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Top things to do in Newcastle at night

For night owls and after-dark adventures, Newcastle isn't short of things to do, from comedy shows and live music to cocktail hours and late-night bowling. Newcastle's daytime charms are hard to resist, but as the sun sets, this trendy coastal town truly comes to life. Whether you're a local looking for some fresh ideas or a visitor wondering how to make the most of your evenings, we've got you covered with our round-up of the best things to do in Newcastle at night.

Catch a Show at Newcastle Civic Theatre

Newcastle Civic Theatre, located a mere 2-minute walk from Crystalbrook Kingsley, offers the perfect dose of culture to kick off your night in Newcastle. This historic gem regularly hosts an array of live performances, from comedy festivals to iconic bands, classical ballets and world-class musicals. Whether you're into highbrow drama, belly laughs or foot-tapping live music, the Civic Theatre is the cultural heartbeat of the city.

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Tap into the Newcastle Brewery Scene

After the theatre, your taste buds might be calling for a refreshing beverage. And what better way to answer the call than with a pint of Newcastle's finest craft beer? The city is bustling with local breweries and bars, so swing by the FogHorn Brewhouse in the heart of town and sample their handcrafted brews in an industrial-chic setting, or head to the on-site bar and kitchen at Shout Brewing Co for a selection of unique, artisanal beers. 

Tune in to Live Music in Newcastle

If your idea of a perfect night involves live entertainment, Newcastle has a thriving music scene. From up-and-coming artists to top international acts like Elton John and Keith Urban, Newcastle never misses a beat. Head over to popular venues like the Clarendon Hotel Bar and The Rogue Scholar, with emerging local musicians playing most nights of the week. The Stag & Hunter Hotel, known for its impressive roster of bluesy tunes and welcoming atmosphere, is another must for live music lovers.

Strike It Lucky Bowling in Newcastle

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice with the ball in the gutter, Strike Bowling is a super-fun way to spend a night out in Newcastle. This lively bowling alley, located just 15 minutes from Crystalbrook Kingsley, is spread over two levels, with eight bowling lanes, two karaoke rooms and a laser tag area. Throw in some burgers and a drink or two from the cocktail bar, and you've got yourself an action-packed date night or the perfect evening with friends.

Laugh Your Heart Out at the Newcastle Comedy Club

If you're looking to have your funny bone tickled, Newcastle Comedy Club should be your first port of call. This local gem regularly hosts local jokers and touring stand-up comedians, plus open-mic nights and roast wars that will have you in stitches. The club's atmosphere is laid-back, the jokes are fresh, and the club sits in a prime location on bustling Darby Street, less than a 5-minute walk from Crystalbrook Kingsley.

Experience Newcastle’s Nightlife

Newcastle, one of Australia's most renowned foodie destinations, is a place where restaurants, pubs and bars line the street, offering top culinary experiences, craft beers, creative cocktails, live music and DJs that will keep you entertained well into the early hours. Take your pick of waterfront watering holes like The Landing Bar and Kitchen or MoneyPenny or old-school pubs like The Commonwealth Hotel or Greenroof Bar & Restaurant in Hamilton. For late-night revelry, head to prohibition-style bar Coal and Cedar, Newcastle's favourite tiki bar—Blue Kahunas or celebrate the best of the eighties and nineties at Uptowns.

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Whether discovering local talent, sipping craft beers or dancing the night away, Newcastle's nightlife offers a little bit of everything. So, go ahead, venture through the vibrant streets, and create memories that will light up your night in Newcastle. And when the night draws to a close, make your way back to your luxury base at Crystalbrook Kingsley.

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