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By Solidarity 7 July 2010 38

I was wondering if anybody had any media/pictures/good stories about the Private Bin, which existed in Civic where ICBM is these days?

Entirely for research use only, will not be published/publicly features etc.

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Skinski7 9:35 am 27 Jan 13

I worked at Waffles for approximately 4 years in the kitchen back in the early to mid-nineties (was one of the pastry fellas).

While Peter Mccoy may have been a crook he was most definitely a hard worker who was not afraid to get his hands dirty. I remember when the keg truck would pull up and Peter would be unloading the thing along with Guru, Phil and Macca. I always wondered what happened to those fellas.

When all that financial stuff happened towards the end of ’96 I remember hearing that people like Phil and Macca got burned pretty bad because they had invested into the business. Same with a guy called Jacque who had put a lot in also, he was the main chef in the kitchen.

We used to start work pretty early (3.30am) and thus we would get there when the dregs of the bin were still hanging around. Over the years we got to see everything, that place was a true no holds barred zoo.

One funny incident was when this drunk guy who was wandering around lost at about 6am when the sun had just come up. Some of the bin staff got the firehose and hosed this guy down. I’ll never forget that sopping drunk bumbling around completely lost as to what was going on.

That kitchen was a hothouse too as it had no air conditioning. In the summer we would we’d be baking in that place. It was noisy too because of this giant freezer we had in there. Joel, the head pastry chef, got ticked off one time and and stabbed the coils with his knife and gas went everywhere. He played the innocent man when Peter asked what happened.

So many memories of that place.

Ex Warrior 9:23 pm 24 Jul 11

DJsimon said :

HELLO
I am the original DJ upstairs from the Private Bin from 1988 till 90s I am glad u all have great memories of the Bin it was the place to be if u braved the massive line ups
many people use to burn themselves on my smoke machine being in front of the DJ box didnt help either YES many a famous comedians started at the BIn Eric banner to the scarred little brothers it was the genius IDEA of a good friend off mine a American guy called LOU
we where the first club in australia in the 80s to play livemusic from club to air to FM 105 with malcome paul and myself as comperes and Dj saturday nite
Peter Mcoy was a good man dispite the greed and scams and was a generous boss and a good guy to work for i use to be so drunk 90% of the nites and DJ and we all had fun we had great staff and was a small family DJing 5 nites a week and 6 nites a week in summer did take its toll
Waffles was owned by Peter mcoy also
as for people sneaking in from waffles to the bin that was well known and management did know about it and the stamp at the door trick remember we did have cameras everwhere some (yes we did see all the sex in the booths too he he )
but as long as u came there and drank it was overlooked (sometimes)ha ha
at its peak and that lasted for 4 years it averaged 20,000 people a month
But from the diverse range of people fun was had by
R.I.P Private bin

feel free to email me mrdj40@hotmail.com
DJ Simon
rest in peace andy and rakesh who passed away a few years back in Perth a great barman and security and a dear friend from CITYCLUB

Andy C????

I got fishy fingers in the loo!

Also the zone…seriously Thurs night $10 all you could drink and ever remembered he walk to jolly jugs

milkman 8:07 pm 24 Jul 11

grunge_hippy said :

We used to the the ‘bin trick’… we would line up for downstairs, which always had the shorter line, once we passed the threshold, we would scoot upstairs when the bouncers weren’t looking.

god knows why. I hated upstairs. it think it was just about sticking it to the man.

I was more a pandoras and knights girl. Jolly jugs and $1 drinks. back when binge drinking was encouraged!

We probably chatted at some point, because everything in your post rings true for me!

Milli 3:50 pm 24 Jul 11

“Had a good night life”!

Milli 3:48 pm 24 Jul 11

Dodging the line up downstairs to run upstairs and thinking you were awesome because you got away with not waiting the 20 minutes. The amount of times I burnt myself on the smoke machine, ae podiums! The dodgy downstairs and the funny random little “sports bar” upstairs, the awful girls toilets, going there before 9 to get your free stamp, the upstairs-upstairs bar were you’d get more change than you handed over. The Horrid “Bin Scum”that if you wore a dress would flick up your dress and stain your legs for days. Wednesday night comedy club, $5 jugs that it wasn’t a problem if you drank strait out of the jug..who needed a glass! Ohh the memories,not to mention the hangovers! As terrible as it was, I had some fantastic times there and kept going back. It was an Instantiation!! I know I have got older, but Canberra has changed. It has a fantastic night light life and it catered for all ages!!

DJsimon 1:15 pm 10 Nov 10

we never played rock upstairs go downstairs
dance music only he he
DJsimon

Jim Jones 3:18 pm 17 Sep 10

DJsimon said :

I am the original DJ upstairs from the Private Bin

PLAY SOME KISS!!!

DJsimon 2:52 pm 17 Sep 10

HELLO
I am the original DJ upstairs from the Private Bin from 1988 till 90s I am glad u all have great memories of the Bin it was the place to be if u braved the massive line ups
many people use to burn themselves on my smoke machine being in front of the DJ box didnt help either YES many a famous comedians started at the BIn Eric banner to the scarred little brothers it was the genius IDEA of a good friend off mine a American guy called LOU
we where the first club in australia in the 80s to play livemusic from club to air to FM 105 with malcome paul and myself as comperes and Dj saturday nite
Peter Mcoy was a good man dispite the greed and scams and was a generous boss and a good guy to work for i use to be so drunk 90% of the nites and DJ and we all had fun we had great staff and was a small family DJing 5 nites a week and 6 nites a week in summer did take its toll
Waffles was owned by Peter mcoy also
as for people sneaking in from waffles to the bin that was well known and management did know about it and the stamp at the door trick remember we did have cameras everwhere some (yes we did see all the sex in the booths too he he )
but as long as u came there and drank it was overlooked (sometimes)ha ha
at its peak and that lasted for 4 years it averaged 20,000 people a month
But from the diverse range of people fun was had by
R.I.P Private bin feel free to email me mrdj40@hotmail.com
DJ Simon
rest in peace andy and rakesh who passed away a few years back in Perth a great barman and security and a dear friend from CITYCLUB

wishuwell 10:32 am 08 Jul 10

troll-sniffer I remember a advert from the 80’s. “You meet the nicest people at the Private Bin”. Sometimes true but often not so true.

Thumper 8:22 am 08 Jul 10

I miss the days when binge drinking was actively encouraged…

cleo 1:44 am 08 Jul 10

Oh the garbage bin as that’s what I called it.

vg 11:43 pm 07 Jul 10

sunshine said :

OMG what memories – i remember the bin and the other favourite being the club in Braddon – can’t remember…was it the underground??
opposite where maccas is now and next to the petrol station in braddon.

It was called ‘The Zone’. Run by the guy that used to run Jaggers.

Comedy on Wednesday night, JJs at Pandoras Thursdays, Friday night at Bobby McGees (or ‘The Pavillion’, now Rydges Capital Hill, before BMcGs opened), RSL then Bin Saturday night, rest day Sunday, hospitality night at BMcGs on Monday night. Those were the days

sirocco 10:39 pm 07 Jul 10

sunshine said :

OMG what memories – i remember the bin and the other favourite being the club in Braddon – can’t remember…was it the underground??
opposite where maccas is now and next to the petrol station in braddon.

Wasn’t that some kind of “Comedy Club”?

Where the plumbing shop is now?

Growling Ferret 9:45 pm 07 Jul 10

Pandoras and Jolly Jugs on a Thursday. Many, many a Friday at work was spent trying not to throw up…

Saturday night was get a stamp at the Bin early so you didn’t have to line up later, get over to the RSL for dollar drinks, then stagger back over to the Bin when the Rissole was about the close and waltz straight back into downstairs Bin, stamp collected earlier saving a half hour sobering up session in the line…

grunge_hippy 9:27 pm 07 Jul 10

We used to the the ‘bin trick’… we would line up for downstairs, which always had the shorter line, once we passed the threshold, we would scoot upstairs when the bouncers weren’t looking.

god knows why. I hated upstairs. it think it was just about sticking it to the man.

I was more a pandoras and knights girl. Jolly jugs and $1 drinks. back when binge drinking was encouraged!

sunshine 8:41 pm 07 Jul 10

OMG what memories – i remember the bin and the other favourite being the club in Braddon – can’t remember…was it the underground??
opposite where maccas is now and next to the petrol station in braddon.

Never Odd Or Even 7:42 pm 07 Jul 10

georgesgenitals said :

Jim Jones said :

God that takes me back.

Me too. Remember Wednesday night comedy?

I remember seeing Eric Bana perform his comedy routine there one Wednesday night. The other fond memories I hold of The Bin are the feelings of monumental disappointment when I first saw the “beer garden” that I had built up into an oasis in my mind, and 10 cent beers during O-Week. I didn’t like beer so they sold me 10 cent wines. 10 drinks for $1 – talk about responsible service of alcohol! 😉

p1 4:38 pm 07 Jul 10

sirocco said :

p1 said :

Does anyone know off hand when the place finally closed it’s doors?

I know that Peter McCoy declared himself bankrupt and it was sold on to others around about 1998/99ish cos he became general manager of Bobby McGee’s about then.

But how long it lasted as the Bin after that time? Someone else would have to fill that in…

Couldn’t have last long after that. Purely based on when I turned 18 and the fact it didn’t exist all that long afterwards. Although records from the period are hazy at best.

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