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Quill & Compass

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published July 25th 2018
A great port in a storm
Bar, restaurant, Newcastle, Darby Street, food, drink, music, quirky
The Darby Street frontage (image JW)


An interesting new bar/restaurant has opened on Darby Street. Quill & Compass serves Bloody Marys, all day breakfasts and other food and drinks six days a week. The nautical theme is something not seen before on Darby Street and ensures that the menu is not tied to any one cuisine. The owners plan to change the menu regularly and are concentrating on simple food done well. They are also in the process of renovating the upstairs space.

Drinks, bar, cocktails, nightlife, quirky
The blackboard menu (image JW)


The decor is quirky, relaxing and comfortable and is reminiscent of your grandparents' lounge room including the piano in the corner. There are a variety of seating styles including bar stools, large dining tables and settees. The background music on the night we were there was full of 70's power ballads, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin but was at a volume that made conversation easy.

Bar, decor, quirky, Newcastle, homely, comfortable
Like your nanna's lounge room (image JW)


They provide a weekly pool competition and live 'Honky Tonk' music on Friday nights. At lunchtime, they have a choice of burgers for $15 each as well as all-day breakfast dishes. The house wine was great but when we went there was no tap beer. Not being a fan of tomato juice I did not try a Bloody Mary but they did sound interesting.

Bar, nightlife, competition, pool, nightlife, quirky, Newcastle
Free pool (image JW)


During the evenings there is a variety of tapas style dishes on offer for $12 each or six for $60. The owners/barmen are very friendly and accommodating and one feels free to relax and take time eating and spending time with friends.

Tapas, chicken, dinner, bar, Newcastle, casual
Delicious chicken skewer Tapas (image JW)


Burger, casual, dinner, bar, food, Newcastle
Great burgers (image JW)


Don't sail by, drop your anchor and moor at Quill & Compass for an interesting evening.
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Why? A fun time with good food and drinks
When: Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 4pm, Friday & Saturday 8am - 11:30pm, Sunday 8am - 5pm
Phone: 0488 456 268
Where: 171 Darby Street Cooks Hill
Cost: Breakfasts $14 - $18, Burgers $15, Tapas dishes $12
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