Ross McDonald used to commute to Melbourne from Geelong each day while working as a roaster at Coffee Supreme. That was until January last year, when he and his wife decided to open up their own café in their hometown, the Geelong West Social Club. He’s kept his connection with coffee supreme, sourcing beans from them; and the locals are loving it.
It’s not quite on the Pakington Street, but rather, nestled behind it on Yuille Street. The name is a reference to the social aspect of gathering at cafes, around a common interest, that being coffee and community. It’s exactly what Ross wants people to feel here; part of the community. With the clean white walls, hanging vines, and Tasmanian Oak furnishings; it’s hard not to feel welcomed at a well-lit space like the Geelong West Social Club. The atmosphere was as lively as the coffee in my cup, and despite the average weather outside, there was an energy in here that could have brightened the darkest of days.
Speaking of dark, their matte black La Marzocco Linea PB machine pumps out some super crisp espresso. The supreme espresso blend, which is composed of Central American had great complexity, with zesty acidity, and cacao on the finish as a short black.
They’ve kept things simple on the menu, with all day breakfast options apple Bircher, sourdough toast with raspberry grappa jam, and toasted banana bread with cinnamon butter. They also have a selection of Bagels, such as the Big McDonald with roast beef, spinach, and Swiss cheese; The Geetroit Ruben with peppery pastrami and sauerkrauts; the Rooster with smoked chicken and sriracha mayo; the Hippy with falafel and Korean Kimchi; and even a Snickers bagel with peanut butter and Nutella. Fear not fellow gluten intolerant folks- they have gluten free bagels.
Come for the coffee; stay for the communal vibe. Open 7am daily, and 7:30am til 2pm Saturdays.
Geelong West Social Club
1B Yuille St
Geelong West VIC 3218