Popular haunt expands with new garden bar
THE relaxed, sociable, and renowned friendly vibe of the Whitsundays will be embraced and celebrated on June 2 when Hemingway’s Restaurant at Abell Point Marina opens its new waterfront hotspot, The Garden Bar.
To mark the special occasion, the bar will introduce its muchanticipated cocktail tasters.
Joscelyn O’Keefe, marketing and business development manager, said the appetisers would be served on a board in smaller glasses so friends, companions, or colleagues could share the drink together.
“There will be some interesting new cocktail additions including our espresso Martini range,” Ms O’Keefe said.
“We’ve also got one called Grandma’s Apple Pie with apple cider, Frangelico, whipped cream, and cinnamon on top.
“The idea is you’re with a group of friends and you can share a plate and share a cocktail taster.
“We want to provide somewhere where people can come and relax and have a drink.”
Ms O’Keefe said a light bar menu would be provided between 4–7pm offering dishes such as cheese and meat platters, warm olives and sour dough, calamari, bowls of mussels with crusty bread, and a “box of fried goodies” with a south American cheese dip for sharing or as a light bite before dinner.
“Hemingway’s was originally designed to provide a really good quality restaurant where people could have dinner overlooking the marina, and that’s something we want to continue.
“The rationale with The Garden Bar was not to take away from the restaurant, but we wanted to add another element to make ourselves more approachable. And one of the things that’s nicest to do in the Whitsundays is to take advantage of the lovely late afternoons and beautiful sunsets.”
She said the new bar would be an outside lounge area.
“It will have a relaxed, lounge feel and will be ideal for locals to come for a drink after work, for people who are booked to dine anyway but want to come a bit earlier, for tourists and visitors returning from a day cruise, and for guests staying in the marina.”
Ms O’Keefe said there would be live music on the weekends, which would include lounge-style piano music, soft guitar sounds or a solo singer “to create that lazy afternoon vibe”.
She said the new restaurant manager Dawn Romanella had a vision for The Garden Bar, which included providing a space where people could enjoy the scenic setting of the marina in the late afternoon and early evening.
The Garden Bar will be open 4–7pm daily and from June 2, the restaurant is open for dinner bookings from 6pm.
WHAT A VIEW: Hemingway's, Abell Point Marina wants to give guests a reason to come back.