Today's forecast - 99% chance of bubbles!
Whether you like red, white or a fruity rosé, here in Geelong, wine time is always something to celebrate. Thankfully, our regional city is packed with plenty of delightful bars and beer gardens to serve the perfect tipple to tickle our tastebuds, and we’ve just gained one more.
Fusing beauty and hospitality, Bubbles Bar is a new venture for Emma McFarlane and Blush Bar, her Pakington-street salon that has earned itself a solid reputation for providing locals with professional makeup services, hair styling, colour and body beautification.
The key takeaways
- Bubbles Bar is the newest wine bar to open in Geelong
- The venture comes from the team at Blush Bar
- The venue is serving refreshing cocktails and bubbles to clients and locals in the outdoor area of the beloved salon
Channelling more than 20 years in the makeup industry, Emma launched Blush Bar in 2014 in what was the first of its kind in the area, offering express hair, makeup and beauty service, specialising in special occasion styling.
Since then, with multiple business awards under their belt, both the team and our offerings have expanded, most recently with this luxe new drinking space.
Offering refreshing cocktails and bubbles to clients and locals in the outdoor area of the beloved salon, Emma was inspired to diversify into a fun salon and bar hybrid following the continuous lockdown and restriction measures thrust upon Victoria over the past 18 months.
“The idea came to me in lockdown when I was working on some ideas to help pivot the business during our many mandated closures. I wanted to create a covid-safe outdoor space for our clients to be serviced and enjoy even during a worldwide pandemic!
“We had the outdoor space there, so the idea just organically manifested itself. We then took the plunge to make it a reality and the rest is history.”
Located in the outdoor space at the Pakington Street location, Bubbles Bar is a rather fancy little wine garden serving up frivolous fun and a gorgeous array of your favourites for sipping pretty.
The drinks list is thoughtful and delicious, boasting the likes of bubbles and wine, available by the glass or the bottles, as well as cocktails, spritz, spirits, beer, rose water and stunning mocktails.
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A bright neighbourhood bar with locals in mind, Bubbles Bar will also offer delectable nibbles and tasting platters, ensuring there is something for everyone at this gorgeous gem without the need to order a feast.
“I saw a gap in the market for somewhere pretty in our area of Newtown to enjoy a glass of wine without being at a pub or needing to order a full meal.
“We are truly just the hosts, ready and raring to help create a memorable experience for our guests and having them leave happier than when they arrived.”
With an Instagram-ready exterior that calls for good vibes and summer fun, Emma has created a space where everyone can feel beautiful with pink hues, festoon lighting, cosy couches and luscious greenery. Popcorn is complimentary as is the cuddly pink blankets to keep you warm next to the outdoor heaters.
“I just wanted to create a beautiful intimate space for friends to enjoy a cheeky glass of bubbles together – something that is well and truly overdue for so many of us lately,” she explains.
“Much thought has been put into the layout and ‘feel’ of the area. Yes, it is skewed to the female demographic, but everyone is welcome! The space can be used for small functions, work functions, hen’s days, baby showers – the list is endless, but also can be just enjoyed with your BFF.”
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The bar and hairstyling services operate side-by-side during the day (so you can decide to add a blow wave or beauty service to your day on the bubbles) but in the evening on weekends the emphasis is on the bar only, operating until 10pm on Friday and Saturdays, and 5pm on Sundays.
The newest (and possibly cutest) place for a drink, the process to opening Bubbles Bar hasn’t been a quick one but has seen Emma embrace a whole new industry in the very best way, offering the Geelong suburb a fun and functional bar space with a difference.
“I know the beauty industry inside out, but merging hospitality into this hybrid model is and continues to be quite the learning curve. One that I am enjoying so much though. I do believe, however, that because our background is different, that it will create the unique difference that will be welcomed by our guests.”
Part salon, part wine bar, and all-around good vibes, Blush Bubbles Bar is the perfect place to celebrate wine time in style, where you can drink without a worry in the world.
Bubbles Bar is located at 320 Pakington Street, Newtown. Enter via the doors at Blush Bar during the day, and via Bond Street, if your booking is after 6pm. Visit the website to book.