No more beers at Bar On The Hill

Sophie Austin investigates why the iconic spot to grab a drink during the week is taking a hiatus.

The iconic UON establishment, The Bar on The Hill, has turned off their taps for weekly service. The bar, which has long been a landmark of the University of Newcastle, will only be open for cafe service and events.

“We’ll keep you posted, but for now bar service will only operate for events and party nights,” they said on their Facebook page. “So if you’re looking for a cold one during the week head over to Godfrey Tanner Bar.”

The Infrastructure and Facilities Service said the plans to outsource the bar have been in motion for a long time.

“The decision to outsource the bars and cafes across Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses was made back in 2016,” said Tegan Betts, IFS Engagement Officer. “The final step in this process was to appoint the provider – we are very close to achieving this and an announcement will be forthcoming.

“The Bar on The Hill has not closed, but there have been some operational changes. The café within the Bar On The Hill will still provide a food and coffee service, however, the Bar will not be providing a drink service.”

The cease to bar service has students on social media in uproar, saying that the Hunter campus won’t be the same. Michael Lutton, Civil Engineering student, is one of the many who are outraged.

“They gave us minimal notice regarding its closure,” he said. “My friends and I would often go to the bar for a couple of beers and a game of pool on a Wednesday and now we are no longer able to do this.

“Last year with events such as Beat Lounge, the bar was a thriving place and a good place to unwind.”

Although the bar isn’t officially closed, it can be said that putting a stop to the traditional lunchtime beer is robbing UON of their culture.

“Many students, both on and off campus would go to the bar if they offered comparatively cheap drinks,” Michael said. “The closure of a bar is just another step in the already diminishing social night life of the university.”

For now, students are advised to keep posted on any changes to the service. The Godfrey Tanner Bar continues to offer full service on the Shortland side of campus.

Feature Image: Monique Aganovic