It’s fun to hit up the latest clubs and cocktail bars, but sometimes there’s nothing better than having a beer at an old school Queensland pub. We’re talking about places filled with history, colourful characters, flowing beer and warm welcomes.
If you’re looking for a quirky and charming pub to check out this weekend, we’ve tracked down six destination pubs to head to for a great brew and a yarn with the locals. As Alf Stewart (the spirit animal of the traditional Aussie pub) would say, you’d be a flamin’ galah if you didn’t try a few of these out.
The Bangalow Hotel
We love the charming country township of Bangalow in the Byron Shire hinterland for its slow pace and beautiful greenery. We also really love the historic Bangalow Hotel in the centre of town; filled with hilarious local characters and hearty pub meals made from fresh local fare it always promises a good time.
The Regatta Hotel
Set in a beautiful old Queenslander facing the Brisbane River, The Regatta Hotel in Toowong is the model of the great Queensland pub. Not only has the Regatta survived four floods, it’s survived thousands of university Sunday sessions and Thursday night blinders and is still going strong. With a great selection of beers and pub food, it’s a true legend.
Sitting across from Moreton Bay, the Grand View in Cleveland lays claim to being the oldest pub in Queensland. Serving customers since 1850, this grand old dame is worth a visit to relax in the beer garden, listen to live music and enjoy the views out over the water to Stradbroke Island.
Fitzy’s On Church
A grand country town always needs a grand country and Fitzy’s On Church in Toowoomba is just that. This watering hole is a great choice for classic and craft ales and good old fashioned pub food. If you want to get into the spirit, slip on some RMs to blend in with the bustling crowd.
The colonial-style Apollonian Hotel near Noosa is known for its epic meat pies, hearty spit roasts and welcoming bar. It’s a lovely spot to visit in winter where you can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace, while the wide verandahs are perfect for summer weather and catching a sea breeze while knocking back a cooling ale or two.
Ipswich sometimes gets a bad wrap, but the historic town has some lovely old school buildings as well as some awesome drinking and dining hotspots. One of the places worth journeying out to the ‘Swich for is the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery. It was the first microbrewery in Ipswich, opening its doors in 1903, and since then they’ve built themselves a solid following for their experimental brews, including one with tasting notes of carrot! Did we mention that they also dish up plates of frickles aka beer-battered pickles? Hell yes!
Image credit: Jason Starr at Pumpyard Brewery