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Top Choice Gallery in Newcastle

Newcastle Art Gallery

Ignore the brutalist exterior, as inside this remarkable regional gallery are some wonderful works. There's no permanent exhibition; displays rotate the gallery's excellent collection, whose highlights include art b…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Newcastle

Edwards

If new Newcastle had a beating heart, it would be found at this happening West End bar-cafe-diner, stylishly flaunting its warehouse chic on this light-industrial street. It’s the place to be at all hours, for delic…
Top Choice Museum in Newcastle

Newcastle Maritime Museum

Newcastle’s nautical heritage is on show at this museum, appropriately located on the harbour. The intriguing exhibition provides an insight into the soul of the city, and there's a good dose of local history, cover…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Newcastle

Coal & Cedar

Pull up a stool at the long wooden bar in this Prohibition-style speakeasy; early on it was so underground it didn't even publish the address. Now the secret's out, you'll find Newcastle's finest drinking old-fashio…
Top Choice Public Art in Newcastle

Merewether Aquarium

Not an aquarium in the traditional sense, this pedestrian underpass has been charmingly transformed into a pop-art underwater world by local artist Trevor Dickinson. There are numerous quirky details, including the …
Top Choice Modern Australian in Newcastle

Subo

Book in advance for a table at tiny Subo, an innovative, highly lauded restaurant serving light, exquisite food with a contemporary French influence. The restaurant exclusively serves a five-course menu that changes…
Modern Australian in Newcastle

Restaurant Mason

There's a summery feel to this fine-dining restaurant, with tables placed under the plane trees outside and a dining space that opens to the elements. There's a modern-French feel to the menu, though a variety of ot…
Modern Australian in Newcastle

Crown & Anchor Hotel

What at first glance appears to be a generic Aussie sports pub has a gourmet secret going. The bar food is pretty good, but an airy space upstairs with an open kitchen and balcony seating turns out a short, quality …
Cafe in Newcastle

One Penny Black

It's perpetually popular for a reason – here you'll probably have to queue for an excellent espresso or filter coffee, served by staff who know their stuff. Devotees also rave about the toasties and fabulous breakfa…
Wine Bar in Newcastle

Reserve Wine Bar

Calling itself a 'grape emporium', this bar, in a former bank, has more than 350 wines in the vault, including many from Newcastle’s Hunter Valley backyard. Enjoy your tipple with a bite from the decadent grazing me…