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Twenty Aussie Venues Are Transforming Into International Holiday Destinations for Summer

You'll be able to sip frozen margaritas surrounded by cacti, eat dumplings under cherry blossom trees and wear flower crowns on Coachella-inspired rooftops at pubs across Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
By Samantha Teague
October 05, 2020
By Samantha Teague
October 05, 2020

Any plans for Bali escapes, treks across Mexico or food-filled Japanese getaways have been put on ice for 2020, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge in a bit of escapism. And, no, we're not just talking about daydreaming and spending hours scrolling through Pinterest.

Australian Venue Co is helping to ease the wanderlust a touch by transforming more than 20 of its pubs and restaurants into some of the world's most popular holiday destinations for summer. So, you'll be able to sip frozen margaritas surrounded by cacti, eat dumplings under cherry blossom trees and wear flower crowns (if that's your thing) on Coachella-inspired rooftops.

Called Summer Staycations, the transformations will be taking place from November to February at the likes of the The Provincial Hotel and The Smith in Melbourne, Manly Wine and Bungalow 8 in Sydney, and Kingsleys and Riverland in Brisbane.

Of course, the visual makeovers — which will include giant teepees, citrus trees and flowers aplenty — will be paired with appropriate food and drink menus. On the Amalfi Coast, you'll find bottomless pizza and sorbet spritzes; in Mexico, there are unlimited tacos and many margaritas; and in Bali, you'll find brunch and many frozen cocktails.

For a taster of what to expect, look to The Rook. The Sydney rooftop has been filled with cherry blossoms and bottomless dumplings since March — but, come November, it'll become an Italian summer haven.

More information about the staycations is set to drop on Monday, October 19, with pop-ups set to go live on Friday, November 2 in all states but Victoria. Melbourne's will kick off — restrictions allowing — in December.

Jasper Avenue


Amalfi Coast

  • Prince Alfred, Vic
  • Provincial, Vic
  • The Rook, NSW
  • Kingsleys, Qld
  • Payneham Tavern, SA

Spring in Tokyo

  • The Smith, Vic
  • The Duke, Vic
  • Manly Wine, NSW
  • Fridays, Qld
  • Sweetwater Rooftop, WA

Mexico Fiesta

  • College Lawn, Vic
  • Perseverance, Vic
  • Riverland, Qld
  • Cleveland Sands, Qld
  • Waterloo Station, SA

Coachella, Palm Springs

  • Fargo and Co, Vic
  • Cargo Bar, NSW
  • The Aviary, WA
  • Hope Inn, SA

Beach Club, Bali

  • Bungalow 8, NSW
  • The Globe, WA

For more information about Australian Venue Co Summer Staycations, head to the website.

Top image: The Rook by Jasper Avenue

Published on October 05, 2020 by Samantha Teague


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