Golding's Free Dive

Golding's Free Dive

Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:21

Ramen 2: The Noodle Strikes Back

If Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that there are two kinds of sequels. The one's that ruin the original film (Pirate's of the Caribbean 2, Highlander 2) and those that pick up the torch and carry the story forward (Aliens, T2: Judgement Day). 

With the success of the last visit from the Ramen shop at Golding's, we just couldn't resist a sequel. So we are pleased to announce this Sunday, the premier of Ramen 2 (Revenge of the Broth). 

That's right, Asher Boot and Tsubasa Takahashi will be back from 3:30 pm on Sunday September 1, dispensing their delicious noodles. Head on down for a bowl and a pint! 

Monday, 19 August 2013 20:44

Baylands Brewing Best Bitter AKA: 4B

After three smash-hit beer releases, Baylands Brewing is back with another new beer. So far they've released a IPA, a Black IPA and a Red Rye IPA. An what do they follow it up with? A White IPA? Purple IPA? Green Polka-Dot IPA? 

Nope, it's a Best Bitter. Let it never be said Baylands is a one trick pony. 

Baylands Brewing Best Bitter or '4B' will be hitting the handpump at Golding's Free Dive this Wednesday at 5pm. See you down here for a session of sessionability.  

After a hectic morning's judging, the Golding's Crew are pleased to announce that The Inaugural Beer Goggles Amateur Photography Exhibition is officially open. And big thank you to all those who took the time to enter. The number and quality of entries far exceeded our expectations. Cheers Beer-Peeps!

Judging this competition has been variously fun, challenging and informative informative. For example: who would've thought he most popular camera used would be the iPhone 4? Or that the most popular photographic subjects would be variously: Beer Bartenders (7 photos), beer at the beach (5 photos) and beer with small plastic dinosaurs (3 photos)? Fascinating. 

We've selected our nine finalists which are now festooning our walls and looking fantastic. But it's not over yet. We need your help to choose the People's Choice Award. So come on down during Choice Beer Week, check out the entries and vote for your favourite.

We'll be having an awards ceremony at 3pm this coming Sunday (August 11) to hand out the numerous prizes we've lined up. We encourage you to come down for that too, because to mark the occasion (and to help you over your Beervana-Hangover) we'll be hosting the Ramen Shop. The dynamic duo of Tsubasa Takahashi and Asher Boote will be dispensing their bowls of hot noodley-goodness while we hand out the accolades 

Hope to see you down here, and remember: Beer is Love Y'all! 

Today we have been open for exactly 3 months and its been awesome. Thanks to all of our friendly customers who enjoy Golding's as much as we like working here. To celebrate this epic milestone we are offering 2 Croucher Pils or Pale pints with any pizza from our menu for $30. Tonight only from 5pm. Come on down!


We at Golding’s are excited to announce our Choice Beer Week event for 2013: an exhibition of beer photography. But this is no ordinary exhibition of some accomplished snap-happy professional photographer. No, this is an exhibition for the people, by the people. This is the Inaugural Golding's Free Dive Beer Goggles Amateur Photography Competition.

We want you to send us your best beer photographs. We’ll pick our 10 favourites and exhibit them at Golding’s during Choice Beer Week. We encourage you, the punter to come in and view them and vote for your favourite. The winner of the grand prize, the Hop d’Or, will receive a $100 Golding’s Voucher. Other awards are listed below.

Beer is the theme of this competition, but don’t feel limited. Points will be awarded for creativity, playfulness and originality. It could be a photo of a beer, of you drinking a beer, beer in a place, a brewery, beer in a brewery. Use your imagination! In that we don’t want you to feel limited by technology either. When we say amateur, we mean it! From DSLRs, through to smart phones, you can use any camera you want to take you photograph.

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for an entry form. 



Hop d’Or - Overall Grand Champion -  $100 Golding's Voucher

The Stu McKinlay Award for Best use of Colour - Mixed Case of Yeastie Boys Beer

The Jed Soane Award for most Dramatic Photograph - $20 Golding's Voucher

The Hipstagram Award for Best use of Smartphone Post-Production - $20 Golding's Voucher

The ‘Beer is Love’ Award for Best “I Love Wellington” Themed Photograph - $20 Golding's Voucher

The ‘Beard is Love ’ Award for Best Beard Themed Photograph - $20 Golding's Voucher

The ‘MOA’ Award for best shameless self promotion - $20 Golding's Voucher

The ‘Stoaty’ Award for Best Nature Themed Photograph - $20 Golding's Voucher

The Peoples Choice Award - $20 Golding's Voucher

The ‘WTF’ Award for the weirdest Photograph - $20 Golding's Voucher

Terms and Conditions

  • This competition is open to 18 years of age or older.

  • Entrants are to submit photographs via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • 1 photograph per entrant.

  • Entries must be received by 5pm Thursday 1st August.

  • Maximum photo file size of 3MB.

  • Photographs accepted in JPEG format only.

  • Photographs are exhibited will be chosen by the Golding’s Management.

  • Judging for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ will be decided by ballot vote, collected during Choice Beer Week.

  • Prizes will be awarded on Sunday 10th August at 3pm. Entrants must be present to claim prizes. You  will be notified if your photo makes the final judging.

  • Entrants will retain ownership of their photographs, but grant Golding’s Free Dive the right to display these photos as they see fit.

  • All awards will be decided by the Golding’s Management.

  • Peoples Choice Award will be decided by votes during Choice Beer Week. In the event of a tie, Golding’s management will cast the deciding vote.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:47

Independence Draws Near

This Thursday forth of July marks the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Now at Golding's we make no claim to being American, but as an aspiring Dive Bar, we take a good deal of inspiration from our Continental Cousins. 

Whilst the American tradition of celebrating their freedom by blowing up small parts of the countryside hasn't translated so well, the tradition of marking their nationhood with beer makes perfect sense to us. 

So come Thursday, we'll be celebrating the Fourth of July with a the nation-wide launch of San Francisco's Speakeasy Brewery's Big Daddy IPA. We'll also have on a few offerings from our favourite Oregon Brewery, Rogue and and for some local flavour, a little Tuatara APA (the American version of course). 

We'll also be decorating the bar with red, white and blue and just for a little something extra, breaking out our hotdog stand again - this time to serve some classic American style dogs. 

Hope to see you there. And remember: Beer is Love and In Beer We Trust.