Historic Hunter Street bar with rooftop terrace hits the market

FOR SALE: From left, owners Michael Deer, Brad Cranfield and Cleo Meredith ahead of the Terrace Bar's reopening in September last year.
FOR SALE: From left, owners Michael Deer, Brad Cranfield and Cleo Meredith ahead of the Terrace Bar's reopening in September last year.

A little more than a year since a stunning renovation of what is believed to be Newcastle’s original small bar was revealed, the Terrace Bar on Hunter Street has been listed for sale.

The bar at 529 Hunter Street, which enjoys a gun-barrel layout and a unique rooftop terrace, has been known by many names over the years, including Poets Page, Mary Magpie, JC’s Karaoke and Charkers Wine Bar.

It is probably remembered most as the Gunfighters Rest and for serving drinks with bubbling dry ice.

The Terrace Bar was reopened to the public in September of last year after a nine-month overhaul, in which traditional features were blended with modern touches.

Behind the renovation was part-owner Brad Cranfield, who won reality television show The Block with now wife Lara in 2012.

Mr Cranfield teamed up with cousin Michael Deer for the project and, at the time of reopening told the Herald one of the major appeals of the establishment was its rare rooftop terrace and the history behind the bar.

“Everyone you talk to has been here at one time or another and knows the Gunfighters Rest and has a bit of a story about it,” he said at the time.

The property has a floor area of 501.6 square metres and is being marketed by Colliers International. It will be taken to auction by Matt Kearney and Nick Christiansen on November 9.

In marketing material, one of the Terrace Bar’s key selling points is detailed as being “positioned to take full advantage of recent Civic Precinct developments including the influx of students from the inner city University NeW Space”.