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Newtown favourite Belly Bao opens takeaway window with full menu

March 26, 2020

It’s been weeks of pure shock, for everyone (okay, maybe except for this absolute dickhead). The hospitality industry has especially suffered a critical blow, as scenes around the world have been hit tremendously hard with the impact of COVID-19. In Australia, some of our favourite venues are scrambling to adapt or shut their doors. This […]

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The Collectionist Review: Newtown’s funky high-concept hotel

July 3, 2019

Name any city around the world and you’re bound to find a cluster of its best hotels lying around the central business district or the bucketlist landmarks. Very few tend to play outside of these invisible borders, and when they do, they’re often of the “you get what you pay for” compromise. For visitors, this […]

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LP’s Quality Meats and Porteno have opened a pizzeria in Newtown

October 18, 2018

Some of the Inner West’s greatest culinary minds have come together to open a pizzeria on King Street, Newtown. This is a big deal. Talks of Bella Brutta (meaning “Beautiful Ugly”) began earlier this year, speaking of a pizza diner spearheaded by co-owner Luke Powell of Chippendale institution LP’s Quality Meats along with the crew, […]

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Best things to do in Sydney for October 2018

October 3, 2018

October is consistently one of the best months to be living in, or visiting, Sydney. Why? Festival. As we enter the middle of spring, there’s a true celebratory air across the city, as festivals, fairs, and multi-day events pop-up for their annual editions, providing plenty of things to do for those who want to get […]

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Cuckoo Callay’s super indulgent bacon festival is back (Sydney)

April 26, 2018

Now well-established amongst Sydney’s bacon-loving diners, Cuckoo Callay’s Bacon Ooze Festival is back with an entirely new menu for the fourth consecutive year. You’ve got until the last week of June to head along to either (or both, do both) the popular café’s Newtown or Surry Hills outposts and dig into a specially created menu […]

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Hartsyard switches things up for a fresh start in 2018 (Sydney)

January 13, 2018

After six highly successful years in Newtown, Hartsyard co-owners Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart have reopened with a brand new approach, switching up their menu, drinks list, and even interiors as the beloved inner-west restaurant starts 2018 anew. Llewllyn will lead the kitchen alongside soon-to-arrive Head Chef Jarrod Walsh (ex-Automata), crafting an edited menu of […]

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Rarities and unique drinks on the shelf for Newtown’s new P&V Wine & Liquor (Sydney)

December 18, 2017

Lou Dowling of Mary’s has teamed up with the beloved burger joints co-founders, Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham, as well as renowned wine and drinks expert (and well-known journalist) Mike Bennie to open P&V Wine & Liquor in Newtown. Located on Enmore road, the recently opened drinks concept is being described as “part bottle-o, part […]

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Hartsyard 2.0 announced as Newtown favourite plans some big changes (Sydney)

December 4, 2017

Hardcore Sydney fans and Newtown locals may have to say goodbye to Hartsyard as they know it but the Newtown institution plans on reopening in early January 2018 with Hartsyard 2.0. After nearly six years, chef and owner, Gregory Llewellyn, decided it was time to head in a new direction and change things up. This includes […]

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Could sustainable seafood and poke restaurant Salmon & Bear be expanding?

November 16, 2017

Two years since it first opened in Sydney, Salmon & Bear has been a true gift for lovers of high-quality, accessible and sustainable seafood. Now with two locations, Zetland and Newtown, the casual seafood eatery is well-placed to complement the rise of more health-conscious dining in Sydney, as well as food trends like the now […]

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Local businesses band together for special Newtown Festival menu (Sydney)

October 23, 2017

It’s about that time again, when one of Sydney’s most eclectic and exciting communities is channeled into the unbridled celebration that is Newtown Festival. Yep, the famously bohemian inner-west suburb is about to once again throw the party of the year as the festival, in its 39th year, takes over Camperdown Park for a glorious […]

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Bar Luca is opening a massive build-your-own burger bar in Newtown (Sydney)

October 17, 2017

The team behind Bar Luca and BL Burgers are taking the next very impressive step in solififying their burger empire, which to date includes acclaimed burger bars in Bondi, Darlinghurst, Parramatta and the CBD. That step: a build-your-own bowl and burger bar with eight bases to choose from, 70 ingredients and toppings, and 20 different […]

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Review: Ballaro brings Sicilian street eats to Newtown (Sydney)

October 17, 2017

Sitting smack bang in the middle of King Street’s more energetic half, Ballaro is a small but bright new shop pumping out authentic Sicilian-style street eats. Owned by two Italians, the space draws on inspiration from the oldest and most vibrant street market in Sicily with images of fresh produce and crates used to craft […]

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Cult favourite Belly Bao has finally opened in Newtown (Sydney)

September 17, 2017

A few months ago we received word that Sydney’s cult favourite bao-king Belly Bao was finishing up at their cavernous kitchen in Hudson Ballroom (formerly Good God Small Club) and moving into their own permanent spot. It quickly became one of the year’s most anticipated openings and as of last week, the business has finally […]

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Newtown’s new Sicilian pizzeria is offering 100 free slices this week (Sydney)

September 4, 2017

Sicilian-style pizza by the slice will be landing in the heart of Newtown as of later this week as Ballaro opens on King Street. Drawing on the lively street food culture of the famous Mediterranean island, the new venture from Daniele Arnone and Stefano Zanco will be adding something distinctive to the plethora of multicultural […]

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Newtown Good Food Fair to bring the party to the streets this October (Sydney)

August 28, 2017

Around 30 stallholders will soon come together to celebrate Newtown’s unique, cultural and eclectic offering of drinks, food and the pub scene. The event returns for its fourth year to showcase the areas community spirit and party vibe. On Sunday the 8th of October guest can expect to relish in the likes of Bloodwood, Bovine […]

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Sydney favourite Belly Bao is officially moving to Newtown

July 5, 2017

It’s been four years since the almighty Belly Bao shot straight to the heart of Sydney’s food lovers. In 2013 they began trading fortnightly at Paddington Markets, growing a loyal following with lovingly steamed bao buns and various fillings like crispy fried chicken and crackling roast pork belly. They worked up a collective appetite among […]

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Two-storey mini golf bar Holey Moley is opening in Newtown (Sydney)

June 25, 2017

Now that Brisbane and Melbourne have been hit with this weird hybrid of a bar and mini golf course, it’s Sydney’s turn. Opening up in Newtown, the rapidly expanding Holey Moley is set to mirror its success in the other two cities with a pop-culture approach to the timeless tradition of putting a ball into […]

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Gelatissimo and Brewtown announce exclusive gelato-brewnut fusion for Newtown (Sydney)

May 16, 2017

Newtown locals are used to seeing some of their favourites come together for limited edition collaborations. By now those who live around the inner-west gem should be more than familiar with the Newtown Locals but there’s plenty of other partnerships worth paying attention to. The latest: a delicious fusion from Gelatissimo and Brewtown Newtown. Gelatissimo’s […]

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First Look: Cuckoo Callay’s Bacon Festival returns to Newtown for 2017 (Sydney)

March 12, 2017

Bacon Festival returns for its third instalment from 14 March at Newtown’s Cuckoo Callay. Running for 12 weeks, the festival features nine bacon-focused dishes alongside the usual menu. Paying homage to film festivals, the naming of the dishes has been inspired by iconic films. Cuckoo Callay sources produce from NSW farms that follow sustainable and […]

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Review: Old City Kitchen and Bar – Newtown (Sydney)

November 1, 2016

Middle East meets Mediterranean at this unassuming spot on a side street in Newtown. Old City Kitchen and Bar is only a couple of paces away from busy King St but it is significantly quieter and more intimate than say, its rockabilly neighbour Miss Peaches, located a mere two doors down. The professional finish of the […]

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Newtown Locals: Hartsyard, Mary’s, Continental Deli and more announce collaborative dishes for Newtown Festival (Sydney)

October 12, 2016

With the 38th annual Newtown Festival coming up the inner-west suburb will once again be witnessing the return of Newtown Locals, a collaborative program from some of the area’s best chefs, restaurateurs and brewers aimed at sharing their love and passion for the famously bohemian neighbourhood. This will be the third year for Newtown Locals, […]

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Interview: Newtown Locals talk food and drink at the 38th annual Newtown Festival

October 12, 2016

Newtown Locals is a collection of the inner west neighbourhood’s greatest food and drink purveyors, and each year the group comes together at the annual Newtown Festival to offer up special collaborative dishes designed to showcase the communal spirit of the area. Once again, the community cook-offs will aim at providing some much needed funds […]

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MIFF Review: Kim A. Snyder’s documentary Newtown (USA, 2016) is a marvel

August 4, 2016

In December of 2014, a lone gunman walked into an Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot and killed 20 children and 6 staff members. While most peoples instant response was to condemn the shooter (who killed himself at the scene), many could be forgiven for not instantly considering the parents who lost their sons […]

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Review: Cuckoo Callay (Winter Menu 2016) – Newtown (Sydney)

July 16, 2016

Cuckoo Callay may be best known for their annual Bacon Festival Menu, but this chirpy Newtown café deserves a closer look at their ever-changing all day menu, which has recently been overhauled for the winter season. We’re not talking about one or two additional dishes either; the owners regularly experiment with massive, inventive combinations that […]

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Gelato Messina are opening a Newtown store (Sydney)

July 12, 2016

Australia’s iconic gelato champions Gelato Messina are finally expanding to include a store in the inner-west, and it’s going to be located right smack bang in the middle of Newtown’s King Street. Taking over the former Gelatomassi store at 262 King Street, Messina will be setting up towards the end of August (exact date not […]

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Over 40 Dark Beers will be tapped at Newtown’s Union Hotel for this epic winter event (Sydney)

June 7, 2016

Newtown institution Union Hotel is turning down the lights for a special craft beer event this month, tapping 40 dark beers over two evenings to help make the winter cold that much more bearable, as well as highlighting some of the country’s best winter brews (many of which are crowd-sourced suggestions). 20 Dark Kegs will […]

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Newtown’s iconic Zanzibar has completely transformed; is now known as Websters Bar (Sydney)

June 6, 2016

Long-standing Newtown institution Zanzibar is effectively gone, transforming into what is now to be known as Websters Bar with new concepts to shape the iconic venue’s three levels, including it’s coveted rooftop. What one will now find at Websters Bar now is a sophisticated ode to vintage Whisky bars, both paying homage to the unique […]

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Sydney’s first stoner food cafe opens in Newtown at 4:20pm today, and the menu is ridiculous

April 5, 2016

Hey, you, the guy with half-closed eyes and a cheesy grin. Hungry? Want some deep-fried ravioli nachos? How about some chocolate, pretzel, and sour worm ice cream? You’re in luck because Sydney’s first ever stoner-inspired cafe is opening up today (Wednesday 6th April) at the very appropriate time of 4:20pm. D’Munchies is a new venture […]

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Waterman’s Lobster Co. will pop-up at Young Henry’s in Newtown for Easter (Sydney)

March 7, 2016

Heard of Waterman’s Lobster Co. and their Maine and Connecticut style lobster rolls but aren’t keen on leaving the inner-west bubble? We’ve got some good news for you. The increasingly popular Potts Point joint will be bringing some of their delicious rolls for a little two-day pop-up towards the end of this month, setting up […]

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Calaveras Mexican Cantina and Tequila Bar – Newtown (Sydney)

January 25, 2016

It’s no secret that there’s plenty of places to get your Mexican fix in Sydney. From chain restaurants to independent eateries, you have a vast array of options depending on where you are, how much you’ve got in your pocket, and whether you want to spend the entire night with a tacky plastic sombrero on […]

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