Important Updates on Tanda

Hello All,

I hope you are all well and keeping warm! 

As some of the Melbourne staff have experienced, we have encountered a few glitches while transitioning to the new payroll software, Tanda.

We have found that some issues stem from staff not signing in and out correctly for shifts and breaks. To ensure everyone is paid correctly and on time, please make sure to check and confirm your sign-ins and sign-outs at the end of each shift.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards,


Speakeasy x Patron Cocktail Competition Winner

A massive congratulations to Tibo Menut from Eau-de-Vie Melbourne for winning the Speakeasy x Patron Cocktail Competition. Tibo will be heading off on a once in a lifetime trip to Mexico inn the coming months alongside the winner of the Mentor ticket that will be announced on Monday the 20th of this month.

Congratulations to our finalists, Brodie Hall, Raphaelle Jourden, Harrison Kennedy, Sarscha Lewis and Gizeth Franco.

Thank you again for everyone who entered, came along to the final and assisted in the execution of the competition in any way. Viva la Mexico!

Legends of the Speakeasy Group – Trishank Fernandes

We sat down with Trishank Fernandes over a True Detective cocktail for a catch up.

Trishank is the experienced and devoted Venue Manager at 1930’s Art Deco inspired Cocktail and Champagne bar Nick & Nora’s Melbourne.

Tell us a bit more about your hospitality journey and what you love about the industry?

Variety is the spice of life and hospitality seemed like a good fit to hone my people skills, foster meaningful connections, and make a positive change wherever I worked. The first seeds were sown way back on our annual family vacations in Goa, India- the land of sun, fun, beaches, and entertainment. Curiosity led me to befriend the staff who were more than happy to keep me entertained with a few chores. 

Leaving a sheltered family life, I took a giant leap of faith to chase my dream in Australia. Sheer grit, passion, work ethic and commitment helped me steadily transition from a bar back to my current role as Venue Manager at Nick & Nora’s. I thrive on challenges and the thrill of fixing issues keeps me going.  

What do you love most about your role at Nick & Nora’s?

I love the fast pace, pressure, vibe and energy of the role and the venue. Interactions with customers from all walks of life and the happy smiles keep me invigorated. I love working with a dedicated and passionate team who share the same goal to create a memorable experience for our guests. No day is ever the same and there is always a surprise waiting around the corner! 

Where can we find you on a day off?

Most likely catching up on sleep, staying on top of household chores and meal prepping. The occasional weekend off could find me on a fun day out doing something adventurous with my partner or having a relaxing day around the house watching a movie. Strawberry picking, salsa dancing, wine tasting, and exhibitions are among some of my spontaneous outings!  

My favourite drink on the menu at Nick & Nora’s?

The True Detective is my favourite drink on the menu at Nick & Nora’s. Apart from it being an amazing TV series to watch, I love the smokiness that the cocktail has alongside a touch of sweetness from the pear brandy. It’s a match made in heaven for any whiskey lover!

What does a day in the life of your role look like?

My role as Venue Manager at Nick & Nora’s is a balancing act juggling large teams, guests, and plenty of functions. On busy nights, it’s all about ensuring the guest experience is top notch and keeping the team motivated. In short, my role is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of creativity, problem-solving and strategising for future success.