Industrial Delight at Animal Bar in Newtown
I’m in the process of moving to Newtown this week, so it was only fitting that I hit the main strip, King Street, in search of a new watering hole. What I discovered upstairs at The Newtown Hotel was more than I had bargained for in the best way possible. Let’s take a look at Animal Bar, shall we?
Animal Bar is the upstairs section of the hotel and it’s like entering a sort of gritty and industrial New York apartment block. Granted, I’ve never been to New York, but the staircase you use to enter the bar reminds me of that episode of Sex and the City where Carrie goes to the house party with the 20-something guy and kisses Alanis Morissette.
Of course, the decor in Animal Bar accurately reflects its moniker; animals are prevalent all over the place. Lion cushions, owl artworks and of course – as you can see above – the most magical horse heads strewn with industrial lighting. Brickwork is also a key feature of the venue, as are chalkboards, metal seating and a few gentle nods to retro (don’t you just love the booth seating below?).
The balcony is by far one of the standouts of Animal Bar and if you’re ever wandering through Newtown on a weekend you’ll notice the balcony heaving with crowds. On a sunny day it’s most definitely the place to be, with blue industrial stools and a welcome appearance from plants sitting in terracotta pots. It’s casual yet cool (my favourite decor vibe) and serves up a mean cocktail (the above bevvie is a Bourbon Sour and most definitely packs a punch).
So if you like your establishment a little dark and dapper, industrial and eclectic and definitely a little gritty, you need to experience The Animal. If you’re up for more than a drink, they serve a full menu in the restaurant area, but my suggestion is to hit that balcony with a cocktail or two and enjoy their delightful array of bar snacks.