Archive for the 'drinking' Category

Beer or Whine?

A hot topic for debate here in Sydney currently is mayor Clover Moore’s proposal for more intimate ‘Melbournesque’ bars and lounges. I have to say I am in 100% agreement with her. Sydney has some reasonable cool bars and a lot of pubs, but for great little Euro-cafes, bistros, wine bars, lounge bars, supper clubs and hole-in-the-wall cool venues, Melbourne wins hands-down.

Right now, Sydney laws mean that in addition to expensive alcohol licenses, you also have to pony up for a ‘social impact analysis’ at roughly $60,000 plus associated legal fees and other nonsense. In Melbourne, a handful of virtually penniless students could open a bar in an upturned skip at the back of an alleyway. And they do. And it works.

The crusty old folk at the AHA, who seem to be stuck in some 1960s timewarp, believe that Sydney folk don’t want to have a nice glass of wine in a small quiet bistro and that large pubs with pokies and sports on TV are what us bogans really enjoy. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong!

I’m glad to see that support for Ms Moore is coming from people like Neil Perry and other notable nightlife owning Sydneysiders too.

I do enjoy Sydney, but having recently returned from a trip to Grenoble in France, we need some good old Euro-chic. Bring it on Clover!

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Google Mapplet

[update: this is now included in the Google Mapplet directory 🙂 which is here ]

If you’re a fan of Google maps, you may know that Google recently added the ability to include ‘Mapplets’ on your personal map page.

Basically these allow you to include other content that you may find useful, such as traffic, weather, real estate and – of course – nightlife!

We’ve created our own Thursday Club mapplet, which you can include on your own maps. If you can’t find it in the Google directory of mapplets, you can add it by entering the URL on the ‘add content’ page. The address is:

http://www.thursdayclub.com/city/tc_mapplet.xml

Right now the number of cities and venues is limited to a selection from the main Thursday Club site, but we’ll be adding more shortly, so you should see the list grow as you use it.

We hope you find this useful – especially when travelling or stuck in a strange land somewhere 😉

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World’s coolest city 2007

Quite some time ago now we held our first ‘world’s coolest city’ vote. After a lot of interest, New York came out the winner, followed by Sydney and Melbourne. We did attempt to deliver the trophy to the New York mayor’s office, but for some reason that turned out to be rather difficult 🙂

Anyway, the coolest city poll is back for 2007. Early voting has Zurich in the lead, but plenty of time to get your votes in yet.

You can vote here.

Good luck!

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Add your own venues!

It’s been a long time coming (ok, since 1999 but who’s counting 😉 ), but we’ve added the ability for you to add your own favourite venues to the Thursday Club site. Until now, the list of venues and cities available had been limited to those which the core team had added.

Unfortunately, we aren’t very scalable – well, our waistlines are – but, even given we travel a reasonable amount, there were only so many places we could realistically cover by ourselves.

So .. subject to a couple of caveats, you can now add your own bars, clubs, restaurants and so on.

There is a wizard that steps you through the process, and you get the chance to pinpoint the location on a map, upload pictures and so on.

You will need to be logged in as a member, and new venues are marked as requiring moderation (although they appear in searches, city lists and so on). They will still require one of the TC admins to review and amend/update/ok/delete as appropriate before achieving ‘official’ status.

Anyway, we think this is a great opportunity to really grow the list of venues we cover on the site, and open up to much more of a community effort.

Best of luck, and please let us know if you find any issues – it is still a new process and might be a bit creaky 😉 Also, if you have any suggestions for making things easier or more seamless, please let us know too.

You can find the link to add a new venue from the main site menu (top left), or in various areas of the site, such as the news tabs.

Or, this is the direct link.

Thanks for your help and happy adding 🙂

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1000 venue milestone

Just added venue number 1000 – woohoo 🙂

Oh, in case you’re wondering, it was The Argyle in Sydney. Pretty cool place in the rocks. Full review to follow unless someone beats us to it 😉

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Date for your diary

Looks like we may be on a mission to the Sydney Bar Show and Bar Awards ceremony on the 18th and 19th September. If it’s anything like the London Bar Show should be an interesting one 🙂

Member reviews

Well, it’s only taken us about 6 years and 3 versions of the site but there’s finally the ability for members to add reviews 🙂

Previously you could only add comments (you still can – this is available to non-members too). Now members can also add a fuller review, with scores for service, atmosphere, food, wyd etc. You can also add ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ facts along with a summary. Pretty much the same as a standard Thursday Club review.

These reviews show on the homepage and are all available from the venue page.

Still working on the ‘my reviews’ part of the members section, so just a link to the profile for the mo.

Over to you guys 🙂

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