Meet Brisbane's lush new garden megapub right on the river.
We may be subject to some gentle ribbing by our southern cousins, but there are some things that any self-respecting Brisbanite holds dear. We cherish the ability to wear flip flops year-round. We are mildly obsessed with the flowering cycle of our local jacarandas. And we resolutely, without exception, have a bit of a secret soft spot for the Brisbane River.
Considering our love of the affectionately dubbed ‘Brown Snake’, it’s surprising that there aren’t more watering holes perched riverside near the CBD. After all, nothing soothes that corporate grind like a cold drink and a balmy breeze.
Which is where Riverland comes in. Imagine this: a giant garden pub, spanning 80 metres of uninterrupted riverfront — the biggest Brisbane has ever seen. An island-like oasis, tucked behind Emirates House, just a stone’s throw from Eagle St Pier. A previously unused plaza, now renovated to preserve the past, but usher in the new. A bustling venue stuffed with lush greenery, and filled with umbrellas and pergolas.
Riverland opened last week, and we’ve got a first look. In partnership with Zantac we’re uncovering the best new restaurants and bars around Australia as they open. We’ve got the lowdown on the team, the design and — most importantly — the menu so that you can head in educated, excited and ready to take it all in — with a few dishes recommended by the chef, no less.