G'day, and hello! Welcome to the wild, wacky, and downright weird world of Qirkz Pub in the heart of the iconic Hunter Valley wine region. Starting a business during COVID in Australia was like trying to juggle kangaroos while riding a unicycle through a vineyard. But, hey, we're here to spill the beans on our rollercoaster renovation journey and how we're turning this run-down 110 year old historic pub into the quirkiest food and music destination in the Hunter, if not Down Under!
Qirkz in The Hunter, originally named Hotel Denman, is an old gem from a bygone era, complete with creaky floors and ghost stories that would give Casper a run for his ectoplasmic money. We decided to dive headfirst into the chaos of renovation, thinking it would be as easy as throwing a shrimp on the barbie - well, realistically we weren't so cavalier, but we didn't expect it to be a bottomless pit of dissolving dollars. Little did we know that finding money for repairs and renovations would be like searching for buried treasure in a sea of Vegemite jars.
Our renovation plans involved more tradespeople than there are marsupials in Australia, and let's not even talk about the cost! Some days, we felt like pulling our hair out, wondering if we'd ever see the light at the end of the renovation tunnel.
But fear not, fellow adventurers! Despite the challenges, we've been having an absolute ripper of a time. You see, the Hunter Valley isn't just famous for its wine; it's also home to some of the grooviest entertainers and the quirkiest patrons around. They've been our saving grace and our source of endless smiles.
The atmosphere at Qirkz is electric, the vibe is as vibrant as a neon kangaroo sign on the road to Cessnock, and the entertainers? Well, they're like koalas on caffeine – full of energy and ready to rock the stage! From live bands that can make a kookaburra dance to solo artists who'll make you forget your worries, we've got it all, and we love it all.
And the patrons? Oh, you folks have been our absolute lifesavers. You've been showing up, sipping on a cold one, dining on Sean's delectable delights, and grooving to the tunes, all while supporting our dream of turning Qirkz into the number one music destination in the Hunter, if not all of Oz!
So, here's the deal, mates. We might be tearing our hair out one moment, and the next, we're high-fiving our loyal patrons. Starting a business during COVID times in Australia might be like trying to surf a kangaroo, but with your help, we're riding the wave and turning our beloved Qirkz Pub into a legend.
So keep on coming, keep on dancing, and together, we'll make Qirkz in The Hunter the quirkiest, most rockin', and downright awesome music and food spot in the Hunter Valley! Cheers to the wild ride, and let's make history Down Under, one wacky renovation and decoration at a time!
And if you want to put your hand in your pocket and ensure this unique venue continues to grow, we have a pot for you to put it in, and its HERE.