465 Hay St, Subiaco 6008
(08) 9381 3069 or subiacohotel.com.au
Subiaco Hotel has completed 16 months of renovations and is open once again.
The hotel was opened in 1897, has been owned by the Monaghan family since 1971 and was Perth’s first gastropub. Michael Monaghan attributes its success to the emphasis on good food, great atmosphere and a great location, but he admits that it was time to freshen up.
“Undertaking a project such as this one was never going to be easy, however the result is something we’re all very proud of,” he says. “Our patrons have been extremely supportive and patient throughout the process, and we hope the reward will be a venue which they can continue to enjoy for many years to come.”
Northbridge Brewing Company
44 Lake St, Northbridge WA 6003
(08) 6151 6481 or northbridgebrewingco.com.au
Western Australia’s latest brewery, bar and restaurant, Northbridge Brewing Company (NBC) has swung open its doors and turned on its taps.
The venue comprises of two storeys of bar and dining areas as well as a rooftop Skydeck, overlooking Northbridge Piazza and the city. Award-winning Master Brewer Ken Arrowsmith will head-up the brewery, delivering four craft beers with an NBC twist: Beerland Lager, Beerland Pale Ale, Beerland Wheat and Beerland Mild. There is a full bar including a range of other beers and ciders, along with an extensive wine list.
“At NBC we’re looking to cater for every beer drinker – whether you’re a beer aficionado, a novice hoping to increase your product knowledge, or someone who just has a love for the amber liquid – we have something for everyone,” says Arrowsmith.
The White Horse
381 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 8333 9999 or thewhitehorse.com.au
The re-launch of The White Horse on Wednesday night introduced the inner city to the new biker-style bar downstairs and Lady Godiva’s on level one.
The cocktails and beer were flowing while James McCall and the kitchen team served out an array of tasty bites. X-Factor’s Mike Duchance provided the tunes on the night with an entertaining performance, as revelers moved between the two bars within one venue.
The Larwill Studio
48 Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052 (03) 9032 9111 or thelarwillstudio.com.au
The late Australian artist David Larwill is the namesake artist for new boutique hotel The Larwill Studio, which is opening on September 8. The first Studio property in Melbourne for Art Series Hotel Group, The Larwill Studio will be dedicated to the act of mindful living. Through art and wellness-led experiences, the hotel will provide space for mindful and physical rejuvenation.
Inspired by the neo-expressionist ideology of the artist, who co-founded the communal ROAR Studios in the early 1980s, the group sought a unique location for a hotel that would support and interact with the local area. As part of the Commercial Precinct at the Royal Children’s Hospital on Flemington Road, the 96 ‘Workspaces’ and communal hubs will be a home away from home and space to escape to for ‘always-on’ work travellers.
11 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
0424 034 020 or printroom.net.au
Paddington is getting a dose of old Hollywood charm with the launch of new cocktail and wine bar Print Room, located on the fashion strip (The Intersection).
The bar was launched by Leeroy Petersen, formerly of bartending company Twisted Liquid, and the heritage premises have undergone a complete refit from architects Alexander & Co.
Met Centre, 273 George St, Sydney 2000
(02) 9241 5287 or madmex.com.au
Sydney’s McCartney Design has created a new store concept for Mad Mex, with the prototype being unveiled right in the CBD. Just as the menu is based on authentic Mexican street food, the design was inspired by Mexican street cafés and taquerias.
McCartney emphasised real and unsophisticated materials and theatrical signage to add the Mad to the Mex. In a small site in a busy mall thoroughfare it’s important to be noticed. The team incorporated a new format animated sign into the storefront to attract maximum attention from the lease line. They completed the branded environment with established Mad Mex elements like the Corona Chandelier and the Luchador mural.
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.
The Athanaeum really is the ‘little theatre that could’. With an 800 capacity spread across three levels, it’s got that superb ‘close to the action’ atmosphere. Around four years ago it scored a post-GFC government stimulus grant to replace its seating and staging (hoists and pulleys), but that doesn’t detract from the Ath’s exciting old-school charm — unlike the bigger theatres, as soon as you walk in for a show you’re expecting something unexpected; something out of the ordinary.
NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra
(02) 6287 6287 or www.hotel-hotel.com.au
Hotel Hotel sounds like it’s doubling down on stereotypes, but inside, it’s the complete opposite.
Story: Mark Davie
It may have a repetitive name, but Hotel Hotel is doing everything it can to <not> come off like a traditional hotel — starting with its size.
It occupies only the first three floors of one half of the Nishi building, which is situated at one end of the trendy NewActon precinct in Canberra. The Nishi building is the Molonglo Group’s flagship; part commercial, part residential with better energy credentials than Green Star can rate it. It even houses the wrapped-into-one Department of Climate Change, Environment, Industry, Science, Research… and whatever other innovations the government decides to shoehorn into its $150m lease. All of the floors above Hotel Hotel are residences, with the hotel managing 28 of them for longer stays. Every room in Nishi is different: Hotel Hotel itself has eight Cosy rooms; 43 standard rooms (which are still quite generous); 11 Creative rooms where everything gets upsized; and six top-flight Meandering rooms.
38 Gerrale St, Cronulla NSW
(02) 9523 6833 or www.cronullarsl.com.au
John Waters, CEO of Cronulla RSL, was presiding over a club that was ticking over unspectacularly. What has always been spectacular, is the view — panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Saying that, there was an elevated bowling green between the club and those million dollar views… not anymore.
When the bowling green had reached its useby date and the desire for generational change had gathered real momentum in the boardroom, the trigger was pulled: it was time to build over the green, and completely re-imagine the club’s F&B offering.