As restrictions eased across New South Wales this week, it seemed that the entire state had the same question on their mind. “Pub?”
The real winners of a state-wide withdrawal from our favourite cultural pastime (booze) is Bondi’s Corner House Hotel, whose socially distanced arrangements have landed them with a 4,000 strong waitlist.
When a Sydney pub decided to open their doors to groups of ten guests each night, they didn’t expect 4,000 punters to sign up all at once.
As the venue is only allowed to house 10 people at a time, the hotel’s owners came up with a fantastic plan. For $100 per head, groups of up to ten can rent out the entire pub for a night; complete with their very own bartender, a $1,000 bar tab and unlimited woodfire pizza. For the cashed-up consumer, this seems like a pretty sweet deal. 4,000 Sydney-siders would agree.
In less than ten minutes of this deal launching, the hotel’s first three sessions were snatched up. The following hours would see another eight dates gobbled up by these hungry punters, including both weekend and mid-week sessions. If this hefty waitlist pulls through, this could mean nearly $500,000 straight in the venue’s pockets.
“Now we’ve got seven days booked out, with double slots on four of those days and a further 4,000 people who have put their names down on the wait list if restrictions are eased further,” the probably smug Corner House Hotel owner Ben Siderowitz told press.
Moreover, showing that there is no length Aussies won’t go for the piss.