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.