The sandstone building on the corner of George and Elizabeth streets has been home to many things over the years, including Queensland's first radio station, government departments, offices, cafes and a bank. It's now the site of Brisbane's two newest places to eat, drink and hang out — a luxe underground bar and a new Chinese restaurant.
Called the Boom Boom Room and Donna Chang, the duo are the latest ventures from the Ghanem Group, the folks behind Blackbird Bar & Grill on Eagle Street, Byblos Bar & Restaurant at Portside and chicken chain Lord of the Wings.
Patrons will need to head down to the basement of the heritage-listed art deco building to find the Boom Boom Room, which can accommodate 250 people in its decadent bunker-like surroundings. If you're feeling ultra fancy, the space also includes private rooms in old bank vaults.
Decked out in deep reds, blues and blacks with old-school furniture and lighting, the bar boasts booth seating aplenty, and will play host to jazz and Motown-esque performances. Music also inspires the changing wine, spirits and cocktail list, as thirsty punters will notice in the names of the latter. Plus, bottle service is one of the venue's opulent touches — and, if you're feeling peckish, you can order a snack from a from a shorter version of Donna Chang's menu.