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Your Ultimate Guide to Summer

If you’re anything like us here at Newcastle Live, you’ve been rejoicing in the return of longer sun-drenched days and balmy nights. The time has come to crawl out of our hibernation holes, and lap up the warmer weather in all its sunshine-y, smile-inducing, beach-goin’ glory!

Whether you’re looking for the hottest bars, a new place to chow down, the best events and live music, or some fun for the whole family, this Ultimate Guide has got your Summer days sorted!


‘Tis the season to treat yourself (while momentarily forgetting calories exist) and let the good times roll well into the night. Here are a few of our favourite Summery places to wine and dine…

Watch the sunset waves roll in…

Merewether Surfhouse

We think a view like this speaks for itself…

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The Beach Hotel

You can’t go past this Newcastle institution for an ice cold beer after a hard day at the beach. Added bonus: post-beach sandy feet are totally OK if you stick to the balcony!

Ben & Harry’s (at Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club)

Open Friday from 6pm and Sunday from 12pm, not only is this one of the best beach bevvie locations, but these guys are serving up some seriously good food.

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Food, glorious food!

Parry St Garage

Honest food created with flair. The portions are very generous at a steal of a price-point, so you definitely won’t leave this place hungry!


This new kid on the block in Carrington is offering up some delicioso authentic Mexican made from scratch and served up street-food style. The literal translation of ‘antojitos‘ is ‘little cravings’, and we assure you, this place will leave you with more than a few little cravings to visit again!

Scotties Fish Cafe

This east-end icon has certainly transformed since its days as the corner fish ‘n’ chip shop, but – fear not – fresh fish is still the specialty! Scotties’ cute courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset dinner under the palms.

If you like piña coladas… (or margaritas, or mojitos, or martinis…)

The Dockyard

With a ‘Drinker’s Digest’ menu of 86 cocktails strong, and some of the most inventive ‘cocktail of the week’ creations we’ve ever seen, there’s a reason why Newcastle named these guys as the cocktail kings.

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Coal & Cedar

A sophisticated speakeasy, with a flair for the finest whiskey and classic cocktails, and home to some of the friendliest bar staff in Newcastle. If you’re feeling a bit indecisive (like we always are when it comes to picking a cocktail), just tell them your favourite flavours and they’ll point you in the right direction.


This place will keep you on your toes with their ever-changing cocktail selection, but the consistency of quality and creativity never wavers. If the cocktail you loved last week isn’t on the menu this week, never fear! We assure you, there’s always something equally – if not, more – delicious for you to discover.


Our top picks for live entertainment over the Summer…

The best gigs this summer

Christmas Carols

Get in the Christmas spirit at one of the the many carols events in the region!

The Screaming Jets

19 + 20 December | The Cambridge Hotel

Beach Street Block Party

9 January | The Lass O’Gowrie

Always remember to look up. So much beauty for all to see xx

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Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

15 – 24 January | Newcastle Entertainment Centre

An Intimate Night with Richard Clapton

16 January | Lizotte’s Newcastle

Holy Holy

16 January | The Cambridge Hotel

Shake ‘n’ Bake Tour w. Boo Seeka

22 January | The Cambridge Hotel

Keep your eyes on our Facebook Page for more Summer goodies.

Written by Newcastle Live

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