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The Best Bars In The World – The Night Cat Nightclub, Melbourne, Australia – Review

Upon first visiting Melbourne’s iconic jazz precinct The Night Cat, I preceded with an hour long self discussion about whether or not adorning a black beret to the venue would “A” hail me queen of Ladysmith Black Mambazo or “B” get me kicked out for making fun of serious jazz culture. So without my black beret in hand, was I smooth enough to bongo drum down with the cats of Fitzroy? I was ready for the verdict.

I purposely made a late departure from home towards The Night Cat. I don’t want to seem too eager to the “cultured, older crowd.” My interior dialogue continued (don’t worry, the following three Coronas will switch the ponderous part of my brain off within the next paragraph). As I spotted a line spanning hundreds of metres down Johnston Street, I realised where my first mistake of the night had incurred. With two clicks and a slide I made my way to the back of the line, soul sisters can’t be letting long lines get all up in their junk, after all.

Unlike many other clubs, the line moved quickly and orderly, by the time I edged my way into the front, the bouncers definitely deserved a ten minute break to come and join the booming beats that echoed inside.

Being greeted with instant warmth is always the first thing us skin-bearing ladies notice, but the warmth of this particular joint was on a completely different level. No, I’m not just referring to the lovely, all too familiar sweat of others; The Night Club radiates warmth in an array of other ways. The red and orange interior, dimly lit by lamp shades (which I could have sworn had been stolen from my Grandma Betty’s drawing room) met my freezing face. Framed pictures and arm chairs crowded the open space, while dim lanterns hung from the ceiling. Through the haze of smoke white smiles and clicking fingernails were all I could see.

As the dance floor lies towards the entrance of the club, my first task of the night was to get myself through the crowd to the long bar located towards the very back of the club. With a few hip grinds and booty shakes I was able to make my way through the crowd. By this stage I didn’t even want a drink; I would have been more than happy being part of the dehydrated fun which was now behind me.

Upon ordering, I noticed that it was not only the bouncers who were keeping a fast production line, but also the bar staff. I managed to get my Corona with no more than a 5 minute initial wait. I looked at the men to my left and my right and couldn’t help praising God for the bonuses of being a woman at a bar. The drink prices were average for a night club, and as per usual after just two drinks I found myself sending out a search party for the closest ATM.

The music at The Night Cat was a great distraction from blowing my entire savings, as when I joined the groove once more, the bar was all but forgotten about. Live music rung throughout the venue for the vast majority of the night, with the performers only lifting their hands from their bongo drums briefly. The music varied from African beats which made me feel like a cast member of The Lion King, to 90’s hip hop and other classics.

No matter what your taste in music is, the variety of the drums will keep those white smiles going until your feet give way.

By Sophie Lane for Melbourne Bars and Function Rooms

The Best Bars In The World – The Night Cat Nightclubs, Melbourne, Australia – Review

Upon first visiting Melbourne’s iconic jazz precinct The Night Cat, I preceded with an hour long self discussion about whether or not adorning a black beret to the venue would “A” hail me queen of Ladysmith Black Mambazo or “B” get me kicked out for making fun of serious jazz culture. So without my black beret in hand, was I smooth enough to bongo drum down with the cats of Fitzroy? I was ready for the verdict. 

I purposely made a late departure from home towards The Night Cat. I don’t want to seem too eager to the “cultured, older crowd.” My interior dialogue continued (don’t worry, the following three Coronas will switch the ponderous part of my brain off within the next paragraph). As I spotted a line spanning hundreds of metres down Johnston Street, I realised where my first mistake of the night had incurred. With two clicks and a slide I made my way to the back of the line, soul sisters can’t be letting long lines get all up in their junk, after all. 

Unlike many other clubs, the line moved quickly and orderly, by the time I edged my way into the front, the bouncers definitely deserved a ten minute break to come and join the booming beats that echoed inside. 

Being greeted with instant warmth is always the first thing us skin-bearing ladies notice, but the warmth of this particular joint was on a completely different level. No, I’m not just referring to the lovely, all too familiar sweat of others; The Night Club radiates warmth in an array of other ways. The red and orange interior, dimly lit by lamp shades (which I could have sworn had been stolen from my Grandma Betty’s drawing room) met my freezing face. Framed pictures and arm chairs crowded the open space, while dim lanterns hung from the ceiling. Through the haze of smoke white smiles and clicking fingernails were all I could see. 

As the dance floor lies towards the entrance of the club, my first task of the night was to get myself through the crowd to the long bar located towards the very back of the club. With a few hip grinds and booty shakes I was able to make my way through the crowd. By this stage I didn’t even want a drink; I would have been more than happy being part of the dehydrated fun which was now behind me. 

Upon ordering, I noticed that it was not only the bouncers who were keeping a fast production line, but also the bar staff. I managed to get my Corona with no more than a 5 minute initial wait. I looked at the men to my left and my right and couldn’t help praising God for the bonuses of being a woman at a bar. The drink prices were average for a night club, and as per usual after just two drinks I found myself sending out a search party for the closest ATM. 

The music at The Night Cat was a great distraction from blowing my entire savings, as when I joined the groove once more, the bar was all but forgotten about. Live music rung throughout the venue for the vast majority of the night, with the performers only lifting their hands from their bongo drums briefly. The music varied from African beats which made me feel like a cast member of The Lion King, to 90’s hip hop and other classics. 

No matter what your taste in music is, the variety of the drums will keep those white smiles going until your feet give way.

By Sophie Lane for Melbourne Bars and Function Rooms

Wine – Sensual, Fun, and Profitable

There are only a few earthly experiences more sensual than the combination of great wine and great food. Whether it’s a local Rib Joint, Thai Eatery, or Pizza Parlor; smart wine choices will make the experience better. So, why is wine such an afterthought for so many small restaurant owners? With just a little effort independent restaurant owners can make their restaurants more enjoyable for guests, interesting for staff, and profitable for themselves.

Here is an example of what I mean. I was helping the owner of a 130-seat neighborhood bistro in Los Angeles recently. The food was very good but sales were below plan and declining. A review of the operation showed that bar sales were just a fraction of what they should have been, so that’s were we started.

The bar had roughly 25 seat and ample standing room. The chef had developed a wonderful appetizer menu exclusively for the bar. The most popular dishes were Thai Curry Mussels with Lemongrass, Crab Cakes with Creamy Polenta, and Tempura Calamari with a House-made Aioli. Unfortunately, the wines offered by the glass were unspectacular and poorly matched with the food. Since the bar menu consisted of relatively light items with bold flavors, I began by introducing a delicious Viognier by the glass as a featured wine.

This wine’s floral and fruity character made it an exceptional match for the most popular dishes on the bar menu. Its medium body made it easy to recommend and its wholesale price made it the highest margin option in the bar. Most importantly, it was incredibly delicious with the food. So I introduced it to the management, the bartenders, and the waiters; who all loved it.

The result was a snowball effect. The bartenders and waiters were so enthused by the new wine that they sold it to guests as if they were sharing investment tips with a best friend. Since the wine delivered on taste, it quickly become the unofficial house wine with regulars, who spread the buzz with other guests in the bar. Following a few more adjustments to the restaurant’s wine list, a wine culture had taken root. Guests, staff, and management were all whirling, sniffing, and sipping as wine and overall bar sales skyrocketed.

Thus, with just a modest amount of effort an independently owned restaurant can be set apart from its competition. Why is this important? Because, given two restaurants with equally good food and service, the one offering a more interesting and exciting wine selection will attract more guests every time.

Shed Wallace is the founder of http://www.EateryCoach.com and the http://www.EateryTribe.com blog. His career highlights include culinary and food & beverage director roles with leading hospitality companies like Darden Restaurants and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Shed is an author, speaker, and restaurant consultant. For a free strategy session email: [email protected]

Know About Barring

Sitting on the side of a swimming pool, seeing the beauty around and having a glass of wine or beer on hand is the perfect picture of a great vacation holiday for many people. But have you ever wondered, how different spirits vary in taste from one another or how one type of whiskey differ in taste from the other or how one is more in demand due to its taste than rest of the others. These are some of the questions which will surely poke in your mind but many times, these remain unanswered. Now we will unveil the process involved in this, which is called barring. The process is carried out in barrels.

A barrel is defined as a vessel which is specially designed and made up of wood. Barrels can be used for multi-purposes like storing a liquid, fermenting, or maturing your desired liquid beverage to enrich its taste. The process of beverage maturing is called aging barrel. This is because it ages the wine,rum or any other liquid you want. The process involves the entry of oxygen from the air and the loss of water or spirit in it through evaporation

In markets, you will get a chance to explore lots of New Whiskey and Wine Barrels. The quality of the material used in a barrel is very important as the taste of the new spirit is largely relies upon the the quality of material and its reaction with the wood in which it is stored.

The market is flooded with innumerable options, when it comes about finding the most suitable barrel. Worldwide accolade, the oak wood barrel is popular among people as it is the purest form of wood and it does not contain any sticky or resin like material. The benefit of using oak wood barrels is that it adds the color and its aroma to the spirit. In sync with varied requirements, one can source the barrels in accordance to its needs. Varying from small to medium and big, there are variant options available.

After few years of barring any barrel can become neutral as most of the compounds would have been extracted from it.

Apart from oak wood, redwood or chest wood are also used some easy options available for barring. So we are sure that this way you would have got a little idea of how the aging of your favorite beer or wine is done.

So next time when you are in a swimming pool and holding a glass of wine or your favorite drink then please sip it slowly to enjoy its full taste.

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Cheap Gold Bars

Finding what places to get cheap gold bars on the web may be difficult for a new gold buyer.  There are a number of techniques a new buyer can do that will make the undertaking of finding gold on the web easier. One thing a new buyer can do that will make the undertaking of finding cheap gold bars on the web less difficult, is having knowledge of the current spot price. If a buyer has knowledge of the current spot price of gold, it can give them a hint about the current market value of a particular gold bar. Gold’s spot price has a larger influence on gold bars than any other kinds of physical gold.

Another thing a new buyer can do that will make the undertaking of finding cheap gold bars on the web less difficult, is comparing the different prices of a certain bar from multiple gold dealers. When a buyer compares different prices of dealers it is recommended to also keep in mind any extra hidden costs. A number of these extra hidden costs can be shipping, minimum order amounts or insurance. It is equally recommended to research the business practices of a dealer before purchasing anything from said dealer. By researching the business practices of a dealer before purchasing from them a buyer will know what kinds of things to expect when it comes to customer service. It is recommended for a buyer to only purchase from gold dealers that treat their customers with respect.

One final thing a new buyer can do that will make the undertaking of finding cheap gold bars on the web less difficult, is having knowledge on the numerous sizes, the name of the manufacturer and the most they’re planning to invest. By having knowledge of the sizes and the market value of a certain bar, it can keep a buyer from mistakenly buying the incorrect size or spending too much on a bar. Finding cheap gold on the web can be a time consuming process. With the techniques shown here, this complicated process can become less difficult.

A good site to see more on this topic is Cheap Gold Bars, it’s insightful and also informative.

A good site to see more on this topic is Cheap Gold Bars, it’s insightful and also informative.

Breakfast Bar Chair

A kitchen with an island or kitchen bar opens up more space where people can visit while the homeowner prepares dinner, and while others may be sitting in the dining room. A breakfast bar chair fits easily into this house plan, since it allows a person to sit comfortably while they’re eating. These chairs are placed around your kitchen island or breakfast bar, and create a place where everyone can talk. They keep friends and family members close together.

The modern kitchen has many machines that make it easier to prepare foods. A breakfast bar chair is just one more functional part of the room. Any time of day, on any holiday or for any gathering, your family members and friends can relax and keep you company in your kitchen. Whether you’re making a meal or grabbing a snack, or perhaps having a cup of tea, breakfast bar chairs are a comfortable place to relax.
Breakfast bar stools may be some of the most popular seats in your home. Whether it is the comfort of the chairs, or the location right in the middle of food preparation activities, a breakfast bar chair is a place that will be often used. They aren’t used for only breakfast anymore, either. You can relax there any time of day.
Breakfast bar chairs are sometimes shorter than regular bar stools, so that they can better fit under the table top or counter where they will be used. Whether you use rattan, wood or other materials, a breakfast bar chair will blend right into your kitchen’s homey comfort.

You won’t often purchase one breakfast bar chair, unless perhaps you are replacing one that was used in the kitchen before. Everyone will enjoy the chance for a comfortable seat right in the middle of the food preparation action.

If you’re planning to sell your home, real estate agents will recommend that you spend the most time staging the kitchen and the bathrooms. These are the rooms that make or break many property sales, so setting up breakfast bar chairs will give the room a homey feel that you know buyers seem to gravitate toward. Potential buyers want to get that feel of the kitchen, and a breakfast bar chair row will grab their attention.
If your children feel left out of conversations, they will be more the center of attention up on breakfast bar stools. A breakfast bar chair can also encourage proper posture, by encouraging your back to straighten up. They make a nice place to relax while you’re preparing a meal, too.

out various models before you select a breakfast bar chair style for your home. You can look online or at local furniture stores. There are many varieties of colors and materials, and make sure that you choose sturdy chairs for your kitchen’s island or breakfast bar.

out various models before you select a breakfast bar chair style for your home. You can look online or at local furniture stores. There are many varieties of colors and materials, and make sure that you choose sturdy chairs for your kitchen’s island or breakfast bar.

Truck Nerf Bars

Nerf bars are bent tubes that serve as adornments to vehicles. They may be side steps, step bars, or tube steps… More than a styling accessory, these help you get in and out of your truck.

 

When going home after a tiring day at work or after an exciting night at a hip club downtown, these bars would give you the much-needed boost to your tired legs. Essentially, these offer the following advantages:

 

– Extra boost when climbing in and out of your car. If you yourself require a sturdy stepping board to climb in and out of your truck, just think of the children and older passengers that will hitch a ride with you. Surely, they would require something to step into to get in your car safely and easily. Therefore, whether you own a sedan or a monstrous truck, a Nerf bar would be a welcome addition to your ride.

 

– Stable and safe step in any weather condition. If roads are slippery when wet, much more when hopping in your car. So, if your shoes or slippers are scraped too much and causing you to loose footing on wet roads, it will ensure you do not slip or get out balanced when stepping in and out your ride. These are designed with all-weather pads with grooved design to keep water away from the step board. Therefore, even if it is scorching hot outside with no sign of wet surfaces anywhere, but due to unexplained circumstances, you accidentally stepped in a puddle of water, you will still get a grip on climbing into your truck with your heavy-duty Nerf bar.

 

– Heavy-duty function for long lasting service life. Many of the Nerf bars available today are made from heavy-duty, thick walled steel tubes. Stainless steel or carbon steel is used in the construction for guaranteed strength and durability. The all-weather step pads are strongly put in place with heavy-duty adhesive to ensure they hold for a long time. If you need to wipe your feet before getting inside your truck, these treaded pads will knock off mud from your shoes before it messes your carpet.

 

– Various shapes and finishes for added rugged appearance to your truck. Truck Nerf bars are available in chrome, black powder coat, or polished stainless finish. They also come in varied sizes such as oval and wheel-to-wheel. Most of these are easy to install, bolting on to existing holes in your car’s body.

 

Installed properly, a seemingly simple item will bring your mean driving machine to new heights. So, if style and safety is a priority to you, then invest on a heavy-duty one now.

Kay Zetkin writes information about everything on wheels. Get help in installing Nerf bar or truck Nerf bars for your vehicle.

Navel Bars

There are some choices for the shapes of the body jewelry for a navel piercing. The most popular shape is normally referred to as navel bars or belly bars. This type of bar has a small ball on one end, a large ball inside the belly button, and is curved. There are some styles of that have a large ball that will unscrew, but usually it is only the small ball that is removed to insert the jewelry.

With some endorsements by celebrities, better piercing practices, and a little bit of knowledge and understanding, the popularity of body piercing has increased recently. All of these things have helped to main stream many types of piercing and things like lip, tongue, and navel piercings that were relatively rarea few years ago are now an everyday occurrence. As body piercing has become more popular, the choice of body jewelry to wear through the piercing has increased along with it.

Navel bars that are made from plain bars just have balls on the ends, although the jeweled versions like the double jeweled titanium bars to some of the creations that have dangles and gems have all manners of elegance.

Dangle navel bars can hang from the top but usually have a dangle that hangs from the bottom ball. This type of piercing is popular with people who have the bottom of their navel pierced as opposed to the top rim.

Navel bars are the most popular style of jewelry and there are numerous styles that are available.

The standardlength for navel bars is 10mm and the standard thickness is 1.6mm. Usually a barbell that is 12mm is used for the first piercing to permit swelling.

However, it may depend on the person’s anatomy because sometimes it may be necessary tomake a piercing that is larger or smaller than the standard 10mm. But the gauge always needs to be 1.6mm. As a result of the growing number of people who have piercings that are not the average size, these days thereis more jewelry that is available in numerous sizes. Navel bars are currently available from as long as 14mm and as small as 6mm.

Navel bars usually have a 5mm top ball and a large bottom ball that is 8mm. Balls that are larger and smaller are available and selecting a size is a matter of personal preference.

Find the high quality body jewelry online at AchaDirect including barbells, labrets, belly rings, belly bars, navel rings, and more.

Home Bar Plans

You’d love to have your own home bar. Who wouldn’t? If you’ve been dreaming about building your own home bar but everywhere you look the prices are too high, I’d love to give you some ideas that will help bring the cost down.

A nice backdrop for the bar is always brick with surrounding cabinets and a mirror. But, who says you have to hire a contractor, a cabinet maker and an interior designer? With just a little creativity, you can be well on your way to a beautifully finished professional looking bar in no time.

First of all, you can build your own cabinets with 2 X 4s and plywood. If you walk through a hardware store, you’ll find so many things that you will want to use for projects all around your home. If you look for cabinet doors, you’ll find them of all shapes and sizes. You can get plain wood that you can paint or finish any way you like. 

So, you don’t have to buy an entire cabinet set. Just build the structure with 2 X 4s and plywood. Then, finish them off with the cabinet doors. You can finish your frame the same as you finish the doors. Then, you can make the surface of the counter look great in several inexpensive ways.

The most inexpensive way to make the surface of a counter look spectacular without spending ridiculous amounts of money is to use wallpaper. Get virtually any design you want and wallpaper the countertop. It’s that easy.

You can also use floor tiling to make the countertop look just the way you want. You’d actually have a more durable design if you get the square foot sections that adhere to the floor. Granite countertops are a lot more expensive. But if you have a small surface area, you might be able to fit it in your budget.

Your options aren’t finished yet. Wood veneers are great for making the counter look like it has a wood finish. They also make a good match for the bar itself. What’s more, the leather fabrics you can use don’t have to be that expensive if you only get enough to cover the surface of the counter and the bar if you want them to match. Leather is actually a touch of class.

When you are looking at applying brick to the backdrop, look at faux brick finishes. A small section of faux brick is all you need. Simply center it on your countertop and let it rise to the bottom of your cabinets. If you have a cabinet on each side of the brick, it will look great.

Finish the look with lights and a mirror and you’ve got yourself the start of a professional looking bar. Of course, the actual bar will look great if it matches the cabinets in your backdrop. You can build your bar rather inexpensively too with 2 X 4s and plywood. Then, visit your hardware store again for some good design ideas.

Trim for the walls often looks great when you use it to create designs on your bar. You can add dimension or just a touch of style when you look at all your trim options and choose some that really dress up your bar perfectly. Keep a place for your kegerator. Add a beer tap and a bar handle. You’re looking more and more like a professional bar every minute.

You’ll need stools and then you’ll want to add more and more to your bar. Mirrors cover all the walls. A Jagermeister machine sits on top of the bar. A television hangs on the wall. You’ll love what you can do. But, all it takes is getting started. 

Stan Schubridge is a beer enthusiast who loves tasting new beers and attending beer events. Staying up to date on new innovations in beer and beer products keeps Stan on top of the beer world. You can read a great deal about beer and what Stan has found at Beertaps.com

Have Fun and Save Money Making Sushi at Home

Sushi is one of those common easy to make foods that has been marketed as a delicacy. As a result the cost for a dinner out at your local sushi bar is something in the neighborhood of outrageous. A great way to enjoy your favorite sushi meals and save money while you do is making sushi at home.

Experiencing the economic downturn is hardly the best reason for making sushi at home. Though compelling, saving money never stopped anyone from having a good time. Making sushi at home can actually turn out to be more fun than the most posh sushi bars in New York and Boston can offer. Get yourself a few bottles of sake, invite some good friends, and get creative. Once you learn how, making sushi itself can be more fun than eating it.

Sushi is blessed food. It’s beautiful to look at, fun to prepare, and very good for you. If you’ve never tried it I recommend you head out right now and get some for lunch or dinner. The experience will prove true everything I’ve written so far. You will find sushi addictive. It is filling and light creating a satisfied but not weighed down feeling. It is also very expensive. I’m not going to say it’s not worth it, I have been guilty of dropping many a paycheck on a great night of sushi and I don’t regret it but I’ve since learned a better way. The nutritional benefits are numerous; its high in protein, low in fat, high in nutrients, loaded with Omega 3’s, low in cholesterol, and is made from the best of every food group in a single roll. There is really nothing bad you can say about sushi. It is a perfect food source.

Making sushi at home is a skill you can learn. Like most recipes it requires direction but it’s easy to do and fun to practice. Do your wallet a favor and please you palate as well by learning to make sushi.

If you’re like me and love to eat sushi you have to make learning how to prepare it a priority in your life. There’s no time like now to learn more about something you love. Learn about making sushi at home to impress your friends or include your family in a fun style of cooking together. If your new to sushi or just want to find out more, feel free to check out http://www.squidoo.com/howtomakesushi for some great ideas about letting this wonderful passion into your life.