Pink Flamingo Bar
The fabulous Pink Flamingo Bar will Glow Pink Allnite and serve cocktails within certain hours to certain people over 18 with certain photo ID and certain manners and clean and tidy presentation. It’s where particular people congregate.
We advocate the responsible consumption of alcohol at all times at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre. If you are under 18, you won’t be able to drink alcohol, or enter any licensed areas. Simple as that.
This year the Flamingo has undergone another facelift to remove several eras of bad renovation. The builders are in at the moment literally ripping away years of mistakes.
The Flamingo has a ban on gratuitous use of the word “man”, a distrust of anyone wearing rayon and bar staff have license to display mild contempt for any signs of social sycophancy. As usual costumes with elaborate headwear or militaria are celebrated, as is anyone arriving via motor launch or punt.
The Pink Flamingo is essentially a cocktail bar. It sells two cocktails – the Pink Flamingo (vodka, pink grapefruit, some other stuff) and the Bloody Meredith (popular on Sunday – vodka, tomato juice, celery, two eggs, roast chicken, two coffees and some lemon meringue pie). The Pink Flamingo is for over 18s only.
Regulars will perhaps not be surprised to learn that The Flamingo has changed hands yet again. It’s a bit of a white elephant really! There’s always some new wood-duck ready to blow their severance pay from Telstra on a ‘cool’ bar. (“no, but I’ve had a lot of experience on the other side of them…HAHAHAHAH”) Three years ago the main bar staff formed a co-operative and bought the leasehold, and the freehold. There were incredible stories of the whole team banding together and working nights and weekends to bring The Old Dame back to her former glory, stripping away years of bad renovations, and restoring superb architectural features like the parquetry dance floor, wrought iron circular staircase, and the marble portico. This idyllic, socialist working environment continued for weeks until a few minor squabbles about Brenda Ferguson’s ‘sore’ leg escalated into yelling and slammed doors and dinners going cold and then it all turned to shit.
Two years ago the Flamingo was bought by Gisborne-based model train enthusiast Troy Chaplin. At the eleventh hour a falling-out with the electricians (“yes you can have three phase up here but there better not be anything that makes a choo choo noise buzzing past my head Saturday night”) lead to the poorest decor seen in years up there. Poor Troy! Had no idea really.
The Pink Flamingo’s location is at the back of the Amphitheatre, just next to the International Food Court, on the fringe of the Top Paddock. You can see the stage easily from the front garden of the Pink Flamingo.