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Murray's Tavern
25-7, DaYe Rd.
Tel: (04) 2310-3541
Hours: 6 pm-1 am (or later)

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Surprising Sara at Murray's Tavern

By C. Donovan Smith Translated by Vanessa Wu

It was only nine in the evening and Murray's crowd had spilled out of the long, thin bar to colonize the outdoor tables. Balloons and a banner proclaimed "Happy Birthday Sara!" I was tempted to say my name was Sara and that it was my birthday but being male might have presented some credibility issues.

Friends of Sara clustered around the entrance, peering down Soho Street, anxiously awaiting the moment they could spring their surprise. Word passed around the bar to shout "happy birthday" when she arrived, though few of us had any clue as to who exactly this Sara person was.

Clearly, Murray's has become the regular neighbourhood pub of choice for a surprisingly large group of people. It has that elusive spirit of comraderie and fun. Owners Jung Tsai (½²¥É®e) and her husband, Brian Murray, are as much a part of the fun as the guests. They glow like happy hosts of a great party, with none of the tired reserve frequent among pub owners.

Being bracketed by PJ's Cafe and Tomato Grilled (see this month's What's New) on one side and Bonita Senorita on the other helps draw the crowd. A growing number of people are choosing Soho Street as a destination in itself, starting with dinner and segueing into a night on the town. People roam from one establishment to another, as some enjoy the outdoor pedestrian atmosphere and others cluster indoors around the bar.

Soho Street is making a name for itself as a live music venue. Among Murray's contributions is singer Hei Niu (¶Â§¬), playing aboriginal music and blues on Thursdays. (For more information on bands and performances, check out our "What's On" section every month.)

"Sex and the City" Tuesdays are particularly popular at Murray's, with loud outbursts and laughter rising from the clusters of women glued to this HBO hit TV series. Most men wait at the tables outside with and simply groan.

Unfortunately, Sara snuck in unnoticed and managed to surprise the surprisers. We never did manage that loud "Surprise! Happy birthday!" So, somewhat belatedly, happy birthday Sara, whoever you are!

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