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'Freaky Tiki' Newtown Hotel'sopen

After three years closed, one of Newtown’s most iconic LGBT watering holes suddenly opened its doors again last night.

And while the Newtown Hotel’s management seem not to be going after our pink dollars, last night was busy with a “predominantly gay” crowd of around fifty, say Same Same readers who contacted us to let us know the good news today.

A few drinkers were a little put off by the bar’s “cheap and cheerful” new décor, however. The windows say ‘Freaky Tiki – For a limited time only’, and inside, there’s turf grass on the floor and flax on the walls.

“The guy behind the bar said it was their first night open,” a young gay Newtown resident tells Same Same today. “Apparently it will stay open for six months but then close for a complete refit.”

“The inside is currently decorated like there’s been an explosion in a Hawaiian $2 shop,” another local added.

A photo from last night at the Newtown Hotel is shown at right.

The venue, located on North King Street, had been closed since a lease dispute since November 2007.

The recent reopening of the nearby Imperial Hotel has seen many punters return to that refurbished gay scene hub in the past few months.

So is Newtown’s gay scene slowly rising up again?

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camiseta

camiseta said on the 10th Dec, 2010

There's not enough hawaiian kitsch in this city!

Phazz

Phazz said on the 10th Dec, 2010

I still have my Hawaiian shirt from the Tiki party....

Tomas Finnerty

Tomas Finnerty said on the 10th Dec, 2010

Tnoight Fri 10 December, Sheesha Middle Eastern Dance Party at the Imperial nightclub. Come work it!

Zakalwe

Zakalwe said on the 10th Dec, 2010

"Another local" has a beautiful turn of phrase. A very erudite and profound person by the sound of it.

blaah

blaah said on the 10th Dec, 2010

Tacky Tikki would be more appropriate for the decor!

TayTay

TayTay said on the 11th Dec, 2010

exciting cause im now finally legal to ATTEND these type things!
win: this better improve and be wicked geil :P

blueterrace

blueterrace said on the 11th Dec, 2010

fake lawn AND paper lamp-shades...well, they really went all out there.

Partaaay

Partaaay said on the 8th Apr, 2011

Shame Door Security are plain rude. ruined the whole evening. 1/10