When the mood strikes, nothing beats a monster meal at a cosy pub beside your favourite humans. One thing those Brits do very well is a good pub dinner (we’ll give ‘em that), and we’ll happily go and champion the tradition!
Finding a good pub in Brisbane however (no, $10 roasts at your local RSL doesn’t count), is surprisingly challenging, so, it’s refreshing to find an old classic still going strong in this fickle town of rooftop bars and burger joints!
Situated on the corner of Boundary & Leichhardt Street, The Alliance Hotel has been a Brisbane institution since 1888. Don’t let its age fool you though; its award-winning food and quaint English pub atmosphere have established this Spring Hill icon as a firm Brisbane favourite.
Hungry hoardes will be rewarded with sophisticated gastronomic pub food and a curated drinks list that knocks your average pub grub out of the park! Their infamous Fraser Island Spanner Crab and Chicken Crackling ‘Sandwich’, Duck Breast in Juniper Honey, and the Passionfruit Crème Brulee with roasted coconut ice-cream for dessert deserve your undivided attention.
Find yourself looking for a killer party venue? Leave the hard work (and the cooking!) to The Alliance Hotel and book one of their intimate or large event spaces. For something completely different though, the weekly Beer Tapas menu, held every Saturday, is perfect for the hopelessly indecisive and greedy among us; wrap your chops around traditional tapas dishes matched with some killer craft brews—the Achiote Pork Scratchings with a burnt apple dip and served with a Belgium Brouwerj Huyghe (beer) is one of the many pairings on the Beer Tapas menu that are way too good (why have one when you can have them all?).
Perhaps the lure of the French Alps or Whistler is more your entertaining style? Lucky for you, The Alliance Hotel is also home to an underground après ski bar, The Chalet (fancy that?). Kick back in the oh-so cozy candlelit space with a cocktail or two, perhaps even a cheeky schnapps…
For super brownie points, however, book in a lunch or dinner at the Chefs Table hosted by award-winning chef Graham Waddell. In your own private room, treat up to 16 guests for an exquisite array of culinary delights; the Darling Downs roast suckling pig really is a sight to behold!
Whether you’re looking for somewhere for a casual drink after work, a lunch break, a delicious dinner, or you just want to test out the extensive wine list, The Alliance Hotel should be top of your wish list!
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