TFE Hotels’ brand-new premium hotel experience, A by Adina Sydney, has officially opened its doors, becoming Sydney’s newest landmark CBD hotel. The crowning glory of an ‘elevated’ suite of apartment hotel properties, the new A by Adina Sydney heralds a golden new era for the Harbour City on multiple levels. The hotel’s approach to detailed … Read more

Lorraine’s Sydney

Sydney’s East welcomes Lorraine’s, a European inspired bistro made for lazy afternoons and evenings spent drinking and dining with friends and family. Situated on level one of the iconic Robin Hood Hotel in Waverley, and following its multi-million-dollar renovation, the light filled venue features a stunning glass atrium roof – the perfect space to relax … Read more


Mr Tipply’s 347 Kent St, Sydney (02) 9299 4877 or mrtipplys.com Spilt across two levels, Mr Tipply’s is a bar and casual eatery, residing at the former City Hotel site on the corner of Kent and King. Inspired by the exotic adventures of the man himself, Sydney interior designer Tamsin Johnson has created a luxurious … Read more



New Hampton

15 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point 2011
(02) 9331 1188 or newhampton.com.au

Built nearly a century ago, the Hampton Court Hotel is one of Sydney’s oldest. Located at the start of the Kings Cross strip, it is ingrained with local history, the most renown of which is the residency of ACDC in the 70s. But as Sydney’s notorious party precinct continues to transform, so does the hotel, bringing a new member to the playground, New Hampton. In spite of the continuing regulatory challenges facing the area, New Hampton opened its doors this March.

“Our intention with this venue from the beginning was to bring ‘The Rocks to The Cross’,” says owner Kieran Coleman. “We love the old Sydney feel of The Rocks, with its cobbled lanes and rich culture, and we wanted to bring that atmosphere into The Cross, which is traditionally known for being a bit more ‘dark and dingy’.”

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Melbourne best be prepared to hand over the title of Australia’s small bar capital. But will the new licensing laws scupper the progress?

Story: James Dampney

For decades, Sydney’s Central Business District was a place frequented predominantly by busy, suited men armed with their briefcases and wide-eyed tourists trying to find their way to the harbour.
In terms of hospitality offerings there were slim pickings to say the least, with the odd flash-in-the-pan nightclub and fine dining restaurant sprinkled among the old-school pubs.
The change in liquor licensing laws back in 2007 sparked a welcome change, with venues such as Grandma’s, Grasshopper and the Baxter Inn adding some intrigue and lustre to the often-dreary skyscrapers and bus stations.
But the level of creativity, versatility and flat-out bartending skills has reached new levels over the past 12 months.

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Riley St Garage

55 Riley St, Woolloomooloo 2011
(02) 9326 9055 or www.rileystgarage.com.au

Once a full service garage, now a full service restaurant and bar, Riley St Garage has rolled up its doors for gastronomic service & repairs.

The 200-seat restaurant is the vision of Brody Petersen from The Parlour Group who brought The Flying Squirrel and The Stuffed Beaver to Sydney’s bar scene.

Chef Regan Porteous, previously from Maze London, Dubai and Hong Kong and bar manager Bobby Carey, ex-Shady Pines Saloon head up Petersen’s new venture.

The heart of the restaurant is the Grand Bar, which harks back to their motto: “I’d rather eat in a bar, than drink in a restaurant”.

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The Discgo Charger



The Discgo is a charging system that is designed for cafes, restaurants, venues and bars that allows patrons to move within the venue while giving your phone a much-needed charge.

Discgo chargers can be placed in any environment, with a small rental fee from the venue on a monthly basis. The venue utilizes the DISCGO Charger as an add-on service to their customers to attract and retain their business.

“Competition is stiff and any opportunity we can give to differentiate ourselves from our competitors we’ll take,” says Paul Schulte of the Keystone Group. “We give them to our clientele because we know that while they’re recharging their phones with a Discgo charger they will be comfortable in our environment, and won’t look to move on to another one of twenty-odd bars and restaurants within the precincts we are situated.”

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What makes Keystone tick? Christopher Holder talks to Managing Director John Duncan to find out.



It’s impossible to generalise. But it’s fun. Whether you’re talking about the Gordon Gekko-style ALH Group, the gastro-pub delights of the Colonial Leisure Group, the Singo/Dicko knockabout rich mates’ pub play, or the tight Sandhill crew of Richmond… the bigger players each tend to fall into a mould. They either stick to a proven venue formula, or a familiar suburban patch they know like the back of their hand, or they have the big investment banker backing and it’s a beer ’n’ pokies production line.

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