Bars & Pubs

The Epic Riverside Bar We Keep Coming Back To

By Jessica Pridmore
15th Jun 2015

Ahh, Brisbane. So spoilt are we for decent watering holes, we froth over every new bar that opens. The age of ‘popping down to your local’ is all but dead—we’re just a bunch of magpies distracted by all things shiny and new.

But, instead of traipsing our way around Brisbane going from hot new bar to, er, hot now bar—can you even afford that taxi fare?!—we want to go to a bar that can cure even the most infectious strain of FOMO. We want a Brisbane bar that makes even just a pint with pals memorable, and totally fun. We want more from our bars!

Boasting a heap of beautiful and unique spaces, the Regatta Hotel has not one, not two, but FIVE bars, each with its own vibe. An iconic part of the Brisbane bar scene for more than 140 years, Regatta knows a thing or two about what we, the people of Brisbane, want in a local (hint: it aint’ flouro lights and party anthems!).

Regatta do bottles of champers on the cheap every Friday evening, so pop a cork with your bestie, sit out on the balcony and cheers yourselves for a weekend win. Well played!

Up for a spot of dinner with your best pals to kick off the night? Iconic Brisbane steakhouse, The Boatshed (Regatta’s gastro-restaurant) do a selection of steak cuts and world-class wines that will leave you with the best kind of meat sweats. The view from the floor to ceiling glass windows isn’t half bad either. Oh, and did we mention the grill pit in the middle of the room? This place is steak heaven.

Fancy a cocktail or two? Find your way down into secret underground bar, The Walrus Club, for expertly hand-crafted drinks and top shelf rums courtesy of the adorably retro bar tenders, dressed in vintage attire (including dickie bows!).

From the open-air courtyard, to private fine-dining in the Henley room, to the sidewalk cafe (a perfect spot for a coffee), to fantastic pub grub with river views at Merle's Bar, Regatta is the ultimate destination venue. Keep your ear to the ground for their cool installations and activations too; anything from open-air beer cinemas, pop-up food and coffee carts, even a food and wine fair! Nothing is off-limits.

So when a pint in a pub just isn’t quite enough, Regatta Hotel is your go-to for the ultimate Brisbane bar experience. Weekends just got a whole lot more fun!

Image credits: Ariana Gillrie

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