When Good Brother Espresso opened the doors way back in 2012, Chris and Steph brought something revolutionary to the cafe scene in Newcastle, not only
introducing their much-loved Suspension beans to the city, but offering up a super-cool space to enjoy them in.
A LOT! has happened since Chris and Steph opened the Good Brother doors, however, their forever plan which they've never lost sight of was to extend the
trading hours and transform their cosy cafe into an even cosier little wine bar, and that's exactly what they've done. So it's with great pleasure
that we introduce you to - Good Nights at Good Brother.
Chatting with Steph & Chris on our visit Steph said, “we always wanted to do evenings here, we've held a few evening events in the past and the cafe
transforms into such a beautiful space, it feels magical at night.”
“Afternoons have become really vibey, we now have this lovely flow into the evening where people come in for a meeting over a coffee and then stay for
wine or meet after work and stay all night.”
It's not all about the wine, whilst Good Nights is a wine bar there is a substantial food offering which makes it not only the ideal place to go before
and/or after dinner, but for the main event itself. There are plenty of menu highlights including; the Charcuterie and Cheese Boards, a Vegan Share
Plate and revolving hot dishes created by Steph’s Mum and local food legend, Bev.
“Mum has an inescapable need to create food, her dishes draw inspiration from all over the world but it mostly just comes from the heart, it's just a part
of who she is”
“Our intent with Good Nights is to offer a casual, warm and inviting space with really beautiful produce and wine, a modest selection that is constantly
changing and vibrant”
So lets talk about the wine list. It's small but considered and features wine exclusively produced in small, independent wineries. Prices range from the
treat yo’self bottle of Farr Rising Pinot Noir from Geelong, that will set you back $81, while a 1/2 litre carafe of house wine will cost you $20.
We also love that local producers are a big part of the menu with the Newcastle Farmers Market getting a good nudge every weekend along with Local Crop,
Baked Uprising, Bacco's Bakeries, Covered in Crumbs and Just Been Laid Eggs. Let's not forget the wine list with one of our Hunter Valley fav's, Glandore
Estate Wines representing the local scene.
“We are so lucky to have such great products available right on our doorstep, it constantly feeds our enthusiasm for food. We make all our own sauces and
relishes in house and any leftover compost materials feed our family chickens.”
The thoughtfulness found in the food and wine menu extends to the decor with a brand new fit-out custom made by local wood craftsman, Andrew Bradley and
designed by Chris himself, “‘Im so happy with how it all came together,” says Chris, “Andrew is amazingly talented and such a great person to work
with. I am particularly happy with the new trestle tables we have on the street, customers keep asking me where we got them from, Andrew has already
received orders for two more!”
Inside, a dramatic permanent mural by local artist and recent Kilgour art prize finalist Leeroy Chapman commands an entire wall whilst an adjacent wall
features smaller works by the same artist as part of a revolving exhibition of local artists. “We have held some awesome little events here” says Chris,
“the exhibition openings are always fun, we’ve also had live music, album launches and private parties, it’s a great little intimate space, anything
over 50 people and it starts spilling out onto the street, but that's fun too!”
Good Nights is everything you want in a wine bar: amazing food, delicious wines, beautiful decor and a cozy ambience but above all, its a whole lot of
Photography by Jacs Powell