posted in: Convention Centre, Function Space, Hotel, Local, Resort on April 30, 2015

Club Room

Fairmont - Club Room

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

1 Sublime Point Rd, Leura NSW 2780
(02) 4785 0000 or

The MGallery Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has unveiled a new conference space, The Club Room. It boasts a classic fireplace, natural lighting, three chesterfield sofas, a 2.4 metre drop-down data projector screen and a private adjoining kitchenette.

Catering for event styles including theatre, boardroom and cabaret, The Club Room can accommodate small to medium-sized meetings from 36 to 100 delegates.


posted in: Bar on April 22, 2015


Oh, you’re gonna love this. It was inevitable really. Meet Makr Shakr, the world’s first robotic bartending system – designed by architect, engineer and inventor, Carlo Ratti. Just as inevitably, it made its debut as the Bionic Bar onboard on Royal Caribbean’s new ‘smart’ cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas.


posted in: Uncategorized on April 15, 2015


BSeated Global:

1300 727 637 or

Selecting the right furniture can be a minefield. If you have no budget or no imagination then things are perhaps a little ‘easier’ — either spec the $50 aluminium nightmare you can afford or order the same replica chair everyone else has.


posted in: Hotel on April 15, 2015


Five star suburban luxury with a twist.

Story: Christopher Holder

Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay

33 Cross Street, Double Bay, NSW 2028 

To understand the new Intercontinental Double Bay is to understand the village of Double Bay itself.

Double Bay inhabits a special place in fabric of Sydney. Opulent, classy and authentic, it’s an uncommonly pleasant place to eat, drink, shop and socialise. It may only be 15 minutes to the city or 5 minutes to Kings Cross but in many ways you could be in Noosa — such is the feeling of away-from-it-all comfort.


posted in: Pub on April 15, 2015


Urban Purveyor Group takes its beer hall concept to Melbourne. Skol!

Story: Christopher Holder

Munich Brauhaus:

45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC
1300 686 424 or

Urban Purveyor Group is the big dog of Aussie beer barns. After a hotly contested beginning, where beer cafés hit the Australian scene with a vengeance, the Urban Purveyor Group’s blend of fun and serious Euro beer has arguably won the day.


posted in: Restaurant on April 15, 2015


Superstar chef Jamie Oliver’s growing Jamie’s Italian empire has a new outlet in Brisbane’s city centre.

Story: Lucie Robson

Jamie’s Italian Brisbane:

237 Edward St, Brisbane QLD

Like its siblings in Adelaide and Perth, the long-awaited  Brisbane restaurant is housed in a historic location: the heritage-listed Rowes Arcade building. Opened in November last year, Brisbane is the biggest of the family of five (which also includes Canberra and Sydney), with a proper two-level layout and capacity of 240.


posted in: Bar, Restaurant on April 15, 2015


Modesto Marini brings a new level of sophistication to KL… and a decent cocktail.

Story: James Dampney

The Marini’s Group:

Since relocating from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur late last year, I’ve taken the time to explore many of the varied hospitality offerings available. Good food is everywhere; from the famous Jalan Alor, packed with its outdoor vendors open until the small hours, to the polished western-style cafes in the shopping centres littered across the sprawling city. But one element that’s proven much harder to locate is a decent cocktail. Far too often, care and attention to detail is replaced by the desire to mass produce, with quality suffering significantly as a result.


posted in: Pub on April 15, 2015


Next-gen Reymonds launch next-gen gastropub.

Story: Christopher Holder

L’Hôtel Gitan:

32 Commercial Road, Prahran VIC
(03) 9999 0990 or

Before you get any ideas, Jacques isn’t back. Well, not exactly. Jacques Reymond shut the doors of his eponymous fine dining establishment last year and coincidentally his kids have launched a gastro pub shortly after, L’Hotel Gitan. Antoine Reymond is quick to clear things up: “He is a partner and a mentor but this is the time for his children to take the next step. We opened Bistro Gitan four years ago and this our next big move. It was coincidental that Jacques had a little more time on his hands and could support us in the manner we needed.”


posted in: Pub on April 15, 2015


A landmark Perth pub is readied for a fresh epoch.

Photos: Acorn

Subiaco Hotel:

465 Hay St, Subiaco WA
(08) 9381 3069 or

The Subiaco Hotel has reopened after a marathon 16 months of renovations. It’s a significant upgrade of services as well as the interiors and sets up the landmark pub for another generation of hospitality.


posted in: Bar, Café, Local, Lounge, Nightclub, Pub, Restaurant on April 15, 2015


‘Friendship, family, fun and food’ – all with an ocean view.

Story: Christopher Holder

Coogee Pavilion:

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee NSW

Phew. December launches are fabulous in theory but it does put the staff and operations through a baptism of fire. When venue paid Coogee Pavilion’s Operations Manager, Kay Fiehn, a visit late January he had the look of a man put through the wringer. “We’ve just had a huge Australia Day long weekend and this has really be the first moment we’ve had time to think and reflect.”