Announcing: The PANTaSk

By kaydo at 12:06 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Inspired by a thoughtful post on Ask MeFi, and of course everything ever done on 43 things, I propose a weekly PANTS task, or PANTaSk. Every Sunday night will be a new thing to try or challenge for the week (not necessarily a group activity like our other posts).

Leave your suggestions in the comments. Will continue until we get bored of it or run short on ideas.

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winterlude in canberra

By kaydo at 8:50 pm on Monday, June 4, 2007

It’s been a bit quiet around these parts of late. I’ve been absent from the twosixonefive – what’s your excuse?

Anyway, with June we welcome a stupid number of winter-themed posts and activities. You have been warned.

Upcoming coolness* is primarily around three activities:

  • Friday 8th June – RailJam outside Adrenalin Sports in Braddon. The JoinPANTS crew attended last year and it rocked. There’s a crazy ramp, lots of ice, lots of skills and stunts on display, lots of injury and, if last year is anything to go by, antics in underwear. We’ll rock up for the event and head to Civic Pub after the event.
  • Saturday 9th June – Opening of the ski season. Normally this can go by unnoticed, but this year there is SNOW. Season 2006 proves we cannot take this for granted, so a quick dash might be required over the long weekend.
  • Constantly – Ice Hockey – the Canberra Knights are still going strong. It’s a great winter activity, particularly when the outdoor temperature is a bit closer to that inside, less shock.
  • July (yes, the whole month) – Winter in the capital. The ACT govt loves you after all! They’re planning on re-using the vast expanse of bitumen left by the Cirque de Soliel crew for something other than futsal and will see my personal dream realised. It’ll be crazy cold, but we’ll get the chance to embrace it with Ice Skating, Snow ball wars and night markets. Stay tuned for the highlights.

* and puns aplenty

Also, its fireworks weekend. Have you got yours?

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Event/Review: Whats Next on the Postcode Pub Crawl!

By lukeo at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 5, 2007

It has been a very very busy time at PANTS of late. Ice-Hockey, Bundanoon, ANZAC Day, PANTS Postcode Pub Crawl, African Drumming, Uni Pub and more!!!!
I am tired even thinking about it!
There was a lot of interest in the PANTS Postcode Pub Crawl and the good news is we have knocked off a few postcodes, but much more fun to be had. Threeze, you have not missed the fun!!!

Whats Next:
The next instalment will be on Thursday 10th May:
7:00pm – Lighthouse (aka sails), Belconnen
After that 8:30pm? – UC Bar
How to Recognise US: We will be in possession of the official PANTS Postcode Pubcrawl Book as pictured here.

After a slow start to the Pub Crawl, it was clearly evident that my 45 minute timeslots were a bit to ambitious for us, as by the time we hit the third pub we were already 2hours behind schedule.
So moving forward, we will be trying to knock off at least 2 pubs per week, and if possible 3.

Postcodes Complete:

2600 - OPH I have not been to OPH since the summer, and what a suprise to find it very very quite. As you would expect from OPH, a very relaxed atmosphere with cheap drinks. Can’t wait for spring, where this will make it back on to my regular watering holes. The only problem was the ‘DJ’ got a bit to excited while mixing a jazz tune.

2601 – Casino Canberra (Photo misplaced)
Two-Up on ANZAC Day. Was a frenzy of fun. ‘Head em Up’ rang out across the room. Great fun, lost some money and my voice while yelling.

2603 - My Cafe, Manuka Good food, cold beer and some rain is what met us at Manuka. A PANTS regular favourite.

2604 0 Belgian Beer Cafe, Kingston This is where the action was cranking up. X!mon enjoyed a mini yard while I forced Kaydo to reach out for a beer she had never tasted before. Unfortunately it was a bad choice of beer on my part 🙂
Beer is good if you get the right one, but take some money. A round will set you back a weeks pay!

2612 - Debacle, Braddon Another PANTS regular favourites. Great range of beers, great food, great place, great… etc. My choice of beverage is the Czech that comes in a 500ml stein.

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Review: Uni Pub

By kaydo at 11:12 pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2007

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If you followed some of our earlier posts here and here, you’ll know that we made a recent journey to the newish Uni Pub to check out what they had to offer. The answer is four and a bit floors of fun. The basic rundown is a ground floor pub, followed by a bistro (with a cook your own steak type deal), a pool hall, an ‘executive’ bar (seriously!) and night club. Word on the street is that its owned by the same folks at the Civic Pub and the Kingo, so it’s a little along those lines but a bit cooler and less colonial inspiration. The downstairs pub is where I think I’d spend most time, the bar is big, reasonably well stocked for beer and its large and the staff are friendly. The bistro is a bit much work for me, but if you like the equivalent stuff at Civic Pub this one will probably suit you also. Unfortunately the executive bar and nightclub were closed when we were there, but I imagine they look precisely the same as every other floor, though with different lighting (assuming the floors we saw were anything to go on).

Overall, it’s cool that Canberra finally has a mega pub (no Mooseheads has never counted), and it’s much more likely a Sydney or Melbourne pub downstairs.

I know from applying a degree of rocket science that a number of you have found our site searching for the Uni Pub. In an attempt to actually provide useful information, I’ve included a link to the google map of the location. It’s on the corner of University Avenue and London Circuit, just across from the Police Station. If they have a website, let us know and we’ll provide appropriate links.

Verdict: Go there. This will be a PANTS regular location. We rate it. If you go there, let us know, we like fun.

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Announced: Triple P Crawl

By lukeo at 10:01 am on Thursday, April 26, 2007

PANTS Postcode Pubcrawl

The Challenge: Drink a beer at an establishment in each of Canberra’s postcodes (32 of them!)
The Date: Starting Wednesday for the week while Simon is back in Canberra
The Route: Full details for each day are to be determined.
Friday Night 27/04 Route:

6:45pm – Old Parliament House (Meeting Place: We will have some PANTS signs with us, so keep a look out)
7:30pm – My Cafe including food – Manuka
8:30pm – Belgian Beer Cafe – Kingston
9:15pm – Stockmans in Curtin
10:00pm – Contented Soul in Woden
10:45pm – Irish Club in Weston Creek
11:30pm – Mawson Club

The Rules:

  • All postcodes must be visited once before the end of the week (deadline midnight 29/04);
  • An alcoholic beverage must be consumed by one or more participating PANTSters at each location;
  • First we seek a pub, then a cafe, then a restaurant, then a club and if none exist then we bring our own;
  • Photographic evidence is required;
  • All stupid or impractical suggestions will be seriously considered.

The current list of postcodes, suburbs and proposed pubs is online here.

Send an email to us if you are interested, or put your own team together and we will arrange a meeting place. If you know anyone at Jervis Bay, please let us know!

Of course, if you can recommend a favourite establishment in your postcode, please let us know also. Email us or throw a suggestion in the comments.

UPDATED 23/04 to add the proposed rules and pubs list, and to point out we don’t mean 32 drinks in one night. We don’t like danger that much – kaydo

UPDATED 26/04 to add the route for friday. Kaydo is working on a twitter solution so that we can SMS our location along the way – LukeO

UPDATED 26/04 to bump the post to the top of the list – kaydo

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PANTS enters the worlds highest rubber ducky race

By lukeo at 9:23 am on Monday, April 16, 2007

The Race: The world’s highest rubber ducky race in the poorest South American country
The Reason: Raise money to repair facilities for Bolivia’s disabled, and to help out our mate Cam who is organising the event.

PANTS will sponsor a duck for this event. I encourage you to get involved and also get a duck.
More information including the course details can be found at The Words Highest Rubber Duck Race

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Proposed: Islands in the city

By kaydo at 9:46 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I hate to link to, but sometimes sensationalist journalism has good ideas.  I propose an island adventure in Sydney a la:,23483,21026128-27977,00.html

It’s probably only a good idea if you like fun.  The kayak based one looks grand.  Register your interest in the comments or email


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write more

By kaydo at 10:53 pm on Monday, September 25, 2006

Send a postcard –

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