Planning to catch up with those friends who you haven’t seen in ages? Why not try one of these Newmarket gems. From pubs, to cocktails and pre-movie snacks, catching up with friends on a Saturday night never looked so good.
The Claddagh Irish Pub
2018 saw a change of owner, a new paint job and a refresh of the menu for one of Newmarket’s favourite hidden Irish gems, The Claddagh. But fear not, regular staples remain including their delicious pot pies and pints of Guinness, traditional Irish music every Sunday and their weekly Wednesday pub quizzes. The Claddagh is a great place to relax and unwind away from the crowds.
09 522 4410
The Lumsden Freehouse
The popularity of craft beer shows no sign of slowing down and where better to get a taste of the best than Newmarket’s very own Lumsden Freehouse. Did you know that Freehouses are called Freehouses because they’re free from the influence of big breweries? This allows them to pour what they like, based on customers and their feedback. And with more than 15 rotating taps and 120+ different varieties of bottles and cans to choose from, there is literally a brew for everyone. Grab a table outside and settle in for an afternoon of craft beers, burgers and people watching in the sunshine.
448 Khyber Pass Road
09 550 1201
If it’s a traditional pub catch-up you’re after, then look no further than Doolan Brothers. Doolan’s offering includes traditional Irish fare such as bangers and mash, Guinness pie and Origin South Lamb Shank, along with several gourmet pizza options, entrees and salads. Check their Facebook page regularly as Doolan’s often host special events like Bitchin’ Bingo and pool competitions. There’s a weekly pub quiz too, which we hear can get quite competitive!
414 Khyber Pass Road
09 529 2485
Cali – All Day Eatery
Cali’s light and spacious interior and vibrant atmosphere make it a great place for a Saturday night get together with friends. Their impressive cocktail menu, good selection of wines by the glass and refreshing non-alcoholic house made frescas ensure that there’s something to quench all thirsts. We highly recommend the soft shell crab and lamb pappardelle too.
And if you happen to visit during the month of December, they’re selling Laurent Perrier Rose by the glass!
23-27 Nuffield Street
09 523 4554
The Candy Shop
A modern take on Kiwi food with a Korean twist, The Candy Shop has fast become a local’s favourite for pre-movie dinners and after-work drinks. Whilst known for their aesthetically pleasing yet equally tasty brunch menu, it’s their Baa Baa Balls (a twist on traditional spaghetti and meatballs) and fried chicken that steal the show come dinner time. Meet the team at this hidden gem for an intimate and delicious catch up.
2-8 Osborne Lane