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This Eagle Street bar is back after a $3.5-million revamp with a new three-tier waterfront deck.
By Sarah Ward
June 14, 2023
By Sarah Ward
June 14, 2023


Australian Venue Co-owned bar Riverland has been around since 2017, but underwent a $3.5-million revamp since 2022, reopening in May 2023 with spectacular results.

Brisbanites can now kick back on Riverland's new 800-square-metre deck extension, which isn't just larger than the venue's original setup — it sprawls across three tiers. Also, this piece of prime river frontage can accommodate 1000 people, making the already-popular CBD spot even busier.

Those three levels include the sky deck up top, boasting uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge and a new container bar. Then there's the promenade deck with direct Eagle Street Pier access, as well as a space with a new live music stage, plus a large screen that'll show sports.

Expect a talented lineup to jump behind the microphone or on the decks from Wednesday–Sunday, giving Riverland's latest guise an acoustic and DJ-spun soundtrack. Expect an array of new food options to tuck into, too, with Riverland 2.0 also featuring two new kitchen concepts.

Given the name, it's no surprise that Sunshine State produce and dishes shine brightly at The Queenslander. Place your order here and you'll be tucking into pub fare such as chicken wings in a pineapple rum barbecue glaze, mango salad, cured Tin Can Bay cuttlefish paired with a brioche doughnut, Mooloolaba prawn san choy bow, fish and chips using Queensland seafood, and the usual burgers and parmigianas.

Over at The Traveller, the culinary range takes its cues from international street food. On a seasonally changing menu, the first stop is Mexican eats; think: fried tortillas with guacamole, roasted tortilla soup, jalapeño poppers, cured red emperor tostadas and a variety of soft-shell tacos — and churros for dessert.

Also new at Riverland is the beverage menu. Your new sips include spicy watermelon margaritas, a signature cocktail alongside the gin, lemon, apple and raspberry number that's called Burst My Bubble. There are more spirits-heavy concoctions, plus 16 beers and ciders on tap, and a sizeable wine list.

With its makeover, Riverland now spans seven different function spaces — adding plenty of areas for parties, too.

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