Striving to survive, Geelong’s Piano Bar represents resilience amidst the coronavirus pandemic

Striving to survive, Geelong’s Piano Bar represents resilience amidst the coronavirus pandemic

The venue is now offering gift boxes to help spread joy.

With the introduction of coronavirus restrictions earlier this year, pivoting has proven important for Australian business survival, especially for those within the arts and hospitality industries.

It’s no secret these industries have been one of the hardest hit by the lockdown measures enforced to slow the spread of COVID-19, with food aficionados and music lovers across the country ordered to stay home, and music venues, pubs, restaurants and cafes told to shut their doors.

Following the initial shock of the sweeping shutdown, and the realisation any return to normal could be (and would be) months off, businesses around the country forced to either adapt or face the consequences… and with nationwide restrictions still in place now six months later, it’s proven imperative that small businesses changed the way they operate.

With live music and events at the helm of Geelong’s famed Piano Bar and the regular evenings of singing at the top of your lungs to all those guilty pleasures quickly coming to a halt, the venue pivoted to livestreamed performance early on in the pandemic. While most other venues ran their livestreams every now and then, Piano Bar came out swinging, livestreaming their performances for 100 days straight during the first wave, all for free.

Delivering the unparalleled atmosphere that only a piano bar delivers direct to the home of viewers, the digital events featured all the things we love about our nights at Piano Bar – drags, magicians, piano performances, and a number of special guest artists.

Following a small window where Piano Bar moved back to performing to in-house audiences, the second wave of restrictions have seen an influx of live streams once again, providing a clear reflection of Piano Bar’s dedication to both their future and willingness to provide Geelong and surrounds with quality entertainment, as well as just simply sharing a little joy in these trying times.

Adapting to the ever-evolving pandemic, Piano Bar have continued to reinvented themselves in recent times, recognising the need to do things differently for both the business and their customers.

From initially moving their business online, they’ve now added additional services in the form of private live-streamed events for companies and organisations, and they’ve added Piano Bar Gift Boxes, with the aim to generate revenue while providing a solution for their patrons to spread the love while at home.

Giving the gift of comfort during uncertain times, there are currently seven different gift boxes available.

“These days we need to find new ways to spoil our loved ones (or ourselves!) so we’ve created these Piano Bar packages featuring your choice of wine or beer and some very special PB goodies,” the venue revealed.

Our eyes are on the luxe Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie gift pack, with features a selection box of 24 handmade chocolate truffles, selected just for Piano Bar by the head chocolatier, as well as a PB stubby holder, PB bottle opener, and a $50 gift card – with no expiration date – to use at any of their venues once they’re back serving.

The other box we particularly like the look of is the Oakdene Blue Label pack, complete with two bottles of Oakdene wine (your choice of Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay), a Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie ‘A Frog’s life’ chocolate, and all the same Piano Bar merch mentioned above. All gift boxes even come with a personalised card for you to really show someone you care.

While we can’t celebrate the little moments in life like we used to, a little surprise in the mail is probably the next best thing. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, an apology, a pick-me-up or you literally just want to show someone you care, a gift package could truly brighten someone’s day.

Check out the full range of goodies via the website. Delivery for the gift boxes are $7 Australia wide or pick up from the Geelong venue can be arranged.