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North, ICBM and Meche closes its doors

By James McMahon - 9 September 2014 12

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I was out for dinner Saturday night and walked past the famous night club strip on Northboure Ave to notice that iconic bar Meche (The old Private Bin), ICBM and North Bar are all up for lease.

After some investigation I was loosely informed that the owner of the bar had a dispute with the Sydney based building owner and decided to go all in and call his bluff on a rent increase. I wonder if that is at all true. Does anyone know?

There would have to be some pretty fond memories surrounding those places from locals (and a few not so fond). It will be sad to see them go. Can anyone shed more light?

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North, ICBM and Meche closes its doors
VYBerlinaV8_is_back 5:57 pm 10 Sep 14

mstuckingsnla said :

John Moulis said :

Great pic and good to see the National Library has it in the national archives. Like many others at the time I thought the Private Bin would be there forever and never felt the need to take a pic of it. Fairly prescient for the unnamed snapper to realise it could possibly close one day and to preserve this piece of Canberra history for posterity.

The picture forms part of a series called ‘Canberra life, entertainment and recreation’ taken by one of our staff photographers in the mid-1990s – you can find the whole series here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an12942909

Cheers,

Matthew (NLA)

Some great stuff there. Well done!

mstuckingsnla 10:45 am 10 Sep 14

John Moulis said :

Great pic and good to see the National Library has it in the national archives. Like many others at the time I thought the Private Bin would be there forever and never felt the need to take a pic of it. Fairly prescient for the unnamed snapper to realise it could possibly close one day and to preserve this piece of Canberra history for posterity.

The picture forms part of a series called ‘Canberra life, entertainment and recreation’ taken by one of our staff photographers in the mid-1990s – you can find the whole series here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an12942909

Cheers,

Matthew (NLA)

gooterz 9:09 pm 09 Sep 14

Masquara said :

When will the ACT Government get it? Canberrans will stay home with their cars once the parking cost gets ridiculous. Canberrans like to drive. Geddit?

Perhaps leading up to the election that they will be in opposition. (Not this one but the one after)

Masquara 8:06 pm 09 Sep 14

When will the ACT Government get it? Canberrans will stay home with their cars once the parking cost gets ridiculous. Canberrans like to drive. Geddit?

John Moulis 5:50 pm 09 Sep 14

Great pic and good to see the National Library has it in the national archives. Like many others at the time I thought the Private Bin would be there forever and never felt the need to take a pic of it. Fairly prescient for the unnamed snapper to realise it could possibly close one day and to preserve this piece of Canberra history for posterity.

Pork Hunt 5:00 pm 09 Sep 14

Plenty of parking in the good old days it seems…

XO_VSOP 3:01 pm 09 Sep 14

Must say i had not been to any of these places for years! they never really reinvented themselves.We need one of those king Pin bowling places to open here? Or bring back the waffle house!

MERC600 2:50 pm 09 Sep 14

I reckon it’s great that the National Library of Australia, with all its huge collection of Orstraliana , has a indexed photo of the Bin.
Did the odd trip to it in the early 80’s. When did it close ?

dkNigs 1:44 pm 09 Sep 14

Maybe we’ll see some better clubs or restaurants take their space. Wont really be missed from here.

mojo jojo 12:57 pm 09 Sep 14

Ah, the good old days when ID was never checked at the door. I have three significant memories of the Bin from a total of four less than enthusiastic visits. One even involved vomiting (surely the best way to mark the occasion of your sister’s hens night).

Antagonist 12:43 pm 09 Sep 14

Shut them all down. Civic will look a lot nicer in the light of day when there is less vomit and urine in the streets. And I am sure the police will appreciate being able to tend to problems more worthy of their time and resources.

Holden Caulfield 12:11 pm 09 Sep 14

That photo is awesome, thank you!

I spent too many nights at the Bin back in the day.

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