Welcome back to Sydney all of you furry fellows, we’re taking a trip over to one of my favourite suburbs – Newtown. A flourishing epicentre of theatre, great pubs and even greater food; this little part of Sydney has everything a guy could ask for and more. Upon hopping off the train at Newtown station and heading through the gate you are greeted with the busy main road King Street, from there you are offered a choice of turning left or right, either way you chose you’re in for an adventure.
For those of you who like a good drink, like me, you are by no means without choice – Newtown is home to over 25 pubs each with its own hook and appeal. The Bank Hotel (which hosts the Bears every Sunday) is a multi-levelled bar that sports numerous seating areas both inside and out depending on the size of your group, the drinks are reasonably priced which allow for a little more splurging. Upon making you way further down you may find yourself stopping in at Coopers Hotel which has the feel of proper sports bar, tellies set to the popular sport of the season, and rough and tumble blokes cheering on their favourite team. If you head upstairs though, you’ll greeted by a more modern feeling setting, an outdoor terrace for those who would like some fresh air, a bar featuring cocktail recipes for those feeling a little adventurous, and an indoor seating area for those looking for a place to sit back relax and order a snack or two. Finally if you want a bar with some more bang for your buck, make your way over to the Newtown Hotel, where its recently refurbished venue houses some the best shows, events and bar food you’ll come across anywhere in Sydney. The Animal restaurant’s Greek inspired menu will have you licking your lips and taking your time deciding what to eat, and while you do you can enjoy the classic rock music played every weeknight after 10pm.
If coffee is your vice, then you are in good hands as you march along King Street. We have several café’s for you to choose from, each one once again possessing its own charm and flair. My favourite café, Citrus Espresso Bar, known for its large mug servings of coffee and chai latte’s, has a laid back feel to its venue and possesses a delicious and modern menu of meals to choose from – my favourite being the supersized big breakfast ; I never leave feeling hungry. If you’re looking for a café that’s a little more ‘hipster friendly’ you can’t go past Urban Bites, its selection of home grown moustachioed baristas and grungy-chic hostesses are enough to make you feel at home. Their coffees are delicious and their meal portions are substantial, you’ll be pleased you walked a bit further to enjoy the lax experience they provide. If you’re hankering for something a little sweeter however, you can mozy on back to my preferred guilty pleasure Max Brenner. A chocoholics dream, the best way for me to describe this venue is edible sex – granted I’m biased due to the fact I love chocolate. However if you’ve had a long day exploring Sydney and you’ve happened to come across Max take it as a sign to rest your tired feet and experience a tumultuous relationship with a chocolate milkshake that linger on the pallet for a an hour afterwards.
Any trip to Newtown wouldn’t be complete without a sit down dinner at any one of their several eateries and restaurants dotted all along King Street. What cuisine do you prefer? African, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Chinese, Japanes, Italian? Newtown has all this and more; you are spoilt for choice when you go out for dinner. My favourite place to eat out in Newtown is Thai Pothong, a very popular venue five minutes from the Newtown station. Thai Pothong has a broad selection of meals to choose from including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free alternatives to suit any culinary fancy. The venue itself is very authentically presented, save for the small piece of sci-fi artwork greeting you at the entrance – it’s a real eye opener.