Spotted Cow Blog

City pub hits all the right notes

Kieran Toohey - Monday, September 29, 2014

Toowoomba Chronicle

PHIL Coorey's passion for live music and great concert atmosphere is undeniable.

 

The Spotted Cow owner says he grew up around live music and going to concerts but, after getting married and having kids, didn't get the chance to travel to see his favourite bands.

 

The solution was simple: bring the music to him.

 

 The Spotted Cow is a finalist in the Queensland Hotel Association awards for the Best Entertainment Venue.

 

"We're very excited about it. We work very hard on our live music reputation," Mr Coorey said.

 

The venue's reputation is far-reaching and although it is up against the multi-award winning Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane, Mr Coorey said being a finalist was a boon not just for the pub, but for Toowoomba.

 

"We're up against a good friend of mine at the Eatons Hill Hotel but they're the benchmark," Mr Coorey said.

 

"So it's great for the venue. We like to do everything we can to make the bands memorable."

 

A stand-out gig for Mr Coorey at the Spotted Cow was when The Smith Street Band played at the venue about 18 months ago.

"The night we had with those guys was unbelievable," he said.

 

"It was more so the interaction with customers afterwards, and we've still got customers that talk about that night.

 

"You couldn't wipe the grins off anybody's face that night."