MS had suggested the venue, Kitsch Bar. MS had even suggested the day, Thursday 28 July. So it was a pity that he was unwell and could not make it to what turned out to be a rather fine venue and a massive Barchivist turnout.
The Kitsch Bar is in Leederville, but the not the Leederville that I immediately think of, which is to say Luna Cinemas and that Kalis Bros fish store. Instead Kitsch Bar is further down Oxford St in a somewhat more subdued area.
This well attended Barchivsts meeting, was spearheaded by HelenKitty, who arrived early and staked out some tables for us. She was joined by TravelBug and NR, and then me, arotulon.
And then it seemed we all just kept on arriving. There was Morgandorffer, carrying her newly bought red boots; KM, AH, Paisley Red, DJKD with his wife Mrs D and their two children R & r and also Bookbuster.
I was especially glad that Bookbuster made it. Since our last meeting Bookbuster has resigned from that place where we all spend our working hours. The Barchivists group owes much of its existence to Bookbuster. It was at a professional development course that she coordinated that Barchivists formed, so, in a nice way, we owe our social drinking habit to her.
The Kitsch Bar goes in for Asian decor and food, so no chance of olives here. The drinks are not exclusively Asian though and I went for a Mixmaster Shiraz, Grenache, Malaro, mainly because I was intrigued by the name Mixmaster. The name reminded me of both a DJ and a kitchen appliance.
Morgandorffer also went in for a tipple of this red Mixmaster. It was a significant drink for her. Morgandorffer is currently participating in Dry July. In order for her to join us, DJKD bought her a golden ticket that released her from her pledge for one drink. I think we all did our bit to ensure that it was a drink to savour.
The set up at the Kitsch bar is that they have an outdoor bar area, thankfully covered at this time of year (because once again, it rained during a Barchivists outing) and a restaurant indoors. The staff provided efficient table service for drinks and nibbles along with refills of water from out of the watering can. The venue also has a little sanded display area, though it was probably not originally intended to be a kid friendly sand pit, which is what R took it for. However, I think a lot of restaurants may want to install one of these, as a way of keeping kids amused while their parents eat.
So, to sum up it was a great gathering at a great venue.
Let me now include some comments from the other Barchivists:
HelenKitty: The Peach Bellini was sweet and peachy! A Lovely night out with the Barchivists, although somehow I ended up posing with a pork crackling fascinator.
NR: I had a great time, loved the venue and all the little kooky things they had around the place –I reckon it’d be a great place to go in summer. I did think though that their drinks list was fairly pricey ($10 for a pear cider!) and perhaps a bit too limited for my liking, but overall I’d give it a thumbs up and recommend we all return in warmer weather!
DJKD: R certainly enjoyed having a sandpit at her disposal!
TravelBug: Wow – no olives, but they made up for it in atmosphere and sand! for little “R” to play in. Was fab to have Morgandorffer there with her golden ticket and her new red boots. And for me, a record, 2 pub meets in a row. I’m looking forward to heading back there to try the yummy food.
Paisley Red: I had a lovely time as always! It was so nice that DJKD and MrsD made an appearance with their adorable girls. It was also great that Bookbuster came along even though she is no longer at our work place.
Venue-wise, I liked the look and the vibe of Kitsch bar, and the food was fairly good – but not as good as I was led to expect by the raving of my friends. (The exception to this is the chocolate sandwich dessert – I converted a few Barchivists to this peanut buttery delight!)