Hold-y your horses, the recently redeveloped Holdfast Hotel has brought back its sea savvy roots and launched itself into new life. A million dollarydoos invested in The Holdy gave vivacity to the existing establishment and added on a new Street Bar, Beer Garden, Restaurant and Function area. Masterminds behind the relaunch RD Jones Group worked alongside ABEO Designs and Studio Nine to bring their brilliant teams and minds together to create the rebirth of The Holdy. The marriage of these groups also contributed to launching award winning hotels like The Gully, The Moseley and The Woodcroft.
Separating itself from other pubs, The Holdy has taken risks with their rebranding, menu and designs, having a strong connection with the Glenelg South area tied in with a grungy sailor theme. Their menu incorporates your go-to pub foods with international and traditional street food flavours, giving the customers all kinds of cuisine options.
Their opening night was held in their grunge-meets-laneway Street Bar that over looks Brighton Road while encompassing vintage sailor décor as it does throughout the establishment. Awesome cocktails and drinks are on offer of course, and a killer menu to go with it; this is where after work drinks are to be had. The night kicked off with some live music that gave a laid back vibe to the bar, while food on the menu came round and cocktails were flowing. Live music won’t be a rarity at The Holdy anymore; live music is back three times week with a recently installed state of the art sound system.
The room was bustling with VIPs; the atmosphere was lively and positive, everyone seemed to be having a great time, and why wouldn’t they? Surrounded by cool art on the walls, smells of street food moving round the room, and the sounds of airbrush paint being sprayed onto a grown man’s forearm in the shape of a dolphin by the temporary tattoo artist. Pretty swish night if I do say so myself.
Heading straight to the bar (what’s new) to suss out the wonderful array of cheeky cocktails, we racked the brain of the bartender so we knew exactly what cocktail to order… and it was all of them. A few favourites that you should defs try are the Navy Strength Lemonade (base: gin, blackberry liquor), Flora & Faujna (base: bourbon), and Smooth Sailor (base: gin, blue curacao, galliano). Some of these bad boys are strong as hell, so make sure you stick to one or have a safe way home!
The food makes or breaks a place like this; don’t worry though because what they were offering was well received by all, especially myself *basically waited at the kitchen door for the next platter to come out*. The chefs have the experience beyond what you’d expect for a hotel, they’ve travelled the world to find the best street food flavours with home-grown SA head chef leading a worldly team to give us a happy surprise of a menu.
If you’re far from the South Side it’s worth the trip to The Holdy, check em out on their rad social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Go to the website for their food and drinks menu’s and check what gigs are upcoming too! We’d like to thank all the staff at The Holdy and RD Jones Group for forever being fabulous hosts. The Holdy is located at 83 Brighton Road, Glenelg South and have open hours for the Beer Garden, Street Bar, Restaurant, Bottle Shop and Gaming Room on their website.
Images via The Holdy.