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Industrial Delight at Animal Bar in Newtown

Lion Cushion in 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.

Wall Mural of the Beatles in Animal Bar in Newtown Furniture and Decor in Animal Bar in Newtown Horse Head Decor and Lighting at Animal Bar in Newtown

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?).

Animal Bar in Newtown - Teal Blue Booth Seating Industrial Edison Light Bulb at Animal Bar in Newtown Cocktail on the Balcony at Animal Bar in Newtown

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).

Graffiti Wall Art at Animal Bar in Newtown Wall Art at Animal Bar in Newtown

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.

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Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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