The Great Northern has had a chequered career. When railway was king this used to be a thriving establishment. Since those days it has gone through a succession of owners but, as Newcastle's profile continues its rapid change, there is life in the old, now converted, beast yet.
Its proximity to some backpacker establishments and the influx of new apartments in town have sparked its welcome revival and, in the future, it will be even better than it is now.
Dress Code: Reasonable casual is the minimum requirement
This venue, opened late 2010, was an instant hit and has, along with other cafes etc., helped to open up the foreshore even further.
Although in this pic it seems rather forlorn, it was taken early one rainy morning. In the evening the place is bustling with life.
It's situated in a converted warehouse from bygone days, so good that the shape has been conserved.
Dress Code: Dress code is fairly relaxed but don't turn up in a singlet and thongs, it's not that relaxed.
There aren't many places left in Newcastle that support live bands but Wickham Park Hotel is one. I know this because my son's band (Swan) gets to play there from time to time.
The Ritz it's not but if you want down to earth music played by good musicians then you could do worse than check out the bands they have scheduled.
Dress Code: Dress code here is virtually non existent. You can rock up in thongs, stubbies and t-shirt and blend in quite nicely or dress up nice casual.
To sum up the Night Life by experience, they are all good! if you like live bands or dj's they have it all, unfortunately its i needle in a hay stack in choosing a night when one is actually having a good night, some nights its deserted, other nights its so good you never want to leave, but thats Newcastle... its always a suprise! And your bound to have a good time
Dress Code: Unfortunately the clubs are pretty sexest. Females may wear anything, to footwear and clothes. Males are to always wear covered shoes, not sneakers, and always wear pants not shorts.
Any vist to newcastle, wouldn't be complete without a night out at Fanny's night club. It has cheap drinks for students on Wed nights, and usually has an awsome DJ on Friday nights. There is also a side lounge, where you can just sit and hang out and listen to Techno.
"The Del", as it is affectionately known, is located amidst the restaurant strip in Darby Street. Due to its proximity to a lot of Uni student accommodation, it is popular with the younger set and, on weekends, always has live bands.
It can get very stuffy in summer but that doesn't stop it getting packed out.
It has a restaurant but I'm not recommending it. You really should go there for the atmosphere in the general drinking and dancing area.
Dress Code: Casual, but thongs and singlets may not get you in.
The Beaches Hotel is famous for its Sunday sessions. After a long day relaxing on the sand, it is only a short stroll up to the beaches hotel for a feed and some drinks with friends. It is also popular on weekend nights as a beginning destination before neading into nightclubs in town. A free bus runs from The Beaches to town around midnight.
Dress Code: Ranges from Bikinis to smart casual, depending on the time of the day.
This is Newcastle's busiest licensed club. For those from overseas, clubs in Australia take on a different meaning and it's all to do with one thing - poker machines (or slot machines as some places call them).
From these little beasts come obscene amounts of money but, at least if you're a member or visitor, the benefits are returned in the way of excellent facilities and shows.
Wests, as it is commonly known in Newcastle, has four restaurants, three venues for show and conferences, an attached up market hotel and poker machines by the hundred (along with a couple of roulette and blackjack machines).
They also have an extraordinary horse racing machine that you can gamble on. It cost the club one million Aussie dollars and has little horses going around a track with cameras picking up the action and, if you can't see for the crowd, it's up on a big screen nearby. Extraordinary!
The food hall is diverse and has a range of culinary delights at reasonable prices that even backpackers can afford.
Dress Code: You are advised not to try and enter in thongs and a singlet. You will not be admitted.
What could be better than a warm autumn day, sitting by the harbour, sipping your favourite beveridge, caressed by a fleeting zephyr, in good company. Aahh, life, give it to me!
There are a few cafes and one hotel all together at Queens Wharf and it certainly pays to book in on Friday or Saturday night if the weather's fine.
Dress Code: Dress code? You're in Newcastle, time to relax. This is a town of no pretensions and a working class background; frankly, we don't care how you dress, you're welcome anyway.
Situated on the Harbour Foreshore...
45 different beers to choose from, 13 on tap.
Live entertainment... Wed to Sun.
Great place for a bit of Socializing, Eating, Drinking, and enjoying a night out.
Dress Code: Neat Casual
Situated in the CBD of Newcastle, Club Nova is a must visit destination.
For socializing, eating & drinking, and entertainment.
Dress Code: Neat Casual
NEWCASTLE- I've heard about 'Fanny's Nightclub' but haven't been to any nightclubs in the city so I don't know personally how it is. It's located on 311 Wharf Road.