Eagle Street's Riverfront Greek Eatery Opa Has Given Its Scenic Bar a Santorini-Inspired Makeover

The CBD spot with views of Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs has unveiled its revamp just in time for prime spring and summer sips.
Sarah Ward
September 26, 2023

Change keeps sweeping along Eagle Street, whether some parts of the CBD stretch are being torn down and replaced, new seafood restaurants have joined the area, or cascading bars are launching or relaunching. Next up at the prime Brisbane spot: unveiling Opa Bar + Mezze's renovations, which've given the venue's watering hole a makeover just as outdoor sipping season  kicks in.

The aim: to get Brisbanites exclaiming Opa's name in the bar side of its setup, while soaking in not only Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs vistas, but also the new Santorini-inspired look and vibe. Just like being on holidays in Europe, spending prime spring and summer afternoons drinking with a view is also high on the venue's new agenda.

In an open-plan space — and at spot that's been pouring beverages since 2021 — patrons will find both low and high seating, those killer views and, because this is the Sunshine State, an electric awning to provide shade. The tones splashed around the place are neutral and sleek. Think: seats lined with linen and white plaster walls with visible texture. To add colour, Opa's new bar fitout is using greenery.

Amid the refreshed surroundings, the same menu remains on offer from 11am daily, including bar snacks such as ocean trout fritters, taramasalata, baby yiros and five different types of oysters — and brews, wine and cocktails to knock back. Head by from 4–6pm, however, and schooners will only cost you $7, select vino $8 and espresso martinis $12 during happy hour.

"The bar reno extends Opa's casual al fresco dining offering out to the boardwalk, making it the perfect place to enjoy lowkey mezze and a signature cocktail or two," advises owner Michael Tassis, who is having a busy year.

Fosh, his new Hamptons-inspired seafood restaurant with caviar bumps, opened at Portside in Hamilton in August. Over in West End, upscale steakhouse Rich & Rare launches on Thursday, September 28. The Tassis Group also already boasts Yamas Greek + Drink and Massimo in its stable, and has an overwater restaurant and bar Bombora and landing cafe Mulga Bill's on the way in 2024 as part of Kangaroo Point's new green bridge.

 

Find Opa Bar + Mezze at 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane — open 11am–late daily.

Published on September 26, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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