The southern end of Pulteney Street is set to be the new space for bar-hoppers and art-seekers coming into the New Year. The Muse Bar has recently opened its doors to the public, with an eye-catching mural by local artist, Jack Andrew Mellor, as the official welcome to Radelaidians. While this boho dive has a new look inspired by the back ally venues of Melbourne and industrial scenes from Berlin, it also has a strong focus on supporting Adelaide as a hip city in itself. The bar will not only be serving food and drinks, but will also be an accessible creative space for local artists to come and share their talents.
The idea for The Muse Bar initially formed from a discontented brain. Owner Bek Cornish felt dissatisfied with certain areas of her life in terms of her involvement with community and work. She wanted to match her passions with her working life, but was finding it difficult to do so. “I'm a photographer and artist, but couldn't commit to sterile commercial work,” she says, “I love to cook but don't like mass production. I enjoy managing, but not for chains or faceless owners. So this became my project!” Hence, The Muse Bar was born.
As an artist herself, Cornish understands the struggle of trying to find a space in Adelaide to display and share creative work. Creatives are often hit with hefty commission and application fees, which forces them to drive up the prices of their hearts work. Through The Muse Bar, Cornish aims to offer a space with more freedom and a chance for creatives to profit from their own work. “I've been through trying to find a space to share my own work,” she says, “I was slugged with exorbitant space fees, and then had to pay the venue commission for my work that sold. It was a bit soul crushing. I want to provide a space that supports the artist in their craft and doesn't bleed benefits from their work.”
Apart from being a space to eat, drink and enjoy good company, The Muse Bar will also be an ongoing exhibition of local artistic talent — and one that works for the viewers and the artists. “I don't believe in taking commission,” says Cornish, “Art is a gift and should be shared and supported.” The Muse Bar will also support a range of creative forms such as live music, performance and slam poetry. Complete with a small stage and room to jig, the venue will be a supportive hub for creativity in all forms.
The Muse Bar will be offering some innovative beverage choices to quench your thirst and compliment your artwork viewing, including the likes of ‘The Saving Grace’ (a gin-based drink that involves aloe vera juice — amazing!) and ‘The Bloody Frida’ (a spin on the ol’ faithful bloody mary and a nod to one of the walls in the bar that has been totally dedicated to Frida Kahlo).
The bar will also be supporting local artisans and produce, stocking wine, beer and ciders from all over SA. The Muse Bar will also be offering snacks and even meals in the near future. “We are building a full kitchen but time and funding will determine when that is completed,” Cornish explains. “At this stage we are paying homage to the gourmet toasted sandwich and we also provide ‘The Muse platter’ for those who enjoy sharing a plate of delicious small bites!” The Muse Bar will eventually be serving breakfast, but with the toasted sandwiches involving delicious ingredients like prosciutto, black tomato and chilli flakes, nobody is going hungry.
To stay up to date with all The Muse Bar happenings and events, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.
All images via The Muse Bar