Eat and Play

Here are a few of our favourite places, all within no more than 5-10 minutes walking distance. You can find more info/maps in the welcome folder at Cohens but we thought we'd provide this information on the website so you can make advance bookings if you need to.

Our favourite restaurants

Bocados Spanish Kitchen: amazing contemporary Spanish cuisine with a selection of speciality beers, spanish wines, sherries and sangria. Great service - book in advance as it is often difficult to get a booking on the night. (02) 4925 2801. 25 King St Newcastle 2300.

Casa De Loco: Unique blend of modern Mexican food. Fresh ingredients are largely organic and locally sourced. The menu offers mouth watering modern Mexican cuisine such as spicy street corn and king fish cerviche.  Casa De Loco's two floors give you the option to reserve a table in the restaurant, or grab a snack at the bar.  Make sure you book. (02) 4929 6828. 10 Pacific St Newcastle East 2300.

Sticky Rice Thai: fantastic Thai, dine in or takeaway (takeaway takes average 15min). If you dine in they have beer on tap. Wine, beer and food quite inexpensive and very tasty. Open every day till 10pm. (02) 4927 0200. 19 Scott Street Newcastle East 2300.

Scotties Fish Cafe: this used to be a fish and chip takeaway, and while they still run the takeaway from a side window, they've turned the main area into a beautiful little restaurant that serves up really good seafood dishes. Candles in glass jars add to the warm ambience and you can bring your own wine if you choose. (02) 4926 3780. ‎36 Scott Street, Newcastle East 2300.

Rustica: Meaning 'rural' in Italian Rustica was inspired by the social style of Mediterranean dining, the spice of North African cuisine and the emphasis on honest, superior-quality produce. With views overlooking Newcastle Beach, Rustica offers fabulous lighting and distinctive Spanish decor. (02) 4929 3333. Sebel complex, 2/1  King Street, Newcastle Beach 2300.

Restaurant Mason: After opening in November 2011, Restaurant Mason received its first Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Award, One Chef’s Hat, in its first year.  With owner and chef Chris’ previous Hatted (Restaurant II - Newcastle) and Michelin Star (The Ledbury, Notting Hill – London) you are sure to enjoy one of Newcastle’s premier establishments. (02) 49261 014.  3/35 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300

Our drinking holes

Noah’s on the Beach: this is a hotel with some of the best views of Newcastle Beach. They also have a cosy, dark timber bar great for a late night rendevous. (02) 4929 5181. Corner Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Sts, Newcastle 2300.

Bar Petite: the quirky interior makes up for the lack of view and puts it on top of our list for a nightcap for two or with friends. (02) 4929 3033. 5/5 King Street, Newcastle 2300.

The Grain Store Craft Beer Cafe: A specialised restaurant that has been restored to the beautiful Warehouse venue it once was. It is the perfect site for the Craft Beer focused with currently 21 100% Australian brewed craft beers on tap, and with a diverse all day menu, share plates for groups, pizza and meals that work well with good beer. (02) 4023 2707. Cnr Scott & Telford Streets, Newcastle 2300.

Cafe picks and coffee fixes

2300: Really nice coffee, either takeaway on the run or sit outside on their funky outdoor setttings. 71 Scott St, Newcastle 2300.

Estabar: one of the few cafes on Newcastle Beach - nice view, great coffee and treats and an awesome gelato selection! You can also mix your own gelato flavours in a smoothie. (02) 4927 1222. 61 Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle 2300.

Sandbar: an even better view of Newcastle Beach and its great brekkie menu makes for a nice breakfast or brunch destination. The menu even has some pretty interesting reading on it while you're waiting! (02) 4927 8668. 1 Moroney Avenue, Newcastle East 2300.

Sprocket Roasters: funky, retro roasters whose in-house roaster runs on biofuels and café waste, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly roasters in town. And the coffee and service is excellent.

Live music

Great Northern Hotel: view their event calendar
A range of national and international acts perform on weekends. They also have Jazz Factory every Thursday night 7pm-late where you can jam with the musicians or just enjoy listening. Depending on the night, there is also a blues jam, music trivia night, 'Play for a Pint, Sing for your Supper' open mic night and DJ nights.

The Brewery: longstanding Newcastle music venue with bands and DJ's - view their event calendar.

Noahs on the Beach: regularly features an evening pianist in their bar.