Rock on at Flow Bar

Rock on at Flow Bar

Dec 8, 2017 ... It's not often a sleepy little coastal town has a wild card up its sleeve that puts inner-city Melbourne to shame when it comes to chic. A place so edgy that top musicians visit to play to an intimate crowd – and then ask to stay the night. UNIQUE: The Boogie Woogie Beach House and Flow Bar is well worth the ...Click to read the full story

Lisa Rockman, Newcastle Herald

Spring into Summer at Flow Bar: New summer menu and a hot live music line up

Spring into Summer at Flow Bar: New summer menu and a hot live music line up

Summer is all about coming together with family and friends to share and enjoy good food, drinks and live music. Concept hotel Boogie Woogie Beach House and restaurant Flow Bar is the place to do it.

Head Chef Dave Clifton is set to launch his summer menu this Friday 3 November. Clifton has done time at Hugo’s Bondi, The Bondi Trattoria and Deviate Restaurant. The menu is delicious and exciting, inspired by the seasons, using fresh and local produce, it features share plates organized by “small and main dishes to share”, modern Australian cuisine with a tantalising trinity of Mediterranean, Americana and Asian influences.

Perhaps a questionable combination. But it works.

Clifton wields a confident hand with the pickled wild mushroom conserve and onion puree on the 500 gram grassland rib eye steak. The grilled pork belly butter leaf lettuce wrap, reminiscent of Korean ssam, angel hair pasta with fresh tuna and local fragrant herbs and the 350 gram grass-fed lamb rump, sliced to share and served with a textural sensation of peppers, fresh pomegranate, chickpea and pickled cauliflower are his top picks.

“The menu is best when shared, it’s fun, you get to sample more than one dish and talk about the flavours with your friends, it really adds to the whole experience”, says Clifton.

Brilliant for those who suffer from food envy. Party planners and large groups will relish the “Chef’s Selection Banquet” where you let the expert feed you, Clifton will serve up eight delectable dishes for the group to share for $49 per person. The menu caters for dietary requirements and gluten free folk.

Fans of crab can get their kicks from the new crab and leek fritters dressed with a palette pleasing green goddess sauce.

Regulars will be delighted with the new arrivals and relieved to see some of the house favourites staying.

The beef ribs are staying on the menu, soft centered and finished to a deep char, enhanced with a rich sticky BBQ sauce, on a bed of wild rice, fennel and fragrant herbs. So too, the chicken wingettes and the undeniably best ever three cheese Mac ‘n Cheese.

"Incredible food and friendly staff. A complete surprise package in Old Bar! Worth the visit." - Matthew Mckee

Flow Bar is a place that combines food and destination; just 100m from Old Bar beach, a fully licensed bar and free live music for dining patrons on Friday nights and Sunday lunch by local and touring musicians and bands.

Special priced events such as Tim Rogers 26 November 2017, Kim Churchill 13 January 2018 and the New Year’s Eve Hawaiian Luau Party, fans can catch the show, stay up late, book a room upstairs and in the morning take a dip in the ocean and come back for a slap-up big breakfast.

Flow Bar is open from 8am Tuesday – Sunday, 31 David Street, Old Bar. Visit for trading hours, menu and live music calendar or call PH 6557 4224 to make a reservation.

Mid North Coast Business Awards

Mid North Coast Business Awards

NSW Business Chamber, Mid North Coast awards Flow Bar 'Excellence in Small Business'.

"We are so incredibly proud to be one of the seven Manning Valley businesses that took out an award from the 13 available awards on the night - go MV! Huge congrats to all the winners and finalists on the night." - Flow Bar

Published Mon, 28 August 2017 | NSW Business Chamber 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Mid North Coast Regional Business Awards that were held at Rydges Port Macquarie on Friday 25 August 2017.  Celebrating the business success of 70 outstanding finalists from a variety of industries including health care, retail, education, technology, employment and consulting. 

Winners from each state aligned category proceed as finalists to the NSW Business Chamber State Awards, to be announced at the State Gala Dinner on Friday 17 November 2017 in Sydney.

Click here for more information and to view 2017 finalists


Tim Rogers began boldly and finished with pure class

"There’s a mythical creature drawn on the wall at Flow Old Bar and it comes from the unknown and “goes back from whence it came”. 

On the last Sunday in May the mythical creature arrived in the form of Tim Rogers and his band to play what was and I hesitate… the perfect gig.

I often wondered what makes up the perfect gig. Everyone hopes to get to at least one in their lifetime and maybe you have to live a lifetime to get to one. You need to have survived a lot of bad gigs and lived through many average gigs. As Tim sang on “Youth” (new single) “youth was wasted on me”

So what makes up a perfect gig?" READ MORE 

Mark Norris |  Manning River Times
21 Jun 2017

Meet Head Chef Dave Clifton, Flow Bar

Meet Head Chef Dave Clifton, Flow Bar

"Brings world class dining to Old Bar"

Well-travelled, calm under pressure, collected and inspired. Dave Clifton is chef with over twenty years’ experience in Sydney’s world class dining scene.  A keen surfer and soon to be a familiar face in the local surf spots “nothing beats waking up to the sound of the ocean” says Dave who has recently moved his family to Wallibi Point to start their new life, in their dream home by the beach.
When they say he brings world class dining to Old Bar, they’re not kidding! 
He’s cooked for the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Leo Sayer, Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue, Kanye West and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Finding Dave is a real coup for Dave and Stephen, his experience has already brought Flow Bar dining to the next level.
Dave spent time working in a variety of hatted, iconic Sydney restaurants such as Hugo’s Bondi, a celebrity hot spot and ’hatted’ fine dining restaurant owned by celebrity Chef Pete Evans, the Bondi Trattoria or 'The Tratt', a local haunt specialising in contemporary Italian cuisine, a staple in the Sydney restaurant scene being open for 25+ years and local gem Deviate Restaurant, a Clovelly local cafe during the day and a share style Mediterranean restaurant by night.
Since arriving at Flow Bar, just prior to the October Long Weekend, Dave has been busy meeting local suppliers, sourcing fresh produce and developing a new menu. Inspired by the season, the ocean and local produce you can expect a well-balanced and lighter menu with hints of chilli and acidity.
“I’ve always enjoyed the share plate style of eating, countries like Asia and South America do this well, the way they eat, with everything brought out at once and shared really brings people together and makes more of a memorable experience. It’s something that I’d like to bring to Flow Bar in the future”, says Chef Dave. The new menu also caters for gluten free folk and is set to launch this Friday 21 October. His top menu picks are the Mussels, Tomahawk Ribeye Steak, Pork Balls and Ribs.

Flow Bar | Café, Bar, Live Music
Boogie Woogie Beach House | Boutique hotel, accommodation 
31 David Street, Old Bar Beach NSW 2430
t 02 6557 4224  
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Boogie Woogie Beach House || MNC Now Magazine Giveaway

Boogie Woogie Beach House || MNC Now Magazine Giveaway

"Eat, Surf, Stay, Music to your ears at the Boogie Woogie Beach House... owners Doss and Dave are offering readers of Mid North Coast Now the chance to win 1 night stay for two people in Ziggy Suite, King bed with spa at Boogie Woogie Beach House." For a chance to win check out page 40 of the Mid North Coast Now Magazine. Entries close 30 April 2016


The Celibate Rifles at Flow Bar | gallery

The Celibate Rifles at Flow Bar | gallery

Punk rock band The Celibate Rifles played to a small intimate crowd on Sunday afternoon at Flow Bar Old Bar. They were welcomed by an eager audience, most of whom had been introduced to them through earlier surf movies.  

Local performer and all round legend California Dave supported The Celibate Rifles.

Click here to see the photo gallery

Carl Muxlow, Manning River Times, 26 January 2016

Flow Bar featured in APRA October newsletter

Flow Bar featured in APRA October newsletter

“...It rips your heart out to think these venues are no longer. Economics might mean smaller venues are on the decline, but we’re optimistic that creating a point of difference, a creative, boutique and intimate experience, will put us on the music map..."    
Check out the full article here

Flow Bar Featured in Manning Focus Magazine

Flow Bar Featured in Manning Focus Magazine

Manning Focus Magazine Restaurant Profile: Flow Bar 

"With a fun, vibrant, yet relaxing vibe, Flow Bar is the perfect venue for dining out! The new owners are all passionate foodies and music lovers at heart, and these combined interests ensure a fabulous menu and atmosphere are what you’ll experience when you visit. But that’s not all … the business has also experienced some exciting new extensions and renovations."  See full article here on page 29