There have been whispers circulating for months about what has been going on with the heritage-listed house on South Brisbane’s Grey Street, and we’ve finally been given a glimpse of what’s to come…
The iconic Queenslander has been a hallmark feature of South Brisbane for years, having previously housed South Bank Police Station and Spaghetti House during World Expo 88. Now, it is set to reinvent itself once again with a major facelift transforming it into one of Brisbane’s biggest party destinations.
Little Big House is the latest venture by hospitality group, Solotel (Riverbar & Kitchen and Aria Restaurant), and is set to breathe new life into South Brisbane from next Friday 1st December.
Blending the history of the heritage building with the fun vibes that Solotel is known for, we’re expecting the soon-to-be-opened pub to become the perfect venue where old meets new.
Little Big House will be located in South Bank’s Southpoint precinct, which is a mixed-use retail and dining destination that recently underwent a $600M upgrade. Southpoint is a buzzing lifestyle spot created by the Anthony John Group (Emporium), that is positioned at the southern end of Grey Street and also incorporates the South Bank train station.
Solotel Director Bruce Solomon said it was the building’s history and charming façade as well as the location that attracted the group to Southpoint.
“South Bank is a premier destination – and we’re really excited to bring a fun new experience to the area. This is my third venture in Brisbane with Matt (Moran) and we can’t wait for the locals to see what’s inside. The building and its history really demanded we create something special.”
If one thing is true, it’s that Brisbane-locals are suckers for a damn good house party, and Little Big House is shaping up to be the hottest house party destination, just in time for the silly season. The heritage listed Queenslander has been raised to allow for endless party vibes downstairs while keeping its iconic verandas perfectly intact upstairs. To encapsulate the feel of long summer nights, palm trees, foliage and fairy lights have been dotted throughout the venue.
If good vibes, people watching, great music and a delicious cocktail (or two) sounds like your idea of a good summer party, you’ll need to put Little Big House at the top of your summer hit list.
We’ve even heard whispers that the party won’t stop at the D-floor with the promise of a karaoke room to be featured somewhere in the venue. Sounds to us like it’s time to start brushing up on our Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics!
With Solotel behind the project, we’re expecting big things from the menu and beverage list. Although we haven’t had a peek of the menu, the images do have prove that Little Big House have taken pub food and reimagined it in the best way possible.
The menu is said to be simple, fun and have an emphasis on quality seasonal ingredients from local Queensland suppliers but by the looks of it, this isn’t your ordinary ‘pub grub’.
Think Brisbane’s best roast chook and chicken party spring rolls!
Head chef Mathew Fulford (ex Stokehouse, Qualia at Hamilton Island) has a passion for using fresh home grown produce.
“With the menu at Little Big House, it was the perfect opportunity to develop something that felt like you’re eating a wholesome meal at home, but a really, good one! We’ve shipped in two rotisseries direct from France to elevate our chicken to what we believe will be Brisbane’s best!” says Fulford.
But don’t think for a second that they’ve forgotten about creating an epic line up of beverages to get us through the summer. There is no denying, Queenslanders love sipping their drinks from an icy-cold can in summer and so Little Big House have created instal-worthy Cocktails in a Can.
The quirky cocktail menu includes the ‘Feels like Apple Pie’; a fresh lime, apple and fireball concoction garnished with mint; and the ‘Grape Expectations’ with Aperol, vodka, lemon and grape soda. There is even an Espresso Martini on the menu that comes served with a toasted marshmallow!
We’ve been told that there’s a play on ‘little’ and ‘big’ at the venue with the name subtly referring to the small and large beer and wine options available at Little Big House. With both bottled and tap beers, as well as an exclusive craft stock on offer, we’re sure the brews are set to delight Brisbane beer lovers.
We’ve also been told that Little Big House will feature an additional element to the business with takeaway coffee available for locals on-the-go. We aren’t certain if this will be available upstairs or not, but we’re assuming the coffee will be served on the ground level around the neighbouring retailers, including Neil Perry’s Burger Project.
If this isn’t enough to get you excited, take a peek at the teaser video that is sure to having you dreaming of long summer nights with a cocktail in hand.
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