Pub - 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

Pub - 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.”

Lounge - 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

Backchat - 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

Pub - 8 April 2014

SYDNEY SMALL BARS

Melbourne best be prepared to hand over the title of Australia’s small bar capital. But will the new licensing laws scupper the progress? Story: James Dampney For decades, Sydney’s Central Business District was a place frequented predominantly by busy, suited men armed with their briefcases and wide-eyed tourists trying to find their way to the

Bar - 23 March 2014

SUBURBAN SPEAKEASY – THE PALATE HOTEL

Palate Hotel 279 Victoria Rd, Rydalmere NSW 2116 (02) 9680 0515 or palatehotel.com The Palate Hotel is the dreamchild of owner, Rod Salmon, who conceived of a casual food-focussed venue with quality and heart in the under-served area of Rydalmere in Sydney’s western suburbs. Unlike the standard issue offerings of nearby pubs and takeaways, this

Local - 14 January 2014

GIVE IT SOME WELLY

The Duke of Wellington, established 1853, is ready for its next big campaign. Story: Christopher Holder The Duke of Wellington pub is old. If the walls could talk they’d probably have an emphysema wheeze and could tell you stories that would make your hair curl. It’s always been a quintessentially CBD pub, in tune with

Hotel - 14 January 2014

EMPIRE BUILDING

Woolwich Pier Hotel: 2 Gale St, Woolwich NSW (02) 9817 2204 or www.woolwichpierhotel.com.au A local pub that bucks the shabby trend. Tuck into a bucket of prawns on the terrace and admire Sydney Harbour from your prime position on the peninsula, old chap — the newly made-over Woolwich Pier Hotel is happy to make your

Pub - 17 October 2013

CHIMMI LOVES RUM AND FUN

Chimmi’s The Eastern, 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction (02) 9387 7828 or theeastern.com.au There is a new South American host at The Eastern. Chimmi has thrown open the doors to his home where enjoying great food, rum, cigars and dancing are the only house rules. A nod to his South American and Latin American heritage,

Pub - 9 September 2013

WIN A TRIP TO WIMBLEDON AT WOOLWICH PIER HOTEL

Woolwich Pier Hotel 2 Gale St, Woolwich NSW 2110 (02) 9817 2204 or woolwichpierhotel.com.au The Woolwich Pier Hotel has re-opened its doors after being closed for renovations. The Pier renovations take inspiration from the tradition of British pubs, particularly gastro pubs, but have their own twist. There are a series of spaces broken up into