Barcito is an affectionate term meaning “little bar for the neighbourhood” where locals meet to enjoy quality fresh food and drinks in a fun, relaxed environment.
Barcito is family owned and run, with each of our team members carrying business and hospitality skills from our homes in Argentina and Australia. Our adventures through South/Central America and the Caribbean made us realise the lack of choices in Newcastle surrounding Latino cuisine. Our love of travel and food resulted in the birth of Barcito and it is our dream to share these unique experiences with our now hometown of Newcastle.
The venue is a true chameleon that provides different spaces to cater your mood. For people who want to watch the hustle and bustle of Hamilton, there is street dining. Inside you can relax on the Cuban lounges, dine in our booths for a more cosy experience, or sit at the bar and watch the mixologists in action creating some of the tastiest traditional & inspired Latino cocktails. This area opens onto the vibrant “La Boca” courtyard; ideal for families & friends who want to enjoy the fresh air (plus friendly, leashed dogs welcome). Keep walking by the palm trees and gardens and you'll find the "Cabana Courtyard" with huts, beanbags and swings by a little bar. This space transports you to the Caribbean and is perfect for our regular Latino events! It is fast becoming one of the most popular private function areas in town for people who want a vibrant and fun event. The space is free to use, and there are a range of food options for those larger groups.
Expect to find traditional food with a few family recipes thrown in, while also enjoying the creativity of the wonderful kitchen team taking a modern, inspired approach on Latino ingredients and South American dishes. We have 8 beer taps to offer up fantastic local craft beers, and of course have a heap of imported Latino bottled beers. Our wine list allows Novocastrians to sample the best varieties from Argentina & Chile that you may not have had the pleasure of trying.
SUNDAYS - Every Sunday all day we hold an authentic “asado” or Argentinian BBQ. We want to share this Argentinian family tradition with Newcastle so you can experience the smells, the tastes and the good times that an asado brings. There are also plenty of vegan & vegetarian options. All of this plus live music every week featuring awesome Newcastle talent!
WEDNESDAYS - The Spanish influence on South American cuisine is undeniable. We are celebrating authentic Spanish food through our authentic Spanish chef every Wednesday night! Visit Barcito for a different specials each week on Paella, tapas and pintxos! Of course there will be sangria, plus Estrella beer on tap. Olè!
THURSDAYS - From Thursday June 21st we are beginning Gnocchi Thursdays - If you’ve ever stayed with locals in Argentina or Uruguay you’ll know that gnocchi is a big deal! As we do back home we will now be bringing you gnocchi night or ‘noche de ñoquis’ EVERY Thursday! As is our tradition, we normally leave money under our plate to bring good fortune for the next month. For a bit of fun each week there will be a prize hiding under the plate of one lucky customer!
LATINO FRIDAYS - It's no lie, you've heard it straight from Shakira's hips - there's finally a place to enjoy Latino live music & dance on a weekend in Newcastle! Let your hair down & get to Barcito on the first Friday of the month. After 9pm expect to vacate your seats & move your body to the sounds of our resident South Americans - Nano or Joao (see our events page. You may even catch a dance or capoeira performance. Latino cocktails for just $15 (Pisco Sour, Margarita, Mojito or Caiprihina). $10 entry for customers not dining beforehand, this charge includes some food. Book to avoid disappointment.
For a fun Latino experience we hope to see you at Barcito!