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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.

What’s Your opinion?


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44 Responses to
Honkytonks. New bar in Garema Place
sarahsarah 9:03 am 17 Oct 11

Maybe it’s called Honkytonks because it’s just fun to say – like boondoggle, penny-farthing or spoonerism.

peterepete 8:34 am 17 Oct 11

Hope it brings some more life into the area.

fromthecapital 9:25 pm 15 Oct 11

No website or twitter for this place yet?

Waiting For Godot 5:25 pm 15 Oct 11

poetix said :

But no, Wikipedia says that ‘A honky-tonk (also called a honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a type of bar . . .

I know what a tonk is, but it has nothing to do with bars (well, certain types of bars, I suppose) . . .

Little_Green_Bag 5:15 pm 15 Oct 11

poetix said :

The name is a bit, um, daggy isn’t it? Reminds me of Western films where the piano player is whacking away until he realises there’s about to be a fight in the bar behind him. But perhaps that’s just me…

But no, Wikipedia says that ‘A honky-tonk (also called a honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a type of bar that provides musical entertainment (usually country music) to its patrons.’ Perhaps they want the name to be ironic, given the sort of music they’ll be playing and the furnishings as described. Now I understand.

If, however, they relent and start playing Dolly Parton I’ll be there with sequins on.

It reminds me of a regular segment in the Dick Emery show in the 1970s when Emery – dressed in drag – would be stopped by a TV street interviewer who he greets by saying “Oh, hello honkytonks”. A few risque questions and answers would then follow before Emery would say “Oh you are awful, but I like you!”, hitting the interviewer with his handbag before mincing off.

poetix 4:34 pm 15 Oct 11

The name is a bit, um, daggy isn’t it? Reminds me of Western films where the piano player is whacking away until he realises there’s about to be a fight in the bar behind him. But perhaps that’s just me…

But no, Wikipedia says that ‘A honky-tonk (also called a honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a type of bar that provides musical entertainment (usually country music) to its patrons.’ Perhaps they want the name to be ironic, given the sort of music they’ll be playing and the furnishings as described. Now I understand.

If, however, they relent and start playing Dolly Parton I’ll be there with sequins on.

buzz819 4:14 pm 15 Oct 11

I think it will be a popular place to be…

johnboy 2:56 pm 15 Oct 11

I’ve got $50 that says it makes it to christmas.

Stevian 2:20 pm 15 Oct 11

I give it a month, 2 at the most

I-filed 2:14 pm 15 Oct 11

Dante said :

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

Stealing successful business monikers from other states is standard practice in Canberra – some Rioters might remember Cafe Boom Boom in Narrabundah, where the Doug Anthony’s made their debut. The name was lifted from a NSW business.

Dante 11:36 am 15 Oct 11

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

johnboy 11:19 am 15 Oct 11

despite the name I *think* they’re aiming more at groove DJs

Thumper 11:16 am 15 Oct 11

Bands?

Brandi 10:22 am 15 Oct 11

Brandi said :

Thanks for the writeup. Have to slip in for a mojito sometime. Any outdoor seating?

Erm, I just read the outdoor seating sentence 😀

Brandi 10:21 am 15 Oct 11

Thanks for the writeup. Have to slip in for a mojito sometime. Any outdoor seating?

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