Iron Bar, a Port icon, set for its 23rd NYE
NEW Year’s Eve in Port Douglas is traditionally a very big night at the Iron Bar Steakhouse on Macrossan Street.
“At some point most people are going to come here, even if they go somewhere else earlier on,” said owner Shane Loughnan.
It can be so popular that sometimes the Iron Bar owner is in the unhappy situation of having to turn people away on the big night.
This time the Iron Bar is going to do something about that.
For locals, it is selling $15 tickets to the event that guarantee the bearer entry to the venue at a cheaper price.
“If they want to make sure they can get in, and they want to make sure they don’t have to pay $20 entry, they can come and see Alistair over the next weeks in the afternoons to get a ticket.
“We’re going to sell 100 of those tickets, just to locals, who come here all the time and don’t want to miss out. Make it easy for yourself, and you can get in for just $15.”
As usual, the Iron Bar will be turning on the entertainment for what will be its 23rd New Year’s Eve. It will be a White Party staying open until 4 am. A DJ will start on the upper deck at 9 pm going through till about midnight or a bit later.
Local band Girl Radio will start playing downstairs at about 10 pm, until about 1:30 am, and then a DJ from Brisbane, DJ Brentos, will go through until closing time at 4am.
It promises to cap what’s been a good year for the Iron Bar. Trading for the landmark steakhouse has been excellent, according to the owner. Big tourism numbers in town have been very buoyant for the venue, which is one of the family favourites by day and a popular late night venue for older patrons.
Shane Loughnan is particularly pleased with his culinary offering, saying that his chefs have done really well and he was pleased with the Iron Bar’s food and drink standards.
Next year the Iron Bar is on track to begin its pokies room. It has approval for 25 machines, which should be ready by mid year.
The only sour note has been the Backpackers Tax. Shane said he was relieved the tax deal has been struck at a level at which it was about as low as it could go, but the whole thing has been a disaster.
And at the full rate of 32.5 per cent, Shane said, it would have “wiped the town out”.
“I don’t know how we would survive without backpackers, to be honest. I just don’t know where we would get staff from. We have several locals working here all the time, but in the peak season we just wouldn’t have staff.
“Ten years ago you had a lot of Australians coming up from the south looking for work for a few months – university students and so on – but not any more. “
The Iron Bar is going to be closed on Christmas Day.