The Balmain Hotel
Busting out the best kid-friendly, women-friendly and traditional-pub-goer-friendly beer garden in the inner west, the Riverview Hotel crew have put the former West End Hotel back on the map! It’s themed Pasifika with bright colours, thatched-roof cabanas, hanging macramé baskets and Astroturf
My Bad… Valentine
Transvision Vamp sang it best: “I guess it never really ends, it just comes around again.” Another year is over and we’re back in the lead up to Commercial Exploitation Day er… I mean Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I’m anti-love - really! I just happen to think that ANY night is a good night to take the one that you love to a restaurant. Truth be told, any night bar Christmas night is probably a better one to dine than the 14th February, 2011. However it is on the social calendar, and if you need an excuse to re-energise your love life like a little chocolate/flower envy at the office or a saucy dinner invitation, who am I to dissuade you?
Jazz City Diner
Follow the cool cats into a New Orleans inspired neo-diner, dishing up deconstructed and exciting modern American cuisine. Owner/Chef Dan McGuirt’s fine dining experience at Melbourne’s Vue du Monde stands him in good stead with the menu that takes as its starting point traditional diner food.