Review & Photos: Mary’s Poppin Open, Revealing All Her Dazzling Bits!

And we like what we see…

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A drag queen, a leather bondage aficionado, two parents who have hired a babysitter for the night and a trans model walk into a bar that Adelaide can finally call our very own.

News of a second gay venue opening in Adelaide surfaced mid-December with In The Dark Presents founder Stephen Craddock teasing a mystery location with à la mode disco-chic loos, a dedicated room to the art of ‘selfie’ and promise of an opulent cocktail list that would slide across your tongue and down the back of your throat with aplomb.

April’s arrival has delivered us a bouncing baby bar, with Mary’s Poppin an exercise in classy-kitsch, or contemporary lush as Glam like to think of it. Poking her little pink signage out into Synagogue place, the theatre of the narrow hallway and staircase set the mood for a grand reveal, where you’ll discover a bar confident in design, welcoming and social in layout and brimming with eye catching features.

Immediately you’re drawn to the glossy white baby grand piano in the corner which fronts the house DJ booth, with a deliciously ostentatious chandelier just behind. The stage space does not dominate the room but allows for performances to compliment the atmosphere. The work of international designer Michael Delany within the space has proven a masterstroke, with flawless attention to detail and never before seen features which we hope signal the evolution in small bar design in Adelaide. As usual, the LGBTIQ community is showing us the way.

The cocktail list crams a load of flavour onto its little white pages and while one could savour several Don Dunstans at once, there’s only so much Slong Island Ice Tea you can should have in one sitting…

Craddock and co. have gifted a sparkling jewel to Adelaide to crown the old synagogue. It also promises an exciting new space come Cabaret Festival time this June. Welcome dear Mary, we’ll lose count of the nights we spend inside you.

Mary’s Poppin
Synagogue Place, Adelaide
Thurs – Sat, 8pm to 3am.

Check out all the photos from the VIP Opening Night snapped by Eric W Brumfield…

1 MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) Sam Zhang and Robert Reason - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) Filip Odzak, Melissa Zahorujko and Kristen Byass MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Vonni Watkins, Karen Ahrens and Rhys Bobridge MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Vonni Watkins and Matt Gilbertson MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Terry Board, Eve Elle and Stephen Craddock - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Tash Stoodley and Sky Harrison - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Peter Louca and Filip Odzak - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Mathew Johnson and Nik Plenty - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Luci Furr, Fatema Sitabkhan and Neil Soriano - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Luci Furr and Vonni Watkins - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Kane Jansen and Luci Furr -PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Jamie Sortino, Mathew Johnson and Nik Plenty - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD MARYS POPPIN VIP LAUNCH (L-R) - Clarence Lau and Rhys Bobridge - PIC CREDIT ERIC W BRUMFIELD 51 48 47 43 36 33 32 31 30 29 28 25 23 15 12 10 6 5 4 3 2

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