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4.30pm | Coal & Cedar Early Drinks


Newcastle’s original small bar is opening the doors early just for New Move. Head down to 380 Hunter Street (near Civic light rail stop) from 4:30pm for some of the best cocktails in town. Coal & Cedar is one of the city’s favourite speakeasys and it can be hard to get in, so take up this opportunity to score a seat at the bar and get in on the secret.

NB: Text the number on the door and one of C&C’s friendly bartenders will collect you from the street.

Where: 380 Hunter Street, Newcastle

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5:30pm | Pop-Up Welcome Drinks

Friday 7/5
Pop-Up Welcome Drinks
Where: Victoria Theatre, 8 Perkins Street, Newcastle
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cost: Free

Complimentary happy hour at the oldest theatre in NSW, the c1891 ‘Might Vic’, which is in the process of being revitalised and re-opened. Meet your New Move hosts and fellow participants and learn about one of the city’s hidden heritage gems.

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7:00pm | Make your own dinner plans

For those looking to mingle, reach out and the New Move team will happily group you with others and assist with dinner reservations for afterwards. For those who prefer to go it alone, we recommend nearby King Street for good options, as well as the waterfront and Darby Street. Friday nights are busy, so make sure you make a reservation. For those after suggestions, check out:

Friday Feast at The Station

Friday Night Feast is a family friendly food festival where you can taste the town and immerse yourself in the best street eats the Hunter Region has to offer.

Head on down to The Station (cr Watt and Scott Streets) after our Welcome Drinks and enjoy a relaxed dinner with entertainment.

Staying out? Check out our small bar guide

Weather you feel like a quiet night cap or a boogie there are a number of options for you. Grab a bunch of your new friends and plan your night! Here is some more detail on Newcastle by Night.

If you don’t feel like exploring your own way check out our Small bar guide.

4pm – Grab your first night at the Falcon, with the smell of the ocean in the air.

5pm - Begin at the grunge-chic of Saints Gin Bar (king St) and try a cocktail or G&T featuring locally produced gin.

6pm – If you like Pina Colada, head to Blue Kahunas (Hunter St) because what surf town would be complete without a full concept tiki bar?! Go for the synthetic velvet lushness of the back booths.  

7.15pm – Dinner and drinks at either the uber cool Asian fusion adventure that is Ginger Megs or the stylish but rowdy vibe of the all-you-can-eat Brazillian BBQ at Meet (King St)

8.30pm – Look out for the hidden pleasures of The Koutetsu (Hunter St), where Tokyo whiskey bar meets retro apocalypse meets 80s electronica (text the number at the door for entry)

10pm – Head upstairs at The Rum Diary (up the stairwell behind the doorway in the back of the cupboard on the first floor – think Narnia for adults) and try a rum flute from the region of your choice or have an imported cigar in the cigar lounge (Hunter St)

11pm – Jams Karaoke (Union St) for drinks and late night munchies brought to your personal booth while you sing your evening away (hot tip – ask for a tambourine, they supply only upon request)

12.15am – Coal and Cedar (Hunter St) for midnight cocktails in Newcastle’s famous prohibition-style speak easy. Text the number on the door for entry upon arrival

Interested in moving to Newcastle?