Heritage and Happy Hours in Brisbane City

Brisbane City is home to heritage-listed spaces that will transport you to a different time and place. Luckily for us quite a few of these old-world gems serve a solid martini or pop champagne bottles. What better way is there to discover the heritage of Brisbane than with a drink in hand (especially during happy hour)?  

 

Customs House 

 

Not only does Customs House have an incredible view but it is also steeped in history. In the nineteenth century custom houses were built in all major ports across Australia. An important source of revenue, these buildings were responsible for levying goods from overseas for customs and excise duties.  

 

Nowadays Customs House offers the best seasonal pop-up bars. This spring, Tanquerary Terrace is Brisbane's newest gin pop-up. While taking in the riverside views, sip on Gin and Tonics surrounded by lush green foliage and enjoy a decadent menu featuring Moreton Bay Bug sliders. Get creative with the herb wall garden and add your own blend of botanics to your G&T.

 

The Boom Boom Room


The Boom Boom Room is a unique lounge bar offering avant-garde design and an elevated cocktail list. Originally known as the Queensland Government Insurance Building this heritage-listed building has recently been transformed into a hotel. The bar is located in the basement of 171 George St, where the building’s bank vaults once were. 


Boom, shake, shake, shake the room - choose a cocktail that has been designed around iconic songs from bygone eras and reminisce about past times in the opulent booths. *Disclaimer cocktails may not be named after The Fresh Prince.  

 

The Gresham 

The Gresham Bar

 

Located on the edge of Gresham Lane, The Gresham was originally a NAB building, constructed in 1881. The interior of the ambient bar reflects the original character of the building, with chesterfield couches, rich mahogany furniture, and historic photos on the walls.

 

The Gresham is also the only bar in Queensland to hold a Heritage Bar License, so even though it doesn’t offer happy hour, the location and drinks are super great you won’t notice. Choose something from the award-winning bar’s extensive drinks menu of rum, whisky, wine and cocktails, and kick back into a leather couch. Read more about The Gresham’s interesting history here (with a drink in hand obviously ;))


Silver Fox Wine Bar

Silver Fox Wine Bar


The Silver Fox Wine Bar is located in Brisbane’s Old Mineral House on Edward Street. The heritage-listed building was originally built as a merchants warehouse from 1888 to 1890. Nowadays, the Old Mineral House is home to Silver Fox Wine Bar and Walter’s Steakhouse. The space exudes luxury with dimmed lights and secluded tables. The Silver Fox offers an extensive wine list of both Australian and International wines for all tastes.    


Walter’s Steakhouse


On the other side of Silver Fox find Walter’s Steakhouse. The timeless interior, featuring dark wood paneling, rich red leather upholstery and brass rails, will have you feeling like you’re in old world New York. Trading from midday to midnight six days a week, Walter’s Steakhouse has an extensive bar menu. Begin your experience at Walter’s with the Mineral House Cocktail, featuring salt and pepper vermouth, bitters and subtle apricot and sweet spices.


"Walter's Hour", a.k.a Happy Hour, offers a Walter's Martini or a glass of Perrier Jouet and a trio of oysters or a trio of smoked salmon blinis for $19. Available from Monday to Saturday, 5pm - 6pm.


Port Office Hotel

Heritage-listed Port Office Hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant, several bars, and some of the most classic architecture in the city. The Port Office Hotel was built from 1876 onwards and has undergone a range of refurbishments in the past 125 years, due to both the 1893 and 1974 floods.


Thankfully in 2018 the Port Office Hotel is dry (in the flood sense). Check out the board to see the daily specials. It also offers monthly beer and cocktail specials.


Embassy Craft Beer Bar 

Embassy Bar


Tucked into the heritage-listed building on Elizabeth Street, Embassy Craft Beer Bar are the purveyors of craft beer and quality food. Retaining the classic feel of a bygone era, the beer bar is complete with exposed brick walls, industrial lighting installations and unique art pieces.


Happy hour is offered Monday to Thursday from 4-6pm and also 8-9pm. On Friday and Saturday nights happy hour is offered at 4-6pm and again at 9-10pm.

 

Treasury Brisbane

 

The Treasury Building is one of Brisbane City’s most-cherished heritage buildings. Previously known as the New Public Offices, The Treasury was used by Queensland Government Cabinet until 1905. After 1905 the Treasury Building was sold to form Treasury Brisbane. Raise a glass to this bygone era of grand buildings at one of Treasury’s great bars’ Ryan’s on the Park, LiveWire and Centre Bar.

 

Elizabeth Picture Theatre

Elizabeth Picture Theatre

 

For a different sort of heritage and happy hour head to Elizabeth Picture Theatre. The heritage-listed building was originally built in 1879, and in 1919 was purchased by the Queensland Irish Association (QIA). In 2015, the building was refurbished to become the Elizabeth Picture Theatre as it stands now. Sip on a glass of Il Fiore Prosecco (our personal choice) and transport yourself to a different time with live piano on every Friday in the Presidents Room.


Corbett & Claude 

Corbett & Claude laneway

Built in 1906, Telecommunications House is a heritage-listed former clubhouse, often known as Corbett Chambers, located at 283 Elizabeth Street. Nowadays, the federation-style building houses Corbett & Claude in the basement. The laneway bar serves up wood-fired pizzas, share plates and antipasti complemented by a selection of sparking, white and red wines with a vast assortment of craft beers.


Grand Central Hotel

Located in the heart of Brisbane CBD, the old-world pub was opened in 1901 and previously provided refreshment rooms for travellers. Changes to Central Station saw the Grand Central Hotel undergo many renovations and changes. Intertwined to Brisbane history, The Grand Central Hotel was renovated in 2005, to include the Dining Car and Platform Bar. For the full history click here

By Brittany Mohr

Brittany’s ultimate weekend involves wine (rosé) and cheese (manchego) at La Lune, seeing a live show and going for a wander along the Brisbane River. Passionate about the leafy Western suburbs, she’s a lady of fine tastes so naturally her best kept secret is #treatingyo'self to a session at luxe day spa One Wybelenna. Bliss.

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