The fun-loving hospo crew behind Cindy Chow’s and Soul Pantry Kitchen & Bar added another feather to its cap in 2022, with the February opening of the group’s newest concept Newstead Social. Described as a garden bar and kitchen, Newstead Social occupies the semi-subterranean space formerly home to Six Feet Under – just off Commercial Road. The 400-sqm venue’s fit-out (undertaken by Lowry Group), resulted in a lush tropical garden vibe blending old-world glamour with chic contemporary touches. Newstead Social’s menu is broad and accessible, offering something for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegan guests like a luxe prawn and lobster roll, sticky pork ribs, charred broccoli salad and share platters perfect for groups. Over at the bar, expect draught beer, a substantial wine menu and a menu of alluring signature cocktails, headlined by the Newstead Social Spritz Tree – that’s ten spritz cocktails nestled amongst a vine wrapped iron tree served directly to your table. In addition to being a party spot, Newstead Social is looking to be a dependable all-weather venue, with large-screen TVs, a pool table den, live music performances and trivia and bingo nights ensuring the venue will be an evergreen community-oriented venue.