New ‘Boutique’ Venue For Newcastle
News posted Friday, January 6 2012 at 12:00 PM.
Related: Chinos, Gooch Palms, Newcastle.
A new “Melbourne-style” boutique venue will open in Newcastle next week.
Chino’s Bar – located on the Denison street side of The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle West – will officially open with a performance by Wollongong two-piece Mother & Son on January 11.
The venue (formerly The Red Bar) is the brainchild of Leroy Macqueen and Katherine Friend from local outfit Gooch Palms, who modelled Chino’s on the dive bars frequented during recent trips to the US. The pair aim to fill a gap in Newcastle’s nightlife, hosting a variety of local, national and international bands from a wide range of genres.
“We wanted to create a community based space for like-minded people in Newcastle to see live entertainment, and have a feed and a beer in a relaxed environment,” Macqueen said in a release. “We’ve been really inspired by the amazing small bars we’ve visited in the past years and are thrilled to have the opportunity to execute our thoughts and ideas into Chino’s.”
The news follows the announcement of new a venue in regional Victoria, which will be run by Brendan Noonan from The Stabs and former Old Bar manager Kat Hamilton.
Upcoming gigs at Chino’s include San Francisco’s The Oh Sees (January 18), Sun Araw and Prince Rama (January 24) and The Middle East’s Rohin Jones (February 5). More information here.