Time Out Sydney

This venue is closed

Bacchus, Greek god of the grape and wild parties, is the namesake of this Newcastle restaurant where polished service, a refined, French leaning menu and fantastic cocktails go hand in hand    

The old Central Methodist Mission building had been everything from a church to a performance space for Dame Nelly Melba in 1927, before falling into disrepair in the 1980s. You can almost see the groups of Novocastrians in the dress circle, holding their silk gloves and smoking roll-your-owns while waiting for a dance. Bacchus, however, has taken the enormous room and run with it, keeping the integrity of the original space, as well as adding a bar (blasphemous!) and cocktail lounge. Cocktails, by the by, are properly excellent. The classic, straight-shooting list by bar manager Andrew Clifton-Smith is all about a perfect Manhattan served in a tiny iced coupette. Or a bitter-sweet Martinez. They’ll even do you a frosty, herbaceous Hanky Panky if you ask for it. Chef Timothy Montgomery dishes up an equally polished menu of French-ish, modern Australian dishes like roast duck with roast Jerusalem artichoke and duck oysters (those slippery, dark little medals of meat found just under the thigh). A sticky treacle torte with gingerbread ice cream and poached quince is a perfectly balanced mix of spice and sweetness. And when it turns out the kitchen has run out of the day’s side dish, he very quickly whips out freshly pod green peas with tiny pieces of speck. Nice one. There’s a lot to like at this restaurant. The incredible wine list with a really banging by-the-glass selection (hit the organic petit Chablis chased by a half bottle of red Burgundy, if you’re feeling fancy) is one of the most interesting outside the Sydney city limits. Service is pin-drop perfect and the food is excellent.

Updated on 28 Aug 2013.

By Myffy Rigby   |  

Bacchus details

141 King St, Newcastle 2300

Telephone 02 49253818

This venue is closed

Price $25.00 to $100.00

Bacchus map

Report a problem with this page

Other venues nearby

Soul Foods

112m - Newcastle makes an artform of reclaimed spaces and, having won back...

Ground Floor

424m - Sublime 5 Senses coffee in art deco surrounds on the Hunter Street Mall.

One Penny Black

437m - This frenetic nook crawls with all creeds of coffee devotee rhapsodising...


530m - Everything is made from scratch by hand at this buzzy BYO Italian bistro...

More venues nearby
Collaboration Brew launch

Collaboration Brew launch

Bottled Lightning Co are back in the Inner West, and getting ready to tap their latest collaboration brew at Public House Petersham

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

Get the Time Out weekend planner. Straight to your inbox, every Thursday.
Read more