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The Regatta Hotel

543 Coronation Dr, Toowong, QLD
(07) 3871 9595

Since being refurbished, Brisbane has come back to the Regatta in droves, positioning the Hotel as one of Brisbane’s favourite entertainment venues. The Regatta’s spirit and identity as the Queen of the Brisbane river has been revived with a fresh new entertainment program including live music, tasty new food menus, from brunch, lunch and dinner; and a continuous string of party events and promotions. The Regatta Hotel has re-emerged as the Queen of the Brisbane River with a huge beer garden, a themed restaurant, open-planned bar and entertainment areas, and a sleek new cut-away cocktail bar and gaming lounge to replace the basement level that once housed stockmen’s cattle.

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The Regatta Hotel Review

Review By Laura Hanley

As one of Brisbane’s most iconic bars, the Regatta Hotel is a popular destination for businessmen and under – thirty’s alike. Located along Coronation Drive, the Regatta offers a mix of good food, cheap alcohol and live entertainment.

Commonly referred to as “Regatta,” “Gatta” or “Regretta” (depending on your level of inebriation) the hotel often provides patrons with a great night out. With functions rooms on the upper levels, a great restaurant next door and a gaming room downstairs, Regatta is frequently full of businessmen sharing a drink after work, and a variety of under – thirty’s enjoying “the game” at the main bar.

The atmosphere at Regatta on Friday and Saturday night is quite relaxed. Friday nights prove to be busier than Saturdays, but nonetheless the hotel is always a popular spot. With public transport available left, right and centre, cabs coming every 15 minutes and parking at the rear, the hotel is easily accessible. It is to be commended that a night at Regatta is never an expensive one, with $10 jugs and $4 spirits, the drinks are exceptionally cheap. This does however, have the tendency to lead rowdy patrons, spilled drinks and queues for the toilet longer than ones for the bar.

My experiences at the Regatta have often been on a Wednesday night, when Regatta turns from a “casual drink after work” into a chock-a-block, teenage infested “Frat Club”. It is rather ill-advised to attend the Regatta on a Wednesday night if one is over the age of… say… 23? The hotel becomes a wading pool of spilled drinks, so heels are big no-no. The lines for the bar become so ludicrous that you consider going home, making your own, and coming back before you even reach the front of the line. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad night… in fact it’s often a very good night. If you’re lucky enough to score a seat, people are welcoming and will no doubt get to know you before the night is up. It is also perfectly acceptable to tear up the dance floor, and escape scot – free. If you’re not a fan of crowds however, avoid Regatta Wednesdays at all costs. It is nothing if not hectic.

The Boatshed restaurant next door serves delicious food at reasonable prices, and accommodates for lunch and dinner.

The Regatta is always a must for anyone new to Brisbane. Whether you “Regretta” your night at Regatta, it is still worth paying the iconic hotel a visit.

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