Bar - 30 April 2014

NO SMALL BEER

Little Creatures Canteen: Cnr Fryans & Swanston St, Geelong VIC (03) 5202 4009 or www.littlecreatures.com.au Story: Mark Davie Photos: Jean-Paul Horré Geelong has had a hard time of late with Ford slowly packing up shop, and the Alcoa aluminium smelter wrapping up. It’s a bad time for jobs in Victoria’s second biggest city, and you’d

Uncategorized - 30 April 2014

GREEN BLOOMER

Greenheart Espresso: 432 Kent Street, Sydney www.facebook.com/pages/Greenheart  Matt Woods, darling of Sydney’s design world is the creative mind behind the design of Greenheart Espresso, a welcoming oasis situated amongst the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s busy Kent Street and the latest venue created by couple Andrea Vagge and Fiona Bloomer, former owners of the much-adored

Club & RSL - 30 April 2014

EAT, DRINK, RELAX

The Kenmore: 841 Moggill Rd, Kenmore QLD (07) 3378 0777 or www.kenmoretavern.com.au Don’t use the ’T’ word. Taverns are on the nose. The word smacks of tired-looking boozers with rubbery parmas being pushed out of a kitchen, and a dingy corner packed with pokies.

Local - 30 April 2014

CONTINENTAL PATISSERIE’S GRAND CHOCOLATE AFFAIR

It was like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland that greeted guests as they entered the new Continental Patisserie factory. Delicate patisserie, towering cakes and handmade chocolates as far as the eye could see filled the main event room, with suspended glass baubles showcasing petite petit fours and grass-topped tables laden with sweet treats for

People - 15 April 2014

SMOOTH OPERATOR

Like angels dancing on your tongue. Matt Mullins is a partner in Sand Hill Road hospitality group A close mate of mine recently received some terrible news. As he tells it, the doctor leant in, brow furrowed, and uttered the horrible words: “I’m sorry, but you can’t drink beer. Ever. Again.”

Magazine - 15 April 2014

MARKETING MACHINE

Telling Your Story: How to Stand Out James Cooley is an account manager at PR agency, Stellar Concepts I’ve been lucky enough to see my fair share of great venues, whether it be handling the PR for a restaurant, bar or nightclub, or attending an event. It’s a tough gig but someone has to do

Local - 15 April 2014

MUSIC CONNECTION

Why your iPod doesn’t cut it. Stuart Watters is a Director of Morph TV and consults for Nightlife Music. Done right, an inspired selection of music can elevate the most rustic watering hole to greatness. Done wrong, a music playlist can drag the most chic digs to the depths of kitsch. Music can tie all

People - 8 April 2014

HOP GOBLIN

Happy Goblin Brewery: www.happygoblin.com.au Story & Image: Jen Temm Happy Goblin Brewery is as micro as it gets. Operating out of a 90sqm shared premises in Sydney’s north, the tiny brewery produces about 500L every three weeks – that’s about 1200 bottles and a couple of kegs, or enough to supply a handful of Sydney

Local - 8 April 2014

PARTY AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM – LIGHTHOUSE GALLERY

Lighthouse Gallery Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St, Sydney (02) 9298 3777 or www.anmm.gov.au Last week Sydney VIPs attended the official launch of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s newest venue – Lighthouse Gallery. With the support of the event’s partners Decorative Events, AV1 and Laissez Faire Catering, the venue was transformed into a classically-styled

Live Music - 8 April 2014

STARRY NIGHTS

Using technology to transform a ‘bad’ acoustic into a beautiful and endlessly-variable one. ASB Theatre Aotea Centre, Auckland www.the-edge.co.nz Three years in development, the recently completed overhaul of Auckland’s ASB Theatre, part of the Aotea Centre, has been a long time coming. Opened in 1990, the theatre’s original acoustic is uncompromisingly described as “bad” by