Pub Review Tour: Wednesday in Fitzroy

Mickey Randall continues his tour of pubs in the inner northern suburbs and catches up with Almanacker ER.

Pub Review Tour: Tuesday in Fitzroy

Mickey Randall is in Melbourne, and he’s wasting no time in checking out the inner city pub scene.

Help needed!: New pubs for Mickey to explore

Mickey Randall is Melbourne next week and would like to visit some inner-city hotels that fit his criteria. Can you help him out with some recommendations?

Pub Review: Three Brothers Arms, Macclesfield

Mickey Randall loves the homey, English feel of the Three Brothers Arms Hotel, and he loves the music selections, played the way they should be, on a turntable. You’ve won Mickey over!

Pub Review – The Macclesfield: Man v Megalodon Hamburger

Mickey Randall has a challenge on his hands, how does he eat the megaloden, whole or deconstruct? Find out how he resolves this issue confronting him at the Macclesfield Hotel.

A Sunday in the Barossa

Mickey Randall and Claire spend a winter’s afternoon in the Barossa visiting Grant Burge, Rockford and St Hallett’s. The finish may surprise.

Almanac Beer – Review: Coopers XPA

The V8 punch Mickey Randall was expecting from the new Coopers XPA beer was not to be, unfortunately for him, it was a lightweight punch, and left him at the starting line.

Bob Hawke, Brutalism and Banana Bread: Melbourne Trip 2019

Almanac lunches, Barrie Cassidy, the MCG and a selection of notable pubs: Mickey Randall and company take in the full Melbourne cultural experience, with nods to the departed Bob Hawke, and philosophical consideration of the nature of banana bread.

Pub Review: Hotel Victor, Victor Harbor

Sometimes a discount voucher is no bonus. Mickey Randall didn’t have the greatest time at the Hotel Victor.

Almanac Bushwalking: On Granite Island

Mickey Randall takes his boys to do a lap of Granite Island at Victor Harbor where they encounter a storied tree again. [Nice – Ed]

When too much football is barely enough

Mickey Randall really packed it in to his Saturday arvo, making time for three games of footy (and a horse race or two) in a classic case of “Too much sport being barely enough”.

Adelaide Oval in the Eighties: Rodney Hogg, Adidas Romes and Mondo Rock

‘Our world was still wonderfully small, and for a few days every summer Adelaide Oval was at its centre.’ Mickey Randall revisits a well spent youth where heaven was a day out at the cricket for the lads from Kapunda.

Pub Review: Sir John Franklin, Kapunda

Mickey Randall reviews in his inimitable style, that grand old pub, the Sir John Franklin Hotel in Kapunda.

The tomato and me

Ahh, the joys of the humble tomato! Mickey Randall tomatosises about their pros and cons.

Kapunda Cricket Club: The Comeback

Mickey Randall returns to the Kapunda CC and is selected to play alongside childhood mates. Best you read it. [Ripper yarn – Ed]

Almanac Backyards – Dad calls backyard cricket DRS trial a success

Mickey Randall writes about the joys of a game of backyard cricket with his boys, and in particular, the workings of the DRS.

Vampire Weekend’s Hannah Hunt

It’s an enthralling, alliterative name. Say it aloud. Hannah Hunt. It’s easy to pronounce. There’s an affable rhythm, and linguists suggest the repetition of “H” creates romantic introspection explains Mickey Randall as he falls in love with Hannah Hunt.

Four pubs and a funeral

Another fine piece from Mickey Randall on the sad (recent) day of the funeral of his mate Jeff.

Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy” and me

Mickey Randall’s favourite Christmas song, Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy”, is twenty-two. But it seems as though it’s been around forever. Like Love Actually, which premiered in 2003, they’re both part of the festive furniture, and signal the season’s arrival. Mickey explains.

Pub Review: The Cumberland, Glanville

So, if you’ve a raging thirst, or you want to hear one, then this pub is right there. And, should you wish, you can catch a train. Mickey Randall reviews The Cumberland Hotel in Glanville.