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Published August 19th 2013
Discover the Bizarre at the Folk Market in Newtown Hotel
The suburb of Newtown is approximately four kilometres south-west of Sydney CBD. Nestled in the main strip is King Street, the centre of commercial and entertainment activities, dubbed "Eat Street" by the media due to the number of cafés, pubs, restaurants and shops that occupy the area. It then continues on to Enmore Road. A 9.1 kilometre round trip comprising of 600 shop fronts.
I have lived in Newtown for a number of years, and one of the pubs I frequently visited is the Newtown Hotel. Located in the heart of King Street, popular with everyone from all walks of life; the array of colourful characters that walk into this local pub was an entertainment itself.
The hotel is open everyday from 11am till late. The variety of shows, pulsating music and the talents that graced their stage will guarantee entertainment the whole night through and surely will entice you to keep coming back to this iconic fun place.
The fun doesn't stop there; they have also co-ordinated the first ever Bizarre Bazaar Folk Market. It was held in the ground floor of the hotel on the 16th of August (Saturday); showcasing a collection of things that can be classified as folky. Vintage clothes were on display as well as an abundance of records that would make your great grandfather proud and an unique jewellery that was affordable and classy.
There was a stall that sold colourful bags which were imported from Africa; it was handmade by the local women and comes in different sizes. Armed with the knowledge that a percentage of the sale will return to the women of Africa, I indulged in a very expensive piece.
After spending a small fortune with delight and gusto, I decided to quench my thirst, with a glass of a delectable New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Being served by an equally delectable willing-to-quench-my-thirst hot barman!
Watching the shoppers go by, checking the wares, with a drink my hand, savouring the ambience of my surroundings, this place indeed rocked! I definitely will be coming back for more. I can't wait till when the next Folk Market is on.
So I would encourage you to check the place and perhaps after a tiring shopping expedition, why not have a sumptuous lunch or dinner in the balcony of the hotel. Surrounded by massive pot plants, overlooking the streets of Newtown, and generally enjoying the hustle and bustle of this bohemian surroundings, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in some exotic country.
Newtown is a mecca for tourist and locals alike; where the sun refuses to set, and struggles to rise, but nature eventually takes over, reach for its peak, and gently nestles towards the horizon and for the party people the fun never ends.
How to get there There are four trains from different stations that stopped per hour each way during the day; less frequent at night, although there are additional trains during weekday peak hour. Duration of travel is 11 minutes from Newtown Station to Town Hall.
Sydney buses runs none routes via Newtown station.
Route 352 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) daytime services - between Bondi Junction Interchange and Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre
Route 355 - between Bondi Junction Interchange and Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre
Route 370 - between Leichhardt Marketplace and Coogee
Route 422 - between Circular Quay and Kogarah
Route 423 - between Circular Quay and Kingsgrove
Route L23 - Weekdays(Monday to Friday) peak hour limited stops services - between Circular Quay and Kingsgrove
Route 426 - between Circular Quay and Dulwich Hill
Route 428 - between Circular Quay and Canterbury
Thank you for your review! I'd like to note that the Newtown Hotel Bizarre Bazaar folk market will be on again on the 26th October and 30th November!
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