Surfair Beach Hotel leased to AVC

Australian Venue Co. has acquired the lease of the Surfair Beach Hotel in the picturesque Marcoola Beach, Qld.  A Sunshine Coast flagship venue, Surfair Beach Hotel features a recently renovated Garden Bar, Bistro and Sports Bar. The Garden Bar is just footsteps from the surf and is beside the 60m lagoon pool. The pub is … Read more

Sydney’s Royal Richmond Renovated

One of the country’s oldest pubs, The Royal Richmond Hotel has undergone an incredible transformation, officially opening a new gastro pub bistro and cocktail bar after an extensive renovation. The much-anticipated unveiling marks the completion of the first phase of major works to the 170-year-old pub in Sydney’s north-west at the foot of the Blue … Read more

Green New Deal

A fresh new look for this Melbourne suburban hotel. Greensborough Hotel: 75 Main St, Greensborough VIC (03) 9435 1911 or www.greensboroughhotel.com.au The Greensborough Hotel, has been a favourite watering hole for locals since the 1860s. But it was time for a fresh new look; something that incorporated warm natural finishes and lighting, comfortable furnishing and … Read more

Airlie There

Cyclone Debbie spelt the end of one era and the start of a new one for this quintessentially big Aussie pub. Story: Christopher Holder Airlie Beach Hotel: 16 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach QLD (07) 4964 1999 or www.airliebeachhotel.com.au Michael McFie isn’t a publican who waits around for something to go wrong. He prepares. When venue … Read more

Stem Bar & Restaurant

Stem in the Flow Stem: 188 Hindley St, Adelaide SA (08) 7077 3039 or www.stembarandrestaurant.com.au Located at the University end of Adelaide’s infamous Hindley Street, the site was originally a mechanic workshop, most recently Caos Cafe, a budget friendly ‘pub’, which closed five years ago and has since been unoccupied. The brief called for a … Read more

THE WHITE HORSE RE-LAUNCHES

The White Horse 381 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010 (02) 8333 9999 or thewhitehorse.com.au The re-launch of The White Horse on Wednesday night introduced the inner city to the new biker-style bar downstairs and Lady Godiva’s on level one. The cocktails and beer were flowing while James McCall and the kitchen team served out … Read more

NO SMALL BEER

Photography by Jean-Paul HorreLittle 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 think hospitality would be on the downturn too. But the potential for a small-scale recession hasn’t stopped some of the finest operators setting up shop. Cartel Coffee Lab has a knack for digging up Cup of Excellence coffees that no one else has the nose for, Boom Gallery is giving the Geelong arts community a quality outlet, Smorgy’s one-size-fits-all buffet made way for Cameron Ling’s diverse set of pier-end establishments, Pickers Union is leading a crop of great new cafés, and now Little Creatures, one of Australia’s best-known craft brewers has opened its main East Coast brewery in the coastal town.

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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.”

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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 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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HOP GOBLIN

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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 bottle shops and restaurants.

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