I commended myself on arriving early, as the bar wasn't yet busy and I had the chance to have a good look around. Building designer Matiya Marovich, of Sans-Arc studios, guided the revamp of the space that was formerly the Soundpond broadcast and production studio. The newly exposed brick and stone walls, chunky beams and industrial lighting, along with long windows overlooking East Rundle Street, create a New York City loft-like aura. The design works.
I ran into co-owner Rashaad Chénia who shared the BRKLYN story with me. Having worked in hospitality for six years or so, while completing his University degree, Rashaad wanted to open a bar that wasn't 'just a bar', but a multi-functional space. He'd seen the concept work successfully overseas; retail, café, bar, music, hairdresser etc, all in the mix.
Rashaad was aware of the current trend in gentrification of old buildings in Brooklyn, New York, resulting in cool new places to eat and drink. When he heard the the Soundpond space was for sale he knew he'd found the ideal space. It took seven months to hatch the concept.
Soundpond maintains a presence as an on-line radio station, streaming music every day from around 2pm. The studio is located next to the Barber Shop.
You can settle into a booth or perch yourself at one of the bar areas and soak up the ambience while enjoying a glass of South Australian wine or craft beer. The beer menu is extensive and features Pirate Life, brewed nearby in Hindmarsh, Stone and Wood Pacific Ale from Byron Bay, and, of course, Brooklyn Lager from guess where?