Friday, November 17, 2006

The Velvet Mafia

Last night's meet up with my fellow Sydney Photoblogger geeks was exactly what the doctor ordered, after a frantic couple of days at work. A late billing cycle, a massive mail out and sending out Christmas Party invites to 100+ septo-to-octo-genarians (and a few even older) has seen me uncharacteristically working of late. Im not a fan. Working is hard.

Velvet Mafia
Coaster, the Velvet Room.

The Bank Hotel in Newtown recently underwent a total refit, and as part of that they opened up a new floor on the top of the hotel as a cocktail lounge. The Velvet Room. Surprisingly, not a huge amount of velvet in evidence. Curtains and a couple of the sofas I think. Maybe "velvet" is more of a state of mind, you know?

Warm GlowDiagonal Bar
Warm glow (left) and backlit stone bar detail (right).

Anyhoo, the refit is very nice. I loved the backlit stone bar, as you can tell from these photos, and I fell in love with the 'oil slick' coloured tiles in the men's room.

On The Tiles
Adventures in drunken men's room photography - again.

Maybe my only complaint is that the lounge is a little light on seating. Spacious and very nicely appointed, but really best for a very small group of people sitting together. We had to go on a couple of raids to gather enough seating.

Squared DiagonalDrink 15
Bar detail (left) and drink #15... but who's counting? (right)

I had a lovely night, met a couple of really nice new photogeeks, had a few beverages, and was home in time to watch The Amazing Race. Score.


Anonymous said...

You know, I think that these are actually some of your best shots ever... well, maybe not the drunken bathroom shot... but all the others are freakin amazing!

The Other Andrew said...

Awww, thanks! I took a few in the bathroom, ones where I'm actually in focus, but I wanted to post a pic of the tiles. I thought they were pretty cool.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

pretty tiles! now go and shoot the ones in the Ladies as well. y'know, for comparison ;)

The Other Andrew said...

Speedy, same, same apparently. I showed them to one of the women in attendance and asked. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. :)

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

heh. awwwww ;-)