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Regatta Hotel

Drink riverside at this Brisbane institution with a jam-packed history.
By Sarah Ward
August 18, 2023
By Sarah Ward
August 18, 2023

Think of a riverside pub in Brisbane, and you'll most likely think of this mainstay in Toowong. The Regatta Hotel has stood on the banks on the Brisbane River — or, more accurately, just across the road from the banks of the Brisbane River — since 1874, after all. And, the Inner West spot boasts quite the history, including several floods, famous protests, a fire and a number of renovations.

This is the kind of Brissie institution that everyone in town has a story about. It's the type of place that every Brisbanite has whiled away an afternoon or several in, too (and likely more). The usual routine: find a seat outside or on the upstairs verandah, soak up the river air and enjoy a beverage. If you're looking for a brew, the main bar pours 33 draught beers on tap, as well as three ciders.

For Regatta patrons after a bite to eat, The Courtyard menu changes regularly, but expect pub favourites and plenty of pizzas. Or, make a booking at onsite restaurant The Boatshed. Steaks are the big drawcard — including with Moreton Bay bugs, barbecued prawns, oysters, and salt-and-pepper calamari as toppers. Switching beer for wine is also recommended, and expect to spot more than a few group celebrations sitting down for a meal

A view of the Regatta Hotel lit up at night - one of the best sports bars in Brisbane

This Coronation Drive pub also does breakfast, including a big brekkie with bacon, poached eggs, salt-baked tomato, roasted mushroom, English-style sausage, hash browns, sourdough and tomato relish — a dish that's perfect for a post-walk feed after strolling along the riverwalk.

Live music, sports on the venue's many screens, themed pop-ups, special-occasion lunches, fairs and festivals, a dedicated whisky bar: you'll find them all at the Regatta as well.

From Thursday–Sunday from 6pm–late, underground speakeasy The Walrus Club also pours drinks, often pairing its 100-plus rum range with live jazz.

Top image: Markus Ravik.

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