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A bar with va va voom

The ‘fairly industrial and workshop-ish’ interior of Hanger44
The ‘fairly industrial and workshop-ish’ interior of Hanger44. Eli Meixler

A bar with va va voom

Drawing on their shared passion for customisation, micro-bar moguls George and William Norbert-Munns and Moto Cambodge have collaborated on a new bar.

Hangar 44 – which officially opened last night – is the Kiwi brothers’ latest drinking hole to open in Bassac Lane. Like their other bars in the lane, Meat and Drink, Seibur, Cicada and The Library, everything in this new one is bespoke, from the industrial-style downlights, to the mezzanine handrail.

However, the most noticeable feature is the Moto Cambodge custom-built motorbikes in the front window and hanging by chains from the roof.

“We built Hangar 44 with Moto Cambodge with the vision of showcasing their builds and complementing the style of build with their brand,” George Norbert-Munns said.

He said the bar would serve a range of drinks and cocktails and food – burgers, chips, wraps and salads – that can be ordered from neighbouring Meat and Drink.

The name came from the house number and the interior being “fairly industrial and workshop-ish”.

“It even smells like a workshop,” Norbert-Munns said.

Moto Cambodge co-founder Patrick Uong – whose father was a Royal Cambodian Air Force pilot – said it was a “no-brainer” to work with the Norbert-Munns brothers.

“MC provides the sculptures [bikes] and the boys design and operate all of it. Perfect,” Uong said.

“For MC, it allows us a space to showcase our bikes and to sell our wares. And gather together.

“Who doesn’t want their own warm-hearted place dedicated to nice booze, easy-flowing conversations set among beautiful furniture, well-worn wooden walls, airy glass entrances … and airborne motorcycles”

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