A bar crawl in Newtown is the ultimate pick'n'mix for a parched Sydneysider. It's also great for anyone who would like the minimum travel time necessary between venues. Newtown's bars are all conveniently spaced along King Street and Enmore Road like some sort of boozy daisy chain, which means you can go from dog-friendly brewery bars to moody cocktail dens, neighbourhood wine bars, indie boltholes and rock-n-roll burger bars in no time at all.
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The best bars in Newtown
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.
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...
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 there are still no guarantees. Territory is hard won here so barricade yourself in with baskets of fried chicken and bourbon once you get a seat.
Cap your 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.
Fancy some food instead?
Newtown has been bringing its A-game on the restaurant front for as long as we can remember. You can enjoy everything from five star dining to casual but tasty fare in this rainbow patch of the Inner West, which also boasts some of the best vegan restaurants and Thai restaurants around.