After the demise of the Cross, Newtown is busier than ever after dark. This shift hasn't led to too many changes – yet. Most of the bars along King Street still have the grungy, lo-fi feel that Newtown is known and loved for. But within that genre, the area offers a diverse set of options, as the list below illustrates.

Earl's Juke Joint

Bar

A lively cocktail bar hidden behind the facade of an old butcher shop.

407 King Street, Newtown

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

Bar

Relax with "Mar-tinnies" and tinned seafood.

210 Australia Street, Newtown
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Ante

Bar

Around 60 styles of sake are pouring at this intimate drinking den, inspired by the vinyl-spinning jazz bars of Japan. Expect rare Japanese gins and whiskies too, plus a Euro-Japanese snack menu by ex-Pinbone chef, Jemma Whiteman.

146 King Street, Newtown

Jacoby's

Bar

A highlight destination for date night: tiki cocktails, low lighting and a red velvet curtain.

154 Enmore Road, Enmore

Mary’s Newtown

Bar

Sydney’s most influential burger joint.

6 Mary Street, Newtown

Young Henrys Brewery

Bar

The rowdy HQ for one of Sydney's most treasured breweries.

76 Wilford Street, Newtown

Odd Culture

Bar

A theme of fermentation guides this cavernous King Street bar. Find a dizzying list of funky farmhouse ales, ciders and natural wines, plus a Euro-inspired all-day menu by a formidable kitchen team.

Cafe, Restaurant and Bar 266 King Street, Newtown

She Loves You

Bar

A bar serving wines and cocktails with a focus on native ingredients.

530 King Street, Newtown

Fortunate Son

Bar

This tiny bar serves old-school cocktails, classic drinks with a twist and fresh-juice highballs.

105 Enmore Road, Newtown

The Midnight Special

Bar

This quiet small bar offers a break from busier local pubs.

44 Enmore Road, Newtown

1989 Kitchen and Arcade

Cafe

The golden age of retro arcade games under one roof.

22-24 King Street, Newtown

Bloodwood

Restaurant

A trio of chefs is behind this dapper bar with a penchant for low-intervention wines.

416 King Street, Newtown

The Duke of Enmore

Restaurant

The pokies are gone and Big Buck Hunter is in. The Duke lives on with local beers, "stiff and strong" cocktails and upscale pub grub – think chicken liver pâté on toast, puffy breads stuffed with mortadella and a fancy steak.

148 Enmore Road, Enmore

Enmore Hotel

Bar

A classic sports pub in the city’s inner-west that revitalises a legendary space for the next generation of Sydney’s drinkers.

199 Enmore Street, Enmore

Mountain Goat Newtown

Bar

A brewery and bar in a former Newtown furniture store from one of Australia's pioneering craft brewers. Sit in the sunny beer garden and sip on cult brews such as the Organic Steam Ale and Pale Ale, plus a selection of exclusive beers you can only find here.

435 King Street, Newtown

Pistou

Bar

This laid-back Provençal wine bar is all about small producers and easy decisions. There are just three drinks on the regularly changing cocktail list, a short food menu and a streamlined selection of wines. Plus, a choose-your-own-adventure weekend brunch plate.

601 King Street, Newtown

Union Hotel

Bar

One of the best craft beer pubs in Sydney.

576 King Street, Newtown

Courthouse Hotel

Bar

A classic old boozer blessed with one of the best beer gardens in Sydney.

202 Australia St, Newtown

Cottonmouth Records

Bar

Record store by day, bar by night – this New Orleans-style juke joint oozes cool.

182 Enmore Road, Enmore

The Bank Hotel

Bar

A Solotel-owned pub with its own cocktail bar and band room.

324 King Street, Newtown

Corridor

Bar

A low-key spot with a share-house feel, only with much better food.

153a King Street, Newtown

Uncle Hops

Bar

A dedicated craft beer bar inside The Bank Hotel.

324 King Street, Newtown

The Newtown Hotel

Bar

This time-honoured pub looks sharper than ever. Head to the ornate balcony upstairs for one of the best knock-off spots on King Street.

Pub 174 King Street, Newtown

The Carlisle Castle Hotel

Bar

A historic Newtown pub that's retained its old-school charm.

19 Albermarle, Newtown

Tokyo Sing Song

Bar

The weirdest bar in Sydney is also one of the most fun.

Basement 145 King Street, Newtown

Bar Planet

Bar

At this moody inner-west den, the team behind the city's best Margarita (and one of the world’s best bars) turns its attention to that cocktail-lounge staple, the Martini. Needless to say, the results are out of this world.

16 Enmore Road, Newtown

Holey Moley

Bar

Cocktails and minigolf.

387 King Street, Newtown