When it comes to socialising, there are few things us Novocastrians love more than whiling away a few hours with friends in the local beer garden.
It’s not necessarily about the beer, either, with people choosing to flock to these little slices of Australiana to have a laugh and a catch up or listen to some cool tunes on a Sunday afternoon.
Given that pub culture has always been a big part of the make-up of our town, we wanted to know what venue boasted the friendliest, coolest beer garden in town.
And, without further ado, the winner, as voted by you is…
1. Wickham Park Hotel
61 Maitland Rd, Islington
If the bands are rocking at The Wicko (and more often than not they are) then the beer garden is almost certain to be jumping.
The Wicko’s al fresco area is possibly larger than the pub itself and on any given Friday or Saturday night, and most Sundays, you will find this area to be near capacity with punters keen to catch up with mates in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
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2. Hamilton Station Hotel
2/6 Beaumont St, Islington
It doesn’t matter if you call it the Hamo, the Station or the Staysh, the fact is that this little gem at the Iso end of Beaumont street features one of the most eclectic crowds in town.
And their beer garden is no different.
Where else can you see the Saturday night karaoke aficionados chatting about what Beyoncé tune they are going to belt out, standing shoulder to shoulder with amped up punk rock kids emerging sweaty and breathless from the venue’s back room after seeing a local grindcore band do their thing?
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3. The Lass O’Gowrie
14 Railway Street, Wickham
This Newcastle music scene icon is perhaps as well known for its spacious beer garden as it is for the support it has given local, up-and-coming bands over the years.
Un-touched by ‘gentrification’ that has caused some watering holes to lose a sense of their soul, sitting in the Lass, you get the feeling you are sitting in a suburban backyard at a mate’s 21st rather than in a pub.
If you are looking for an ‘old school’ beer garden experience, you need to head to the Lass now.
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4. Bar Beach Bowling Club
29 Kilgour Ave, Bar Beach
There was a lot of love for this little slice of heaven and if you’ve visited the Bar Beach Bowling Club you’d know why.
Given its location, with one of the most picturesque ocean views on offer, this whole venue could be classed as a beer garden.
Bar Beach Bowlo is the perfect place to watch the world go by over a few cold brews.
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5. Stockton Bowling Club
122 Mitchell St, Stockton
Again, making the most of the dynamite location overlooking the crashing waves at Stockton beach, this venue offers great outdoor spaces to relax and take in the ambiance.
Further, in the warmer months, the party is often taken to the greens for the venue’s Summer Sessions.
Also, if you’re not keen to make the trek over Stockton bridge, you can leave your car at home and head across the ‘pond’ on the Stockton ferry, and make a day of it.
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