Ho­ley Mo­ley!

Get into the swing of things with New­town’s new mini golf bar.

Time Out (Sydney) - - Things To Do - By Emma Joyce

SYD­NEY’S FIRST MINI golf bar opened up on the site of the for­mer New­town So­cial Club in July 2017. It’s op­er­ated by Fun-Lab, who are the same peo­ple who own Strike Bowl­ing and Sky Zone, and the con­cept has al­ready proven pop­u­lar for hens’ and bucks’ par­ties in Bris­bane and Mel­bourne.

Lo­cals were un­der­stand­ably up­set with the loss of yet an­other live mu­sic venue and boozer, but as the own­ers (who still own the real es­tate in Syd­ney) ex­plained the for­mer model wasn’t sus­tain­able. Time Out went along to Ho­ley Mo­ley to check out the new venue and road­test its 18 holes, spread over two floors. They’re punny and play­ful, with names like ‘Baby’s Got Pac’ and ‘Smells Like Tee Spirit’.

What’s dif­fer­ent about Syd­ney’s Ho­ley Mo­ley is the din­ing area – the food of­fer­ing is a first for the fun­times chain and they’re serv­ing up snacks like pork belly bao, sweet potato fries, and panko prawn on let­tuce cup. They’ve got su­per sweet cock­tails too, like the lolly-filled ‘Su­gar Caddy’ and choco­latey ‘Happy Gil­moreo’.

Michael Schreiber, CEO of FunLab Group, told Time Out they were look­ing for lo­ca­tions in ev­ery Aus­tralian cap­i­tal city af­ter open­ing their first branch in Bris­bane last year. “We were look­ing for lo­ca­tions, ide­ally in the CBD – we’re still look­ing in the CBD – but this fit the bill be­cause you can come in the evening, play, have drinks, then kick on to a late-night venue.”

Up­stairs, the course called ‘Kick­ing Bird’ has a few mu­sic­themed holes, like ‘the Stage Dive’ and ‘Hound Bog’, which Schreiber says is partly an homage to the venue’s his­tory, but the cheeki­est AstroTurfed green is one called ‘Ass Hole’ fea­tur­ing Don­ald Trump’s face. “I’m sure I’ll get a tweet from POTUS!” he says, laugh­ing. But for our money, down­stairs is where the fun’s at. Most of the holes are nos­tal­gic – draw­ing on pop cul­ture ref­er­ences like Game of Thrones, Pac­man, Willy Wonka and our very own Luna Park face. ■ Ò 387 King St, New­town 2042. 1300 727 833. ho­ley­mo­ley.com. au/syd­ney. Mon-Fri noon-mid­night; Sat, Sun 10am1am.

“You can play, have drinks, then kick on to a late-night venue”

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