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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 February 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2018 21 FEATURE The first European-style beach bar opens its doors in Australia ‘The setting reminds us of a Greek summer,’ say the locals THEODORA MAIOS It might not be quite a Mykonos or Santorini, but as of last month, those residing or visiting South Australia won't need to wait to travel to Greece, Italy or a tropical island to experience a Mediterranean-style setting, with the opening of the Moseley Beach Club. Inspired by the premium offerings of Mykonos, Nice, Capri, and other exotic European destinations as well as south-east Asian island retreats, the temporary European-style beach club can hold 350 people in its dedicated 750 square metres of beach space just north of the Glenelg Pier. Venue director Tom Sellar told Neos Kosmos, "We drew our inspiration from established beach bars around the world and although it was a long process that cost us a lot, we are very pleased with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from the tens of thousands of people who have embraced our project." Operating daily, Australia's first licensed beachfront getaway opened its doors midJanuary offering eight sun- migrants and refugees in the same manner they viewed Italians and Greeks in the 70s and 80s in Australia. "They were feared," he says. "They were just youths that hung out in gangs. But when Acropolis Now came on people started saying, 'hang on, these guys are funny. They are not scary, they are characters and this is great.' As soon as we did the show Wogs Out of Work we took that word and owned it. Then me, my friends and cousins were calling each other wog because we weren't Greek and we weren't Australians, we didn't belong anywhere and all the negative energy was taken out of that word." Kapiniaris is also starting to get grief for his use of the word malaka. But like he has done throughout his long career, he will continue to ignore the critics. "Most people love the title and cack themselves," he says. "Then there are those that don't have a sense of humour that are offended. When I ask them why they're offended by the title they go, 'Greeks aren't all malakas'. And I reply by saying, 'I never said it was about Greek malakas, I said it was about malakas in general'. Malakas are all over the world. You don't have to be Greek to be a malaka. By you saying that you're assuming we're all malakas and so you're the one. "From my experience it's almost like the word wog. It's not what you say, it's how you say it. It's how you present yourself to people. If you are a malaka, people are going to think you are a malaka. If you take the shit out of the word and present yourself as a good person; even if you are a malaka or not people will still love you." ‘Malakas With Attitude’ takes place on Friday 23 February at Bankstown Sports, Canterbury Leagues Club on Thursday 20 March and the final show in Sydney at Rockdale Town Hall on Wednesday 18 April. Sandwiched in between are shows at the Adelaide Fringe 6-17 March. beds and 48 sun lounge serviced from a simple bar and kitchen facility, with security and live music. "Our Australian shores are so under utilised compared to overseas and I am just so happy that we finally have our own little slice of heaven without having to travel overseas," says Anastasia who lives in the area of Glenelg and was always yearning to experience this type of setting in Australia. "Being able to finally lay back and relax listening to live music and sipping a coconut cocktail right on the sand is heavenly and brings back memories of the precious warm summer days I have spent in Greece.” The Moseley Beach Club has already welcomed thousands of visitors, attracting international tourists and interstate visitors, while it also appears that the cosmopolitan venue has already contributed in boosting the local economy by increasing both the overall traffic in the area and businesses performance. The new beach-side offering from the owners of The Moseley Bar and Kitchen, says it has created 30 jobs in the area, and is being viewed as a potential blueprint for similar operations around Australia. "It's a shame to have so many wonderful beaches around the country and not to be able to enjoy them the same way we enjoy various cosmopolitan European destinations when we travel. "Thanks to the support we have had from City of Holdfast Bay Council, we are in a position to offer South Australians the opportunity to enjoy a drink on the beach in a relaxed and family-friendly environment and the people's response is evidence that this is what Australians want,” said Sellar. "After all, life is better at the beach.” The Moseley Beach Club will remain on the beach until early April.
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