If you're not yet acquainted, pull up a deckchair on the Eagle St boardwalk this weekend at the casual cocktail hotspot, Riverbar & Kitchen.
Despite its five-star stunning location, the venue has an approachable and unpretentious vibe attracting a mixed crowd from suits to scenesters.
The joint venture between Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan, along with Solotel Hospitality Management, has developed a vibrant weekend scene with a strong following, which you’ll notice at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Distinctly Queensland, the space boasts a modern, open plan layout with a 20m bar extending the length of the venue from the yacht-like interior to the outdoor courtyard shaded by colourful beach umbrellas. Organic embellishments are injected into the nautical design, such as hanging plants and bleached timber furnishings alongside large looping ropes, coloured glass fishing floats, white weatherboard and striped deckchairs. The coastal references are anything but subtle, however they are innovatively executed, steering well away from tacky and fitting seamlessly with the stylish surroundings.
The Mediterranean share-style menu suits the atmosphere perfectly. Stand outs include, the Meze plate of assorted dips and Turkish bread, the crispy chicken wings with chipotle slaw, the spicy lamb quesadilla pizza with avocado and sour cream, and, the signature favourite, snow crab sliders with lettuce, kewpie and gherkins.
Grab a jug of watermelon and mint caipiroska or pear and cider sangria or spike one of the homemade
cordials – black cherry, passionfruit and coconut, or traditional lemon – with rum or vodka.
This place hits the mark for style and fare while still keeping things relaxed. You’ll find stunning river views, a buzzing atmosphere, and a menu that rivals its fine dining neighbours - all you need do is provide the company.
Just be warned, you will want to work your way through the cocktail list so leave the wheels at home.