Popular bar anchored to stay
FOR Josh Knutson and Leah McMillan, the idea to take-over and transform a bar in Airlie Beach turned out to be the start of a great plan.
Located at the Whitsunday Terraces on Golden Orchid Drive, the couple changed the former bar into a nauticalthemed haven often opted by locals looking for a familyfriendly venue or wanting the ultimate Sunday session experience.
“We’ve worked hard to get here but in a way it was meant to be,” Ms McMillan said.
Bolstering the maritime theme, even renaming the bar was a breeze.
“We had to take advantage of the location’s unobstructed views of Whitsunday waters so it was always going to be sea themed,” Mr Knutson said.
“The rest was history - we went from strength to strength,” Ms McMillan said.
Everything then fell into the place for the couple.
They employed a stellar team, introduced a decadent ever-growing menu and have been active members in the community - playing host to many events and fundraisers.
In the past year, the Anchor Bar has become a hotspot for locals and tourists seeking a chilled out atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are almost out at sea.
The bar’s infinity pool matches endless views of blues which compliments the bar’s relaxed vibe.
With one year under their belt, the couple is already looking towards the future with the introduction of more dining options.
They have refurbished the inside of the bar into a beach house with smick black tables and chairs, freshly painted walls and vintage paintings.
“Now guests have the option of dining inside if they are after a more private and quiet setting,” Mr Knutson said.
ANCHORED: Josh Knutson, Leah McMillan, Mel Norton, Abbey Rowan and Keaton Addison look to the next stage of Anchor Bar.