Lordy Lord, how cold was it yesterday? I don’t know about you, but I went…
A 1,000m2 gastropub boasting multiple bars and dining spaces, a beer garden and a games basement? Woden suddenly got a whole lot cooler with the arrival of The Alby.
Woden, meet your new local. The Alby commands prime position on an already busy pedestrian thoroughfare between several government department HQs and Westfield Woden, and will become a hub for all things, food, drink, fun and games with a casual, local vibe when it opens on Thursday 18 November (slightly later than the original planned date of 17 November).
It’s a gastropub with more—activating 1,000sqm of space over two floors of DOMA Group’s Alexander and Albemarle (or A&A) Buildings, off Furzer Street.
It comprises dining areas, multiple bars, a Chef’s table for private dining, and a beer garden. A downstairs games basement features Australia’s first Duckpin Bowling (yes, we’re about to explain), pinball, pool tables and more.
You may be relieved to know that Duckpin Bowling doesn’t actually involve ducks. Nor does it require bowling shoes (phew). Instead, it is a 10-pin game popular throughout Canada and the United States which uses smaller-sized balls without finger holes and is best enjoyed with a drink in hand.
For the city’s committed pinball players or those new to the game, The Alby will have five new machines, including the just released Guns N’ Roses machine in a limited-edition format.
Patrons can relax over friendly competition at one of the pool tables, while staying abreast of the latest sports action on any one of the three 85-inch High Definition TVs.
But if you’re just out for a meal, The Alby provides a range of menus from breakfast, all-day dining, takeaway, functions, set lunch/dinners for groups and cocktail parties.
The Alby’s kitchen will have something for everyone—from elegant grazing boards to salmon crudo and fritto calamari for starters, to a range of burgers and parmigianas, a butcher’s block selection of premium meat cuts, and a wide range of substantial salads and pizzas (cooked in the feature pizza oven) for mains. The breakfast menu is huge and runs the gamut of acai bowls to breakfast burgers. If you’re downstairs, you may favour the snacks menu which has a definite Mexican bent—featuring tacos, nachos, and empanadas, among other things.
Meanwhile, as is the way with DOMA developments, the space has been developed with a keen eye for detail, and the guiding talents of Capezio Copeland.
There’s a concrete mezzanine and columns that have been retained from the buildings’ previous incarnation as a towering office block, with an eye to the environmental benefits of repurposing some of the existing structure. The ground floor has a sculptural feature ceiling that connects to a fireplace providing interest in the room and separating bar and dining spaces.
A 10-metre long brass bar with a solid timber top provides a focal point to meet after work and in the warmer months, a large beer garden is defined by a Corten Steel open mesh structure that connects through to the pub interior.
Meanwhile, the basement has a more casual feel—the ceiling left raw and exposed, softened by large felt acoustic lights and warmed by the extensive use of timber. With the existing fire stair of the building has been retained, DOMA has commissioned Melbourne artist Elise Lampe to create a mural down the staircase.
Meet you at the bar?
What: The Alby
When: Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to late.
Where: Ground Floor, Albemarle Building, 45 Furzer Street Phillip