Stokehouse City 7 Alfred Place, Melbourne 3000 (03) 9525 5555 or www.stokehouse.com.au/city Melbourne institution Stokehouse has returned, with the opening of Stokehouse City in the CBD. The new venue is a reincarnation of the original restaurant at St Kilda, sadly lost to fire. It’s an all-in-one location, with fine dining upstairs and a casual bar … Read more





Nantucket Kitchen and Bar

Shop MM5, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Station Rd Indooroopilly QLD 4068
(07) 3878 9697 or nkb.com.au

Docked in Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s new dining precinct, Nantucket draws inspiration from the iconic wonders of Cape Cod with its white walls, dark hardwood floors and New England interiors.

Offering contemporary American fare in a stylish sanctuary, the eatery is the maiden voyage for TJ and Kim Peabody of Craggy Range Winery fame.

“We’re a Western suburbs family, and to have our first restaurant here is really exciting,” says TJ. “We had a dream and what we’ve ended up with is exactly the vision we’d planned in our minds.

“We not only want to provide people with a great restaurant, but also a comfortable, welcoming space where old friends, new friends, families and colleagues can meet and enjoy our culinary delights in a home away from home.”

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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 the design elements of a venue together, while constantly morphing to suit the mood and tempo. But this adaptability is reliant on the quality and flexibility of the playlists, and just as importantly, the way they’re delivered. So the big question is: how far can you get on your own with an iPod or Streaming Service? When do you need to bring in the specialists? And what are the rewards for making that investment in your music?

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#WilliamWatt-TheEmerson-Oct13-27The Emerson:

143-145 Commercial Road, South Yarra VI
(03) 9825 0900 or theemerson.com.au

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a 19th-century bon vivante. No doubt he’s raising a celestial glass in approval.

Story: Christopher Holder
Photos: William Watt

For most of his working life, Mark Hinkley has been a city oil trader. Work hard, play harder, take big risks, make big money, and enjoy the trappings of that success. It’s a background that hardly screams ‘finesse’. He’s not the first person you’d imagine to have the patience to see through an elongated, two and a half year build, or, indeed, the grind of establishing something worth that wait — building a multi-modal venue for the ‘right’ reasons, rather than a smash ’n’ grab booze barn.

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The Emerson

143-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
(03) 9825 0900 or www.theemerson.com.au

A $12 million, two year transformation of the heritage-listed Market-Hotel has produced The Emerson. It’s inspired by 19th Century American essayist and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. He believed life was to be lived, that parties were to be held and if you were going to do something great then you had better have fun while doing it!

The interior is a sophisticated mix of superb finishes and bespoke features. It was designed by M-Use, the New York
firm behind superstar venues China Grill (New York, Las Vegas, Miami) with local support from Prahran-based DC Group. The result is a series of intimate spaces lending a boutique feel and allowing guests to choose their level of involvement over three levels.

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The Prahran Hotel:

82 High St, Prahran VIC
(03) 9529 2168 or www.prahranhotel.com

Matt Mullins: “We approached The Prahran design the same as any other: talk to Techne, ask for some options, dig into those and work out the best approach. And we always say: bring us the crazy shit too. Don’t hold back. We’re open to it. [Looking around the renovation] This was the ‘crazy shit’. 

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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.

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Liv Nightclub: 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 … Read more


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 … Read more


Crown Melbourne

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.

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