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Bar Alto

Level 1, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, QLD
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Bar Alto is located at the Brisbane Powerhouse, which is a contemporary multi-arts, dining and conference venue nested on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River beside New Farm Park. The former power station has become a distinct Brisbane landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative, including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas.

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Bar Alto Review

Review by Jimmy Wall

Brisbane Powerhouse best know for being a place for art, culture and history. However, it is also a place where you will find Bar Alto: a venue you can enjoy good food and wine while either looking out over Brisbane River or New Farm park – away from a busy CBD.

Bar Alto is located on level one in the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse building. Once providing electricity for the trams of Brisbane – now it is providing art, culture and a nice place for a night out in a different setting.

The bar area of Bar Alto has kept the original concrete walls and floors of the Brisbane Powerhouse, giving it that rough urban look and feel. The open-space furnishing invites you to sit back and enjoy the industrial part of Bar Alto. or you can head out on the balcony where the beer garden is and look out over the Brisbane River.

Bar Alto offers more than just a bar, it also has a restaurant area – serving Italian inspired food. The restaurant part of Bar Alto has a more brighter decor, with white walls creates a nice atmosphere when dining out.

Even though Bar Alto seems very exquisite, the artistic and creative crowd that frequents at Brisbane Powerhouse gives it a more relaxed atmosphere – making everyone feel special and welcomed.

When it comes to food Bar Alto will cater for any palette, whether you’re just ordering a beer and maybe even some chips on the side or sitting in their restaurant for a full meal. Beer ranges from $6-$8, spirits at $6-$15, glass of wine at $5.5-$13, bottle of wine at $22-$150 and bottle of sparkling at $22-$150. Light bar snacks range from $7-$18, entrée at $19-$23, mains at $22-$31 and desserts at $9-$12.50.

Bar Alto is located away from the major entertainment precincts in Brisbane. It is not a bar you start out at and then easily walk to the next one – unless you just want to walk downstairs to Watt. It is more a place you go to for the atmosphere or when you are going to a show at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Bar Alto shares Brisbane Powerhouse with another bar called Watt, which is more the reason to visit it. A bar and restaurant surrounded by art, culture and history is a place that should be experienced at least once. Have a few beers and enjoy possibly the crispiest chips in Brisbane; or lavish yourself with some exquisite Italian cuisine. Make it a different night – take the ferry to Bar Alto and enjoy the Brisbane River at night.

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