With the catchy tagline ‘Same Same But Different’, Sydney’s iconic Newtown Hotel will reopen for business with a swish new makeover on Wednesday 31 October.
The 130-year-old building at 174 King Street had particular significance to our community as an LGBT watering hole for many years before it closed in 2007. It reopened as a mixed bar with a ‘cheap and cheerful’ ‘Freaky Tiki’ makeover in 2010 but soon closed again for a major refurb.
Shown above and below as renovations near completion, these photos come from the My Love Affair With Newtown Facebok page.
The entry level looks set to include a bar, garden, lounge and stage, which the second level contains a bar, dining area and balcony, and the top level will become a cinema level with a projector installed.
“Entering through big double doors, the revamped ground floor space will have a traditional pub feel with dark green tiles, a large central bar, high booths and Chesterfield lounges,” say the venue’s management The Keystone Group, who also manage Cargo Bar, theloft, Bungalow 8, The Winery and Gazebo Wine Garden.
“In a nod to the venue’s entertainment-steeped history, music posters and a giant Michael Jackson hand sourced from a collector in LA will adorn the walls, while a stage will house regular entertainment including local bands and DJs and stripped back acoustic sets.”
A unique aspect of the Newtown’s revamp is that the building has had its distinctive historic balcony restored long it was removed more than 100 years ago. “The fully restored and generously wide balcony runs the length of the first floor providing a great outdoor space to eat, drink and watch the colourful characters of Newtown pass along King Street,” confirms Keystone.
It’s not yet known whether the new Newtown Hotel will actively court the gay and lesbian drinking locals with specific events.