Bars & Pubs

The Secret South Bank Bistro You Need To Check Out

By Jessica Pridmore
12th Aug 2014

South Bank restaurants, on any given day, are at the mercy of crowds, incessant noise, throngs of tourists, city workers, and lost-looking Northsiders, all looking for that perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a drink and a good meal. And, as much as we kind of secretly love the South Bank 'cray-cray', grabbing a bite to eat while engaging in a battle of turf wars with a fellow diner's elbow isn't exactly our idea of a great night.

If you find yourself in the above situation, it pays dividends to man up and take a short stroll off the 'beaten' path. Just around the corner from the heaving crowds and all that that chaos, tucked away on Tribune Street is Hoo Ha Bar. Enter a world of worn-in leather couches, wooden floors, and a scattering of vintage lamps. No neon signs or mad food trends here, just a relaxed vibe, and a very decent playlist.

Already totally bossing at being a great little watering hole, championing a killer breakfast menu and bar snacks (hello, Hervey Bay Scallops, Seaweed Salad, Walnut and Brioche Crumb!), Hoo Ha Bar now also serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Offering little more than a handful of options, the edited menu shows confidence and quality in its dishes, with a focus on sourcing local produce and creating delicious simple dishes with flair. If braised beef cheek, or a slow cooked lamb shoulder with duck fat kipflers and a mint crust is your kind of foodie jam, then hot foot it to this little South Bank restaurant, pronto!

Naturally, a good drink must accompany a good meal. Lucky for you, Hoo Ha Bar—the name really gives the game away here—boasts a damn fine drinks list, too. With rotating guest taps of some of the finest craft beers around, an excellent wine list, and some dangerously decent cocktails, this South Bank little-known-secret is a total winner in our books.

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Image credits: Daniel Maddock

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