenta chips with a gutsy gorgonzola dipping sauce with plenty of by the glass wines to accompany them.


What we like about the folks at Corridor is that they're friendly and down to earth. They're just doing what they do and they're doing it well: long necks of Coopers pale, simple mixers (get ‘em to do you a ginger beer with rum and limes), local wines by the glass (in red and white!)... you get the picture. That's what this new crop of small bars are about: neighbourhood joints offering a community atmosphere.

Earl's Juke Joint

A dark room lined with pictures of jazz greats, and a deep wooden bar that’s built to last – that’s the beauty of this classically styled Newtown bar, where the drinks flow free and the music practically jumps from the speakers. Newtown has really come into its own over the past few years, and we’re more than happy to celebrate it.

Kingston Public Bar and Kitchen

For all those who’ve shuddered at the prospect of a long, dry walk from the Lansdowne to Corridor, take heart: there’s a new oasis just up near the Vanguard. Kingston prides themselves on their craft brews, the wine list is short but clearly curated with care, and their spicy Bloody Mary is the saviour of the worse-for-wear wandering along King Street.


This Newtown cocktail den is what you might refer to as a micro-tavern. There’s crafty brews in bottles, familiar faces on tap and a wine list that leans towards the French and American gear with a bit of a biodynamic push. Plus they are old hands at the cocktail game. But the big pull here is the burger. If you have yet to eat a Mary's burger, do so immediately.

Miss Peaches Soul Food Kitchen

This sweet bar and diner has a nanna-meets-yo-momma vibe and a menu that explores the wide belt of America’s South. Get things rolling with some tater tots, all crisp and golden with a slightly spicy maple bacon dipping sauce. The food for the most part is ballast, really, for the raft of American beers on offer.

Young Henrys

A bar that closes by dinnertime? It’s an idea just crazy enough to work, especially when you let people bring their dachshund, their kids and their old man, so long as he’s a craft beer fan. Young Henrys is all about the inclusive afternoon sessions and on a weekend you’ll want to shake a leg in order to secure one of the prized high tables at the brewery cellar door.

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Updated on 13 May 2015.

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