1/6 – 8 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong, VIC
(03) 5222 2666 or www.edgegeelong.com.au
Geelong football star, Cameron Ling, is getting in on the footballer-turned-bistro-owner act while he can. But instead of a pokie-laden footy club featuring the same tribute band every Wednesday night, Ling and partners got onside with Geyer to put together a venue that’s as well coordinated as Geelong’s midfield. The Edge opens out onto the Geelong foreshore, making the most of the seaside locale with an extensive al fresco dining area.
Geyer made the most of the space, foregoing a drop ceiling in favour of increasing the height of the space and exposing the services in a New York loft fashion. An abundance of natural light maintains the beachside appeal, taking the edge off the industrial aesthetic. The obvious challenge for any venue in the southern part of Victoria flaunting adjectives like ‘beachside’ and ‘al fresco’ is keeping patrons warm. To keep everyone snug, Geyer installed a bar around the interior perimeter that allowed the creation of smaller lounge spaces that surround an internal fireplace. The bar also services the al fresco area and is a visual centrepiece to attract passers-by.