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Published May 6th 2013
The Marly takes it up a notch with its latest slick bar
The Marly Bar has long been an important feature in King Street's nightlife, from a quick catch up drink with friends to a dance in front of the live band. It's now taking on a new look with its latest installment: The Garden Bar.
The Garden Bar opened its doors to the public in early May, after 6 months' renovations and restorations to the building by the new owners.
The decor is a world away from what it was previously. The outside area has been extended to include space which was originally inside, creating a large patio. The interior draws heavily on the 'garden' theme; green carpeting, hanging pot plants and a garden-esque mural adorn the surroundings.
The drinks list includes a solid mix of decent, and reasonably-priced, wines and beers, with several beers on tap. The highlight of the wines is the 2011 Le Chat Noir, a fruity, yet dry rose which hails from Languedoc in France.
While the bar snacks are not as enticing as the drinks, there are still a few yummy nibbles on offer, with croquettes, potato scallops and burgers. The safest bet is to order a main from the substantial pub grub menu. If you're outside, you will certainly be tempted to do so as the dishes leave the kitchen before your eyes.
It's always satisfying when you recognise almost every song in the playlist. The Garden Bar DJ evidently has an inclination for indie songs; the likes of Arcade Fire, M.I.A., the Jackson 5 and Mark Ronson pump the airwaves. A bonus is the music is not too loud, allowing patrons to easily maintain conversations.
For those who liked the old Marly just as it was, not to fear: the front room of the Marlborough remains the same (at least for the time being). Locals and tourists can still gather alike, while live bands perform on the mini stage. Patrons can expect to see other developments to the Marly in the future, as the management plans to add on more stylish bars.
The Garden Bar provides the perfect Newtown setting for both revving it up with friends on a Saturday night or winding down with a Sunday afternoon drink.