WE COME TO YOU: Chinchilla couple, Hannah Tydd and Drew Levinson have started Banksia Bar and Co. Chinchilla's brand new watering hole. The best part? It can come to you!
WE COME TO YOU: Chinchilla couple, Hannah Tydd and Drew Levinson have started Banksia Bar and Co. Chinchilla's brand new watering hole. The best part? It can come to you! Kate McCormack

Chinchilla's new bar, coming to all the towns near you

THE Western Downs has a fairly decent selection of watering holes, but thanks to an open-minded local couple, now the pub can come to you!

Hannah Tydd and her husband, Drew Levinson are the proud owners of Banksia Bar and Co. a mobile bar service operating out of a freshly renovated 1969 Viscount Duralvan, offering Western Down's residents the luxury of a serviced bar, from the comfort of their own home or property.

Chinchilla couple, Hannah Tydd and Drew Levinson toast their new business venture. Banksia Bar and Co. is Chinchilla's newest watering hole. The best part? It can come to you!
Chinchilla couple, Hannah Tydd and Drew Levinson toast their new business venture. Banksia Bar and Co. is Chinchilla's newest watering hole. The best part? It can come to you! Kate McCormack

A born and raised Chinchilla girl, Ms Tydd first came about the idea of starting up a mobile bar business after getting married on the Western Downs two years ago.

"We really wanted a mobile bar to come down to our block by Charley's Creek to serve our guests,” Ms Tydd said.

"We found a couple but no one would travel out this far for a reasonable price, so I started to doing some more research on Instagram before deciding this could be something we give a go ourselves,

"Mobile bars are absolutely huge in the US, and Australia is only just beginning to cotton on to the idea, so I thought now was the perfect time for us to buy a van,” she said.

Chinchilla couple, Hannah Tydd and Drew Levinson are the proud owners of Banksia Bar and Co. a mobile bar service open for the Western Downs and surrounds.
Chinchilla couple, Hannah Tydd and Drew Levinson are the proud owners of Banksia Bar and Co. a mobile bar service open for the Western Downs and surrounds. Kate McCormack

Ms Tydd said she had a vision of how she wanted the final product to look, and with the help of her talented husband and father the dream eventually became a reality.

Thanks to some help from friends and a good handful of late nights, the couple were able to get the bar up and running for their first wedding this month.

Ms Tydd said they weren't looking to monopolise the market and believes there's plenty of room for everyone in the Western Down's events market.

Chinchilla's Hannah Tydd came up with the business idea after researching mobile bars on Instagram.
Chinchilla's Hannah Tydd came up with the business idea after researching mobile bars on Instagram. Kate McCormack

"We are still encouraging customers to purchase their alcohol as well as their catering locally in order to share things around,” she said.

"There's no point in us trying to take everything on ourselves when there's already some excellent businesses in the region providing a great service as a great price,

"Our focus is taking the bar work off your hands so you can enjoy your night and stop worrying over whether your guests need a refill.”

For your chance to see Banksia Bar and Co. for yourself, the van will be heading the the highly anticipated Wandoan Camel Races on Saturday, July 20.

Banksia Bar and Co. is Chinchilla's brand new watering hole.
Banksia Bar and Co. is Chinchilla's brand new watering hole. Kate McCormack

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