Hopscotch to open new sister bar Young and Frisky in Gungahlin

Jil Hogan
Hopscotch Bar owners Brian Smith, and Nick Parkinson.
Hopscotch Bar owners Brian Smith, and Nick Parkinson. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The duo behind Hopscotch are opening a brand new bar, this time in the town centre at Gungahlin – and they're bringing a whole lot of fried chicken.

Young and Frisky will be the second bar from Brian Smith and Nick Parkinson, which they plan to open in early in 2016.

Parkinson said the new venue will focus on "fried chicken, whiskeys and rums".

"We've got some pressure fryers which we've brought over from America which is how KFC and those big chains do their fried chicken," he said.

"So it'll be specialising in chicken wings and we're looking at 10-15 different sauces."

The bar will be on Hibberson​ Street, the main drag in Gungahlin, with enough room inside for about 200 people. They hope to open in time to catch the end of the summer to also make the most of their outdoor space, which will fit about 60.

They're also planning to carry over some of the elements from Lonsdale Street's Hopscotch, which opened in August 2014.

"We'll have our everchanging tap list, so we're again not contracted to any brewery which gives us the ability to try some new stuff, like microbreweries, and just different ales. And we're still gonna maintain our live music and DJs as well," Parkinson said.

"Other than that we're keeping a few things tight lipped at the moment."

Young and Frisky will open in early 2016.