New places open, the Espy for sale

By on October 18, 2022 0

With cashed punters looking for new experiences, a new generation of venues are offering them just that as The Espy goes on sale.

The green room

The Green Room is a 1,500-seat room on the Bluesfest Byron Bay website.

It is officially baptized on Saturday November 26 with a concert by Xavier Rudd and Bobby Alu. It’s act 88e show of the year, after a 37-date Australian tour and 50 shows in Europe.

“It’s been a massive year and I’m excited to play my last show on Bundjalung Country to wrap things up,” Rudd said.

“This new Green Room venue is going to be great for the Byron area and I’m excited to launch this new space.”

Basement location in Newtown

A still-untitled basement in Sydney’s Newtown that will open by mid-2023 is getting the first 4am license in over 100 years.

The 400 square meter space next to King Street station emphasizes diversity and inclusiveness.

“We want this place to be a milestone on our city’s journey to becoming a true 24-hour cultural destination, a place where you can come 7 days a week at any time and experience something special,” said James Thorpe, CEO of Odd Culture. Band.

The company also operates Oxford Tavern, Duke of Enmore, Odd Culture Newtown and Old Fitz.

The programming of the place is ensured by the head of operations of the group, Sabrina Medcalf.


Found in the basement of the Charles on King Street in Sydney’s CBD, Tiva focuses on the high end with black leather cabins, champagne service and a state-of-the-art Martin sound system.

Live bands Wednesday through Saturday offer jazz, soul, RnB, folk and New Orleans dance while DJs spin every night.

The club opens October 20 with live music, hosted by Playlister FM’s Dan Lywood, and kicks off November 19 with Kira Puru and Milan Ring.


DIV–DE is a 400-seat house and techno club within Adelaide’s Hindley Street Music Hall, run by Penny Hospitality and the Pivot collective.

Penny Hospitality managing director Hugo Pedler told ‘CityMag’ the design was to introduce something never before seen in Adelaide, with the DJ booth in the middle of the laser-filled dance floor for views at 360º, a steel cage on an elevated platform, and LED lighting walls and club.

Disco Superfly

The latest addition to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is the exclusive upscale Superfly Disco, on the McLachlan Street site of the Alhambra Lounge.

It is the initiative of Adam Barton and Manny Sakellarakis, who operate concert halls

Brooklyn Standard and Suzie Wong.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the 400-seat space is inspired by the glam parties of Studio 54, with an LED dance floor, a “Rolls Royce” DJ area, five booths and the Kyle Weir of Queens as animation director.


The spy for sale

Melbourne’s legendary Esplanade Hotel – better known as The Espy – in St. Kilda is on the market, with a price tag of $70 million.

Espy’s owner, Sand Hill Road, who renovated it in 2018, recently sold the 20-year lease to the Australian Venue Company.

Abandoned plans for the Hard Rock Café

Plans for a Hard Rock Café in Manly on Sydney’s northern beaches have been withdrawn, the Northern Beaches Council has confirmed to ‘Manly Daily’.

Property developers Initium Management Pty Ltd have filed plans for a 9.2m tall LED light-up guitar sculpture outside, opening hours from 7am to 3am and alcohol sales from 10am at 2 a.m.

There was some opposition from the community, with Manly Ward Councilor Candy Bingham saying the idea was not “viable” for Manly, adding: “The concept was tired and outdated.”

WA Venues for Awards

At the Australian Hotels Association (WA) Hospitality Awards for Excellence on November 7, there were 12 nominations in the Live Entertainment Venue category.

These were the Brighton Hotel, Mandurah; Cypher – The Beaufort, Highgate; Finlay’s Kalbarri; Freemasons Hotel, Geraldton; Foam Craft Brewery, Exmouth; Milk Bar – Civic Hotel, Inglewood; North West Brewing Company, Karratha; The Boat – The Marina Mindarie;

The Bridge Garden Bar and Restaurant, Mandurah; The last local, Canning Vale;

Universal Bar, Perth; and Whalebone Brewing Company, Exmouth.