Happy New Year! Didn't 2016 just fly by? Since the last time we caught up we have opened Hart Bar, Hart turned 1, we celebrated our 6th year as owners of The Railway, Santa has come & gone & we have all rang in 2017 (hopefully with a new year’s pash!)

Hart Bar's opening was such a wonderful night filled with family, friends, local business owners and some beautiful art from Jac Clark. We also helped Bianca blow out her birthday candles as she celebrated another year around the sun! 

The new exhibition by Jac Clark titled "Figure" is exploring the boldness of a monochrome palette and its place in portraiture. The original large scale artworks are available for purchase along with limited edition prints of each piece. The collection was featured on the night and over the official opening weekend. We were lucky enough to purchase 'Number Seven' and also to be able to display some of the prints including another favourite 'Number One' in Hart Bar! You can see all of Jac's art here: Artwork by Jac Clark

It was really special to have Josh and Bec join us for the opening as they were the driving force behind Hart Bar. We had thrown a little party previously for all of the tradies that worked on the project but I'm not sure many of us remembered the evening (I certainly can’t) so we thought we better raise a glass to them one more time! We honestly can't thank them enough for bringing the dream to life and hope to work with them again in the future. 

The Parkes Champion Post took some fantastic shots on the night along with the one of Josh, Bianca, Bec & myself pictured. Have a look here: Hart Bar Opening Photo's

Since the opening we have been booked out most weekends with Christmas parties and also opening on Wednesday & Thursday nights to give everyone the opportunity to have look at what it's all about. The share plate menu has proved a hit however we always want to improve and expand so we have just updated the menu which you can find here: Share Plate Menu its available Friday & Saturday nights. And what better way to enjoy fab food with friend than with some fab drinks! Check out Hart Bar's Wine & Cocktail list here: Hart Bar Drinks

Each night that we are open the Railway dinner menu is available. Hart Bar also caters for corporate & private functions, offers a remembrance package and will be hosting some really exciting live entertainment events in 2k17!! There really is so much that this beautiful space can cater for, so if you have an event coming up or an idea for an event that you think we should run we would love you to send us an enquiry by using the form at the bottom of Hart Bar & Functions page.

If you do pop up to Hart Bar over the next month be sure to have a drink out on the balcony and admire the silo’s that have been lit up thanks to the Parkes Sparkles campaign. I enjoyed a few New Year’s Cosmo’s and was mesmerised by them, I even managed to snap a great pic (pictured) in between drinks!

The action hasn’t stopped downstairs either! We had a full TAB refurb just in time for the racing Spring Carnival which included the new electronic wall sheets! The Championships are up next in April so what better time to get the gang together for a day on the punt! Our members and loyalty draw has got a reboot and is now drawn every Thursday & Friday jackpotting $50 each time and is currently at just over $1000. Bianca’s $12 lunch time burger has been a favourite feature and she is always thinking of new flavours to wow her fellow burger enthusiast. I was all about the Heavenly Halloumi but the Ultimate Cheesy (pictured) was defs the crowd fav!

Elvis is back in the building next week and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome back Rod Toovey – The Essence of Elvis & Gabemusic (pictured). This year is of course the 25th Anniversary of the festival and the theme is Viva Las Vegas! We will be transforming downstairs with a casino theme for the festival & hopefully see as many crazy sights, Elvis wigs & showgirls as there are on the strip!

You will be hearing from me on a more regular basis here & via email if you are interested. I will be sending out updates about what is happening at The Railway in a (hopefully) weekly e-newsletter. If you are interested in being on our mailing list simply fill on the subscription form on the top of the Railnews page!

Great chat gang. Until next time...

Peace, Love & SUBSCRIBE!

KC x