If pub grub with a touch of class is your jam, then the QA Hotel is the place for you. Good steak? Check. Plenty of beers on tap? Check. Pool tables for those lazy Sunday afternoon sessions? Check.
The QA - short for Queens Arms - is a classic sprawling Australian public house on James Street, Fortitude Valley. Though it may appear slightly out of place in between the boutique fashion houses and trendy cocktail bars, a major renovation several years ago has given this hotel the polish it needs to live up to its fashionable location. Beer drinkers will rejoice at the 17 brews available on tap, including Stone & Wood, James Squire 150 Lashes, Pure Blonde and Asahi as well as all the classic favourites. A wide range of wine, cider, spirits and cocktails is also on the menu.
In the restaurant, the food is a level above your standard pub fare. Try the QA signature oven baked crab lasagne with laksa carbonara sauce for an unexpected but delicious twist on the Italian classic. Other pasta options on offer are ragu Bolognese and seafood marinara, while the Char Grill menu includes steaks, chicken and market fish of the day. If you're after something slightly smaller or a little cheaper, look for the specials board or check out the 'Fingers and Forks' bar menu for a range of snacks, pizzas and and pub meals all coming in under the $20 mark.
Facilities are available to accomodate all sorts of functions, ranging from board meetings to parties for over 100 people. There are also regular events, including trivia nights and degustation dinners, and weekly food and drink specials.
The QA Hotel has all the charm and authenticity of a classic pub with that extra inner-city shine.
Images: Grace Smith.