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Honkytonks. New bar in Garema Place

By 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 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 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.

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