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By Sarah Ward
May 31, 2019
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Hello Gorgeous Bar

Newstead's cocktail bar with tropical vibes and neon.
By Sarah Ward
May 31, 2019
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Taking over the slice of Newstead that Chester Street Bakery once called home, Hello Gorgeous has one thing in common with its now-defunct predecessor: wherever you look, something catches the eye. In the site's previous incarnation, colourful and inventive cakes screamed out for attention. Now, it's the vivid decor.

Given its name, this new watering hole isn't pretending to be modest. It might be compact in size, accommodating up to 100 people, but Hello Gorgeous is designed to make an impact. Emblazoned with the venue's moniker, a pink neon sign lights up one corrugated iron wall. Elsewhere, tropical prints and plants are scattered around the joint. Patrons grab drinks from a bar decked out with pastel pink tiles and gold detailing, then sit and sip at teal banquettes.

In short, Hello Gorgeous is the kind of place that is luxe but casual — somewhere Brisbanites can head after work, settle in for a lazy arvo on a weekend or grab a meal up until 10pm every night of the week. Owner Justinn De Beer describes it as a place "for everyone to just relax, enjoy great food and wine, and have fun", an ethos that shines not only in the vibrant interiors by Bea Berry Designs, but in its multiple spaces. As well as the main bar, there's a deck out the front, a private dining room for 20 and the ability to host functions of up to 80 guests.

Variety reigns on the menu as well. Primed for sharing, the food range spans chilli lime prawn skewers, grilled saganaki and paprika-dusted calamari — plus mains that include vegan potato and chickpea curry, crispy pork belly and pan-seared salmon. That's just the beginning.

On the drinks list, you can choose from choose from a 19-strong wine list, 11 bottled and tap beers, and a range of classic cocktails.

Updated July 17.

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