Merivale recently launched their latest Northern Beaches pub when long-time local favourite, The Collaroy, reopened its doors on May 18.

Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes together with his sister Bettina, partnered with Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative and stylist Amanda Talbot for The Collaroy’s new look. Reminiscent of its sister venue the Coogee Pavilion, they have taken inspiration from the ocean views and aimed for a relaxed and fuss free design using a palette of greens and blues.

The Collaroy celebrates the beachside lifestyle – sun-loving days, laid back living and close-knit community spirit. It offers a variety of casual dining options for locals to meet, eat and grab a drink at the ocean’s edge – a place where they can pop in after a swim or stay the whole day.

Executive Chef Jordan Toft who also oversees the food at Merivale’s Coogee Pavilion and Newport’s upmarket diner Bert’s, has taken inspiration from the venue’s location describing the food as “simple, yet elegant food for a community that loves the sun, surf and sand”.

The Collaroy’s ground floor has an evolving offering throughout the day. Starting with breakfast, the kiosk serves coffee, juice and house-made pastries, alongside pizza bases with fresh breakfast toppings. Healthy bowls and plates are served up for lunch and as day turns into evening, the ground floor offers snacks to accompany the lengthy beverage options alongside generous home-style dinners that will change daily.

Upstairs there is an open kitchen and two bars. The restaurant focuses on local seafood and meats from a charcoal grill.  Vinnie’s Pizza, the authentic wood-fired creations by Vincenzo Biondini can be enjoyed throughout the day and night.

The Collaroy is also a proud supporter of local community groups including Sargood Foundation, Collaroy Cougars, Long Reef Boardriders, Collaroy SLSC & Ikaika Outrigger Club.

Sources: Delicious, Concrete Playground, Broadsheet, Daily Telegraph



The freeze on liquor licence applications in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross precincts has been extended for 12 months until 1 June 2019. However, entertainment venues focused on live music, arts and culture have been excluded from the one-year extension.

This change means the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority can now consider new on-premises licence applications for dedicated live music venues regularly putting on live acts where the music is played or performed in person.

Additionally, new on-premises licences can be considered for multi-purpose venues that also host broader visual or performance arts or other cultural events.

Applicants will need to explain the benefits of their proposal to the live music and arts sector, and show they meet the relevant criteria when making their application.

Existing licensing and development application controls will apply to help ensure the merits are carefully examined, including overall impacts on vibrancy and safety of the precincts. These ensure community members are involved and can also have their say.

Kings Cross restaurants and venues offering tourist accommodation have also been excluded from the freeze restrictions, aligning their arrangements with those located in the Sydney CBD.

Freeze restrictions remain in place for traditional nightclubs, hotels, clubs and bottle shops as part of the 12-month extension for other licence types.

Find more information on the liquor licence freeze on the Liquor Gaming & Racing website.