Where to have a drink in Newcastle

A Newie publican gives his tips on the best spots for a beverage or two

Man pouring a pint of beer on a bar.
  • Patrick Haddock, Co-owner, The Reserve Wine Bar
  • November 2014

Best pub: Grain Store has loads of independent craft beers on tap in a cool warehouse space.

Best small bar: Fortunate Son, which only opened this year, has a good range of biodynamic and sustainable wines on offer as well as great food.

Best bar for a date: Coal & Cedar is dark and noisy, and they are purveyors of fine spirits. A date will either fail, or you’ll get hitched. This is also the place for a top-notch cocktail.

For local wineries: The Hunter Valley wine region is on our doorstep. De Iuliis, Brokenwood, Scarborough, Gundog Estate and Tinklers wineries all have cellar doors that offer a good experience.

For outdoor drinks: The Beach Hotel or the Merewether Surfhouse for a drink with a sea view.

Best local beer: Moon Boy is a refreshing beer from a local brewery, Murray’s.

Best local wine: A new label called Vanguardist is producing a skin contact semillon aged in oak barrels. It’s an interesting take on the style.

Tell us about your own bar: The Reserve Wine Bar opens in new window is one of a few wine-focused venues in Newcastle. We run events and have unique tastings once a month.