Parlour wine room reopens
Owner Bria Sydney. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
CANBERRA'S food and wine scene has come a long way in two years, but the owner of one New Acton wine and tapas bar said she was looking forward to the competition.
Parlour Wine Room reopened on Saturday night to the sounds of clinking glasses and jazz.
Owner Bria Sydney said it was a relief to have made it to opening night, after a fire destroyed the venue more than two years ago.
''It's like a birthday party, it just feels right to open with a bang,'' she said.
Ms Sydney said the quality of Canberra's hospitality offerings had improved a lot over the past two years, with a lot of thought, effort and care going into new venues, but she welcomed the competition.
''It's bringing people out of their homes and giving Canberra a better name,'' she said.
''I think Canberrans feel it and they really appreciate it.''
The entire menu of the Parlour Wine Room was available on Saturday night, and 150 guests at $150 a head were expected at the opening party. Dance teacher Hannah Foley won two tickets to the event and was enjoying her night with Freya Pilcher, a bar tender.
Ms Foley said she had planned to hold her 18th birthday celebrations at the bar, but it burnt down weeks before her big day.
''I'd heard a lot of things about it, I really like the atmosphere, it's good,'' she said.
Vivien Mitchell, of Torrens, said she had visited the bar before it closed and was glad to be back.
The ACT public servant said she loved the eclectic furniture at the venue and the way it married together old and new elements.
''This is just a gift, Canberra at its best, perfect weather, cool people, it's happening,'' she said.
The bar will close on Sunday and Monday, host another ticketed event on Tuesday to celebrate Melbourne Cup day, and will be open to the public from Wednesday.
The accidental fire in June, 2011 was later found to have started in the exhaust ducting attached to next-door restaurant Flint Dining Room's pizza oven.