Boom Boom Room

An underground CBD bar and restaurant located in a heritage-listed former bank.
Sarah Ward
Published on June 01, 2023
Updated on August 22, 2023


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. These days, it's the site of two of Brisbane's best places to eat, drink and hang out — a luxe underground bar and Japanese restaurant (Boom Boom Room) and a Chinese restaurant (Donna Chang).

The duo are 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 Boom Boom Room, that 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.

the main bar lounge at boom boom room in brisbane

Decked out in deep reds, blues and blacks with old-school furniture and lighting, the bar boasts booth seating aplenty and plays host to live music and DJ performances. 80s tunes and disco beats tend to dominate the DJ nights, while New York house music also gets some decent airtime.

Drinks-wise, Japanese whiskies and cocktails are championed at Boom Boom Room — plus, bottle service is available to those wanting an extra luxe experience.

Feeling peckish? Head to the main dining room for dishes inspired by Japanese street food — think sushi platters, a huge range of yakitori and an eclectic selection of small and larger plates. Two banquet menus are also available for those of us who struggle to make decisions when confronted with large a la carte menus. These can even be made vegan, making Boom Boom Room perfect for those wanting plant-based Japanese eats.

The interior design from inside the Boom Boom Room in Brisbane, two red chairs facing a small bar.


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