Mondayitis is the feeling of weariness, sadness and general distress occuring at the start of your working week and is quite common after a weekend of drinking with your friends. While Mondayitis technically isn’t a real illness, if it was the cure would most probably be a cold beer or wine over a good bistro-style feed with some mates. We’ve found 4 Newcastle bars where you can take your co-workers after a day’s work to cheer up and start your week on the right foot.
The Duke of Wellington Hotel 

Fresh tap beer, The Duke of  Wellington Hotel - Newcastle
Fresh tap beer, The Duke of Wellington Hotel – Newcastle

Established in 1876, The Duke of Wellington Hotel has been curing Mondayitis for over 130 years. Known as ‘The Duke’ to locals, this fantastic family friendly bar is situated just 6 kilometres inland of Newcastle CBD in the thriving outer suburb of New Lambton. If you’re looking for a good bit of pub grub on a Monday afternoon then bring a mate, enjoy melt in your mouth ‘buy one, get one free’ schnitzels and wash it down with a cheap tap beer. With happy hour every Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 6pm, make The Duke Hotel your new local when it comes to indulging on the most hated day of the week.
Where: 69 Regent Street New Lambton NSW
Mary Ellen Hotel
The friendly staff, Mary Ellen Hotel - Newcastle
The friendly staff, Mary Ellen Hotel – Newcastle

At the Mary Ellen Hotel, Monday night is steak night; for only $11.90 you can tuck into a nice tender steak cooked to your liking. At the Mary Ellen they are known for their quality service with a smile and good sized, tasty meals at an affordable price.
When you make your way back to work on a Monday morning you are struck with important decision after important decision that not only stress you out but definitely worsen your Mondayitis. So, come to the Mary Ellen after work and bring a few co-workers with you, where the only difficult decisions you will have to make is which one of their 25 different – draught, international and craft – tap beers you will decide to drink. Whether you’re here to enjoy a cheap steak or this is your post-work bar of choice when it comes to drowning your Mondayitis with a few schooners or glasses of wine, you’re guaranteed quality food, service and a relaxed atmosphere when you come to this fantastic bar.
Where: 57 Railway Street Merewether NSW
The Junction Hotel
Cornerside location, The Junction Hotel - Newcastle
Cornerside location, The Junction Hotel – Newcastle

Just because it’s Monday night doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a bit of lobster, and just because it’s lobster doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. The Junction Hotel, located in the heart of The Junction (duh), will help cure your Mondayitis with a sumptuous half lobster and crispy chips for a ridiculous $20. If you’re more of the straightforward ‘steak and chips’ type of person when it comes to enjoying a pub-style meal then don’t worry because on Monday nights The Junction Hotel also offers $15 rump steak with your choice of sides. Open 7 days a week until late, The Junction Hotel has the perfect setting for whatever Monday mood you’re in. It doesn’t matter if you’re with a few mates from work and just want to enjoy a premium range of signature cocktails at the bar or you’re just looking for a place to watch a bit of Monday night footy action, The Junction Hotel has got you sorted.
Where: 204 Corlette Street The Junction NSW
Do you suffer from Mondayitis often? Tell us what Newcastle bar cures it for you.