City bar rides again

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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NEW LOOK: From left, owners of 529 The Terrace Bar, Michael Deer, Brad Cranfield and Cleo Meredith have renovated the iconic venue which reopened on Friday. Picture: SIMONE DE PEAKBrad Cranfield’s latest reveal was one of his best.
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Cranfield and wife Larawon reality renovation showThe Blockin 2012 and have already transformed The Maryville Tavern.

Their latest project has been a mammoth renovation of Newcastle’s iconic Terrace Bar on Hunter Street and the results were stunning when the doors were opened to the public for the first time in nine months.

Believed to be the city’soriginal small bar it has been known by many names, including Poets Page, Mary Magpie, JC’s Karaoke and Charkers Wine Bar.

But it will probably be remembered most as the Gunfighters Rest and for serving drinks with bubbling dry ice.

It was standing room only when the venuewas reopened as 529 The Terrace Bar on Thursday with a VIP night, which was attended by The Block host Shelley Craft.

It officially opened its doors to the public on Friday.

“We had a really good turnout to the VIP night,” Cranfield said.“Everyone was really positive about it and there was a good vibe.”

Cranfield, who teamed up with cousin Michael Deer for the new project, wasexcited by the prospects of the city’s only small bar with a rooftop terrace.

“The major appeal is it has a rooftop terrace,that was probably one of the main drawcards becauseit’s the only one in Newcastle like it,” Cranfield said.

“Everyone you talk to has been here at one time or another and knows the Gunfighters Rest and has a bit of a story about it.”

What started as a “cosmetic” makeover “ended up bigger than Ben Hur”.

“Being an old building,everywhere we turned we found out there was more and more dramas with the building, so a renovation we thought was going to take a few months turned into seven or eight,” he said.

Traditional features have been blended withmodern touches.

“Change can put people off but everyone seems to likethe way we have done it,” Cranfieldsaid.“We saw it as breathing new life into an old venue and a positive that it has remained a bar and isn’t going to be knocked down and turned into units.”

There is a downstairs bar and an upstairs cocktail bar opening to the terrace.

It trades Wednesday to Sunday,3pm to midnight.

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