Home' Bars and Clubs : BAC NovDec 2015 Contents NEW SMALL BARS GET A BOOST IN SYDNEY
SYDNEY’S inner west is set to become even more small-bar friendly, with Leichhardt Council
proposing to adopt changes that will make it cheaper and easier to open venues in the area.
According to the council, the move has been planned to help boost activity and “build the night
time economy” around Leichhardt’s main streets. Already a major restaurant destination, the suburb’s
council has faced criticism in the past over its parking policies. However, according to Leichhardt
Mayor Darcy Byrne, the changes may see the parking levies of up to $30,000 eliminated for new
bar operators in areas designated as ‘recognised shopping precincts’, as well as the streamlining of
development approvals. The mayor went on to say that by promoting small bar openings in “existing
shopping corridors” – for example along Darling Street, Booth Street, Norton Street and Parramatta
Road – the council is trying to create a precinct-style development of the area rather than the opening
of large single-venue developments like pubs or clubs. Subject to NSW Planning Department approval,
the policy changes supported by Leichhardt Council include simplifying the development application
process for small bars (classified as licensed premises with less than 60 patrons) and making it easier
for restaurants and cafes to convert to small bars without the need for council approval by making
these types of ‘change of use’ a type of ‘exempt development’.
NEW FOUR PILLARS
IN a former Yarra Valley timber yard
Four Pillars gin has found a new home
for their German sister-stills Wilma and
Jude, just over an hour drive from the
Melbourne CBD. The Distillery Door is
open to the public, with all five Four
Pillars gins for tasting and sale, a long
copper bar serving paddles of G&T three
ways, and the opportunity for visitors
to build their own Negronis, all served
alongside “really good nuts and olives”,
and marmalade on toast. Out the back is where the magic happens, with Wilma (the 450L Carl still)
and her sister Jude (the 600L still), soon to be joined by a baby sibling Eileen (weighing in at a teeny
50L) who will arrive early 2016. The latter two stills means that Four Pillars will have the capacity and
flexibility to be more creative with its output, not only producing the Rare Dry, Barrel Aged, Spiced
Negroni and Navy Strength gins but also a host of other “experimental and occasionally random gins”.
We chatted to Natalie Ng and
Krystal Hart about why it’s important
for women to be more visible in the
Why is it important for women to get involved in
Natalie: Competitions are good because they
raise your profile and open up opportunities,
depending on what you want to do in the future.
Krystal: We’re quite passionate about getting
female bartenders involved in competitions. As a
female bartender, it’s really important to feel like
What can be done to bring more women into
Krystal: I’ve never been a fan of dividing the
sexes and to be brutally honest I think saying
“she’s done well as a ‘female’ bartender” is doing
the complete opposite. It should be more about
providing equal opportunities. We’re trying to
focus on fostering a really good community and
culture that encourages people to get involved. If I
see any women engaging within the industry we’ll
try to show them the right opportunities and make
them feel supported.
Natalie: As Krystal says it’s about keeping an
eye out and going in and supporting them and
reinforcing that we believe they have the skills to
do it even if they don’t think so. I think sometimes
it’s quite confronting because people feel that
they’re not up to the standard, so it’s about
changing their perspectives.
Is there a change in the industry?
Natalie: I think women are just taking charge now.
Females bring a different aspect to a bar, you
usually see a wall of men so a woman in the bar
really changes the atmosphere of the whole place
and gives it a new aspect which is really cool.
Krystal: It’s so refreshing to see so many female
ambassadors. Looking back I didn’t think that
someone with my gender and at my age could
be given an opportunity like I have. I think at the
moment we’re seeing – like at Top Shelf – female
bartenders that have paved the way, presenting
information and sharing their experiences. It really
does foster the belief that women are just as
successful as men.
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