Victor Harbour celebrated the new year in style with The Sailing Club.
Back for its second year, the social hub brought South Australian brands to the bay, with live music and entertainment to bring in 2018. A seaside answer to venues such as The Royal Croquet Club, The Sailing Club is a mix of city meets beach. It’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon or evening, and a great excuse to catch up with friends!
The Sailing Club gets the atmosphere right. The venue boasts a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for the seaside location. Wine on locals such as Lost Buoy wines and dine on street food, while relaxing on rose gold seats. Classy yet unpretentious. Best of all, it’s family friendly.
When entering The Sailing Club, you receive a glass courtesy of major sponsor Lost Buoy. The glass is your ticket, and comes in handy when go to the pop-up Vale Brewery bar. The glass can be filled with a variety of local beers – I chose the lager on tap. It was light with hints of fruit. It
Next, treat yourself to some delicious eats! The eateries are lined up with beach shack fronts, adding colour and personality to the Club. You can pick from Sukhumvit Soi. 38, providing Thai cuisine, La Cantina Co’s Mexican street food, Fine and Fettle’s healthy options or Kitchen and Catering, providing staples such as burgers and fries.
I tried the Kitchen and Catering chilli fries, which is perfect for sharing. A tray of fries smothered in chipotle, ground beef and jalapenos, it was a heavy dish. It could easily serve three to four people, or just two if you’re hungry!
The chilli fries were full of flavour. Rather than relying on salt for flavour, Kitchen and Catering experimented with chilli flavours, creating a far more satisfying dish. The fries were filling and nourishing in a way most fries are not.
Past the food stalls was Ounce Gin Bar. Providing everything from cocktails to riesling and shiraz, it had something for every taste bud!
A supervised kids section kept the littlies entertained. They were encouraged to make crafts, including lanterns and snow globes. The Sailing Club is interactive for kids and laid-back for adults.
Around me, couples roamed, and groups filled up tables. There was a gin garden set by the sea, with chic seating and plenty of space. Children played on the lawns in front of the stage, and a musician strummed her guitar while she sang. It was the perfect mix of relaxed and sophisticated.
The Sailing Club is not for those with small pockets. After a $20-$30 entry fee, food and drinks are not cheap. However, everything available is local and high-quality. Don’t expect a cheap night out, do expect one worth the money.
Words and Images by Bridget Herrmann