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Honkytonks. New bar in Garema Place

johnboy 15 October 2011 44

So last night I had my name on the door for the opening of the new bar on Garema Place, which (in the interests of disclosure) a friend has a stake in.

It’s called Honkytonks, it’s where Mama’s Trattoria used to be, and it’s going to be a bit of thing (at least until the new thing arrives).

The decor is “swish bar de jour” which seems to be lots of wood and an eclectic feel at the moment.

The main sell is the glorious open windows fronting onto the street life of Garema Place and extensive outdoor drinking area.

It feels a lot like Trinity in its glory days (cool cats, cool beats, great drinks), only instead of fronting onto a nasty Dickson car park Honkytonks fronts onto an interesting millieu of street life.

(This is in no way surprising as my friend worked in Trinity during the glory days)

The bar smells of smacked mint and chambourd, as all cocktail bars seem to, but they’ve got Budvar and Erdinger on tap which should keep the beer lovers very happy too.

We’ll hopefully have more photos from the fitout soon.

But it’s open to the public from tonight so by all means check it out and let us know what you think.


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lumpy lumpy 1:44 pm 15 Nov 11

powerpuffpete said :

Galactaphonic said :

satyr said :

I was hoping that it’d be a swing bar, or country music bar, but I suppose if it was I’d be the only regular.

I’ll drop by eventually, but it just looks like another modern Aussie pub… nice but predictable decor, nice but predictable drinks and the same old music. I suppose a crowd of pubes beats the usual crowd at Tongue and Groove, maybe.

Had a quick look the other day. Nice fit out, good vibe but nothing too different to what is just around the corner at Tongue & Groove.

It differs from Tongue and Groove in that it feels a bit fresher and less serious. There’s a wall with a gold honeycomb style artwork on it, and it’s a bit more light-filled than T and G.

Also differs from T&G in that I haven’t had my bag snatched off my shoulder, a guy expose himself to me through the window and having blood splattered on my clothes from someone being glassed right next to me.

I do think the queue system between the beer garden and the entrance is a bit wacked. I want to know if you spot a friend in the beer garden, do you still have to technically line up to have the privilege to go over and talk to them? They should really shift this line away fromt he garden to stop confusion.

Russmookie Russmookie 12:43 pm 15 Nov 11

Pretty clear that my main gripe was Larry’s denial. Take inspiration from elsewhere all you like, just don’t pretend with a straight face that you haven’t.

powerpuffpete said :

Galactaphonic said :

satyr said :

I was hoping that it’d be a swing bar, or country music bar, but I suppose if it was I’d be the only regular.

I’ll drop by eventually, but it just looks like another modern Aussie pub… nice but predictable decor, nice but predictable drinks and the same old music. I suppose a crowd of pubes beats the usual crowd at Tongue and Groove, maybe.

Had a quick look the other day. Nice fit out, good vibe but nothing too different to what is just around the corner at Tongue & Groove.

It differs from Tongue and Groove in that it feels a bit fresher and less serious. There’s a wall with a gold honeycomb style artwork on it, and it’s a bit more light-filled than T and G.

I think the crowd differs a bit between day and night, as with T and G, though.

Russmookie: who cares? We’re not in Melbourne and the “original” is gone.

powerpuffpete said :

Galactaphonic said :

satyr said :

I was hoping that it’d be a swing bar, or country music bar, but I suppose if it was I’d be the only regular.

I’ll drop by eventually, but it just looks like another modern Aussie pub… nice but predictable decor, nice but predictable drinks and the same old music. I suppose a crowd of pubes beats the usual crowd at Tongue and Groove, maybe.

Had a quick look the other day. Nice fit out, good vibe but nothing too different to what is just around the corner at Tongue & Groove.

It differs from Tongue and Groove in that it feels a bit fresher and less serious. There’s a wall with a gold honeycomb style artwork on it, and it’s a bit more light-filled than T and G.

I think the crowd differs a bit between day and night, as with T and G, though.

Russmookie: who cares? We’re not in Melbourne and the “original” is gone.

powerpuffpete powerpuffpete 3:58 pm 09 Nov 11

Galactaphonic said :

satyr said :

I was hoping that it’d be a swing bar, or country music bar, but I suppose if it was I’d be the only regular.

I’ll drop by eventually, but it just looks like another modern Aussie pub… nice but predictable decor, nice but predictable drinks and the same old music. I suppose a crowd of pubes beats the usual crowd at Tongue and Groove, maybe.

Had a quick look the other day. Nice fit out, good vibe but nothing too different to what is just around the corner at Tongue & Groove.

It differs from Tongue and Groove in that it feels a bit fresher and less serious. There’s a wall with a gold honeycomb style artwork on it, and it’s a bit more light-filled than T and G.

I think the crowd differs a bit between day and night, as with T and G, though.

Russmookie: who cares? We’re not in Melbourne and the “original” is gone.

dpm dpm 5:43 pm 08 Nov 11
Stevian Stevian 5:13 pm 08 Nov 11

Galactaphonic said :

Solidarity said :

Was there Saturday night.

Meh.

Cut to the front of the line and didn’t have to wait, which was nice. Pissed off some girl on the queue who spotted what i’d done though, sucker.

Hate pricks like you. Think they are more important than anyone else.

I just hate everybody. Saves time

dpm dpm 4:35 pm 08 Nov 11

Galactaphonic said :

Solidarity said :

Was there Saturday night.

Meh.

Cut to the front of the line and didn’t have to wait, which was nice. Pissed off some girl on the queue who spotted what i’d done though, sucker.

Hate pricks like you. Think they are more important than anyone else.

I’m guessing that is what that post was for – to wind up people. Cou – troll – gh….
They know when they post that they’ll get lots of irate replies. Oh well, makes them happy for some reason….

Galactaphonic Galactaphonic 4:16 pm 08 Nov 11

Solidarity said :

Was there Saturday night.

Meh.

Cut to the front of the line and didn’t have to wait, which was nice. Pissed off some girl on the queue who spotted what i’d done though, sucker.

Hate pricks like you. Think they are more important than anyone else.

Solidarity Solidarity 2:25 pm 08 Nov 11

Was there Saturday night.

Meh.

Cut to the front of the line and didn’t have to wait, which was nice. Pissed off some girl on the queue who spotted what i’d done though, sucker.

Galactaphonic Galactaphonic 1:29 pm 08 Nov 11

satyr said :

I was hoping that it’d be a swing bar, or country music bar, but I suppose if it was I’d be the only regular.

I’ll drop by eventually, but it just looks like another modern Aussie pub… nice but predictable decor, nice but predictable drinks and the same old music. I suppose a crowd of pubes beats the usual crowd at Tongue and Groove, maybe.

Had a quick look the other day. Nice fit out, good vibe but nothing too different to what is just around the corner at Tongue & Groove.

Russmookie Russmookie 1:19 pm 28 Oct 11

LarryBlaze said :

Dante said :

So they ARE just trying to duplicate Melbourne’s Hokytonks.

What is Melbourne Honkytonks? As far as we are aware there is no other bar in Australia of this name.

Pretty lame Larry, a 10 year old could do a quick google search on “Honkytonks Bar Australia” and come up with about a billion pointers as to how much this bar has ripped off the original (which sadly is no longer around). Not just the name, but the style and decor (done poorly though). And the music to a lesser extent given how forward thinking Honkytonks version 1 was. The original was once named one of the top 3 bars on earth by New York’s V Magazine. “What is Melbourne Honkytonks?” — paleeeeeeez!

satyr satyr 10:08 am 27 Oct 11

I was hoping that it’d be a swing bar, or country music bar, but I suppose if it was I’d be the only regular.

I’ll drop by eventually, but it just looks like another modern Aussie pub… nice but predictable decor, nice but predictable drinks and the same old music. I suppose a crowd of pubes beats the usual crowd at Tongue and Groove, maybe.

I was a little put off when two nights before opening I got an obvious mass SMS (disguised as a date invite) from a girl asking me to come along. Hope you guys weren’t encouraging your staff to send out mass SMSs to desperate men. I’m not desperate, it was slightly insulting 🙁

Keijidosha Keijidosha 12:57 pm 26 Oct 11

powerpuffpete said :

I think it will rival Tongue and Groove.

Rival them on popularity, or the ability to attract hoardes of Gen-Y public servants and CUBs? The latter would discourage me from going within earshot.

powerpuffpete powerpuffpete 12:26 pm 26 Oct 11

The place is great and will stay in business a long time, methinks. The mini hot dogs and soft shell tacos are veerrry tasty! And I’m a sucker for jugs of sangria.
And great fit-out!
I think it will rival Tongue and Groove. So you won’t see me there on a Friday or Saturday night lol!

qbngeek qbngeek 10:36 am 19 Oct 11

Trunking symbols said :

Jungle Jim said :

Waiting For Godot said :

Or Shooter’s Bar, lifted from a pub on the Gold Coast

I think you’ll find that there are probably hundreds of bars around the world called Shooters. There was a pool hall in Queanbeyan with the same name too.

. . . or the Royal Hotel Queanbeyan lifted from the Royal Hotel Cooma, Taree, Grafton, Bungendore, Randwick, Beaudesert, Maryborough, Bendigo . . .

‘I’ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been everywhere….’

Chop71 Chop71 10:01 am 19 Oct 11

johnboy said :

The Australian folded a while ago.

Cos they were s***.

buzz819 buzz819 7:18 am 19 Oct 11

Dante said :

So they ARE just trying to duplicate Melbourne’s Hokytonks.

Didn’t that place shut down like 5 years ago?

Lookout Smithers Lookout Smithers 4:19 am 19 Oct 11

LarryBlaze said :

Dante said :

So they ARE just trying to duplicate Melbourne’s Hokytonks.

What is Melbourne Honkytonks? As far as we are aware there is no other bar in Australia of this name.

HonkyTonks was a popular club in Duckboard place, Melbourne up until a few years back. It gave starts to a lot of DJ acts. Askew , Glitch and Spinfx all played there. I dont know the reason it closed but it was a strong venue for a good number of years. Not on Par with Revolver but still pretty good.

Tongue and Groove in St Kilda actually started out as a place called Sunset, then it was called Traffik. But the club owner named it after the lighting company that did the refurb. It is possibly one of the worst night clubs in Melbourne on the account of its long history of a stayers bar. It is on grey st and is mostly inhabited by backpackers on a good night, then is empty until everything else is closed and then it fills up with the homeless as we call them. I love it there !! Not a big deal if the name is used twice? Canberra and Melbourne demographics are very different and I doubt this new bar is marketing to the cool click in Melbs? Night life everywhere is on the same level if you ask me. People in a room showing off and rubbing up against each other. It will always be lame.

LarryBlaze LarryBlaze 10:42 pm 18 Oct 11

Dante said :

So they ARE just trying to duplicate Melbourne’s Hokytonks.

What is Melbourne Honkytonks? As far as we are aware there is no other bar in Australia of this name.

LarryBlaze LarryBlaze 5:15 pm 17 Oct 11

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