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Canberra Full of “Stylish Lounges” and “Pumping Clubs”

By Ruqi 24 July 2012 36

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The Tourism Australia website has released a ‘Fact Sheet’ on Canberra’s Bar Scene. Apparently, the greatest compliments one can pay to Canberra bars are that Honkytonks has “Melbourne-like chic interiors” and the Kremlin Bar is “a busy nightspot for hip young things”. No mention of whether the bars were chosen for the listing based on their merits or by paying for the advertisement.

Anyway, there’s a few interesting-sounding bars listed here, and if nothing else it does make Canberra sound like it has a thrilling nightlife. Any comments from people with first-hand experience as to how accurate these descriptions are?

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Canberra Full of “Stylish Lounges” and “Pumping Clubs”
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Evil_Kitten 8:12 pm 25 Jul 12

I remember a nightclub called Cocktails in Phillip. And the Henry Gratton lol.

farnarkler 6:39 pm 25 Jul 12

Ha ha back in the early 90’s I had a bouncer mistake me for someone he’d had trouble with one Friday night at the Labor Club and gave me a hard time for a few months. Then he got off the roids and a year later took his own life. Karma has a habit off biting you on the backside.

Damien Haas re the cap, you should’ve said the cap is a religious head covering. Seikhs don’t get asked to take their headdress off at airport security (I asked at Canberra airport a few weeks ago) and if they get asked to leave, they take it to court, like one did to a bar in Manuka.

SnapperJack 4:08 pm 25 Jul 12

Funky1 said :

Ah Honeys, now that brings back memories. Also down Phillip way were the Carosello (first place I went to where your feet stuck to the carpet) and the Troubadour. Then you had the Elbow Room and another drinking establishment who’s name evades me but it was so small you couldn’t swing a cat in it (not that I condone cruelty to cats).

Going back even further there was The Floyd in Colbee Court as well as The Governor Phillip Restaurant which included the Winston Charles disco which mysteriously burnt down in early 1977. I also remember Coota’s Place (Belco?) and a basement bar in the MLC Tower, Woden Town Square. That was around 1987 or ’88 because I remember going down there one lunchtime and a guy was playing Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car over and over on the juke box.

mouthface 3:13 pm 25 Jul 12

knuckles said :

Funky1 said :

Ah Honeys, now that brings back memories. Also down Phillip way were the Carosello (first place I went to where your feet stuck to the carpet) and the Troubadour. Then you had the Elbow Room and another drinking establishment who’s name evades me but it was so small you couldn’t swing a cat in it (not that I condone cruelty to cats).

Carosello, that was the one I was thinking of, not the Copacabana. Sorry about that. I remember being there one night when one of the bouncers decided to give me a hard time because I had had a bit too much to drink. Hadn’t done anything wrong and this bloke had a reputation for being a dick head. Just when he was about to give me a push down the stairs another one of the bouncers came up, told him to stop being an idiot, apologised to me and slapped the 1st bloke across the back of the head.

Every now and then I see the 1st bouncer at the shops. He’s massively overweight and it looks like life hasn’t been very kind to him. I always smile and say G’day. He just stares back with a look like the cat just shat in his cereal.

It’s true, the best revenge is to show the people who have tried to screw you over that you are happy and successful.

Oh yeah, this guy’s spent the last twenty years giving a crap about your life.. hahaha. This post is GOLD!!!!!

mouthface 3:10 pm 25 Jul 12

So whilst agreeing that “Melbourne-like interiors” is a massive cringe-worthy comment, at least somebody is trying to promote the place. As usual, those rioters who choose to comment on this article alternate between snide and negative remarks or nostalgia about some serious dives from the past. Sounds like some haven’t been out for a couple of decades, so your opinion is kinda pointless. Here’s an idea, why don’t you put down that slice of Domino’s and go out and grace these establishments with your stylish presence so that they may be the cool places the article says they are. Make sure you get those stone-washed jeans out!

HenryBG 2:04 pm 25 Jul 12

knuckles said :

Funky1 said :

Ah Honeys, now that brings back memories. Also down Phillip way were the Carosello (first place I went to where your feet stuck to the carpet) and the Troubadour. Then you had the Elbow Room and another drinking establishment who’s name evades me but it was so small you couldn’t swing a cat in it (not that I condone cruelty to cats).

Carosello, that was the one I was thinking of, not the Copacabana. Sorry about that. I remember being there one night when one of the bouncers decided to give me a hard time because I had had a bit too much to drink. Hadn’t done anything wrong and this bloke had a reputation for being a dick head. Just when he was about to give me a push down the stairs another one of the bouncers came up, told him to stop being an idiot, apologised to me and slapped the 1st bloke across the back of the head.

Every now and then I see the 1st bouncer at the shops. He’s massively overweight and it looks like life hasn’t been very kind to him. I always smile and say G’day. He just stares back with a look like the cat just shat in his cereal.

It’s true, the best revenge is to show the people who have tried to screw you over that you are happy and successful.

Reminds me of my favourite line from Running Man:
“What’s the matter? Steroids made you deaf?”

knuckles 1:53 pm 25 Jul 12

Funky1 said :

Ah Honeys, now that brings back memories. Also down Phillip way were the Carosello (first place I went to where your feet stuck to the carpet) and the Troubadour. Then you had the Elbow Room and another drinking establishment who’s name evades me but it was so small you couldn’t swing a cat in it (not that I condone cruelty to cats).

Carosello, that was the one I was thinking of, not the Copacabana. Sorry about that. I remember being there one night when one of the bouncers decided to give me a hard time because I had had a bit too much to drink. Hadn’t done anything wrong and this bloke had a reputation for being a dick head. Just when he was about to give me a push down the stairs another one of the bouncers came up, told him to stop being an idiot, apologised to me and slapped the 1st bloke across the back of the head.

Every now and then I see the 1st bouncer at the shops. He’s massively overweight and it looks like life hasn’t been very kind to him. I always smile and say G’day. He just stares back with a look like the cat just shat in his cereal.

It’s true, the best revenge is to show the people who have tried to screw you over that you are happy and successful.

Felix the Cat 1:19 pm 25 Jul 12

Funky1 said :

Ah Honeys, now that brings back memories. Also down Phillip way were the Carosello (first place I went to where your feet stuck to the carpet) and the Troubadour. Then you had the Elbow Room and another drinking establishment who’s name evades me but it was so small you couldn’t swing a cat in it (not that I condone cruelty to cats).

How about some Belconnen memories like Captain Kiddies (Gregs), Leather Bottle, Blind Beggers and of course The Parachute Club (Labour Club).

Funky1 12:30 pm 25 Jul 12

Ah Honeys, now that brings back memories. Also down Phillip way were the Carosello (first place I went to where your feet stuck to the carpet) and the Troubadour. Then you had the Elbow Room and another drinking establishment who’s name evades me but it was so small you couldn’t swing a cat in it (not that I condone cruelty to cats).

Thumper 11:33 am 25 Jul 12

switch said :

Thumper said :

Less bloody clubs with wall to wall pokies.

Fewer

bloody clubs!

Sorry, fewer 🙁

How_Canberran 10:57 am 25 Jul 12

knuckles said :

How_Canberran said :

Aaaah, memories! Bring back JD’s tavern, the Elbow Room and the Copacabana in Dickson!
Now those were places where a dapper young Canberran ‘out on the town’ could get a drink in the 80’s.

Weren’t these bars in Phillip? Along with Honeys and Zanzibar.

JDs Tavern was where Mooseheads is now, circa mid/late 80’s. It was a favoured haunt of the colourful motorcycle riding establishment

switch 10:50 am 25 Jul 12

Thumper said :

Less bloody clubs with wall to wall pokies.

Fewer

bloody clubs!

Thumper 9:08 am 25 Jul 12

More pubs like the Phoenix and Pot belly would be great.

Less bloody clubs with wall to wall pokies.

damien haas 8:37 pm 24 Jul 12

I think dress codes are a great idea if I’m heading out to a nightclub and am attempting to woo a young lady. If i just want to go to a pub for a beer with friends, why does it matter if i’m wearing a hat or sandals.

I walked into the Belconnen Labour Club for a meeting and had both arms full. I had my card in my hand to show staff. I had a cap on. I was told to take my cap off. I said my hands were full and I’d remove it as soon as I put my things down. The receptionist was apoplectic – especially as i simply walked off defying them to the sounds of ‘Security to reception…’ over the PA. I deliberately waited until i could see security head my way before i removed my cap. Its the fricking LABOR CLUB.

sadly, the club movement seems to have sucked the life out of many smaller venues. killed live music and created an addictive poker machine culture.

just dont wear a cap in there while gambling your families savings away.

knuckles 7:15 pm 24 Jul 12

How_Canberran said :

Aaaah, memories! Bring back JD’s tavern, the Elbow Room and the Copacabana in Dickson!
Now those were places where a dapper young Canberran ‘out on the town’ could get a drink in the 80’s.

Weren’t these bars in Phillip? Along with Honeys and Zanzibar.

farnarkler 7:12 pm 24 Jul 12

Maquara, they’ve used a bar with no patrons because if it showed the usual crowd (who think G-Star Raw is the height of fashion), tourists wouldn’t go anywhere near the place.

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