Lily Lee Helsinki

Tomi Björck is one of Finland’s best-known chefs and restaurateurs. With ten restaurants and two bakeries already to his name across Finland, Sweden and Australia, Björck with his wife Minka and three other associates embarked on their latest project in Spring 2020. Lily Lee, in the heart of the Finnish capital of Helsinki, offers a … Read more

MOAMA MAKEOVER

Moama Bowling Club 6 Shaw St, Moama NSW 2731 1800 806 777 or www.moamabowlingclub.com.au South Australian design company Abeo, led by directors Amanda Primett and Amanda Goehr, are entering the second phase of their makeover of the Moama Bowling Club near the Murray River. Stage one included the interiors and exterior while stage two concentrates … Read more

ELITE LIGHTS UP ACADEMY

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Academy

50 Bunda St, Canberra 2601
(02) 6253 2091 or academyclub.com.au

Canberra’s largest nightclub, Academy, is now lit up with a new Robe moving light installation from locally-based Elite Sound & Light. It’s designed to provide the best lighting and visual experiences for EDM club nights and visiting live artists.

Elite’s Darren Russell was asked to propose a design, and his primary concern was to spec fixtures that would give the flexibility and variety of effects needed for long periods of operation, that would enable the club to have a completely different look and feel according to its programme that night.

Academy has an 800 capacity main room and a 150-capacity Candy Bar upstairs, which features a glass wall along one entire side. There is also a VIP section.

The Robe fixtures chosen are LEDWash 600s, DLS Spots and Pointes, all from the ROBIN series – eight of each. The new rig is three times the size of the previous lighting system, but consumes less than half the power. The lights are installed on the house trusses in the roof – giving positions over the stage and part of the dancefloor – positioned so that they can have the best effects throughout the space, with two of the DLSs rigged on a bulkhead over the bar.

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JBN BRINGS THE MUSIC BACK TO TREASURY CASINO

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LiveWire Bar

Treasury Casino and Hotel, Queen St Mall, Brisbane
(07) 3306 8888 or treasurybrisbane.com.au

LiveWire Bar is back, with the help of Jbn Sound Ceiling.

The bar, in the heart of the Treasury Casino, has been an integral part of the entertainment offered there for many years. It was seen as a great destination to enjoy a drink and listen to a band any night of the week.

However, having live bands performing in the middle of the Casino can create problems such as loud music blasting through into the main gaming areas, disturbing punters at electronic gaming machines and gaming tables. Bass sound could also travel up into the Casino’s hotel rooms disrupting guests sleeping, hence noise complaints.

So management decided to replace the LiveWire bar band area with a new gaming area. The effect was the loss of some patrons. The solution was to bring the LiveWire bar back and actively seek ways to limit the noise issues associated with live bands and music blasting through the gaming areas and the exclusive accommodation above.

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MERCURE BRISBANE WELCOMES GUESTS TO ITS NEW LOBBY

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Mercure Brisbane

85-87 N Quay, Brisbane 4000
(07) 3237 2300 or mercurebrisbane.com.au

Mercure has commenced the roll-out of its new interactive lobby concept in Australia, launching the new-look reception space at the riverside Mercure Brisbane.

The Mercure in Brisbane is the first in Australia to implement the new concept, originally piloted at the Mercure Tower Bridge in London in April 2013.

Coming just a few months after Mercure Brisbane’s multimillion dollar room refurbishment, the latest reveal for the hotel has modernistic pops of pink, and sophisticated new furniture and finishes for a fresh sense of arrival.

A key feature for the new space is a free-form host pod in place of a traditional front desk that allows for a more seamless interplay between associates and guests.

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AMBIENT BRINGS THE SOUND TO ST KILDA

Captain Baxter/Republica St Kilda Sea Baths 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Vic 3182 www.captainbaxter.com.au and www.republica.net.au 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

SPEAKING CANTONESE

Hakkasan: Doha, Qatar www.hakkasan.com/doha/‎ Hakkasan Doha is the eighth international iteration of the Michelin-starred restaurant known for its ‘high end Cantonese cuisin in contemporary, elegant surroundings’. Woods Bagot (led by Jonathan Clarke) designed the 120 cover restaurant set within the gardens of St. Regis Doha and occupying 775sqm. The design adheres to the Hakkasan but … Read more

GOO GOO G’JOOB!

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The Walrus Club

543 Coronation St, Toowong 4066

 

The Walrus Club can be found – with some difficulty – in the depths of the Regatta Hotel, offering a sensuous experience around rum.

The venue is a rabbit warren of intimate, interconnecting spaces, each with its own subtle identity based on rum and the 1920/30’s Temperance Movement (Prohibition). Comfortable leather lounge chairs, rough-sawn timber crates and cast iron-framed stools furnish the rooms accompanied by Art Nouveau lamps and candles. The bars themselves feature copper sheet with solid timber tops.

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CHARGE YOUR PHONE AT THE PUB WITH DISCGO

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The Discgo Charger

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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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