There’s always plenty happening in the fast-paced world of pubs. Russell Crowe is considering buying a well-known old skool Sydney corner hotel, ALH Group fined $550K by Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission and the Wine Bar trend continues to grow in Melbourne with three new venues.


  1. Rusty close to buying ‘The Shakey’

Russell Crowe is close to buying one of the last classic Sydney ’tiles and carpet’ corner pubs.  The Hollywood star told locals he fell in love with the Shakespeare Hotel, in Surry Hills, which is near the Belvoir Street Theatre, 20 years ago.  Crowespent almost two hours at the pub on Saturday, meeting with owner Margaret Hargreaves and her three daughters, making his pitch for the purchase estimated to be in excess of $12million.

One witness described the reaction of regulars to Crowe’s appearance: ‘They just stood back and said, ‘What the f***?’

Read more >>> Russell Crowe ‘set to buy’ The Shakespeare Hotel to preserve its unique character | Daily Mail Online


  1. VGCCC imposes AU$550K fine on ALH Group

The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has handed down its latest penalty concerning breaches of the state’s gambling regulations. In this case, the regulator has gone after the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) which will have to pay a $550,000 penalty. The company is fined over lack of YourPlay technology available for 220 machines, the VGCCC has specified.

YourPlay is the technology that allows consumers to set limits to their play, which helps them tackle problem gambling in the long run and is a way to control gambling spend and gambling habits.

Read more >>> VGCCC imposes AU$550,000 fine on ALH (


  1. Melbourne’s wine bar trend grows with three new venues.

Melbourne’s wine bar wave shows no sign of breaking any time soon, with the low-key format for drinks, small plates and even dinner spreading outside the usual inner-city pockets. Railway Wine, with a glowing amber palette in a former aquarium shop, is the latest addition to a happening stretch in Highett. Canterbury in Melbourne’s formerly dry east got its first wine bar, Lennox Wine, in July. Locals James and Gosia Gibson wanted to add some energy to the suburb after dark – and they say locals have heartily endorsed the move. The Frenchified corner of Domain Road where Entrecote once plied residents with croissants and coq au vin to-go is continuing that legacy as Park Pantry – previously a morning pitstop, now newly minted as a wine bar.

Read more >>> New Melbourne wine bars 2023: Park Pantry in South Yarra, Lennox Wine in Canterbury, Railway Wine in Highett (