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Happy Birthday Phoenix – Now with photos

johnboy 13 November 2008 22

[First filed: November 12, 2008 @ 16:16]

The Phoenix turns 15 tonight.

I imagine a larger than average number of pints will cross the bar tonight.

Anyone want to reminisce with favourite Phoenix memories?

UPDATED: Laurel Waits has sent in some photos of the evening, slideshow below. If you’ve got more photos ping them in to

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22 Responses to Happy Birthday Phoenix – Now with photos
Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 3:25 pm 14 Nov 08

I don’t drink anywhere where I can’t smoke.

MWF MWF 4:55 pm 13 Nov 08

Doesn’t look right without filthy, overflowing ashtrays 🙁

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:58 pm 13 Nov 08

I remember the first birthday party.

Yeas, the times when the Phoenix used to be a great place. Those days disappeared they “renovated” the place. Been there twice since – won’t step foot in there again.

Danman Danman 11:09 am 13 Nov 08

Saw a suspect mushrooms gig there when I was under the influence of several kinds of gawd knows what – was a great time 😛

paddytrick paddytrick 11:05 am 13 Nov 08

I don’t remember being photographed…

stray stray 10:18 am 13 Nov 08

drinking pre-mix bought from the shop two doors down when outside in the queue waiting to get into bootlegs…seeing so many people wanting to see local canberra bands makes me very proud….having to pee badly from said pre-mix whilst in the queue -not so great!

dahahoo shows packed to the rafters and people stomping and danicng like mad mofos – thank goodness all that mould keeps the floorboards together at times like that.

Same for changeable dan.

and general people watching. love seeing the things people wear and do in there.

PM PM 12:34 am 13 Nov 08

‘Twas there this evening. Good crowd 🙂

Overheard Overheard 11:54 pm 12 Nov 08

I went through a tight little stage, but I’ve put on weight since.

Seriously, I haven’t seen five on that stage, but four works quite nicely. I just found those picks of tCFB and Mr Fibby I referred to above:

You can’t really get the full effect of the whole band(s) but you get an idea.

Thumper Thumper 10:25 pm 12 Nov 08

I love tight little stages where you are right in the audiences face…

Large stages I hate, you get to far away from each other and the music suffers.

Then again, I wouldn’t want to be in a five piece on that stage 😉

Absent Diane Absent Diane 10:22 pm 12 Nov 08

had some top nights there – drinking those shots where you set the bar on fire- however going have disagree on the gigging aspect i hated it for plating shows..

Thumper Thumper 8:56 pm 12 Nov 08

Gigging, great venue…

Sleaz274 Sleaz274 8:27 pm 12 Nov 08

I love the Phoenix mostly because of teh cast of characters you can meet but the last couple of times I’ve gone there I’ve woken up with the worst sore throat and the smell in there appears to have gone beyond just unwashed body to active mould cultures fermenting.

The other thing they do that irks me… and i know it’s tradition but bang that damn bell or pot and yell “phoenix will be closing in xx minutes so F*CK OFF!” I mean seriously your customers who just spent $20 – $100 each do not need to be screamed at to f off just because a certain hour is approaching personally i think it’s just rude and bad business.

I-filed I-filed 7:33 pm 12 Nov 08

New Yeah, smoking at the phoenix stopped LONG after the ban kicked in! Probably years!

toriness toriness 6:20 pm 12 Nov 08

i proposed to my partner there! yeah i know, real romantic 😉

johnboy johnboy 5:45 pm 12 Nov 08

Anytime the Henchmen played for mine.

Spam Box Spam Box 5:42 pm 12 Nov 08

Scored there, been arrested there, met a girl there, scored there, been drunk there, met a girl there, scored there, been drunk there,

great place

Mr Evil Mr Evil 5:07 pm 12 Nov 08

Phoenix Memory # 1: Sitting on chairs with springs that always jab you in the arse.

Phoenix Memory # 2: The smell of Daniel McFadden whenever he entered the room.

Overheard Overheard 5:02 pm 12 Nov 08

Definitely my best memory was turning up last year to interview Jack Mancor, and having seen him and Owen Campbell play to a very small crowd of more sedentary (though very appreciative) punters at the Merry Muse on the Friday night, finding the place packed to the gills with young, energetic funsters who made the night incredibly memorable.

Pics here:

Close run second was a Crooked Fiddle Band/Mr Fibby gig sometime late last year.

My little bro’ used to play regularly at The Phoenix many years ago (mid 90s — must have been when it was relatively new), but I only got the chance (read: made the effort) to see him play once. Still a very much treasured memory.

New Yeah New Yeah 5:01 pm 12 Nov 08

Favourite Phoenix moment? When smoking was banned indoors. I think the place rose from the ashes and is much more pleasant now.

bloodnut bloodnut 4:58 pm 12 Nov 08

If you’re doing it properly, you shouldn’t remember your favourite Phoenix moments.

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