The National Hotel Is Back

The National Hotel Is Back

As promised, Brooke and I went to the soft opening of the new National Hotel in Richmond last night. It’s not totally complete yet, but we really dig what they’ve done to the place, especially the spacious deck and beer garden, which has become the focal point of the pub’s design. A couple of Richmond locals were at the bar when we arrived and got talking about the pub’s previous life.  Already fans of the new look, they believed this renovation was the best thing that had ever happened to the place. I hope to catch up with one of the owners in the coming weeks and report back with a full article, but in the meantime I want to confirm that The National is definitely open for business and encourage everyone to show support for this new venture by checking...

The National Hotel – Reopening Today.

The National Hotel – Reopening Today.

Back in November I published a quick post when I noticed that The National Hotel in Richmond was closed for re-development. Well, word on the street is that it is having a “soft opening” today! Brooke and I went a little out of our way on the weekend to check on how the renos were going. To me it still looked like a construction site but Brooke started talking to one of the builders who told us it would be opening its doors this Wednesday (today). Later that night we were having dinner with some friends who told us they knew one of the new owners. Turns out I’m not alone in noticing that this corner of Richmond is having a massive apartment boom. The eastern end of Victoria Street (between Church Street and Victoria Gardens) is, well, unremarkable to say the...

Purvis Cellars Christmas Beer Showcase

Another quick update. They don’t call this the silly season for nothing. There are a few new posts in the works but in the meantime here is a little event some of you might be interested in. Purvis Cellars are having a Christmas beer tasting showcase. A must for any beer lover. It’s on Thursday the 8th of December at their Surrey Hills store from 6pm-8pm. You need to book so if you’re interested then follow the link to find out more. http://www.purviscellars.com.au/Tasting.aspx   Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle +1StumbleUponEmail

Article in today’s Age

Thanks to Joh for sending me this link. It seems I’m not the only one who fears that some on Melbourne’s grand old pubs are loosing their heart and soul: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/the-man-with-a-plan-for-citys-top-pubs-20111128-1o327.html   Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle +1StumbleUponEmail

The Bridge Hotel Opens After Renovations

The Bridge Hotel Opens After Renovations

In the interest of full disclosure I should point out that The Bridge wasn’t actually open when I took this photo. I was riding past on my way home from work at about 4:30pm. There were tables out on the sidewalk as if it was open and people walking in and out of the joint. Not construction-looking people either. Real people. Working people. Anyway, the sign on the door said “Sorry, we are closed. We will open 5pm Friday.” So, by my watch it’s been open again for three hours now. I’ll have to check it out this weekend. In other news, sorry it’s been such a quiet week. I’ve been writing some posts but haven’t been quite ready to publish them. Rest assured though I’ll release my next post on Monday. It’s my...

Cooking with Beer – Paul Mercurio

Cooking with Beer – Paul Mercurio

Do you like beer? I know I do. And you know what goes really well with a cold beer? Food. Especially when it’s been cooked with beer! I was just made aware of the fact that Paul Mercurio has a new book out called Cooking with Beer. According to Readings web site you can join him at the State Library (it’s one of those big old building in the city. Kinda like a pub except instead of beer they have books. I know, crazy right?) talk beer, drink beer and get a signed copy of the book (OK, so this library thing is starting to sound like a pub). Check out details here. Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle...