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.
26 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
(07) 5538 3338 or www.livnightclub.com.au
Wow. Will you take a look at the latest from Surfers: Liv Nightclub. The lighting was a result of a collaboration between Cree LED from the US, New Zealand’s stellarscape lighting controllers and German Madrix control software. Some 400sqm of LED is incorporated into the nightclubs walls and ceiling. An amazing 20km of cabling is used to make the LED, powered by 3km of power cables and controlled by 5km of network cabling. The sound system is pretty lavish as well. Nathan Wright installed a full Nexo rig, including PS15s, RS18 subs, and the latest Nexo amps.
Paul Beale, Director of Electrolight, describes the philosophy and some of the detail behind the outstanding Merrywell lighting design: “The lighting design concept was developed to create a point of difference from the rest of the casino’s hospitality offerings. The client wanted to create a warm and cosy atmosphere using a simple, clean palette of materials. The lighting played a role in creating this — the venue was not to feel like a casino, the lighting design was to promote a feeling of bonhomie, consistent with a casual watering hole with great food, drinks and atmosphere. “We were lucky to be working with an architect in Mills Gorman that ‘gets’ lighting design. Between us we designed a number of custom elements — the lounge pendants, the feature and associated lights, the feature bottle wall and various lighting elements built into the joinery. As is typical for a Crown venue, there is more to the lighting than meets the eye. For a start, the majority of the lighting is LED and behind the light fixtures sits a sophisticated Dynalite lighting control system that provides fine tuning and scene setting for various times of day. This sophistication and depth of design is perhaps illustrated best by the bottle wall. The wall comprises hundreds of VB ‘stubby’ bottles — an interesting enough feature in itself — but behind each of the bottles is an individual RGB LED fixture from Traxxon, each fully addressable using the sort of technology typically used to control media facades.”
Electrolight Melbourne: (03) 9670 2694 or www.electrolight.com.au
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC
(03) 9292 8888 or www.crownmelbourne.com.au
With The Star shaking up its F&B, Crown has brought in a new face, Nicholas Kurban. He shares with venue his plans to make Crown the toast of the world, not just Australia.
Corner of Clarendon St & Crown Riverside, Melbourne
(03) 9292 7468 or www.themerrywell.com.au
“Casual. Unpretentious. High Energy.” That’s The Merrywell, a modern interpretation of a gastronomy-driven pub now open at Crown. Scottish-born, Las Vegas-based chef Grant MacPherson and acclaimed American chef, Sam DeMarco (Sammy D) cherry-picked Melbourne for their latest venture, their first time working together in Australia (after trekking around the world trying to satisfy their cravings).
There’s a burger bar downstairs, the ‘Top of the Merrywell’ restaurant upstairs and an outdoor heated terrace overlooking the Yarra river.
See more in the next issue of VENUE.
100 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
(02) 8070 9311 or www.bar100.com.auA church, an Institute for Seamen, an art studio… a multi-level entertainment palace. Bar100 has fun with 100 George St.
A drag queen hosting a trivia night. In a church. It’s the stuff that Catholic guilt is made of, and precisely what happens on Mondays at Bar100, a drinking haven in Sydney’s The Rocks that doubles as a heritage-listed mariner’s chapel. “It’s what I like to call revved-up trivia,” Jason Hirt, Bar100’s General Manager, says. “It’s a lot of fun.”
120 Church Street, Brighton VIC
(03) 9591 0611 or www.halfmoon.com.au
Always considered somewhat of a sister venue to The Botanical while Paul Wilson was heading both ships, Brighton’s Half Moon pub is really quite distinct. In full view of the railway station, on a street lined with European cars, Half Moon is open, breezy and exactly the sort of sun-soaked, sophisticated pub you would expect for the seaside town. Colonial Leisure Group drafted Projects of Imagination to design the new pub, which features six drinking and dining spaces over two levels interconnected by a timber batten staircase and walkway that provides a vantage point over the entire venue. The courtyard features an air mist cooling system and landscape by Greg Palmer, the Molina room, named after the brothers who originally owned the pub, seats 20, and upstairs, the Henry Room is a cocktail style bar with DJ booth, open fireplace, and a terrace. Digital Living designed and installed the audio system, opting for a similar Martin audio and control system they created for the Botanical.
Cunningham Pier, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong VIC
(03) 5222 6444 or www.thepiergeelong.com.au
Photos: Shannon McGrath
Endearing himself to Geelong locals is Cameron Ling’s stock and trade. With two AFL premierships under his belt, if it hasn’t earned the footballer keys to the city by now, it certainly has opened a few doors. The Geelong Football club skipper part owns The Edge Hotel, Newtown’s Gold Diggers Arms Hotel and now The Pier.
The Pier used to be called Smorgy’s, a smorgasbord diner on Cunningham pier that drew a crowd of schoolkids trying to eat their weight in roast beef and doughnuts, and families biding their time for the half-time animatronic dinner show comprising Salty the Seal and his jaunty choir of sea creatures. But Smorgy’s light faded, and now the sizeable venue has undergone a massive facelift.
Exchange Plaza, 2 The Esplanade, Perth WA
Hospitality young-guns Sam and Rob Franchina (aged 29 and 27 respectively) have spotted a niche in Perth. It’s the ‘best of everything’ top-shelf niche — certainly a nice niche if you can fill it. The brothers have been on the Perth scene since kicking off the Onyx Bar six year ago. For the last three years they have been working on XO Lounge after buying the lease from ‘colourful business identity’ Warren Mead — who most recently made news by tying the knot with his sixth wife, a ‘Muslim woman 39 years his junior who speaks no English’… I’m sure they’ll be very happy together.
The XO Lounge’s central feature is the glowing onyx marble bar but luxury abounds most everywhere, with granite and marble from head to toe, state-of-the-art surround sound system, crockery from Dubai, Italian glassware and French cutlery.