Local - 30 June 2012


The Classroom: 1/356 Charles St, North Perth WA www.theclassroom.com.au A new Perth small bar that’s all class. Guests can go back to school at The Classroom, a quirky new bar in North Perth that showcases a delightful design theme and attention to detail. If ever you felt like drinking at school but were too well-behaved,

Restaurant - 30 June 2012


Panama House: 251 Bondi Road, Bondi NSW (02) 8020 6698 The team behind The Corner House launch an all-day eatery. Bondi Road’s new Panama House café and bar is not anthropology, it’s hospitality. Don’t expect an ethnographic survey of Panamanian cuisine. As Anthony Kaplan, the 36 year-old, co-owner and the engine behind Bondi’s Shop on

Bar - 30 June 2012


The Old Library: Shop 1, 15 Surf Rd Cronulla NSW (02) 9544 5360 or www.theoldlibrary.com.au Another chapter is opened in this South Sydney treasure. The Old Library is housed in one of Cronulla’s oldest buildings: erected in 1908 and originally a Methodist church, it was converted into a library in the 1970s and later used

Club & RSL - 30 June 2012


Merewether Surfhouse: Henderson Parade, Merewether Beach, Merewether NSW (02) 4918 0000 or www.surfhouse.com.au Merewether Surfhouse brings three levels of distinctly beachside experiences to locals and tourists alike. Merewether Surfhouse opened in November 2011 to a fair degree of immediate success, despite a summer plagued with rain and unseasonably cold weather. Starting on the ground floor,

Club & RSL - 30 June 2012


The Shellharbour Club: Cnr Wattle & Shellharbour Rds Shellharbour NSW (02) 4296 7155 or www.shellys.com.au Shellys has the attention of its big city brethren. And for good reason. For over 50 years the Shellharbour Workers Club had served the local Illawarra region 100-odd kilometres south of Sydney. With its poker machines, meat tray raffles, bingo

Club & RSL - 30 June 2012


Nambour RSL: Matthew Street,  Nambour QLD (07) 5441 2366 or www.nambourrsl.com.au A new renovation severs all ties with the ’80s, helping Nambour RSL to be the envy of the Sunshine Coast. It was a big year, 1980. Along with big hair, big bands and some blockbuster classic movie releases such as The Blues Brothers and The

Club & RSL - 30 June 2012


Collegians Rugby League Football Club: 3A Charlotte Street  Wollongong NSW (02) 4229 7711 or www.collegians.com.au  A lush garden oasis in Wollongong. The Collegians Rugby League Football Club has always been one of the most popular clubs south of Sydney. But until recently was showing, what L’Oreal might call, the ‘visible signs of ageing’. As of

Restaurant - 30 June 2012


Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar: Level 1, Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC (03) 9292 8300 or www.crownmetropol.com.au/MrHiveKitchenandBar Launched into the Crown Metropol stable earlier this year, Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar boasts the talents of Executive Chef John Lawson and General Manager Helenka Pallester. Both knew the space well from its previous incarnation (Gordon

Restaurant - 30 June 2012


Paul Beale, Director of Electrolight, describes the philosophy and some of the detail behind the outstanding Merrywell lighting design: “The lighting design concept was developed to create a point of difference from the rest of the casino’s hospitality offerings. The client wanted to create a warm and cosy atmosphere using a simple, clean palette of

Pub - 30 June 2012


The Merrywell: Cnr of Clarendon Street & Crown Riverside, Melbourne VIC (03) 9292 7468 or www.crownmelbourne.com.au/themerrywell Launched in April, The Merrywell has seen the Las Vegas-based forces of Scottish born Grant MacPherson and New York-Italian Sam DeMarco rise to the challenge posed by Melbourne’s food and bar obsessed culture, creating a relaxed and multifaceted venue