Rough rider ‘Ranga’ primed for Ringo’s party time

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - Emma Clarke emma.clarke@qt.com.au

A $35,000 me­chan­i­cal bull is Ip­swich’s new­est res­i­dent.

Ranga’s name is first on the guest list ahead of coun­try mu­sic bar Johnny Ringo’s grand open­ing next Fri­day.

Tradies are work­ing around the clock to pre­pare the iconic Bris­bane St venue but plans for a whole sec­ond storey of the build­ing are kept un­der lock and key un­til Novem­ber.

Man­ager Alec McCluskey said the sec­ond part of the Ip­swich bar would give pa­trons a new ex­pe­ri­ence to what they were ac­cus­tomed to but promised it would keep within the fa­mous Johnny Ringo’s theme.

“Peo­ple should get ready for that true honky-tonk feel, live bands do­ing coun­try cov­ers, a nice beer gar­den. Whether you come at 10pm or in the af­ter­noon, it’s still coun­try mu­sic, the bull is al­ways ready to go if you want to jump on, no mat­ter what time of the day,” he said.

“We’re in that stage where we’re bring­ing it all to­gether with all the stuff that makes us who we are. The bull is al­ready here. Old Ranga has been re­fur­bished and looked af­ter. Peo­ple seem ex­cited about it. We’re re­ally at the peak, we’re start­ing off and part of that is bring­ing some­thing back to Ip­swich for peo­ple to be able to en­joy them­selves.

“You’re go­ing to walk into some­thing that is like noth­ing else.

“Just imag­ine a me­chan­i­cal bull go­ing, heaps of peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves.

“We can’t re­veal what we’re do­ing up­stairs just yet but that will be on the first Fri­day in Novem­ber.”

Mr McCluskey said the bar was al­ready well-known in Bris­bane for its coun­try mu­sic and safe-par­ty­ing val­ues.

“When we hit the mar­ket in Bris­bane is we did some­thing no one else has done. Coun­try mu­sic is the largest genre of mu­sic in the world and no one was do­ing that.

“What we do doesn’t bring the same crowd as other venues, we have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent de­mo­graphic and tar­get mar­ket.

“We’re in the mar­ket of dis­pens­ing good times, not any­thing other than that.”

You’re go­ing to walk into some­thing that is like noth­ing

— Alec McCluskey

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