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Ivory Tusk Is Fortitude Valley's Soon-to-Open Palm Springs-Inspired Bar with a Garden Terrace

It's taking over part of Woolly Mammoth — and adding a tropical vibe.
By Sarah Ward
July 30, 2019
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Ivory Tusk Is Fortitude Valley's Soon-to-Open Palm Springs-Inspired Bar with a Garden Terrace

It's taking over part of Woolly Mammoth — and adding a tropical vibe.
By Sarah Ward
July 30, 2019
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Home to brews, bands and giant-sized board games since 2014, Ann Street's Woolly Mammoth Alehouse is getting an in-house sibling venue: a tropical-themed watering hole called Ivory Tusk.

Slated to open on Thursday, August 22, the new bar is taking over Woolly Mammoth's Mane Stage area and giving it a Palm Springs-inspired revamp, complete with plenty of pastels.

As well as transforming the Fortitude Valley's site's existing garden terrace into a tequila-focused party space, Ivory Tusk will boast three bar areas, all serving up cocktails on tap. Expect eight different concoctions made from fresh ingredients and botanicals, plus a range of craft brews.

Food-wise, the venue will champion Mexican cuisine, with the kitchen overseen by Executive Chef Graeme McKinnon (Covent Garden) and Head Chef Jack Thompson (The Line & Label, Port Lincoln). Think gazpacho tequila shooters, lamb barbacoa and roast pork, as well as vegan-friendly and gluten-free options. With the site also doubling as an events space — and catering for between 20-1000 people — set menus will be a feature.

Visitors will also spy plenty of colour, new furnishings and a lighter, airier feel to suit the 'tropicali' vibe, thanks to renovations led by Luis Nheu of BSPN Architects. In the garden terrace, that means pendant lighting and a stencilled terrazzo floor. Back inside, Woolly Mammoth's band room has also been given a makeover.

Ivory Tusk's entertainment lineup will span regular DJs, live bands and rockaoke — aka karaoke, but with a live band playing as you sing.

And if you're fond of Woolly Mammoth in its current guise, its Mane Stage will still be hanging around — just smaller, and on the site's upper level.

Find Ivory Tusk at 633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley from Thursday, August 22.

Published on July 30, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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