For Brad Cochran, Hotel Carrington is in part about finishing what you start. When Cochrane opened Sabotage Social in 2013 on the corners of Wickham and Gipps streets, he and his co-owners were attempting to slot a grungy whisky bar into the heritage-listed Carrington Chambers.
Now Cochrane has sold Sabotage, its corner tenancy soon to be reborn as part of Hotel Carrington, a multi-million-dollar development that will convert almost the entire ground floor into one enormous nightspot – just Proud Henry remains at the Valley end of the building.
“Even though Sabotage made restorations on the Carrington building, this fit-out is going to complete the work we tried to do to a building from 1906,” says Cochrane, who will now manage the new venue.
The extended tenancy will have more than 450 square metres of floor space for a total of 300 punters across a main bar area, two beer gardens, a sports bar, an on-site bottle shop and several function spaces. “Even the kitchen is three-times the size of Sabotage’s,” Cochrane says.
The walls are currently being stripped back to their original exposed brick and the venue will maintain the heritage ceilings familiar from Sabotage, with pressed-metal throughout the space. Plenty of greenery will give the entire venue a garden bar aesthetic. “As the Valley is evolving, we’re changing with it,” Cochrane says.
The food menu is yet to be finalised, but a Texas smoker is being custom-built for a kitchen delivering dishes such as whisky-infused Wagyu sirloin and baked wheels of brie, and pumping out paella for functions.
Once completed, Hotel Carrington will be venue number four in a larger group of pubs that includes The Montague Hotel, The Queens Arms Hotel and Rainbow Beach Hotel.
Hotel Carrington is scheduled to open in mid July.