The Walrus Club
543 Coronation St, Toowong 4066
The Walrus Club can be found – with some difficulty – in the depths of the Regatta Hotel, offering a sensuous experience around rum.
The venue is a rabbit warren of intimate, interconnecting spaces, each with its own subtle identity based on rum and the 1920/30’s Temperance Movement (Prohibition). Comfortable leather lounge chairs, rough-sawn timber crates and cast iron-framed stools furnish the rooms accompanied by Art Nouveau lamps and candles. The bars themselves feature copper sheet with solid timber tops.
Helm Bar Surfers
30-34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise 4217
(07) 5538 9677 or www.helmbarsurfers.com.au
Relax, you’re among friends.
Story: Christopher Holder
Jimbo & Rex: Crown Melbourne, Southbank VIC www.crownmelbourne.com.au/jimbo-and-rex
Before I even set foot in Jimbo & Rex, I liked it.
What not to like? I mean, I had no idea who Jimbo or Rex were but I felt sure they were friendly; in all probability human; and I got the feeling they were more than happy to knock the top off a cold one. Approachable, informal, family friendly… I had a good vibe about these guys.
The reality matches the promise. Jimbo & Rex is a new addition to Crown Melbourne’s ‘West End’. It’s replaced most of the real estate formerly occupied by The Pub and combines a casual ‘front bar’ with anytime dining.
A luxury hotel takes on the bar specialists.
Story: Julia Langham
Grain: 199 George Street, Sydney NSW (02) 9250 3114 or www.grainbar.com.au
Surely there’s room at the Circular Quay end of Sydney’s George Street for one more gorgeous bar? Say hello to Grain, a bespoke artisan bar by Four Seasons Hotel. Yes, Grain is a hotel bar, yet crucially, it has direct access from the street and appears anything but ‘hotelish’ or ‘lobbyish’. What’s more, Grain nearly didn’t happen.
2 Duke St, Windsor 3181
(03) 9939 5181 or www.saigonsally.com.au
Dubbed the “sophisticated elder sister”, Saigon Sally is the second venture for the team behind Vietnamese Hawker bar, Hanoi Hannah.
Chef Adrian Li’s menu tests traditional Vietnamese methods and demonstrates a direct relationship with market produce, the delicacy of balance and lack of palm sugar in his cuisine distinctive elements. “Dreaming up the menu for Saigon Sally I first visited many friends and suppliers at the markets to find the produce and developed the dishes from there,” Li says.
Lining the banquet and fronting glass wall are golden cane palms, evoking a tropical tone mimicked in cocktails created by mixologist, Tom Stonnill.Bar support is given by multi-bar-award winning Dominique Cacioli. ‘Sugar Daddy’ pastry chef, Felix Goodwin is uniquely positioned in the restaurant bar,
Design features of the venue include a pressed metal bar base and a large crimson and yellow multimedia mural by Michelle Pham. In a nod to sustainability and heritage, all furniture within the restaurant is recycled.
Alfred and Constance
130 Constance St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
(07) 3251 6500 or www.alfredandconstance.com.au
Have a squiz at the slightly insane tiki world of Alfred and Constance. There will be much more in our upcoming first issue for 2013.
(Photos by Florian Groehn)
Twin Towns Services Club:
Wharf St Tweed Heads NSW
(07) 5536 2277 or www.twintowns.com.au
Since its inception in 1950, Twin Towns Services Club has developed into a multi million-dollar business and the largest Services Club in Australia. The Management/Board of the club have begun a huge three-year/three-stage transformation. JVG Sound Lighting and Visual worked alongside Control Gadgets as the head audiovisual consultants of the newly completed Stage 1 of the proposed project work. Jade Golar, Managing Director of JVG worked closely with the Club, builders and programming specialists to produce a successful modern outcome for the project. JVG is now working on Stage Two of the project, to be completed prior to the end of 2012.
Bondi Icebergs Club:
1 Notts Ave, Bondi NSW
(02) 9130 3120 or www.icebergs.com.au
The iconic Bondi Icebergs Club looks like it’ll remain buoyant moving towards its 100th year with the new refurbishment. Designed and project managed by Sydney-based 2RKS Architecture + Design. Richard Salman, Director of 2RKS Architects says, “Part of the design brief was to create an atmosphere of warmth, invitation and comfort and competing with the best of any Eastern Suburbs venues without the pretence”.
Jimbo & Rex:
Crown Melbourne, Southbank VIC
Located within the new West End at Crown, Jimbo & Rex is a warm, inviting space — perfect for meeting friends for a drink, or stop for a meal. There’s plenty to enjoy about the Mim Design fitout as well: the lofty ceiling heights with floating beams, the custom artwork created specifically for the space, along with the Volker Haug lighting and earthy finishes. Throughout the design process everything was carefully considered; from the venue name, branding and graphics, through to the final menu and accessories. This meticulousness through the design, documentation and construction phases, ensured the final fitout achieved is a strong, layered and individual interior. (Photography: Shannon McGrath)
South Bank, QLD 4101
(07) 3364 0843 or www.bacchusrestaurant.com.au
Here are a few shots from Bacchus in Brisbane. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant was recently launched by Masterchef’s Matt Preston, who praised it for
bringing a spark back to Brisbane’s foodie scene. Designed by LA-based Tracy Beckmann, Bacchus has a bar and a pool as well.