Meet Brisbane’s newest collective of bars, The Prince Consort and Friends – La La Land, 400 Rabbits Cantina, The Garden Bar, The Naughty Corner, The Bowie Rooms, The Yorke Suites, and Greaser. Eight spaces in a heritage hotel, each a different experience. The result is a new social master quarter in the heart of Fortitude Valley.
More recently known as The Elephant Arms Hotel, The Prince Consort as it was originally named, has returned to its former glory as the grand knight of Fortitude Valley. This famed gathering place has fed, watered, and kept the secrets of all who ventured through since 1888, and now, thanks to new owners Tilley & Wills Hotels, it has once again taken its rightful place as Brisbane’s favourite watering hole!
This eight-venue collective, managed by the highly respected Jason Hirt, is a place where guests can choose their own adventure, every day, and every night. “With the hotel reverting back to its original heritage name, and introducing some exciting new ones, this venue is set to become an exciting experience for guests,” says Mr Hirt.
The Prince Consort’s juxtaposing venues creates a harmonious balance between the old and new. Guests will enter through the ground floor parlour at The Prince Consort, a nod to the building’s rich history, before entering the open-air oasis of the Garden Bar that is brimming with botanicals against a washed-out palette of pastels. This venue is humming with Queensland vibes and even features its own stadium screen. Then, up the 132-year-old staircase, is where guests will find La La Land, an eclectic and sumptuous bar with booth seating, VIP private rooms and a crystal chandelier-covered dancefloor (with ultra-modern live-streaming technology, enabling events in the space to be broadcasted around the world) – think modern-luxe supper club vibes.
Following the antler-suspended halfway, is where guests will discover the Bowie Rooms, spaces that truly need to be seen to be understood, before moving to the top floor to discover the York Suites, a boulevard of spaces reserved for music makers and creatives. Beneath the bustle of the building, tucked inside the cellar, and able to survive just about anything is Brisbane’s much-loved Greaser. Finally, right in the heart of the hotel is where guests will find The Naughty Corner – every pub has one, and this time it’s official!
Menus, prepared by Head Chef, Jack Powlay, range from the gastro-pub inspired offerings of the Prince Consort, to super modern tacos starring seasonal ingredients at 400 Rabbits Cantina, to epic pizzas from the buildings wood-fired oven, to shared tapas plates at La La Land. The Prince Consort has got it all! “We have 89 beer taps here, pouring everything from contemporary brews to modern crafts and international classics, the wine list will star great Aussie names as well as the young guns taking the industry into new and exciting territory and our cocktail lists are creative, packed with punch and very cool,” explains Mr Hirt.
The Prince Consort opened its doors once again to the public on Friday 23rd October and is open 7 days a week from 11am-late. This buzzing hive of activity is set to become a celebration of Brisbane with good food, great music, and even better times!
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