Newcastle is popular for several pokies venues with an extraordinary history. There are many locals and visitors who visit these VIP lounges to spend quality time from the hassle and bustle of everyday stress. Here are the best pubs in Newcastle to play pokies.
Some of the popular gaming lounges to play your favourite poker machines in this city are here which have historic landmarks from eras long before ours. Have a look at the fascinating origins of these buildings.
Best Pubs to Play Pokies in Newcastle
History of Newcastle
Newcastle was, in fact, inhabited by Aboriginal people who name the town Mulubinba. This name was used until the first European settlement came in 1797. Lieutenant John Shortland accidentally discovered that the port has an abundance of coal.
During the 1870s and 1880s, these areas start to flourish, buildings were built featuring Victorian architecture. Some of these buildings are still there and also host a wide selection of pokies to play with.
There are over 920 pokies available across Newcastle pubs, so you will be able to find a venue easily – just be sure not to disturb the locals. While the list would be far too long if we named every pub or hotel offering pokies in Newcastle we have listed a few in popular suburbs so you can find one within walking distance.
1. Argyle House
The Argyle House is running since 1857 and was initially the headquarters of the large company, the Australian Agricultural Company (A.A. Co) for almost 100 years which runs mining operations in the Lower Hunter for quite some time, driving Newcastle’s development. Later in the 1960’s the headquarters were shifted to Tamworth and this building became a nightclub, known as Coyotes Nightclub.
In 2013, it was reconstructed and re-opened as a new nightclub under new ownership. It opens only on Wednesday and Saturday nights – sometimes Fridays for special occasions. Here you can play an array of pokies as it features a gaming room. This Victorian Georgian-style building also features five bars and six different rooms.
2. Customs House Hotel
Sitting off the Newcastle Foreshore, Customs House Hotel is an old listed building designed by New South Wales Colonial Architect, James Barnet in 1877. This hotel features a high clock tower with a time ball with dark cream bricks on the walls. This time ball drops every day at 1 pm until World War II when they stopped it to avoid being noticed by the enemy.
This hotel has two floors and a basement, a restaurant, a bar, a beer garden, a pool room, and a gaming room where you can enjoy your pokies picking the best from a small selection of pokies.
Here you can have quality time by playing a few rounds on the machines and enjoying a nice cold beer outside in the beer garden with magnificent views of the harbour.
3. Lambton Park Hotel
This Park hotel is running since the 1880s under the name Exchange Hotel. This pub retains its historic value, and while the outer wall of the building still remains the same, the foyer – specifically the tile work – is news. In addition, a title featuring ‘EH’ is a new addition to the pay-the-homepage to its original name. This pub offers a comprehensive food menu, with a wide range of beer, spirits, and wines.
4. The Burwood Inn
It is one of Newcastle’s oldest pubs, introduced in 1876, and restored and renovated in 2011. The outer section of the pub remains the same which is give you a glimpse of the era over 100 years ago. You will find it just a few streets away from the Dixon and Merewether beaches. In this inn, you will find a small little gaming room of the bar where you can play a number of electronic gaming machines. The Burwood Inn is the best steak in Newcastle, where you can grab a bite to eat if you plan to visit for a play.
5. The Lucky Hotel
Initially known as the Lucky Country Hotel, this amazing venue is considered to be one of Newcastle’s best revamp stories. This grand building was designed in the late 1800s, featuring a small bar but in 2014 the renovated venue was opened to reveal a huge spacious brick courtyard featuring traditional architecture. The courtyard has tables and also features an outside bar.
Inside the hotel, you will also have another bar and more tables as well as a gaming room also to play a range of pokies.
You can play pokies at league clubs which have a large assortment of pokies is the league clubs which you can find all around Newcastle. There are over 2000 poker machines available across these Newcastle pokies venues, and we, therefore, recommend visiting the following league clubs for the best hospitality and variety in games.
It is important to note, if you live in a 5km radius you will need to sign up to be a member – if you don’t you will need to sign up through a member (if your entire group is all out-of-towner you can either sign up as a member (for a fee) or ask someone to sign you in).
What’s more these venues are open until the early hours of the morning so if you’ve enjoyed a nice dinner at a pub or restaurant nearby only to have it shut, you can venture on down to these clubs.
- Souths Rugby Leagues Club: Located in the suburb of Merewether, just a short walk from the beach, Souths Rugby Leagues Club offers an assortment of pokies lining the floors, as well as a Sports Bar and Entertainment Lounge
- Central Leagues Club: Located in the suburb of Charlestown you will find an abundance of poker machines here, as well as live bingo every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am.
- Wests: This group owns a number of clubs around Newcastle including Wests New Lambton, Wests Mayfield, Wests Cardiff, and Wests City (formerly Newcastle Panthers). Some of the favourite venues of the lot are Wests New Lambton, which offers an assortment of pokies lining the floors (as with the others) and there’s free coffee and hot chocolate from the nearest vending machines or attendants while you play. There are also a number of bars here including the prestigious Marble Bar and a delicious chocolate fountain you don’t want to miss.
Above listed are some of the most prominent and popular hotels and bars with rich traditional and historical values where you can enjoy your favourite pokies in New Castle.