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Time Out Sydney Pub Award nominees named

Time Out Sydney Pub Award nominees named | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Some of Sydney’s favourite pubs have been listed as nominees in the 2016 Time Out Sydney Pub Awards, with four venues receiving three nominations each.

 

Coinciding with the launch of the Time Out Sydney Pub Guide 2016, the awards will be presented at Beer DeLuxe in Darling Harbour on 6 June.

 

This year, 34 pubs have been named as nominees across the awards’ seven categories, while mystery winners for the Legend Award and the Pub of the Year Award – for which the nominees aren’t announced – will be revealed on the night.

 

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Small bars a big thing among Sydney’s chic set

Small bars a big thing among Sydney’s chic set | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

It seems small is beautiful when it comes to night-life. 

 

The number of boutique bars in NSW has doubled in the space of a year, as Sydney’s taste veers away from nightclubs, pubs and pokies towards more chic establishments.

 

The news comes as the NSW government gets set to undertake its statutory three-year review into small bar licences. Kelsey Hoffmann, 24, said she sought out small bars to have a “quiet drink” in a more intimate setting.

 

Small bars can trade between noon and 2am, except in the CBD where trading is allowed between noon and midnight.

 

 

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They’re wine bars – but not as we know them

They’re wine bars – but not as we know them | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The hottest thing in food right now is the wine bar, with top-flight chefs and affordable food and wine.

 

Step aside dude food. Hasta la vista, taquerias. The hottest thing in food right now is the wine bar.

 

Not dimly lit spots with high stools, cheese, lavosh biscuits, and muscatel with house rosé. These are slick, elegant spaces with top-end chefs turning out dishes with wow-factor, and sommeliers from top-shelf eateries.


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“It’s not just wine any more,” he said. “There’s such a booming craft beer and distillery scene here and worldwide that it’s silly not to pay attention to that. If you call yourself a bar in 2016 and hope to be cutting-edge or different, you need to take an all-inclusive approach with things like sake, fortified wines or cocktails.”

 

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Canberra to toast the first Pint of Science festival at King O'Malley's

Canberra to toast the first Pint of Science festival at King O'Malley's | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Drinking a pint of beer will become a lot more scientific this week in the capital.

 

Canberra will raise a glass to a fresh take on politics in the pub this week as the Pint of Science festival debuts in the capital. 

The national series, funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the ACT government, brings some of the most brilliant scientists into city pubs to discuss their latest research and field questions about their findings. 

 

Projects can range from robots delivering meals to hospital patients or providing "an extra set of hands" to make boutique manufacturing or assembly faster.

 

Professor Herath has worked with artists, psychologists and most recently material scientists on a recycling scheme in which robots pick apart old mobile phones and retrieve valuable micro-elements such as gold, platinum and glass.  

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Time Out Sydney Pub Award nominees named

Time Out Sydney Pub Award nominees named | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Some of Sydney’s favourite pubs have been listed as nominees in the 2016 Time Out Sydney Pub Awards, with four venues receiving three nominations each.

 

Coinciding with the launch of the Time Out Sydney Pub Guide 2016, the awards will be presented at Beer DeLuxe in Darling Harbour on 6 June.

 

This year, 34 pubs have been named as nominees across the awards’ seven categories, while mystery winners for the Legend Award and the Pub of the Year Award – for which the nominees aren’t announced – will be revealed on the night.

 

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Sydney's top 50 bars 2016

Sydney's top 50 bars 2016 | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Sydney's top 50 bars 2016 Sydney still has the best bars, pubs and clubs in Australia - and we've singled out where you should head for a drink. 

 

The lockout laws are the pits, it's true. Well, not just the pits. They're tearing apart Sydney's cultural and economic fabric and stopping good, hard-working people like you and me from scoring a schooner and dance-floor pash at three in the morning.

 

But enough about that.

 

Petitions (especially hardcopy ones) and park rallies need to happen to show The Man we're not taking this claptrap lying down; however, we shouldn't retire to backyards with casks of cooking wine and wait for the laws to be overturned in the process. Sydney still has the best bars, pubs and clubs in Australia and the No 1 way to get behind your local boozer during these tough times is to get in there, spend your dollars and have a ripper time.  


Get in there pals, support your local hospitality workers, musicians, cab drivers, convenience-store workers and late-night shame pizza providers, and tell your mates and social media how amazing Sydney is. It's had to work bloody hard for it.



 

 

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Sydney’s small bar scene spreads west to Parramatta

Sydney’s small bar scene spreads west to Parramatta | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

WESTERN Sydney residents will no longer have to travel to the trendy bars of inner Sydney to enjoy an after-work drink.

 

Parramatta is catching on to the small bar phenomenon, with two bars set to open in the CBD within the next six months.

 

Oatlands resident and self-proclaimed foodie and bar enthusiast George Bebawy is about to submit a development application for Parramatta’s first small bar to be located in Horwood Place.

 

“People in Parramatta are looking for that unique drinking experience. People are asking for these types of bars but they have to travel all the way to the city,” Mr Bebawy said.

 

His inspiration for the bar came from a recent trip he took to the US.

 

It will add to our vibrant and energetic city. There is a demand for the area to have small bars,” Cr Makari said.

 

“We have pubs and restaurants but we are wanting something different. We want a bar atmosphere like there is in Sydney — a trendy place where people can really get a feel of Parramatta’s vibe, a place where people can meet up for a casual drink after work.”

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One of Sydney's most famous pubs is finally reopening at Easter

One of Sydney's most famous pubs is finally reopening at Easter | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes has announced the former Newport Arms hotel will reopen on Good Friday.

 

Hemmes bought the 1.15 hectare site, worth an estimated $50 million, 12 months ago. He’s spent the past 10 months, two months longer than planned, in a $250,000 redevelopment of the biggest beer garden in the southern hemisphere, the first stage of a five-year plan to upgrade one of Australia’s most popular pubs.

 

The revamped beer garden will feature a juice bar, a kiosk for coffee and donuts, a wood-fired pizza oven and burger bar, along with a temporary marquee serving seafood. The Newport Arms was first granted a liquor license in 1882. It was rebuilt in 1971 following a major blaze in the late ’60s, and owned by the Bayfield family for 25 years before being sold to Merivale last year.

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Is the World’s 50 Best Restaurant award destined for Sydney?

Is the World’s 50 Best Restaurant award destined for Sydney? | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Hottest rumour in Bangkok, where the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant awards were held last night?

 

The 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards will be held in Sydney (this year, it’s New York). In fact, we hear it’s way, way more than a rumour. Tourism Australia has been at it again. The announcement about the Sydney awards will be made in New York later this year. More soon.

 

Perth: When you’ve run a restaurant consistently acknowledged as one of your city’s — if not the country’s — best for three years, it takes a lot of nerve, and a forensic examination of the books, to shut it down. But in a perfect sign of the times for Perth, where new options have come on stream and the economy has softened, the national hospitality company Colonial Leisure Group will close Print Hall, St Georges Terrace, in three weeks ahead of a relaunch and rebrand later in the year. It will re-emerge as something more affordable and casual. The 70-seat restaurant is only a small part of the Print Hall complex of bars and eateries, but the decision has attracted considerable media attention in the West.

 

 

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Cheers To The 'Great Barrier Beer', Here To Save The Great Barrier Reef

Cheers To The 'Great Barrier Beer', Here To Save The Great Barrier Reef | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

It’s official -- Australians can now feel good about drinking beer because by doing so, they’ll be helping to save the Great Barrier Reef.


The Good Beer Co. has passed its crucial crowdfunding stage and is brewing Great Barrier Beer -- a delicious Indian pale ale. The winners here are Aussie tastebuds and the Australian Marine Conservation Society, which will receive 50 percent of the profits from beer sales to help save the Great Barrier Reef.


The crowdfunding campaign fell short of its $100,000 goal, but Grugeon says a surge in last-minute orders from pubs and bars has meant the project is now off and racing.


The beer has made an appearance at Melbourne’s recent Sustainable Living Festival and was officially launched by Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles MP who pulled the first pint at Brisbane bar Brewski.


“I’m delighted to be on hand to serve up the first pint of Great Barrier Beer,” Dr Miles said. “It’s a fantastic idea, because it’s so simple -- you get to enjoy a cold one and give back to a cause you care about.


“Our Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and one of the greatest tourism destinations on the planet. We know the reef is important to Queenslanders and its protection is a priority for the Queensland Government. It’s wonderful to see an initiative that allows everyday people to get involved.”


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Clubs and pubs say pain will be deep

Clubs and pubs say pain will be deep | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

CLUB and pub owners say the new lockout laws will cost business hundreds of thousands and will force them to cut back on staff.

Townsville Liquor Accord president and Mad Cow Tavern owner Mark Napier said many Flinders St East traders were worried about the future of their businesses.


Townsville Chamber of Commerce president Troy Popham said the laws would affect late-night businesses.


“Having a licensed venue in the CBD can mean high rents and if you’re limiting the trade of these business then you’re jeopardising their sustainability,” he said.


Mayor Jenny Hill said the community now had to adapt to ensure the viability of the night-life precinct.


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Newtown and Balmain pubs in hot demand

Newtown and Balmain pubs in hot demand | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The pub sector is running hot with investors buying up licences in the suburban fringes.


One of the latest deals was by the diversified hospitality operators Colonial Leisure Group, which has made its first move into NSW with the acquisition of the leasehold interest in the Newtown Hotel from the Keystone Group.


Suburban pubs are in higher demand, as the sector undergoes change with the Sydney early morning lockout laws that are in effect across the city and Kings Cross. 

In another deal, the Balmain Town Hall Hotel was snapped up for $7 million following a hotly contested sales campaign. 


The Balmain Pub Group secured the Balmain landmark, which was established in 1879 and benefits from a prime location on the corner of Montague and Darling streets on a prominent 445sq m site. 






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Aussies Think A Pub Is The Best Place To Find Love

Aussies Think A Pub Is The Best Place To Find Love | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Pubs aren’t known for their classy atmosphere and usually serves as a meeting point for mates who just want to enjoy while watching sports game.But a majority of Australians believe a pub is the perfect place to find love, according to one study.


Cashless app maker Clipp.co recently surveyed 2024 Australians and 72 per cent of respondents aged between 30 and 39 considered their local pub to be a place where they can find love. For 40-somethings, this figure goes down to 67 per cent while for those in their 20s, 57 per cent of them favoured pubs as well.


“If you think it’s all about finding your perfect match online, think again. Our research tells us that more than half of us look for love offline,” Clipp.co CEO and co-founder Greg Taylor said. “Pubs are not dead in the water and I think the reason that they are a good place for a date is the calibre of food and range of drinks that many pubs are now offering – and many have revamped their restaurants or bistros, making the experience almost equivalent to high-end dining, but in a relaxed atmosphere.


“Plus, they are offering too-good-to-be-true deals which the more exclusive restaurants are less likely to offer.”


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Do we really have too many pubs, not enough drinkers?

Do we really have too many pubs, not enough drinkers? | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

SOUTH Australia has more liquor licences per head than any other capital city — and one of the lowest rates of population growth.


Currently, 68 hotels, 30 entertainment venues and 61 small license venues operate in the CBD.


According to Australian Hotels Association (AHA) boss Ian Horne, that’s becoming something of a problem for the City of Churches.


He says there are now so many licensed outlets that pubs and small bars operating in the CBD will face a tough year in 2016 as supply outweighs demand.


“Supply is greatly outstripping demand — that’s a reality. Add the impact of 5000 person ‘pop ups’ (Royal Croquet Club, Fringe Garden) and other temporary offerings during what used to be the sectors largest trading months of the year — February and March — and it is becoming a challenge to remain profitable and in some cases viable whether you operate a micro, small, medium or large hospitality venture.”


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Top city pubs with fireplaces, to beat the winter chill

Top city pubs with fireplaces, to beat the winter chill | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

As the city braces for todays cold, wet weather weve headed across the CBD to find you five of the best pubs to head where youll stay nice and toasty by a warm fire.

 

There's nothing better than feeling the warmth of fire reach your face as you sit back and enjoy a glass of red on a cold winter’s night. While you’re there, plonk yourself by the fire and indulge in local wine, a cheese board and warm marinated olives. If this isn’t a winter warmer, I don’t know what is.

 
 

 

 

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Park Hyatt wins best Hotel Cocktails competition 

Park Hyatt wins best Hotel Cocktails competition  | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

There’s something inherently glamorous about the idea of the hotel bar. It makes you think of ScarJo staring out across Tokyo while Bill Murray sips whisky. Plus we are totally behind the idea of having a bar in the same building as us wherever we go.

 

But who is the best Hotel Bartender, we hear you ask? The inaugural Time Out Hotel Bars Cocktail Competition set out to answer that very question. We took submissions from hotel bars across the country in order to find the best in the business. We narrowed it down to a top 10 who impressed us with their creative reimagining of a classic cocktail, and then we got the top three of those drink-slinging dynamos to put their liquor where their mouths are and battle it out in a second round.

 

But there can only be one champion, and on this day the top gong went to Andrew Mae of the Park Hyatt. His Truffle with Vlad cocktail impressed the socks off the judges, although they were nervous about it on paper, and his confidence and finesse with the classics means you can order with joy when you visit the Bar. Next time you need a stiff drink, you know where to go.

 

 

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Poll shows Australia is becoming more concerned about alcohol habits

Poll shows Australia is becoming more concerned about alcohol habits | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Australians are becoming increasingly concerned about the country's excessive drinking habits.

 

A new poll shows 78 per cent of people believe it's a concern, while the same number want more to be done to reduce the harm of alcohol.

 

FARE Policy Manager Amy Ferguson said many respondents also supported closing pubs and clubs earlier in the night.

 

"This poll shows there is strong support for a range of policies to reduce alcohol harm," she told 3AW News.

 

"What we've constantly seen over the past few years and again this year is that the majority of Australians – 82 per cent – support a closing time of 3am or earlier for pubs, clubs and bars."

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Take a tour of the oldests pubs around The Rocks

Take a tour of the oldests pubs around The Rocks | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

An urban myth tells of how Opera House architect Joern Utzon was inspired to design the famous landmark while sitting on the rooftop of The Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks with a telltale cut orange in front of him. Regardless of whether there is any truth to the fable, it’s entertaining chitchat like this that helps set Dave’s Pub Walks apart from other similar tours.

 

The historic pub walk through Sydney’s once-gritty Rocks precinct, allows you to indulge in a little colonial history — with a beer in hand. Our guide is Gregg Peet, who has been walking visitors to The Rocks and through the old laneways of Sydney’s first neighbourhood since 2010.

 

The Australian Hotel’s claim on history is that it’s the oldest continuously run pub, we hear. Then, after a Scharers Lager from Picton’s Little Brewing Company, we move on, wandering up the Argyle Cut to The Hero Of Waterloo (81 Lower Fort St), a soldiers’ pub named after the famous Duke Of Wellington.

 

 

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NSW Pubs Call For Lockouts To Be Changed To 'No New Patrons' Policy

NSW Pubs Call For Lockouts To Be Changed To 'No New Patrons' Policy | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Sydney's lockout laws are currently up for review and while we've heard opinions from those in government, activist groups and music venues to name a few, the Australian Hotels Association are the latest to throw their hat in the ring and are calling for the legislation to be relaxed. 

 

As Fairfax reports, the NSW pubs lobby group are proposing for a "no new patrons" policy, as well as a complete end to the 1.30am lockouts and 10pm closure of bottle shops. 

 

The policy allows punters planning to enter the venue after 3am to book ahead and prevent being turned away at the door if they turn up unannounced. 

 

"Existing patrons can leave to have a cigarette or obtain food whilst other persons can pre-plan their attendance and notify the premises, with that position in the venue held for their arrival."

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‘Blokey’ beer bar set in a basement on Grenfell St

‘Blokey’ beer bar set in a basement on Grenfell St | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

THE blokes behind Grenfell St digs Harry’s Bar are taking on a new venue, but they won’t have to travel far. Just downstairs, actually.

When it opens Wednesday, Wurst & Stein will have transformed the Harry’s Bar basement into a small pub devoted to beer and the food that goes with it.

 

“There’s whisky and gin bars and that sort of stuff, but not many places like blokey bars with Foxtel and food that goes well with beer, like ribs and burgers,” says Harry’s Bar owner Grant Mollison, who’ll run the venture with business partner Marcus Bernardi.

 

“All the tables and chairs are custom made of railway steel and there will be lots of booths and big tables.”

 

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The best places to eat and drink during Mardi Gras 2016 

The best places to eat and drink during Mardi Gras 2016  | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

The best places to eat and drink during Mardi Gras 2016: Jake Smyth of Mary's Jake Smyth steers you through the crowds and singles out where to drink and dine during the 2016 Mardi Gras.

 

Imperial Hotel

La Grande Dame of Sydney's vibrant gay and lesbian scene – she has had a rough trot of late, but we wouldn't dream of kicking off anywhere else. Game of pool, schooners and jukebox dressed for the march. There's no better place in the world.

 

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern
Charlie Lehmann, Dardan Shervashidze and Sebastian Soto run one of our favourite bars in this city, and it's joyously placed around the corner from the rallying point for the march.

Colombian Hotel
This pub,  though some of its gloss has worn off, is a literal cornerstone of Oxford Street. The view from the windows has got to be among the best for the march.

10 William Street
One of our favourite places in the whole wide world. The world-class wine list, a portion of which seems to anger some as the bar offers it by the glass. How quaint. But seriously, 10 William has a roster of headliner chefs and the type of hospitality that still makes our head spin. 


 

 

 

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Here are the other places to drink and dine during the 2016 Mardi Gras:

• The Cliff Dive

• Brighton Up Bar

• Courthouse Hotel

• This Must Be the Place

• The Unicorn Hotel

• The Captain Cook Hotel

 

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Four pubs sell out of poker machines, boosting numbers for the biggest clubs

Four pubs sell out of poker machines, boosting numbers for the biggest clubs | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Four of the nine pubs with old-style poker machines have sold their machines, allowing two of the city's biggest clubs to boost numbers.


The Raiders and the Tuggeranong Vikings can now convert the old licences to much more modern and profitable machines.


Pubs make no more than about $10,000 a year from each machine, and usually much less, because they're only allowed the outdated "class B" type of machine.

The big clubs make typically well over $30,000 a year from each of their machines. The Vikings rugby union club, already the city's biggest owner of poker machines, with 704 pokies, has now bought 11 more. It makes an average of about $35,000 from each machine before tax.


The ACT government introduced the trading scheme last year, allowing clubs to buy and sell machines for the first time. The scheme also phases out the Class B machines owned by hotels and clubs, allowing them to sell them to clubs, which can then upgrade them to modern Class C machines, but banning hotels and pubs from buying new machines of their own.

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Moelis buys the first round in Redcape pub deal

Moelis buys the first round in Redcape pub deal | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

Moelis & Co is closing in on a deal to buy pubs portfolio Recape Hotel Group after months of negotiations.


It is understood Moelis and Redcape have signed a heads of agreement, which will allow the suitor to complete final due diligence, ahead of a likely sale. Redcape expects to wrap up the acquisition by the end of the current quarter.

It is believed the current offer price is around $620 million compared to $650 million, although there have been suggestions Moelis was looking to fund the difference with a vendor note.

Redcape also has the option of sitting tight and waiting for market conditions to improve if it cannot negotiate the price it wants. But current market volatility highlights the challenges private equity faces exiting assets.


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Pub with no peer in a town time forgot

Pub with no peer in a town time forgot | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

THE silence out front can be deafening. But the Mt Mary Hotel is the desert mirage that delivers for passers-by barrelling across the vast red dirt and saltbush between Bower and the northern Murray River township of Morgan.


Sitting well off the Kapunda to Morgan road, but proudly front and centre on the hamlet’s dusty main drag since 1894, the pub’s few concessions to modernity are a working telephone box out the front and a fax machine inside — both deemed impossible relics by today’s generation.


And it feels remote, a long way from canola country and beyond Goyder’s line, but the locals call it convenient, with the Barossa a good drive away and the river “up the road”.


Still, the town of 10 homes and its pub on North Tce — which faces North/West — is a fair drive for a beer. It’s about 145km from Adelaide; and about 22km from the Adelaide side of the river.

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Top 10: Edinburgh's best bars and pubs

Top 10: Edinburgh's best bars and pubs | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

An insider's guide to the best best bars and pubs in the Scottish capital, in time for the Edinburgh Festival, including traditional pubs near the Royal Mile, city centre wine bars and local pubs in Leith


The Devil’s Advocate


Hidden down a narrow, medieval close opposite St Giles' Cathedral, this new bar and kitchen has sent the town’s bloggers and twitter mavens into paroxysms of joy. Outside there is an enormous terrace and deck, while the ruined walls next door shelter an allotment garden that will provide fresh produce for the kitchen. With an ever-expanding choice of whiskies, a cleverly constructed wine list (most available by half-bottle and glass) and arguably the most interesting cocktails in Edinburgh, it is already deservedly popular.

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Top 10: Edinburgh's best bars and pubs


•The Devil's advocate
The last Word Saloon
The Dome
The Cafe Royal
Bramble Bar
Port O Leith
The Bow Bar
Waverly Bar
The Royal Oak
Cumberland Bar

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Pedal-powered pub crawl to hit town

Pedal-powered pub crawl to hit town | Bars and Pubs | Scoop.it

ADELAIDE watering holes will be given a run for their money as pedal-powered pubs give new meaning to the term pub crawl.


The four-wheel, open-frame vehicles, known as a HandleBar, are powered by up to 16 customers who can book two-hour tours of the city while being served South Australian beer and wine.


The Adelaide City Council said it was approached by two young US-based entrepreneurs with a proposal for a pedal-powered mobile bar to tour the city and extensive consultation followed.


Though the vehicle’s momentum is provided by the drinking passengers, steering and braking is the responsibility of the driver — or “bar handler” who acts as a designated driver.


According to the council, all concerns regarding vehicle compliance and safety, food and alcohol service, waste disposal, suitable city routes and occasional stopping points have been satisfied.


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