Alright, you legends, gather 'round! It's 2024, and we're not just about to embark on any ordinary tour. February 15th we will tour of some of the most epic man caves across Australia, and it's all for a cracking cause. These aren't your average backroom setups; we're talking the crème de la crème of personal retreats, each a masterpiece crafted by a bloke who's raised the bar of man cave artistry. But here's the best bit – as we explore these beer sanctuaries and motor-themed havens, we're also supporting a top-notch charity, 'The Man Cave'. This organisation is all about helping young lads transition into fine Aussie gentlemen. So, as we visit each of these seven legendary man caves, we're not just celebrating personal passions; we're also contributing to a cause that's close to our hearts. Strap in, grab a cold one, and let's kick off this tour with a bang, knowing that every step of our journey is making a difference!
Bill Manser's Beer Bonanza
First stop, Bill Manser's joint. Imagine walking into a room where every beer brand you've ever knocked back is represented. It's like a shrine to the amber fluid, lit up with an unbelievable array of LED lights and signage, a timeline of beer history in neon. Bill's got a solid Tooheys New following, and his man cave is a testament to that. The professional timber bar, complete with a kegerator and tap system, is something out of a beer lover's fantasy. This extremely unique and well exciting man cave boasts a pool table and staircase a surrounded by plush chesterfield lounges, and adorned with State of Origin signage that'll make any footy fan's heart swell with pride.
Rob Carney's Aussie Safari Man Cave
Next up, we're stepping into Rob Carney's world, a place where the wilds of Africa meet the Aussie outback. It's a fusion that's as intriguing as it sounds. Picture a space filled with taxidermy, a nod to the African safari, but with a strong, unmistakable Australian twist. Rob's a huge Toohey's fan, and his love for the brand is evident in every corner. The bar here is incredibly well built, sprawling across multiple sections, each telling its own story of adventure and Aussie grit.
Bobby Joseph's Entertainment Hub
Now, let's swing by Bobby Joseph's 'CAZBAR', a name that hints at the fun inside. This man cave is an entertainment powerhouse. There's a jukebox belting out tunes next to a billiards table, perfect for a bit of friendly competition. The 'CAZBAR' itself is a marvel, a focal point where stories and drinks are shared. Add an arcade machine into the mix, and you've got a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The huge couch facing a TV is the ideal spot for watching sport, making this man cave an all-rounder in terms of entertainment.
Des Robinson's Racing Realm
Des Robinson's man cave is a high-octane, racing-inspired wonderland. It's like stepping into a pit lane, but with more style and less grease. The decor is a tribute to the racing world, with various racing ornaments and signage, all under an army shelter-like roof. There's a Batman-branded arcade machine and a pinball machine for those who love a bit of action. The pool table and air hockey table add to the fun, while the large L-shaped bar serves as the perfect pit stop for a quick refuel.
Ian McFarlane's Retro Room
Ian McFarlane's man cave takes us on a journey back in time, with a black and white theme that pays homage to the classics like Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Route 66. A classic Ford ute takes pride of place, surrounded by retro car and motorcycle ornaments. The liquor signage, featuring the likes of Jim Beam and Jack Daniels, adds to the vintage vibe, creating a space that's a nod to the good old days.
Peter McCawley's Pub Paradise
Peter McCawley's spot is all about capturing that quintessential pub atmosphere, where good times and good company are always on tap. The highlight here is the beverage can collection, a wall of fame for every can that's had the honour of being cracked open in this sacred space. And let's not forget the Victoria Bitter (VB) branding – a shrine to Peter's favourite, because why mess with perfection when you've found your brew?
Paul Leek's Motorcycle Man Cave
Last stop, but certainly not least, is Paul Leek's motorcycle-inspired sanctuary. This incredible space is a tribute to brands like Harley Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. The beautiful timber pool table, retro pinball machine, and neon lights create an ambiance that's both cool and inviting. The Pac-Man arcade machine adds a playful touch, while 'Paul’s Bar' stands as a testament to the man's taste and style. The wood fire and awesome ornaments, like an old dial-up phone, round out this man cave, making it a true haven for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Q: How do you create a man cave theme? A: Start with what you love, mate! Whether it's beer, bikes, or billiards, let your passion lead the way.
Q: What's essential for a great man cave? A: A solid bar, comfy seating, and something that screams 'you', whether it's memorabilia, games, or a killer sound system.