The End – West End
Andrew Leavold’s, Trash Video was legendary in cult video enthusiast circles as having one of the largest and most comprehensive range of indy, cult, and hard to find videos/DVDs in Australia. Alas times change, and Andrew moved on, taking his passion for film online with an on-demand service VideoZoo.
Enter hospitality newcomers Nic Goding, Ben Johnston, Tim Lovett and Michael Thompson, who completely refitted the Trash Video venue and transformed it into a great West End small bar – The End.
The End is hidden away, behind a very non-descript facade, on Vulture Street, West End. The only tell-tale sign of its location is an old Trash Video chalkboard propped up on the footpath.
As you enter via the astroturf covered steps, the interior extends back into a long open plan space. With polished timber floors, hanging greenery, exposed bulb lighting, comfy deep leather couches, rustic hardwood benches, and random pieces of bric-a-brac. The DJ stand at the back of the room is an old converted timber workbench, complete with drawers, cupboards and vice. Taking pride of place on the wall in the centre of the space, is a large video cassette painting by Melbourne-based artist Dane Lovett that pays homage to the venue’s history. Dane also happens to be the brother of part-owner Timothy.
The End has a wide array of drinks to choose from, specialising Rum, Craft Beer and Cocktails. With more than 30 varieties of rum to choose from, you’l be dancing a Sailor Jerry jig on Mount Gay in no time! Mix these beauties with fruit and spices and things step up a level with cocktails such as Black Beards Revenge (Sailor Jerry spiced rum, fresh pineapple, lime, dark chocolate liqueur, house made blackberry jam and a hint of mint) – $15, or if you’re feeling a little chilly, how about warming yourself up with a Hot Buttered Rum (Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum, dark cacao, spiced brown sugar syrup, chocolate bitters and hot butter) – $15.
If beer is more your thing, The End has 4 x taps (3 x of which have beer and 1 x cider), and a very decent bottled selection. They regularly have their own house craft Rainbow pale ale ($7) White Rabbit Dark Ale ($7) and a coffee stout ($9) thats made in collaboration with local coffee roaster Black Star.
Food is limited to snacks such as nuts, dips, and cheese/deli platter (cheese, quince, cold cuts, olives, fruit and crackers) all sourced locally from Penissi’s deli and Mick’s Nuts.
I really liked the chilled, unpretentious vibe of The End. When we visited the staff were friendly, and happy to chat about the bar and the providence of their brews.
The boys also mentioned that if you’re into live music head on down on Tuesdays for acoustic sets, or Thursdays for band nights, on the other nights they have a DJ on the Workbench spinning vinyl, and some old skool films projected on the back wall.
73 Vulture Street, West End
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Bar snacks, dips, nuts, cheese/deli platters