The first vegan pub in Australia

The first vegan pub in Australia
Image: Vegan dishes served at Mama B's, The Chippo. Photo: Elizabeth Usher

By ELIZABETH USHER

Bhavani Baumann is well-known in vegan circles, having had various local vegan ventures in recent years, including The Green Lion and Sanga Vegan, plus a stint of ‘unbranded’ weekly catering runs in between.  It’s not yet been a year since she opened the instantly popular all-vegan bistro, Mama B’s, at the Chippendale Hotel – aka The Chippo.

But it seems Baumann never wants to slow down; this month she is adding ‘publican’ to her CV and taking over The Chippo completely, with Brett Strauss stepping away after over a decade.  

Bhavani Baumann. Photo: supplied

“I’ve always wanted to do a vegan pub, I just didn’t think I was going to get the opportunity,” says Baumann, who is amazed and excited about having the very first all-vegan pub in Australia.

She explains how much work has been involved in the move, such as ensuring all the liquors and spirits on offer will be vegan.

“People will be able to drink any wine or whatever without thinking about it… we’ve gone through every single item and what is and what isn’t [vegan].”  

Vegan dishes served at Mama B’s, The Chippo. Photo: Elizabeth Usher

Baumann proudly states that, of course, there’s no horse-racing on the screens.

“And there’s no pokies, so there’s no gambling here at all.”

The Chippo has a gig space downstairs, and Baumann intends to turn it into predominantly a comedy venue, expanding the current regular shows to five nights of comedy a week, with a mix of theatre sports and stand up including the already-established regulars, Stand OUT Comedy Club on Wednesdays and Good Girls Comedy on Sundays.  Live bands and dance parties will round out the week on Friday and Saturday nights.

Vegan dessert at Mama B’s, The Chippo. Photo: Elizabeth Usher

“Obviously, we’ve a lot of space for people to hold their own events as well,” Baumann adds. 

The catering menu will also still be available for external functions of any size. Baumann is gearing up to deliver 500 vegan lunchboxes to just a single event at UNSW O-Week this month.  

Finally, The Chippo may even become more dog-friendly than it currently is, with Baumann hinting at plans for a “doggy menu” and “dog photo wall”.  

Shadow looks on at Mama B’s, The Chippo. Photo: Elizabeth Usher

And we say thumbs (and paws) up to that. 

The Chippo, 87-91 Abercrombie St, Chippendale

www.thechippohotel.com.au

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