Captain Baxter/Republica St Kilda Sea Baths 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Vic 3182 and St Kilda seaside venues Captain Baxter and Republica have chosen Ambient Technology to supply their restaurant, cafe, balcony, piazza and bar spaces with Outline loudspeakers and amplification. St Kilda has been Melbourne’s beachside playground for over 160 years. It … Read more


Lighthouse Gallery Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St, Sydney (02) 9298 3777 or Last week Sydney VIPs attended the official launch of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s newest venue – Lighthouse Gallery. With the support of the event’s partners Decorative Events, AV1 and Laissez Faire Catering, the venue was transformed into a classically-styled … Read more


It was only September when Crown Perth officially entered the world, superseding the older Burswood Entertainment Complex, but what a few months it’s been.

The casino floor was substantially expanded, and the opening of a plethora of restaurants and bars as part of the Crown complex has heralded a change in the hospitality landscape of Perth itself – The West Australian reporter Jennifer Susanto-Lee described it as “going gangbusters”. With the addition of the future development of the six-star Crown Towers hotel, Crown’s total investment in Perth will exceed $2.2 billion. Even the driveway got a makeover.

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The Millswyn:

131-133 Domain Road, South Yarra VIC
(03) 9866 5627 or

Octogenarian Paul Lynch left some big shoes to fill, especially for 21-year- old Davis Yu — the son of property developer David Yu, and once Olympic slalom hopeful. Lynch’s, his South Yarra restaurant on the fringe of the Botanical, was an institution. For 30 years, Lynch dished out varying European fare to a core clientele of South Yarra locals and Melbourne gastronomes. But when Yu took over, he opted to lift the palette from the moody dark purple and brown velvets to a light Scandinavian chic. “In the past it would feel almost choking in here. But it’s next to the Botanical Gardens; it should be fresh and light,” said Yu.

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New Zealand may be the perfect setting for the fantasy genre, but when the Bacardi team needed a mobile way to spruik rum around the disconnected population, a pirate galleon wasn’t going to happen, and a space ship would have been a bit too high-flying for the average punter. In the end, the Bacardi team settled on the more down-to-earth bus option – its slim dimensions mirroring the innards of a high-end cocktail bar. Identity Group jumped on the bandwagon, stripping out the plastic seats and lino to make way for an ultra-chic party bus for 25.

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Portello Rosso

Portello Rosso:

15 Warburton Lane, Melbourne, VIC
(03) 9602 2273 or
Photo: Corey Sleap

Nestled in a laneway in the old merchant district of Melbourne’s CBD, Murmur has been quietly bubbling away for four years with positive word-of-mouth recommendations ensuring the first-floor Cuba-inspired cocktail bar happily ticks over. While Murmur built up a following, Pierre van der Heyde and his management group were deciding what to do with the ground floor level.

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Late Night Luxury at the Lincoln

The Lincoln:

36 Bayswater Road, Potts Point NSW
(02) 9331 2311 or

Sophisticated entertainment and supper club dining replaces tabletop dancing and scantily clad pole dancers at The Lincoln. “We wanted to create a space that you didn’t need to leave (until the time was right, anyway),” reflects host Martin O’Sullivan. Steeped in classic Art Deco, the immaculate renovation, undertaken by peckvonhartel, dates the venue back to an architectural period Sydney excelled at. All the allure and charm of the period is restored with 1930s glamour dripping from the marble cocktail bar that beckons beyond the entrance gates.

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