The Old Bar, The Carringbush Hotel and Collingwood Station Coffee employ 43 staff in total, some who've been with us for over a decade. These venues would not be what they are without them, and we, as owners, see them all as family.

We plan to stay in the game long term, and this request for assistance is to cover the gap with staff wages, as we will have no choice but to cut shifts while we navigate all of this, as well as providing staff with financial assistance if we are forced to close altogether

If you’re in a position to do so, we’d really appreciate any contributions that you can make. We’re grateful for any amount, from $0.01 to infinity, and we’re offering the following incentives as a way to say thanks:

Donations of:

$100 or more gets you entry to The Old Bar re-opening party with a special, secret line up (date and line up TBA but you know it will be huge and as soon as appropriate)

$200 or more - entry to The Old Bar re-opening party plus a limited edition Old Bar T-Shirt*

$300 or more - entry to The Old Bar re-opening party plus a limited edition Old Bar Jumper*

$500 - $999 - One regular coffee every day, 5 days a week for one whole year at Collingwood Station Coffee. It's just like pre-buying your daily brew! Valued at around $1,000

$1,000 - GOLDEN TICKET! Entry to the Old Bar re-opening party PLUS free entry to every show at The Old Bar for 1 year (yep, 365 nights of music and a bunch of arvos) plus a limited edition Old Bar jumper.
[limited to 10]

$2,500 - A DINNER PARTY FOR 10! The Carringbush Hotel will host a very special vego / vegan dinner party for you and 9 others including free food and booze. [limited to 10]

$5,000 - DREAM GIG! You’ll work with Joel on putting a dream line up together on a weekend night at The Old Bar, PLUS you and 4 friends will be fed all the booze you can handle on the night, and we’ll give the 5 of you a limited edition Old Bar jumper to wear.
[limited to 5]

We’re hoping to raise $16,000 / week for 4 weeks (total amount: $64,000), which will cover just some of these wage costs. None of this money will go to the owners, to utilities or rent; 100% of donated funds will be paid to staff to help them get through this period.

We're paying The Old Bar / Carringbush and CSC staff their wages this week, with half coming from us and the other half from the funds raised so far (w/c March 23), then funds rasied here will be used to cover full wages for all staff next week (w/c March 30), and depending on how much we raise we'll continue to pay what we can each week after that.

Just to re-iterate, these funds will go toward money to pay bar staff, kitchen staff - chefs, cooks. dishies and glassies - our soundies, baristas, Matt who does the door at The Oldie. The ones that will be out of work for the next couple of weeks. None of these funds will go toward payroll tax and super, we’ll still cover that.

Thanks so much in advance, get in touch with any questions. And let’s all get together when this all settles down and have a beer. We know a place or two...

Liam, Joel & Singa.

* T-shirts will be available for pick up or postage from Monday March 30. We'll be in touch with you to coordinate. International postage will have to be covered - we'll be in touch with a quote separately, as costs will depend on where you are.


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Liam Matthews 
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Singajaya Unlayati 
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