Local Bloke: Dave TreacyNorth Bondi resident Dave Treacy is the owner of new Coogee live music restaurant and bar, Old Dave’s Soul. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here? I feel as though the Eastern Suburbs has been my home forever, as this is where I spent my childhood with our family business located around the area. I actually only moved to Randwick
13 years ago, and I relocated to Bondi three years ago.
What’s your favourite beach? Clovelly would have to win out for me. Some of my best memories are from times spent there.
What’s your favourite eatery? I like Out of the Blue in Clovelly and Gould St Deluxe in North Bondi. Both are down to earth businesses focussed on doing good stuff. I think we do a pretty amazing pizza down at Old Dave’s Soul too, if I do say so myself.
Where do you like to have a drink? I think Frankie’s Pizza in the city sets the benchmark for bars in Sydney for live music, and Blu Bar on 36 at the Shangri-La Hotel is breathtaking.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? All the people who have my heart live here.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? Total alcohol bans. I’m all for banning unruly, destructive and anti-social behaviour, but there has to be a better way to do so than totally banning alcohol.
Do you have a favourite sporting team? The Sydney High First XV and the Maltese National Cycling Team – I have been a member of both.
What music are you into at the moment? I’m into local emerging musicians. It’s who we feature and support at Old Dave’s Soul. I’m digging Balko, Hiaground, Cleveland Dreamers, Doko, Oscar & The Grouches and Mesmeriser, to name just a few.
Who is your favourite person? My family are my favourite people, but my nan and my mum are my heroes. They came to Australia with nothing and what they have achieved provides inspiration to me every day.
What do you get up to on the weekends? I dont get much time off on the weekends as that’s when Old Dave’s Soul is at its busiest, but I do love to spend time with my kids, or cycling.
What do you do for work? I own Old Dave’s Soul, a live music restaurant and bar in Coogee. I also run a division in a construction company with one of my best mates during the day.
What’s your favourite thing about work? Doing good things with good people that make an impact. Whether this is delivering our pizzas to the city’s homeless every week, giving awesome emerging local musicians a chance, or making our customers’ day.
Do you have a favourite quote? “Do what you believe is right to the best of your ability every single day.”
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? Follow your heart, do what makes you smile and show those you love how you feel.