Mick Krieg’s venue, Rhino Room, recently dodged the wrecking ball’s swing and relocated to Pirie Street. Now he is relaunching his two other ventures, Urban Cow Studio and The Howling Owl, in Vaughan Place.
Both venues have moved into the corner site once occupied by the curiously enduring Jahz Lounge. “It’s a great location for us,” says Krieg. “We’re right between The Exeter and The Elephant, and the Palace Cinema is just next door.”
Vaughan Place has been something of a refuge for displaced SA icons. When demolition ousted Radio Adelaide from its North Terrace home, the station shacked-up with nearby Fresh FM.
The new site presents some great opportunities for The Howling Owl. The venue’s capacity is double that of its Frome Street premises, and there’s a second storey for functions and overflow seating. Kreig and the team lugged all 80-plus varieties of gin from the old site to the new, and the bar is set up for drinks at night and coffee during the day. The menu will also expand, thanks to a larger, better-equipped kitchen.
Urban Cow Studio will again occupy a tenancy adjacent to the gin bar, into which Krieg has knocked through an archway, allowing customers to browse between the two spaces. “We've kept pretty much the same style [for the gallery], but it’s a bit more upmarket.”
Krieg has had a busy few months settling his businesses into their new homes. He’s gotten used to the reality that 13 Frome Street will soon be no more, but admits it still makes him a little sad. Urban Cow Studio inhabited the space for 25 years. The 159-year-old building was one of Adelaide’s first residential properties and from 1970–1985 it was a Hare Krishna temple. It is also the birthplace of those “Heaps Good” T-shirts. A 35-storey apartment and hotel development will soon stand on the site.
The Howling Owl
10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide
08 8227 1611
Mon & Tue 8.30am–8pm
Wed & Thur 8.30am–11pm