10 of the Best Places for Craft Beer in Newcastle
Craft beer is big news at the moment, and luckily for us, there are plenty of brilliant spots to enjoy craft beer in Newcastle. Newcastle’s craft beer scene is going from strength to strength right now, and when you try a few of the beers on offer at these epic bars across the city, you’ll soon understand why. So, let us take you through some of the best spots to enjoy a craft beer in Newcastle. Cheers!
First opened in 2014, Foghorn Brewhouse fuses the magic of years of beer-making skills with American foodie expertise. The end result is an industrial-chic venue which definitely knows how to party. The brewhouse even has its own 1,800 litre brewery, complete with four 1800-litre-serving tanks, so you know the craft beer’s going to be good.
The Albion Hotel
Make your way to Newcastle Harbour to discover an incredible little spot for craft beer - the Albion Hotel. Also home to an award-winning restaurant, Bistro Albion, The Albion Hotel has a friendly, fun atmosphere perfect for large groups, families and couples alike. The hotel offers a wide selection of craft beers alongside more mainstream options.
Silo Restaurant and Lounge
Stunning views and a jaw-dropping collection of craft beers combine at Silo Restaurant and Lounge, one of our favourite bars in Newcastle harbour. This spot is edgy, modern and always buzzing. Of course it’s not all about the craft beer here, there’s a delicious food menu and seasonal cocktail menu to be enjoyed too. Silo is even open for breakfast, perfect for all those mornings after the nights before!
The Mary Ellen Hotel
Following an extensive refurbishment, the Mary Ellen Hotel is one of the go-to places for craft beer in Newcastle. The hotel’s bar offers no less than 23 beers on tap at any one time. The selection is comprised of premium, speciality and craft beers, as well as some imported beers. You’ll definitely find the perfect pint for you at the Mary Ellen!
The Grain Store
With a name like The Grain Store, you know it’s going to be good! This specialist restaurant prides itself on its selection of craft beers. There are 21 beers on tap, all of which are 100% independently owned and always Australian. Beers are chosen to complement dishes on the seasonal menu, providing customers with the ultimate in craft beer dining experiences.
Fire Station Hotel
Situated in Wallsend Newcastle, The Fire Station Hotel promises guests an unforgettable pub experience. The friendly, family-run pub takes its craft beer seriously, with 10 different beers on tap at any one time. Recent examples include Summer Ale, Saison, Heffweizen (Witbier), Pale Ale, American Pale Ale (Apa) and many more. The pub introduces two new craft beers every week, too, so there’s always a reason to keep returning to the Fire Station.
Will & Sons
102 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
Distance from us: 17 mins (walking)
W: https://www.wilandsons.com.au/ P: (02) 4929 4854
If you’re looking for a sumptuous craft beer dining experience, you won’t be disappointed at Will & Sons. This casual restaurant is one of Newcastle’s top destinations for craft beer, and it’s conveniently situated on Newcastle’s famous ‘eat street’ aka Darby Street. At Will & Sons you’ll find 20 different craft beers on tap, as well as a huge wine list with wines from our nearby Hunter Valley Vineyards.
For something a little different, don’t miss Nagisa. This is a teppanyaki restaurant with a difference. The bar menu features a fantastic selection of craft beers, all carefully chosen to complement the dishes on the menu. Chef Tetsuhiko Namba has joined forces with son Taiyo and Chef Chris Schofield to bring the amazing flavours of Tokyo to the heart of Newcastle, and the end result is definitely worth a visit.
The Happy Wombat is a welcoming retreat in the heart of the city, which promises comforting food, epic drinks and of course some of the best craft beers in town. This boutique cafe is the ideal spot for relaxed drinks with friends, or a casual dinner after a busy day exploring the streets of Newcastle. It’s also perfect for a good old Aussie breakfast.
The Blind Monk
Newcastle bar The Blind Monk is well known for being one of the most atmospheric bars in the area. It’s also one of the best choices when it comes to trying local craft beers. Owner Phil Elsely has put the bar’s focus firmly on the beers, which are served alongside great-tasting, fresh food. All beers are sourced from locally breweries; recent options have included Mudgee's Smokey Red and the Grainfed Brewing Company’s Sneaky One.
Whether you’re a craft beer devotee or you’re just curious to try out a few different bars in and around the city of Newcastle, you won’t be disappointed by these places. Our team has picked their top 10 bars, and we promise you can’t go wrong when you pay a visit to any of our recommended craft beer establishments. So, make your way to the bar that piques your interest and relax with a tasty craft beer. What could be better!