4 Cocktails to suit a Jamaican feast by Kian West

Winnie's Jamaican in Finnegan's Hotel has had us spiced up with delicious food options this past month and it wouldn't really be a party without some delicious cocktails to suit. Mixologist Hayden at Finnegan's Hotel has provided a few tasty options for your next visit. 

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Billy Goat Brew, an interview, by Kian West by Kian West

...but I’m not so good with words, so hopefully Ryan puts a picture in and you can see just how adorable Rose is, and how kind of rock’n’roll meets alternative verging on post-goth cool Logan is. But then when you read you’ll get a sense that Rose is potentially the more rock-alternative of the two with her potty mouth and passion for tea...

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CENTRAL3A fresh breeze has certainly blown through the city centre over the last few years and you could say this place is CENTRAL to it all. Conveniently located in the CBD this beautifully restored venue serves some delicious Matilda Bay beverages and glorious food to match. Place: Central Address: 145 King Street, Newcastle NSW Hours:



Why We Love it: #Beer - and also the venue. Plus it adds another layer to the fresh culture of the city. A spectacular space to catch up with friends, a nice walk from other fantastic spaces and we love that it helps to draw people back into the CBD. Nice one Newy!








Newcastle Coffee Snobs...November by Kian West


'Newcastle Coffee Snobs' was born March 2013. The idea was brewing for many years; I was in love with the coffee experience, the booming Newcastle cafe and espresso bar scene and talking endlessly to other serious coffee drinkers about where the best brew was at. snobs logo with coffee

Our first official meet happened April that year and we've "snobbed" over 20 Newcastle cafes since all of which are documented on our facebook page  and Instagram.

We don't take ourselves too seriously, no experience is necessary although there's a deep acceptance amongst the group that it's okay to expect perfection and attention to detail.

We meet 11am every 4th Saturday and the occasional Sunday and membership is always open (even to non-coffee drinkers) because you can snob a hot chocolate just as well.

Meals are usually ordered and once the chewing and drinking has been explored we get a post-it and our serious snobbing hats on. A score out of 5 for your coffee and comments on food, atmosphere, service are recorded then shared with the group which can range in size from 5 to 15 snobs depending on how eager people are.

I like to publish online the honest praise, some recommendations to baristas for improvements but mostly reinforce the fantastic heart that Newcastle has beating, albeit fast, in our cafes.

In between events enthusiasts are encouraged to post their coffee finds, share articles and recommend our next targeted coffee house with the occasional visitor to the city asking for the best place to go while they're in town.Fortunate Son

In October, Fortunate Son played host to 7 long-serving snobs. We took on board that their main aim is to be a wine and whiskey bar but word on the breeze said their Pablo & Rusty's blend was worth the trip. A very adult and understated iced coffee with house made vanilla syrup won over the crowd. It had punch and class.

Cyclists seemed to be the regulars and the funky music had me feeling pretty bliss.

A few drinks that came out could've been warmer but the unique menu which included black pudding and delicious breakfast goods unseen on Beaumont street impressed.

Next up Bank Corner Espresso & Bar 8th November see the page for all the details.


Michelle Kot


ED NOTE: if you missed out on visiting Bank Corner with the Snobs, have no fear because they are hitting the Hood Milk Bar in the Junction December 6th so jump on their Facebook page for all the details!

Drinking Crafty in Newie... with @A_Craft_beer_ideot by Kian West


"I thought I'd take a moment, just sit right there, and I'll tell you how we've became a city of such bloody good beer!" [Ed: Sung to the tune of ‘Fresh prince of bel Air]


Drinking Crafty in Newie

By A Craft Ideot

@A_craft_beer_ideot #Instagram


Newcastle has quietly become something of a hotbed of beer drinking brilliance, and it's booming right under our noses. There are a number of locations that every proud son and daughter of the city should make an effort to attend if one really wants to sample the best hopped malt water these streets have to offer.


Let's start by saying that good beer doesn't nessesarily have to be 'craft', and 'craft' does not nessesarily mean it's good beer. The term 'Craft Beer' generally implies you're drinking something that was brewed with skill and passion on a smaller scale, rather than a fluid manufactured by robots and computers in a factory owned by a greedy cigar smoking tycoon.


The image of craft beer drinkers can be that of a pack of thirsty hipsters with patchy beards all popping sick wheelies on the foreshore and clinking their IPA bottles atop their fixed gear bicycles - a perception chiefly fulled by the fact that it's generally true. But that's cool, everyone is welcome when it comes to good beer and our newest bars are proving it.


Let's look at our slightly worn CBD; there are a bunch of places here with tap lists set to swell your bladder and have you in bed with two neurofen by 9.30. These new craft dens have only appeared over the last few years, and inside you will find the broadest cross section of punters with high expectations of their brew. For example; The Grainstore nestled in Newcastle East proudly flys the flag as an Aussie craft beer paradise, with the very best that we brew flowing from it's many taps and a team of beer experts pouring them. We also have the Hop factory on Darby Street and The Blind Monk in Hamilton, newcomers for sure, but true champions of the craft. The Clarendon and The Albion Ale House are more established purveyors of fine beverages and they are both fully prepared to serve you your next dank hop-bomb (with a robust malt backbone of course).


Yeah, there are now dozens of bars pouring what a few years ago we would have had to head to Syds or Melbs to even get a sniff of - It's truly a golden age for Newy bars, but what of the shy retiring ale sipper that wants to enjoy his or her quality craft at home? Well you'll find a pretty great selection of beers in almost every bottle-o in the city, however if you truly itch for the fancy stuff (and you're willing to pay up son) allow me to recommend The Prince of Wales Bottle Shop in Merewether and of course, the famous Warners At The Bay. These are meccas of bueno ale, with WATB in particular supplying a selection so vast as to bring a tear to the eye of grown men and bank managers alike.


Heck as I write this I'm quaffing a craft beer that travelled all the way from Portland Oregon, in my yard, shirtless, straight from the bottle like a dang hillbilly. I plucked this beer cold from a fridge down the road - it's a satisfying feeling knowing that buying craft beer is as easy as buying a meat pie in Newy. There's no better time to start exploring Brewcastle folks, I'll see you at the bar.