Tag: newtown hotel

  • Newtown Hotel Drag

    Newtown Hotel Drag

    “Does anyone know the last time there was a drag show here at the Newtown Hotel?”, Minnie Cooper asked the crowd tonight. Instantly, my friend Graeme and I knew the answer.

    On a Sunday afternoon in November 2007, Graeme and I were due to catch up for a beer, but to our surprise, the night before was the hotel’s final night after many years as a gay bar, and many years with drag shows.… Read the rest “Newtown Hotel Drag”

  • Same, But Different

    Same, But Different

    “I’m sorry, I have absolutely no idea who you are…” is the kind of phrase you never really want to hear. especially when it’s delivered by someone you’ve known for over twenty years.

    I was wandering home on Friday night, having spent the evening with a friend at the newly re-opened Newtown Hotel.… Read the rest “Same, But Different”

  • Flying the flag

    Flying the flag

    As my mate and I sat at the Newtown Hotel tonight we pondered for a while the pub’s sexual orientation. For years it had been a legendary “gay” pub run by the very famous/infamous lesbian, Dawn O’Donnell. It was a fun pub that you could hang out with your mates and have a laugh.… Read the rest “Flying the flag”

  • Newtown


    Going to Newtown is always a bit of an adventure for me. Although it’s only a short distance away, and I know people who live in the area, Newtown has never been at the top of my list of destinations.

    I mean, I really like Newtown and I’ve toyed from time to time with living there.… Read the rest “Newtown”

  • Newtown Hotel Closes

    Newtown Hotel Closes

    Can you imagine the look on my face when I met my mate Graeme yesterday for a drink at the Newtown Hotel , only to discover it had been suddenly closed down? It had been a warm day in Sydney and we were both looking forward to the retro-music night they had recently introduced.… Read the rest “Newtown Hotel Closes”

  • Unisex Amateur Strip Night

    Unisex Amateur Strip Night

    It was standing room only (and maybe not even that) last night at Sydney’s Newtown Hotel for the final of the Unisex Amateur Stripping Competition hosted beautifully by drag artiste, Vanessa Wagner.

    And no, I don’t mean paint stripping. I mean good old fashioned burlesque, with an emphasis on entertainment, rather than some of what I imagine occurs now in Kings Cross strip bars (which I admit I’ve never been to).… Read the rest “Unisex Amateur Strip Night”

  • Keeping Score

    Keeping Score

    It’s after midnight and I’m having a glass of wine to try and wind down a bit after a very busy day’s work in the Tally Room for the NSW Election. Although I guess everyone knew the overall result several weeks ago, confirmed with this week’s opinion polls, there were some interesting competitions to observe, including Goulburn, Murray-Darling, Tweed, Pittwater and Manly.… Read the rest “Keeping Score”