In Openings by Clyde Mooney

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Funlab is set to open its eighth instalment of putt-putt pub Holey Moley, in the rapidly gentrifying precinct of Kings Cross.

The Holey Moley sensation began in 2016, the first venue opening in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, followed in April this year by the second in Melbourne, offering patrons food and beverages around custom-built mini-golf courses.

The chain has rapidly grown to include venues in Adelaide, Charlestown, Northbridge in WA, and two Sydney outlets, in Newtown and from last week, Castle Towers.

The next will reputedly be at 82-94 Darlinghurst Rd – under the former Coca-Cola sign, in the space that was once Drink n Dine’s Santa Barbara, in the precinct that was late-night and Sydney’s red-light district, but which is transforming into the latest trendy city-fringe suburb as the traditional nightclubs and strip bars all close.

Freehold owner Greg Magree was said to be looking for a tenant for the space that would enhance the area’s changing tone. PubTIC was unable to make contact with Magree prior to publication to confirm anything further.

Funlab – purveyors of “the science of wow” – also operate Strike Bowling and Sky Zone trampoline rooms, and have signed a five-year least at the new site.

Holey Moley Melbourne