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A new name for the ANU Bar?

By johnboy 25 February 2011 24

Having for years given away their student market to the private sector thanks to mismanagement, petty politics, being crap, and tearing down what could have been a world class selection of band posters, the ANU Bar is trying to get back in the game.

They’re now calling for suggestions for a new name so they can get some brand distance from the Uni Pub up on University Avenue.

ANU union chair Ben Duggan said the competition gave student’s the chance to name the popular venue.

“Combined with last year’s refurbishments, it’s hoped that a new name will improve the overall vibe of the location and make it a more attractive venue for students,” said Ben.

“A number of students have complained to me that ANU Bar is a dull name. So I thought the union board should allow students to decide what name it should take on,” he said.

Ben added that some names that have already been suggested, including the ‘Kirby Bar’ after retired Justice Michael Kirby, and ‘The Whitlam’ or ‘the Hawkes Nest’ after former prime ministers Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke.

“Naming the bar after an Australian icon would give the place a bit of character and make it more memorable,” said Ben.

Apparently all Australian icons are either gay or Labor Prime Ministers.

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breda 6:08 am 27 Feb 11

Back in prehistoric times, when I was on the Union Board, we used to serve a stew in the Refectory called ‘Oliver Twist’ stew, known as “Ollie’. You could bring back your bowl and say ‘please sir (or Maria), I want some more. It was lamb or beef (whatever was cheapest) plus carrots, onions and whatever else was cheap at the markets.

Many of our ‘movers and shakers’ dined on Ollie.

Miythicus 9:02 pm 26 Feb 11

sid said :

Why not just call it the Refectory like it used to be? Or was that the cafeteria bit?

sid said :

Why not just call it the Refectory like it used to be? Or was that the cafeteria bit?

I thought it was the Refectory too. At least thats what I told my Mum it was, when I went there under-age to see the Choirboys, so she wouldn’t think I was going to an actual pub. Aaah the olden days.

He he yes,the Refectory that churns up some memories of a time when the bar had a weekly pool night and local & international bands played and the other drink spot of any worth was the cock’n’bull……………

LSWCHP 9:21 pm 25 Feb 11

Pommy bastard said :

Oooh! Ooh! Ooh!

I will be paying my first visit to the ANU bar in a couple of months, why?

Former Stranglers front man Hugh Cornwell will tour Australia in April this year. The show will feature two sets – the first will feature a collection of Stranglers hits and classic solo material, with the second featuring The Stranglers seminal debut album ‘Rattus Norvegicus IV’ being performed in its entirety for the first time in Australia.

Oh Pommy Bastard, you Pommy Bastard! My envy knows no bound! The Stranglers provided a great part of the musical background to my youth, but I will be flying overseas on the 27th.

At least on the way out, for one brief second I will be 60 feet above the ground, just hangin’ around…

creative_canberran 4:55 pm 25 Feb 11

The ANU Union students are typically far from the smartest students at ANU. More concerned with how many friends they have on Facebook and how many posters they have their name and face on. It’s unsurprising then that the same people who think an election is based on handing out free candy think that the fundamentally poor design, layout and service the ANU Bar offers can all be glossed over with a new name.

I particularly like how most of the reps speak of having to “sacrifice high marks” so that they can do this important work.

Is the ANU bar a drinking hole, a casual cafe, a music venue? It seems to have no aim. The layout of a sushi bar with the decor of an Irish pub alone demonstrates this.

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