Bojangles: Nighttime Excitement
Well there was such a great atmosphere and what you would expect right in the centre of Australia with a group of V Ters honouring Jeff (Seabiscuit) especially after the wonderful debut in the Henley-on-Todd dry riverbed annual race.
There was food and drink and dancing plus a live webcam which quite a number of our VT friends in other parts of the world were able to watch.So if you visit be sure to give a wave.
Even if our group is not there when you visit you will love the decor, the food ,and the music
Dress Code: Be tidy but casual is fine. After all this is the Northern Territory ...a very special place in Australia ...in the world.
Bojangles: Good Old Bo's
Bojangles, known to the locals as Bo's, is an eccentric pub located on Todd main street filled to the brim with fancy kitsch. It's piled in the corners, it's attached to the walls and it's taking the place of chairs on the floor.
A full-size stretched and dried crocdile skin.
Saddles instead of seats on the bar.
A burning and wrecked Volkswagen Buggy in the outside area.
Unique things to note:
The handles on the bathroom doors are bizzarely reveresed: to open the door you have to push on the opposite side which doesn't have a handle. It. Is. Confusing. When you are drunk.
Bo's lets you grab as many shelled peanuts out of Ned Kelly's Armour (that sounds weird but it's definitely in there) and break the shells all over the ground. It's expected. Go on and grab Ned Kelly's nuts, as the locals say.
Finally, Bojangles is the only pub I know of that has webcams set up all over the bar, which links in to their websites and provides a way for your friends back home to log on and watch all your shenanigans online.
Dress Code: Anything goes, the more casual the better.
- Food and Dining
Lasseters Hotel Casino: Gambling and Dining in NT
Fancy 4.5 star accommodation - I'll have to stay here for at least a night, because it looks like good fun. In the mean time, I can tell you downstairs has a couple of restaurants including the Juicy Rump which was my favourite, and a couple of bar areas complete with an outside area playing all variety of cable sports.
Drinks and food are cheap to encourage you to hang around and gamble.
The location is about 2.5km from Todd main street and a taxi shouldn't cost more than $10. The venue itself is large, well-lit and inviting. Slot machines are jackpotting all over the place.
Dress Code: Smart Casual - no thongs and you should be okay.
- Casino and Gambling
- Food and Dining
Sounds of Starlight Theater: The Didgeridoo Show Outback
The Sounds of Starlight Theater is the home of “The Didgeridoo Show Outback.” It is a contemporary didgeridoo show by non-Aboriginal musicians, who are nonetheless very talented. We were asked to not photograph parts of the show. Andrew Langford was the primary didgeridoo player and he played several types of them (see three videoclips). We were allowed to film one performance toward the end (see the Contemporary Didgeridoo Music at the Sounds of Starlight Theater videoclip). One portion of the show included audience participation. At first Bob was the only one who volunteered to learn how to play a didgeridoo from Andrew. After several attempts, Andrew decided that Bob would be better on the drums. See two videoclips of Bob's lessons and another of the student concert. This show was entertaining, fun, and definitely worth the 30 AUD adult admission. Dinner at the Red Ochre Grill was not worth another 39 AUD, or 48 AUD if you are not with a group, though (see a separate Restaurant tip).
- Arts and Culture
Bojangles Saloon and Dining Room: Dinner, Singing, Dancing & Internet Live Streaming
A night at the Bojangles Saloon and Dining Room was the last event of the 2010 VT meeting in Alice Springs. Bojangles started as a guesthouse in 1935 and is named after Mr. Bojangles, the man who dances. It has won many awards over the years, including the Golden Backpack Award for the best bar in Northern Territory, and is a "must do" when you are in Alice Springs. Bojangles is an eclectic place that is really fun. There is a DJ and a small dance floor, but watch out, your singing and dancing could be live on the internet and radio. The food is pretty good too. Bojangles provides true Territory "tucker" such as camel, crocodile, kangaroo, emu and barramundi. I had the camel pie with chips for 17.50 AUD and shared the trio of dips for 8.50 AUD. It was especially nice that other VT members, who could not attend in person, could watch via the internet. It was dark enough inside that it was hard to get good pictures at night; however, there are three videoclips. One is of the inside and two others are of Aussie VT stars singing and dancing. Bojangles is a very popular place and a group should definitely make reservations.
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- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
The Rock Bar: Rock the Rock Bar At Alice Springs
This nightclub/pub serves up good pub grub in a well-light and unassuming atmosphere. The bartenders are all professionals at their craft (and rather cute to top it off) and drinks are all acceptable prices.
The bartenders love to show a bit of attitude - I asked for a vodka shot and my bartender said she simply couldn't let me drink such a terrible shot. She made me some brown-sugar and ice gin concotion instead and I agreed, that was way better.
The live music starts up around 8pm or so and there's FOXTEL (cable) sports playing in the outdoors area which has heaters for when it gets cold at night.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything does.
Sneakers are fine, Thongs might not be depending on the time but should be okay and torn denim is definitely okay.
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