The long - and often boozy - tradition that's halfway between breakfast and lunch is catching on in Newcastle, with a handful of regular events popping up around town (particularly on Darby Street).
Among those is craft beer bar and restaurant Wil and Sons, which kicked off its weekly Bluesy Bottomless Brunch a month ago.
It's been a hit ever since.
"We do it every Sunday. There's live DJs as well playing blues tunes," manager Toby Wilson says.
"You can stay for the full four hours - we love everyone to stay for the full duration. If you get there at 10am, you get the most value. It's been going really well so far - some weeks we are full and when it is, it has a great vibe to it."
Held on Sunday from 10am to 2pm, the menu includes a choice of one of five breakfasts (corn fritters; smashed avocado on toast; bacon and egg roll; haloumi roll; bacon and eggs) and bottomless beer, bubbly and bloody mary cocktails all soundtracked to blues music spun on vinyl by the resident DJ.
The brunch costs $50 per person and bookings are essential on 4929 4854.
It's not all about brunch though.
Bottomless food specials are popping up, too.
Bottomless fries? Bottomless meat platters? Yep, they're a thing.
Here's a few other places to try bottomless menus:
9 Darby Street, Newcastle The New York warehouse-style South American barbecue restaurant held its first bottomless brunch last month and, following its success, they will bring it back on October 26. The first seating is from 11.30am to 1.30pm, and the second seating runs from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
So what's included? For $85, fill up on all-you-can-drink mimosa cocktails and rose Aperol spritz, and feast on the set menu which is served progressively and is designed to be shared: Sydney rock oysters with champagne mignonette; snapper ceviche with yuzu and black pepper; wagyu tatki with ponzu and garlic chips; smoked and grilled eggplant; blue swimmer crab with coconut and coriander; chicken supreme with corn; baby cos salad; and whipped goats curd with honey truffle (vegan and vegetarian options available). Bookings essential.
Quill and Compass
171 Darby Street, Cooks Hill Paying homage to the ultimate hangover cure, the nautical themed bar and restaurant on Darby Street hosts the Bottomless Mary Brunch on Sundays, with $10 plates of chicken wings and bottomless bloody marys for an hour after your first purchase of the classic recovery cocktail. The brunch is held from 10am to 2pm every Sunday. Bookings on 0422 365 234.
Goldfish Bar and Kitchen
Corner of Broke and McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin The Bottomless Bubbles Lunch is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Goldfish from 12noon to 3pm. It includes a five-course lunch (starting with oysters and crispy flathead taco followed by a choice of shared entree, main and side with options for vegans and vegetarians, before ending with dessert of the day) served with unlimited bubbles. It costs $75 per person and requires a minimum of four guests. Bookings essential on 4998 7671.
Laneway On Darby
143 Darby Street, Cooks Hill Each week the cafe and bar switches up its bottomless food and drink offering (in addition to its regular bottomless chicken schnitzel every Monday for $30 per person). Previously, they've had bottomless nachos and mojitos, as well as arancini balls, and loaded fries and caprioskas. Future events include: bottomless pasta and sangria ($50 per person, with the option of adding bottomless garlic bread for $15 per person) on October 15 and 17; bottomless dessert and espresso martinis ($50 per person) on October 22 and 24; bottomless soft tacos and margaritas ($50 per person) on October 29 and 31. Bottomless meals can also be ordered without the drink option, ranging from $25 to $28 per person. Bookings - and an empty stomach - are essential on 4929 2666.
The Bennett Hotel
146 Denison Street, Hamilton Have you ever thought "This steak could do with more fries?". Well, the newly renovated historic pub in Hamilton has the answer. As part of the bistro's daily specials, the weekly Wednesday steak night includes bottomless fries. Yep, all the fries you can eat for $16, served with a Black Angus rump steak, salad and sauce. So far, it has proven a winner and is their busiest specials night of the week. "We do get the odd group that will take advantage of the special and order bowl of fries after fries," owner and manager Dan Turner says. The pub is open seven days for lunch and dinner. Book a table on 4961 3176.
Charlestown Square and Stockland Green Hills If you've ever dreamed of falling into a meat coma, The Bavarian is the place to do it. The German beer restaurant hosts All You Can Meat every Wednesday, with bottomless platters of traditional Bavarian classics such as sausage, pork belly and schnitzel. The only downside? There's probably not going to be much room left for beer. The bottomless meat platters cost $35 per person, with a minimum of two people for bookings. Book at thebavarians.com.au
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