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

VINCENT HOTEL IN BLOOM

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The Vincent Hotel

111 Victoria Ave, Albert Park 3206
(03) 9682 6444 or www.thevincent.com.au

 

The Vincent Hotel’s restoration is a salute to the history of this corner pub, originally established as ‘The Albert Park Windsor’ in 1889. Once famous for its vast internal garden, the hotel embodies the Victorian penchant for genteel design: a richly layered palette of patterns, tones and textures tempering classical architectural restraint.

The new interior is adorned with allusions to the fabled garden. Vast botanical motifs create cascading backdrops to the main bar and bistro, inspired by the Victorian fervour for exotic plants and flowers. The interior also features colossal murals constructed of intricately hand-cut mosaic.

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JEWELLERY BOX

LK Jewellery:

Crown Casino, Southbank, Melbourne
www.lkjewellery.com

Upscale casinos are a haven for primo retail. And like 24-carat limpets, you’ll always find upmarket stores selling fancy undies and expensive jewellery. I’ll allow you to draw your own conclusions about why they’re such a good ‘fit’, but so it is with Crown Casino and LK Jewellery.

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SOMETHING SACRED

Bar100:

100 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
(02) 8070 9311 or www.bar100.com.au
A church, an Institute for Seamen, an art studio… a multi-level entertainment palace. Bar100 has fun with 100 George St.

A drag queen hosting a trivia night. In a church. It’s the stuff that Catholic guilt is made of, and precisely what happens on Mondays at Bar100, a drinking haven in Sydney’s The Rocks that doubles as a heritage-listed mariner’s chapel. “It’s what I like to call revved-up trivia,” Jason Hirt, Bar100’s General Manager, says. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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