The Woolly Mammoth is a Fortitude Valley is certainly here to shake things up. Formerly known as ye ol' Mustang Bar, the venue is likely the area's largest beer hall, serving a huge range of craft beers on tap alongside gourmet fare, fun and games and live entertainment.
And mammoth indeed. This whopper of a venue didn't just take over the Mustang Bar - upstairs connects through to the old Woodland/Coniston Lane stage now known as Mane Stage, and the equally large 'green room' behind it has become just that - a garden bar.
Designed by Alexander Lotersztain, The beer hall downstairs has a dark, comfortable feel. Here you can find raw brick, a giant stuffed mammoth and the craft bar with 23 beers on tap. The taps are rotating with small-releases batches, so get in before you miss out. When there, we sampled a beer collaboration between Stone & Wood and Powderfinger – She's A Heartbreaker. Sweet sweet magic.
The upstairs Garden Bar is a Hamptons-style tropical oasis with greenery, clashing patterns, white wood and Pimms on tap. Use the fake green to play bocce or engage in game of giant jenga. During the day, the space is bright and airy – the roof shutters open to let the best of Brisbane's sunshine in.
As for the menu, grab a table take your pick of pizzas, gourmet hotdogs, chacuterie boards, tasty sides, fancy salads, unusual snacks and slow-cooked meats. This is pub fare, but not as you know it.
Stopping by for a Friday long-lunch, we couldn't help but order the slow-cooked beef ribs ($32). With bones so big you'd be forgiven for thinking you're eating a mammoth (don't be silly now), the meat was tender and melt-in-your-mouth good. Pair it with the fig, olive, fetta, honeycomb and prosciutto salad ($19) and you've got a winner to share.
Another pick would be the crispy fried chicken ($25) with homemade 'slaw and buttermilk sauce. The legs were juicy and perfect for sharing with friends. The 'Out of the Box' chacuterie came served in a cute pizza box with red check lining. The onion jam is killer and the meat serving generous. The only disappointment was the potato and rosemary pizza ($12), the base was a little thick and doughy, and it wasn't quite hot enough when it arrived.
The Woolly Mammoth is bringing a few new flavours to small share plates too including a dish of honeycomb with fetta and sumac, and cuca sardines with lemon and capers. Proving the prehistoric beast carves its own path, it is refreshing to see a venue so big and bold join Brisbane's entertainment precinct.