Creative, buzzing, dynamic, arty, eclectic — there’s no single adjective that captures the essence of Newtown, one of Sydney’s must-visit neighbourhoods. So what should you add to your Newtown to-do list? Start with these 10 great things to see and do in the 2042 postcode.
The Courthouse Hotel is a cherished Newtown institution, boasting a friendly front bar and sunny beer garden that caters to the neighbourhood’s resident hipsters and blue-collar workers alike. The Bank Hotel, Earl’s Juke Joint, Corridor and Websters Bar are just a handful of the other great watering holes where you can raise a glass in the 2042 postcode.
If you were running a competition to find Sydney’s best burger, then Mary’s would be a serious contender for the gold medal. Since 2013, this boozy burger bar has transformed a grungy Mary St warehouse space into one of the city’s must-visit food and drink experiences. Fancy some more takeaway? Clem’s Chicken Shop is an old-school King St institution that the locals love, too.
Dog lovers, your dreams have come true. Situated smack bang in the middle of the suburb, the Camperdown Rest Memorial Park is one of the few parks in the Inner-West that allows off-leash dog play, providing a haven for doggos, floofs and pupperinos… as well as locals who are keen to make a few new furry friends. The park also hosts various community events throughout the year, including the Newtown Festival each spring.
One of Sydney’s most loved music venues is situated just a short stroll down Enmore Road from the middle of Newtown. Over its century-old history, the 2500-seat Enmore Theatre has hosted the Rolling Stones, KISS, Coldplay, Oasis plus countless other acts, and continues to welcome a bumper line-up of emerging and established artists.
It doesn’t get any more Newtown than Young Henrys, the craft brewery that began life in a Wilford St warehouse six years ago and has since blossomed into one of Sydney’s best beer makers. The stylish tasting bar now features six taps and two hand pumps to fill pints and growlers full of the delicious product — including the Newtowner pale ale — fresh from the source.
Sydney’s best sporting experience is watching the Newtown Jets at Henson Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon with an icy cold can of Young Henrys in hand. Nicknamed after the aircrafts that soar above the Inner-West, the Jets are Australia’s oldest rugby league club founded way back in 1908, and a winter’s day watching them play transports you back in time to how sport ought to be.
Newtown is a treasure trove of quality second-hand clothes stores, and the Collective Ensemble is one of the best. Located at the southern end of King St, this popular vintage store boasts one of the city’s most carefully curated collections of pre-loved clothes, with a wide range of garments catering to both men and women. You’ll find plenty of vintage bargains all the way along King St, too.
Newtown is one of the key pieces of Sydney’s lively coffee scene, and this huge converted warehouse is one of the top cafes in the neighbourhood. Roasting its own beans on-site, Brewtown’s atmospheric industrial space is split into two levels — the main dining and cafe area downstairs, plus a well-stocked retail section upstairs that includes a bakery famous for its ‘cronuts’.
Fittingly, such a creative suburb is home to one of Sydney’s premier arthouse cinemas, surrounded by the retailers and eateries of King St. The Newtown Dendy is heaven for serious cinephiles who love the 10 state-of-the-art theatres, wide comfortable seats, the pin-sharp Dolby digital surround sound, and the diverse selection of films showing.
The Harbour City’s hipster capital is also Sydney’s best place to browse retro LPs, and Egg Records is one of the most experienced music retailers in Newtown. This independent record store draws shoppers off King St to peruse its formidable collection of new and used LPs, rare reissues, hard-to-find CDs, as well as classic movies, merchandise and memorabilia.