RARA REVIEWS: Espresso Martini by Kian West

At this time of year there is not much motivation to party, unless you’re in Europe – and if you are, I don’t want to hear about it, there’s too much FOMO. For most of us it’s dark and dreary by the time we step out of work and any inclination to head back out is gone when Netflix asks, ‘Are you still watching?’ Fuck that, there’s still fun to be had, and my solution has been a post-work espresso martini. Newcastle loves coffee, Newcastle loves a drink – is it even worth asking what our favourite cocktail is? Thankfully, essentially every bar caters to our needs. Here’s where you can find the best.

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At Five Senses Twilight Markets by Kian West

Newcastle loves a good market, we have them for the hipsters, for the makers, gosh we even have a farmers markets, but what if you wanted something that had a little bit of a mix of all of them and also did something for a good cause? We finally have the answer! Five Senses Twilight Markets in Lambton Park and their next event is September 2nd so you can mark it in your diary from 4 - 8 pm.

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Newcastle Coffee Snobs vs. The Box Espresso Bar by Michelle Kot

There’s a place at the end of a cul-de-sac, beyond the road skiddies that the big boys left in their cars, that is a coffee mirage in a concrete jungle. Just off the highway at Gateshead, The Box Espresso Bar still shows all the classic signs of a gym junkie’s post-workout hang, but it’s so much more than that now thanks to friendly barista owners David and Luke. The place smells awesome with My 3 Sons candles and has a lot of heart.

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