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

Young Henrys

Kick things off in the early afternoon with the freshest beers in town, and a hangover-busting cloudy cider if you need a little gentling back into the saddle. In fact, given this brewery bar shuts at seven, the earlier you get here the better your chance of securing a table with prime sausage dog patting potential. 


Bridging the gap between cheap Thai and a bazillion-course molecular journey at Oscillate Wildly, Bloodwood is a very welcome addition to the Inner West and a great pit stop on a Newtown bar crawl. Lay down the foundations for a top-notch evening with their famous polenta chips - these guys know how to do booze-friendly snack plates.

Earl's Juke Joint

Now you're on a roll it's time to crank up the drinks and order the best cocktails in Newtown at this low lit bar with a New Orleans voodoo vibe. Earl's Juke Joint is all class. It's built to outlast all the Saturday nights Newtown can throw at it, the drinks list is spectacular and the vibe stays at a potent simmer. 


By now you might need a little fresh air, which is why a rooftop cider or dry rose at Corridor is your next checkpoint. We're not going to lie, getting one of those open air tables out on the deck can be tricky – time your visit carefully. If your mission is successful you might just want to cool your jets here for the rest of the evening. Or if you want to push on...

Kingston Public Bar and Kitchen

...When we're drinking at this friendly neighbourhood haunt it usually involves craft beers or Scotch. They keep interesting, local brews on tap to counter a balmy evening, and the whisky list is a thing of beauty. Choose your poison wisely, and maybe order up some baskets of chips to keep you on the righteous path.


If you don't want to queue outside this burger bar that's more popular than a pop-up puppy party catered by Messina, timing is everything. Get in early for any chance at a table, or wait until the dinner rush has worn off - well after 9pm, but no guarantees. Territory is hard won here so barricade yourself in with baskets of fried chicken and bourbon once you get a seat. 

Miss Peaches Soul Food Kitchen

Cap you night off with a little pie, perhaps a little dancing and some excellent vintage tunes. Now's as good a time as any to try a little swing dancing - and if it turns out you're rubbish they offer classes during the week. If you're not done yet it's time to head down to Tokyo Sing Song and dance what remains of your night away.


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Updated on 16 Oct 2015.

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