Just passing by the old haunt of mine from years gone by and thought, why not have a quick drink at the Contented Soul (Woden)…well, hasn’t it been given a bit of a lift and a slightly new name, ‘The Soul Bar’.
I’m not sure yet whether or not it was a good idea to be giving the place a good overhaul, as all of the memorabilia is gone (except for the statue, a solitary church pew and the bar) and the place now is on the way to having a fresh lick of paint, a long wall lounge and maybe receiving just a touch of ‘B Bar’ about it…but it’s in the burbs. No doubt, an interior designer of some sorts is involved in this schmick makeover.
Some of the die-hard regulars still linger by the bar and seemed to appreciate the new clientele – well healed, cashed up and desperately looking for somewhere else to have a drink besides down by the cinema (with all the kiddies) or with the hords at the faceless ubber clubs.
This place will fill up with a new crowd and hopefully bring some life back to the place…although, sadly I would say that the good ole days were always best when it did feel like a small pub and there was always a bit of action to be had. In saying that, here’s hoping it doesn’t turn into an overt ‘stare fest’ for the want-to-be-glamour set that always appear in bars just busting for someone to notice them, rather than engage in conversation. I wonder if they are considering a ‘speed dating’ night?
Rating: at this point as it isn’t quite finished – 6/10.