Great food, live music and good times are on the menu at Cessnock’s newest food and entertainment venue – PJ’s Bar – located in the historic Wine Society Building at 4 Wollombi Road.
The brainchild of Paul and Gaye Hocking and their daughter Paige, PJ’s will provide quality food and entertainment in a relaxed and spacious environment.
“I’ve always wanted to run a bar and we’d been looking for a suitable venue for a while,” Paul explained.
“When we noticed the old Wine Society Building was empty we new the location, size and space would be perfect.”
Paul’s passion is live music
“I know a lot of musos and I’ve got a background in event management having brought the Cessnock BluesCruise to town in 2015 and 16,” he said.
“I’m looking to translate that to PJs with regular live gigs Friday and Saturday nights with music that will appeal to all sorts of people.
“We already have a jam session first Thursday of every month for musos who want to just rock up.
“I’m looking at getting a pianist to play during meal times – duos, that sort of thing – and then we can step it up later in the night.”
For Gaye, PJ’s is very much a labour of love.
“We’re looking to have fun,” she said. “We know the area and the people. We want them to come and eat and listen to good music and enjoy themselves.
“We’ve left the decor casual in this amazing building which we’re planning to honour with a 100-year anniversary masquerade ball.
“Other concepts in the pipeline include high teas, wine tastings, dinners and events.
“We have three separate areas we can rope off where we can tailor events.
“People just need to contact us to discuss ideas and we’ll work with them.”
Paige has a background in ala carte dining and is excited about taking the kitchen to the next level.
“I’m not looking for too fancy or overpriced, but it won’t just be normal pub food either - it’s going to be a combination,” she said.
“Instead of a normal schnitzel, for example, we’ll be doing parmesan and herb crusted, we’ll have pork nachos, share plates of vegetable spring rolls, pork dumplings and calamari rings, and cheese and bacon arancini balls - that sort of thing.
“It’s going to be delicious and really complement the live music vibe.”
PJ’s opens 11am daily and stays open late Friday and Saturday.
Lunch and dinner are available Wednesday to Sunday from approximately 12 noon to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm.
Don’t miss the tasty home made pies available across the bar Monday and Tuesday.
For all the latest updates, check the new web site – www.pjsbar.com.au – or visit PJ’s Bar Facebook page.