Explore Like A Local

Where the locals go and what the locals know

This page contains little known things to do around the wine country area that the locals know about and you might want to discover.  It is intended to help find the things that you are most interested in and get the most out of your visit. These things happen on a daily or weekly basis and may require booking ahead.  Each section is organised by locality (Pokolbin, Hermitage, Lovedale, Nulkaba, Mount View, Broke, Wollombi) to help find what is closest to you.

Any monthly, annual or larger events are  published on our facebook page, Handmade in the Hunter Markets, every Monday morning at 6am.

Live Music

Peterson House Oyster Bar (POKOLBIN)

  • Live music every Sunday afternoon
  • facebook

Pepper Tree Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Live music last Sunday afternoon of the month
  • facebook

Pop Up Restaurant at Harkham Wines (Latin Street Food) (POKOLBIN)

  • Open every Friday night for dinner, Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sunday for lunch.  
  • Live music every Saturday night. 
  • website

Goldfish Bar and Grill (POKOLBIN)

  • Live Music  
  • Every Saturday night in summer 9:30pm -12:30pm and after-parties for all the Hunter Valley Concerts
  • website

Oaks Cypress Lakes (POKOLBIN)

  • Live music in the bar and bistro
  • Every Sat night 6-9pm
  • facebook

Harrigans Irish Pub (POKOLBIN)

  • Live Music  Friday 9pm-12am
  • Sat 1pm-4pm & 9pm-12am
  • Sun 1pm-4pm
  • website

Hope Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Live Music Sat 1pm-4pm
  • Not on Hope Estate Concert Days
  • facebook

Hunters Quarters (POKOLBIN)

  • Sunday afternoons
  • Live music with wine and cheese  
  • facebook

Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (HERMITAGE)

  • Saturday and Sunday afternoons
  • Live music
  • facebook

Restaurant Botanica at Spicer’s Retreat (HERMITAGE)

  • Live music every Sunday at Lunch 12-3pm
  • facebook

The Lovedale Bar at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley  (LOVEDALE)

  • Live music every Friday and Saturday night
  • facebook

Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

  • Live Music Friday 8pm – late
  • Saturday DJ & Karaoke 9pm-late
  • Live music Sunday 1pm
  • facebook

Myrtle House (WOLLOMBI)

  • Live music Sunday afternoons 11am - 3pm
  • facebook

Great Northern Trading post (WOLLOMBI)

  • Live Music Most Sunday Afternoons  
  • website

Wollombi Tavern (WOLLOMBI)

  • Live Music usually weekends but need to call 4998 3261