Here’s Everything We Know So Far About Brisbane’s First Floating Bar

By Jessica Pridmore
31st Oct 2018

The impending Howard Smith Wharves along the Valley/CBD foreshore has the city buzzing. With a build time of ‘wow, that really went up quick’ (for the record, it’s still set to open at the end of November) and a tenancy list that reads like a who’s who of the country’s best hospitality groups, you’d think there’s not much more breaking news to come from the enormous riverfront project.

But you’d be so wrong…

Details surrounding the final elements of the developments are still opaque at best because, like any good PR stunt, it’s always good to leave a little surprise and delight for once the ribbon’s cut. But new details surrounding the over-water bar’s name have just dropped, and yes, like the classic over-sharing friend who’s had one too many rosés, we’re putting down everything we know so far.


Mr Percival’s will be Brisbane’s first completely over-water bar and is one of the hero locations of the Howard Smith Wharves precinct. Residing directly underneath the Story Bridge, the unique octagon-shaped bar will play a pivotal role in the HSW development, providing us Aperol-swigging locals with a perfect spot to take in the views of the city, soak up some rays and perch waterside with a drink in had and watch the world goes by. (For a river city, we have surprisingly few places where you can drink and dine along its banks. Go figure…)

In even more exciting news, Mr Percival’s kitchen will be headed up by none other than Damien Styles, ex head chef of Burleigh icon (and two-hatted restaurant) The Fish House. While the finalised menu is still under wraps for now, we do know that hot ticket items like lobster rolls and Moreton Bay bugs will be front and centre, so we’re expecting big things.

To top things off, famed Brisbane-based interior designer, Anna Spiro has been charged with the interiors of a number of high-profile projects at the wharf, including Mr Percival’s. Describing the space as a ‘fun place that nobody will ever want to leave’, Spiro is bringing her eclectic style she’s known for to create something truly elegant but utterly unique. A palette of terracotta, green and natural timber is juxtaposed with splashes of yellow and blue throughout—playing heavily on that waterfront location, no?—with the layout featuring a seamless indoor-outdoor terraced area.

There’s not long to wait, either, with Mr Percival’s opening on November 29. The countdown is on.

The details

What: Mr Percival’s
Where: Howard Smith Wharves
When: Opening November 29

Image credit: provided

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