All Bar Nun: Duxton: The Nun
by The Editor
Update: Duxton will be open today (Friday 24 February) from 2pm. The plan is to get the beer pumping before entertaining a pre-Brumbies crowd.
You’ll get to enjoy that ‘new pub’ smell, with all the existing woodwork receiving a tidy up and new coat of varnish. A semi industrial feel not dissimilar to Tongue and Groove pervades, with metal pendant lighting over the front bar, while in the back bar chesterfield couches are matched with heavy wooden benches. The back area is decorated with shades of grey and green, and hanging potplants have the potential to create an inside/outside feel in a similar vein to Public in Manuka.
Back in the front bar, a large 1920s-style graphic of a geezer riding a beer barrel dominates the large wall opposite the entry. You can expect around ten beers on tap, with Matilda Bay’s Dirty Granny the cider of choice on draught.
There’s an upstairs area coming some time in the future, and rumours exist of a complete revamp of the space sometime later this year. Three weeks is a very short period to give such a large space a makeover, but it looks as though time has been well spent.
Don’t expect anything radical for now – This looks like a same-same-but-different enterprise for now. Rather than a new direction for Inner-North socialising, Duxton might be more like meeting an old friend who’s grown a moustache.
Recently we reported on the movements of the Kenny brothers regarding the new ‘Gryphons Caffe’ in Griffith, it’s worth providing an update on O’Connor shops as we head back to where it all began.
As widely reported, outindeals.com.au (an offshoot of Out in Canberra) are advertising a burger/rugby ticket special available from a number of venues across Canberra including ‘O’Connor – Duxton’. However, this may be a tad optimisitic.
As our photos describe there is still a long way to go before the site will be ready for business. The opening round of the rugby season – for which the advertised deal is available – is only eight days away.
Certainly the refurbishment is underway, however the source of funds for the works is keeping the rumour mill running 24/7. it’s been well known for a while (or has it? See the comments below) partners in Gus’ Cafe and Tongue & Groove bought the building late in 2010, but as to who will be the venue’s owners and operators well, there’s a bit of work to be done on that.
We’ll do a bit of reporting and update soon.
In other news, the former Marinetti’s site is open for business with furniture familiar to those who would have frequented All Bar Nun. A chalk board out the front proclaims the ‘cafe’ is open seven days a week and, although the old Marinetti’s signage still hangs over the footpath, we have been informed this is in fact ‘The Nun’. Check back in next week for a mini-review.