Story by Amy Spanton, hosted by David Spanton This recap has been edited and condensed…
Tag: Kings Cross
The Sydney Morning Herald today carried a story that outlined the tragic course of events on the night that Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly died in Kings Cross and illustrates the problem presented by the practice of “prefuelling”.
Nearly tens months on since the tragic death of teenager Thomas Kelly in Kings Cross the precinct is still suffering through a drop in trade. Bartender has spoken with a number of owners — some off the record — who have said that trade is down significantly, as high as 60 per cent in some cases. “The four to six month mark immediately after the incident absolutely smashed the traffic coming through Kings Cross, due to all the negative publicity the precinct received,” said Ben Walsh, who’s bar, Goldfish, has had to curtail its business hours and service in the wake of recent legislation introduced to reduce violence in the Cross.
The Bourbon is arguably the grand dame of Kings Cross drinking — no other place has the name, the notoriety and the rich and colourful history that this one does. It’s now undergone another refresh thanks to new owner Chris Cheung and veteran hospitality designer Paul Kelly. And though it will never be the same as the days long gone when guys like Frank Sinatra would visit when in town, the Bourbon’s refresh has a lot going for it.
Over the past few months two prominent Melbourne bars have reached noteworthy milestones and I wanted to take a few minutes to congratulate them on their achievements. First up ,we see one of Australia’s founding modern-day cocktail bars, The Gin Palace, celebrate an amazing 15 years of operation. Most people should be well aware of this Melbourne institution and the man behind it Mr. Vernon Chalker.
The NSW Office of Liquor (OLGR), Gaming and Racing has ordered Kings Cross bar, No Vacancy, to cancel an attempt at breaking the Guinnes world record for the most mojitos made in one hour. The event was scheduled to be held last Friday night.
This month’s Cocktail Experiment turned out to be such a massive hit we had to redesign the magazine section to fit in everyone that wanted to participate! When it comes to Tequila, there’s certainly a buzz in the air at the moment with bartenders and consumers alike demanding more and more of the icon category.