Alfresco - 15 July 2007

Greenbank RSL

Green Bank RSL: www.greenbankrsl.com.au Greenbank RSL, one of the most successful clubs in Queensland with over 70,000 members, recently completed a $4.5m extension that included provision for a very popular outdoor smoking deck. Designed by Brand + Slater, the deck features dark timber battened walls and ceiling panels, timber dry bars, coconut-shell lacquered tables and

Alfresco - 15 July 2007

Terrace Suspect

GPO: (03) 9662 2909 After (what seemed like) 160 years of continuous renovations, Melbourne’s old GPO building revealed itself. And it looked great. Funky clothes and bags took up residence downstairs and ‘by appointment’ $5000-a-frock haute couture upstairs. And, perched in ‘the belfry’ is the eponymous GPO nightclub. If, like me, you thought the GPO

Live Music - 15 July 2007

Turning The Corner

The Corner Hotel: (03) 9427 9198 or info@cornerhotel.com A cigarette, beer and a band still go hand in hand for many punters at the Corner Hotel — a bastion of live rock’n’roll in Melbourne. Rather than bucking the institution, the Corner, with the help of architects, Six Degrees, transformed its rooftop into a smart dining area

Bar - 5 July 2007

Dressed to Krill

The Whale & Ale Tavern: Cnr Ocean Keys Boulevard & Key Largo Drive, Clarkson WA (08) 9408 5444 or www.whaleandale.com.au The Whale & Ale Tavern has firmly entrenched itself within Perth’s Clarkson/ Mindarie community since opening in December 2006. Oldfield Knott were the architects and designers. Their brief demanded a pub that the local residents

Local - 4 July 2007

Heavy Metal

Titanium Bar: Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD (07) 5538 9677 or www.titaniumbar.com.au Situated on the picturesque Nerang River in Surfers Paradise, the former Pink Elephant Bar & Grill has received a multi-million dollar refurbishment, turning it into the official off-field venue of the Jetstar Gold Coast Titans.Named the Titanium Bar (geddit?), this new lounge bar

Local - 4 July 2007

All Hands on Deck

The Deck Mercantile Place: cnr of Flinders and King Streets, Melbourne VIC (03) 9629 1350 or www.deckmercantileplace.com.au The Deck Mercantile Place is a unique rooftop offering, perched on the redeveloped Waterside Hotel. The views take in the Rialto, Yarra activity, Crown fireballs as well as a healthy dose of gritty urban architectural ‘armpits’. Thanks to

Bar - 15 May 2007

The Onyx Rises

214 Timor Street, Warrnambool VIC (03) 5562 0741 or galleryclub@bigpond.com In a rural city of 32,000, amidst only a handful of competitors, the Gallery Bar and Dance Club in Warrnambool lashed out (probably more than it needed to) on its design. The latest $1.2m extension to the nightclub resulted in the Onyx bar, a multi-function,

Restaurant - 15 May 2007

The Lower House

The Lower House: 9 Murray St, Hobart TAS (03) 6224 0067 or www.thelowerhouse.com.au Hobart’s old Elbow Room basement restaurant has been given a new lease on life and a new ID, emerging as the Lower House restaurant and bar. A block from Hobart’s popular waterfront, Lower House is situated at street level among the heritage

Local - 15 May 2007

Late Night Luxury at the Lincoln

The Lincoln: 36 Bayswater Road, Potts Point NSW (02) 9331 2311 or www.thelincoln.com.au Sophisticated entertainment and supper club dining replaces tabletop dancing and scantily clad pole dancers at The Lincoln. “We wanted to create a space that you didn’t need to leave (until the time was right, anyway),” reflects host Martin O’Sullivan. Steeped in classic

Casino - 15 May 2007

A Club By Jupiter

Jupiters Casino: (07) 5592 8100 or www.conradjupiters.com.au As soon as you clap eyes on the Gold Club it’s easy to tell that designers Design By Innovation (DBI) had Monte Carlo in mind more than Vegas. It’s private and sophisticated — an escape from the hubbub of the gaming floor.”We feel this is a refreshing approach to