This concrete car park has been reborn as a colourful openair bar, beer garden and food truck stop.
March 23, 2022
Gracing a Swan Street space once home to a hire vehicle company's car park, you'll now find this vibrant openair oasis decked out with eye-catching murals, Astroturf and fairy-lit palms.
Over the course of a couple of lockdowns, owners Darren Legg and Brad Hicks pulled inspiration from their own favourite outdoor spaces and pastimes, commissioning local street artist and illustrator Juzpop to beautify the site with large-scale art in vivid pinks, purples and aquas.
The space boasts an assortment of outdoor tables, shipping containers fitted out with timber booths and dry bars crafted from barrels. More converted shipping containers house the Pink Lemonade bar — slinging spritzes, tap brews, boozy slushies and Grey Goose cocktails — and resident kitchen, Hells Bellz BBQ Smokehouse. It's dishing up US-style barbecue fare like pork ribs, smoked wings, kransky snags and house-made slaw, alongside plant-based options including grilled portobello mushrooms and mac 'n' cheese. Other food trucks are also on rotation.
As with all good outdoor drinking spots, Pink Lemonade has events and happenings aplenty. Resident DJs spin tunes through the weekend, themed cinema nights are in the works, and there'll be lots of dance parties and other music events to look forward to. Plus, bottomless brunch sessions feature every Saturday, coming in at $59 per person.
Meanwhile, onsite cafe Black Drum is slinging coffee, smoothies and toasties by day, conveniently located just a few steps from Richmond station.
Black Drum Cafe is open 6am–3pm Monday to Friday, and 7am–3pm on weekends.