TWICE THE FUN AT TWIN TOWNS

Twin Towns Services Club Wharf St, Tweed Heads NSW 2485 (07) 5536 2277 or www.twintowns.com.au/services-club.html   At the junction of Queensland and New South Wales stands the huge, multi-functional and recently made-over Twin Towns Services Club. Over the last twelve months Stages 1 and 2 of Twin Towns’ redevelopment have given the club new recreational … Read more

HALF MOON RISES

Half Moon:

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.

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Hunger For Business

Phamish:

30 The Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC
(03) 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

Across the road from the fledgling restaurant Phamish sit two enduring St Kilda icons; the gaping clown mouth of Luna Park and the old world Palais Theatre. Beyond these gatekeepers, the streetscape melds into a wake of eclectic venues left by the gentrification of the once bohemian enclave. It’s this eclecticism and edginess that owners and sisters Michelle and Nicole Saade commissioned interior designer Roberta Tessarolo from Rothelowman to encapsulate in the restaurant’s design.

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The Lower House

The Lower House:

9 Murray St, Hobart TAS
(03) 6224 0067 or www.thelowerhouse.com.au

Hobart’s old Elbow Room basement restaurant has been given a new lease on life and a new ID, emerging as the Lower House restaurant and bar. A block from Hobart’s popular waterfront, Lower House is situated at street level among the heritage sandstone walls and is marked by a bold black and zinc-clad doorThrough the signature door is a warmly lit foyer and a small staircase that leads into the main elbow-shaped venue, which comprises a series of intimate dining spaces and an open bar.

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