People - 15 April 2014


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


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

Bar - 15 April 2014


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

Backchat - 8 April 2014


Happy Goblin Brewery: 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

Backchat - 4 October 2012

Music Connection

Pay only for the music you play. Stuart Watters is a Director of Morph TV and consults for Nightlife Music.   With the ongoing publicity surrounding public performance tariff increases, there has been a strong focus on compliance for both venues and music suppliers. This is a matter which I am both personally and professionally

Industry - 4 October 2012

Smooth Operator

Rolling out better design Matt Mullins is a partner in Sand Hill Road hospitality group We’re almost finished designing our next renovation — a double-height garden room at the rear of the Prahran Hotel. Obviously drunk or high or both when they conceived it, the guys at Techne Architects are planning on stacking massive concrete

Backchat - 4 August 2011


Cafe Culture is running an Upcycling Competition at Saturday Indesign. Upcycling is the honourable process of converting waste or unwanted materials into new products. When trash becomes treasure. So if you can dream up anything better than a clock plate, send your design — can be a CAD drawing, or even just a hand illustration,

Backchat - 29 April 2011


Spice Market spiced things up last night with a second birthday bash. Celebrity guests included Vince Colosimo, Hamish Blake and his housemate Haydo, Temptation model Chelsea Butler and Ruby Rose hitting the decks — as in, DJing, not overindulging. Though the Mumm champagne was flowing all night, as were the signature cocktails using owner Dean

Backchat - 28 April 2011

St Katherine’s Descends On TV

St Katherine’s: 26 Cotham Road, Kew (03) 9207 7477 or George Calombaris and Shane Delia’s newest venue, St Katherine’s, is about to open. And apparently next week will see the restaurant open live on TV, which wouldn’t surprise anyone I’m sure. St Katherine’s is a combination of the two chef’s heritages, with both Cypriot

Restaurant - 20 April 2011

Royal Wedding On A Plate

(03) 9690 1958 or While women both sides of the pond that indulge in the odd flip through a trash magazine coo at the prospect of a royal wedding, most men are hoping the young Will & Kate don’t royally screw up their Friday night footy plans. However, there are two gents that are