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Sunday session trading hours extended

Sunday session trading hours extended | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Perth pubs and nightclubs can now keep their doors open longer on Sundays under new liquor laws that come into effect this weekend.


The popular Sunday session will be extended from 10pm to midnight, while nightclubs will be able to trade until 2am on Monday morning. 


WA Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the changes were to accommodate Perth's evolving seven-day economy.  


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Should Australian Pub And Restaurant Workers Be Tipped?

Should Australian Pub And Restaurant Workers Be Tipped? | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Australia is one of the few Western nations where tipping isn’t expected — but this could soon be set to change if the results of a new national survey can be believed. According to bar tab app Clipp, nearly 60 per cent of Australians regularly tip, despite often making less money per hour than their servers. 


Clipp — which we have reviewed in the past — surveyed more than 2000 pub- and restaurant-going Australians about their tipping habits. It found that almost 60% of Australians are on the tipping bandwagon, with fast and attentive service the main motivator. Other factors that contributed to tipping included great meals, special privileges (such as a nice table) and attractive wait staff.


When broken down by age, older customers are the most likely to tip, with 71 per cent of surveyed Australians in their 50s tipping at restaurants, compared to just 29% of people under 20. As you’d probably expect, high income earners (over $150,000) are most likely to tip, but they also tip less, with an average of 5 to 10 per cent of the bill.


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Why small bar operators are heading west

Why small bar operators are heading west | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Small-bar culture is on the cusp of take-off in Parramatta, with major hospitality groups looking to open in the city to capitalise on a booming commercial and residential population.


Tens of thousands of residents, workers and students are set to move into Parramatta in the next decade and the emergence of a new thirsty market has not been lost on some of the bar industry's key players.


Keystone Group, which owns a swathe of venues in Sydney, including Kit and Kaboodle in Kings Cross and Cargo Bar on King Street Wharf, plans to open a bar in Parramatta in the next two years and is scouting for the right venue.

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Three awesome cocktails to make for the Melbourne Cup

Three awesome cocktails to make for the Melbourne Cup | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Whether you win or lose today, plenty of Australians will be raising a glass for the Melbourne Cup today either in celebration or to drown their sorrows.


Of course no celebration is complete without a champagne cocktail and taking inspiration from the bellini, the peach cocktail invented around 70 years ago at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, he came up with a simple and refreshing variation. As well as this a masculine, whiskey-based cocktail with a bit of a kick, and the pretty lychee-based Miss Wednesday, which uses shōchū, a distilled Japanese spirit made from from rice or barley that’s typically around 25% alcohol – weaker than vodka, which you can use as a replacement.

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Lockout laws for pubs and clubs in parliament this week

Lockout laws for pubs and clubs in parliament this week | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
LICENCED venues in Queensland will have to stop serving drinks at 2am while those which serve to 3am will have to enforce a 1am lockout under proposed legislation changes.


The Queensland Government has announced today new measures to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said last drinks would be at 2am and some venues would be able to apply for an extended 3am model.


If the 3am model is adopted, those venues will have a 1am lockout.

Ms D'Ath said venues would be able to stay open after last drinks but would only be able to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks.


Under the proposed measures, high-alcohol content and rapid consumption drinks, including shots, will be banned after midnight.

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Must Do Brisbane: Best rooftop bars

Must Do Brisbane: Best rooftop bars | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Brisbane's growing collection of fabulous rooftop bars make an unbeatable setting for drinks on sultry summer nights.


Each with their own bird's eye urban view and unique personality, here are seven of Brisbane's best.

  1. Eleven Rooftop Bar
  2. Eagles Nest
  3. Up on Constance
  4. Elixir
  5. Dandys Rooftop Bar
  6. Limes Hotel
  7. Spicers on Balfour
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Where to be when the nation stops

Where to be when the nation stops | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
BRISBANE venues are pulling out all stops when it comes to Melbourne Cup Day.


While all eyes will be on Flemington Racecourse when it comes to the race that stops the nation, parties will be happening all across the city come Tuesday.


Meanwhile if you are still contemplating where to spend the day, many bars and restaurants are offering packages including food, drinks, entertainment, and live racing action.

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Why it’s time we had small bars in the ‘burbs’

Why it’s time we had small bars in the ‘burbs’ | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
THE small bar culture that has become a fixture of our inner city could soon spread its wings.


Planning Minister John Rau is again looking at the liquor licensing laws — and the changes that transformed the city could soon see small drinking holes popping up in the suburbs.


The cheaper licences, introduced to the CBD in 2013, encouraged more venues with a capacity of up to 120 and less red tape.


At the time, Rau said the small bars would cater to a different clientele to patrons who frequent larger pubs and clubs.


But when pubs like The Stag (which is due to reopen this week), the Dog and Duck and Colonel Light closed their doors, pop-ups and smaller hole-in-the-wall venues were served some of the blame.

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Five New Bars to Try This Week

Five New Bars to Try This Week | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Seasonal, world-class cocktails and local brews are the flavours of Sydney's latest bar openings.


After two of our local bars were named some of the world's best , Sydney's bar scene now has a lot to live up to. Here are five new venues we think are meeting the standard this spring.


Titus Jones
Ex-label manager Merrick Webb's venture into Sydney's bar scene has more than paid off with Titus Jones. There's a focus on comfort here; Webb has created a space where people can feel at home and enjoy a chat over some classic cocktails.


Dead Ringer
The second venue from the team behind the highly influential Bulletin Place, Dead Ringer distinguishes itself with a menu that's as bold as it is delicious.


Peg Leg
Wood from floor to ceiling, candlelit tables and a nautical vibe make Peg Leg one of Sydney's most visually distinct places to stop in for a drink. It comes from Manuel Alvarez and Collin Perillo, two world travellers who earned their chops as bartenders at London's famous Milk and Honey.


Wayward Brewery
For the past four years the Wayward Brewing Company has been bouncing around Parramatta, Wollongong and Marrickville, and now it's finally settled down in Camperdown. The brewery is attached to a refurbished beer hall that gives off a very open and industrial vibe (the adjoining rooms were once wine vats).


The Carrington
The Carrington on Bourke Street is back with a fresh face and a completely redesigned menu. However co-owner Luke Butler says it will keep the same casual service and style, with a classic pub menu of honest, tasty food.

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Time Out Sydney Pub Awards 2015: Winners

Time Out Sydney Pub Awards 2015: Winners | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
The second Time Out Sydney Pub Awards raised a glass to our beloved locals, with the very best in the pubs scene taking the gongs across nine categories from Pub of the Year to the most Family-Friendly watering hole
Top4's insight:

Great drinks, delicious grub, lovely music, good service.

These are just some of the things you look for when looking for a pub to spend some well-deserve good times.

In Sydney, pubs are dime a dozen, so choosing the next pub to visit can be overwhelming.

Narrow your focus and choose only the best of the best, with the help of TIme Out's Sydney Pub Awards. Cheers!

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Night Out in Sydney? Head Out to These Top 10 Haunts

Night Out in Sydney? Head Out to These Top 10 Haunts | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Ten of the most exciting bars across Sydney's CBD
Top4's insight:

What's your evening drink place of choice?

In Sydney, there's the old-fashioned glamour of Palmer and Co., the old-fashioned pizza parlour vibe of Frankie's Pizza, the chic romanticism of Since I Left You, and more...

Whether it's fine wine with a cheese plate, oyster and ale, pizza and beer and everything else in between, there's a seat for you in any one of Sydney's famed after-hours venues.

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Pub Made Famous by 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' in Trouble with the Police

Pub Made Famous by 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' in Trouble with the Police | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The Imperial Hotel  in Sydney – better known as the pub featured in the famed Australian movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – has close due to illegal drug allegations. 

Top4's insight:

The Imperial  is probably the most popular gay-friendly venue in Sydney and perhaps the entire of Australia, thanks to its appearance in the cult film "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." 

But its patrons have not been able to party there since the police closed it down due to suspected drug activity.

Authorities say that bar staff and patrons are "openly consuming drugs at the venue," and so they closed it down for investigation and to send a message as well to other clubs. 


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WA raises glass to best in bar business

WA raises glass to best in bar business | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
A suburban pub and a Northbridge microbrewery named State’s best places to eat and drink.


Duke Bar and Bistro and the Northbridge Brewing Company jointly shared the title of best new venue at last night’s Australian Hotels Association of WA’s annual awards.


Further afield, Broome’s Mangrove Hotel was recognised as WA’s best regional hospitality venue and Margaret River’s Colonial Brewing Company was named best boutique brewery.


AHA WA chief executive Bradley Woods said it had been a great year for hospitality in the State.


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Self-service taps put to the test

Self-service taps put to the test | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Are self-service beer taps anything more than a novelty? 


There’s a Golden Rule in stand-up comedy that warns, quite clearly; ‘never hand control of the microphone over to a heckler’. In this way, the one who more accurately defined as ‘the professional’ maintains control of the whole gig – whether he or she is ‘killing them’ or ‘dying up there’.


So what happens when a bar hands at least some of its controlling interest in the prime source of revenue over to the bloke who would normally wait and watch patiently as his pint is poured for him? Well, as it happens, it might just be a game-changer for hospitality and for good beer in general.

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Carlton Draught to take 150 drinkers on Australia’s ultimate pub tour on custom-built plane

Carlton Draught to take 150 drinkers on Australia’s ultimate pub tour on custom-built plane | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Welcome to Australia’s first flying pub, where it’s frothies at 36,000 feet.


Billed as the greatest pub tour in history, Carlton Draught will in March fly more than 150 lucky drinkers across Australia to visit the best pubs in the land on a custom-designed plane.


Joining the tour will be comedians, musicians and sporting greats providing in-flight entertainment and tending the bar, which will serve for the first time beer fresh from a keg high in the sky.

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Time Out Bar Award nominees announced

Time Out Bar Award nominees announced | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Celebrating the best bars and bartenders in Melbourne and Sydney, the nominees for the 2016 Time Out Bar Awards have been announced for both cities.


Winners across each of the categories – covering everything from party bars to bar food to new venues – will be revealed at the Awards ceremonies in their respective cities in December.


The awards are an institution in the bar industry with the Sydney gongs being given out for eight years now, while Melbourne’s version is relatively fresh at four years old.


According to Time Out Australia CEO Michael Rodrigues, the bars are put through their paces year on year to make sure that only the best make the cut.

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Good things come to bar-hoppers who wait

Good things come to bar-hoppers who wait | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
IT TAKES more than a decent drinks menu to win nods of approval from knowledgeable sippers. Setting up a new bar from scratch requires a clear vision, a fabulous fitout, savvy staff and a lot of patience.


Brown and business partners Joshua Talbot, Alex Marschall and Matthew Orman chose designer Matiya Marovich of Sans-Arc Studio to bring their vision to life.


The bar’s neon sign ‘live jazz tomorrow’ is a tongue-in-cheek play on their plan to host live jazz (entertainment consent pending) and their ongoing ‘maybe tomorrow’ mantra.


Creole and cajun cuisine will be served alongside local, boutique, small batch beer and a list of 70 American and Australian whiskeys.


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World's 50 Best Bar Awards: Sydney's Baxter Inn and Melbourne's Black Pearl make top 10

World's 50 Best Bar Awards: Sydney's Baxter Inn and Melbourne's Black Pearl make top 10 | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
World's 50 Best Bar Awards: Sydney's Baxter Inn and Melbourne's Black Pearl make top 10 New York and London are still the place to be if you like your drinks delicious, absurdly creative and massively expensive. But two Australian bars are among the top 10 in the world, and two more have made it into the latest list of the World's 50 Best Bars.


The World's 50 Best Bar Awards are voted by industry insiders, through a worldwide survey run by Drinks International magazine. They are now in their sixth year.

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MP wants 3am close for Qld club and pubs

MP wants 3am close for Qld club and pubs | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The Queensland Premier says she won't consider Billy Gordon's amendments to Labor's new liquor laws.


Mr Gordon has indicated the government must introduce a 3am closing time for pubs and clubs across the state if it wants his vote.

However, Ms Palaszczuk says this is unacceptable to the government.


She says Labor will push ahead with introducing its plan, which includes a 1am lockout, a ban on shots after midnight and a ban on the sale of all alcohol after 3am.


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Marion, a wine bar for serious grape lovers.

Marion, a wine bar for serious grape lovers. | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
A place for serious grape lovers.


Andrew McConnell’s Marion is a wine bar for serious grape lovers. Spanning two shopfronts next door to Cutler & Co. on Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street, and laying claim to the most impressive and comprehensive wine list in the area, it’s the sort of place where you might stop in for a glass but can’t help staying for a bottle.


It’s an industrial-style fit-out; think white-washed brick walls, lots of glass, black leather and dark wood and a floor untouched since the site’s days as a metal plating factory. The room is divided into two parts: an open kitchen serves as a key feature of the room on the left-hand side, and there’s a small curved bar and ceiling-high wine racks on the right. Both rooms have a mixture of seating, standing and leaning space, and there are plenty of curb-side spots too.


A lengthy permanent wine list covers the major grape varieties, but also devotes entire sections to less familiar varietals such as grüner veltliner, chenin blanc and gamay. Orange and minimal-intervention wines feature, and there are sections for half-bottles and magnums. There’s also a shorter changing list of new and interesting wines the team is enjoying at the time, plus 15-odd wines-by-the-glass that are on offer at any given time.

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Bonza brews: The best pubs in Sydney

Bonza brews: The best pubs in Sydney | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
Top spots to get your drink on and mingle with Sydneysiders in the know
Top4's insight:

If you want to experience the famed Aussie pub culture, then go where the locals go.

This list outlines the most highly recommended watering holes in the city (where there are good pubs in every corner). Visit one or do a crawl, the brews, the food and the no-stress atmosphere will be worth it.

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Irish Pubs: The Best in Sydney Australia

Irish Pubs: The Best in Sydney Australia | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it
The best Irish pubs can be found in Sydney. Experience the art of the pour as Irish-born MARCUS DERVIN, SharePoint developer, shares his favourites...
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