After months of painstaking and focussed renovation, the fresh and new look Broncos League Club at Red Hill was re-launched on Sunday 13 October 2019, providing a modern dining and gaming experience in inner-city Brisbane.
Now after 30 years of operation, the Club has enjoyed a healthy dose of attention in recent months, having undergone a $9 million facelift.
As well as being a haven and holy ground for football fanatics, the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club is also a buzzing community hub offering restaurants and relaxing cafes, hopeful gaming rooms, fully stocked bars and special occasion reception and meeting rooms.
The Club is located on the grounds of Gilbert Park and opposite the team's high-performance training facility also in Fulcher Road. It is hard to miss Leagues Club, which assumes a dominant space in Fulcher Road and can be easily seen as you enter the street and from the surrounding bikeways and tree-lined walking trails over Enoggera Creek.
Let's take a look at what has changed in the new look, two-level leagues club.
1. A Grand New Entry You'll know you are in the right place when you drive down Fulcher Road and spot the gold and white shade pillars which mark the Clubs' entrance.
There's a convenient porte-cochere area, where you can a drive right up to the entrance and drop off visitors while you park the car. There is also a bench seat at the entrance to wait for a taxi or share ride service when you leave.
From here, the Club's electronic glass doors slide open and your Broncos adventure begins.
2. Inside the air-conditioned Club has been re-shaped and received a modern update with a new internal design, creating a large separated gaming and dining areas. For first time visitors, the staff at the entrance desk will greet and provide information on all of the Clubs' facilities.
3. The Courtyard Cafe
Once you step inside and sign in, the first dining area to see to your left is the new outdoor café called "The Courtyard", which replaces the former Cafe 88.
The building's high glass ceilings are the standout of this area and let in loads of natural light throughout a large seating space. The tables are arranged in such a way that feels very private for reading the paper or meeting with friends.
From the counter, you'll find a cold cabinet of sweet treats and a selection of biscuits to enjoy with all tea and coffee favourites, from lattes to fine teas. Oh, and it's also licenced.
Members receive a discount on all food and beverages, which is a pleasant surprise.
4. Updated Memorabilia Lounge and Wall of Fame
The Broncos have a rich and celebrated rugby league history with Premiership wins and being home to some of the most outstanding players in the game's history.
After finishing at the cafe, be sure to look out for The Wall of Fame, also beside the reception, which carries a trail of some of its most respected players.
National and State representatives, like "The King", Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer and "the Raging Bull" Gordon Tallis have all worn the Broncos jersey and folklore and memories of the Club's finest playing moments, are on display in the Memorabilia Lounge. It's an easy space to find a soft seat and have a conversation with friends while also viewing jerseys, media clippings, and trophies from the team's football triumphs, including being NRL Premiership Champions.
5. Gaming Area and Alfie's Bar
If you fancy a flutter, the gaming area caters for Pokies, Keno and TAB. The Club has a massive 250 Gaming Machines. several dedicated Keno screens, Broncos TAB with full dedicated racing coverage across a number of screens. Grab a drink in the bar named after famous Ipswich born player, Allan "Alfie" Langer
The menu had comfort food favourites and being a buffet meant it's easy to select what you like and go back as many times as you like. The record number of visits from our table was 6 serves. Very happy tummies indeed.
The special menu buffet featured traditional classics including fresh salads, scrumptious seafood, hot and cold meats, antipasto, crispy roast vegetables and roasts and a very yummy dessert bar featuring the fine work of its pastry chefs. Macarons and petit fours were easy companions to the pavlovas, triple, pudding and custard and the chocolate fountain with marshmallows.
The Buffet is available throughout the year minus the tinsel, plum pudding and visit from Santa.
7. The Grill
Back upstairs and my final stop is to the third dining area, "The Grill", which is situated at the back of the club. The Grill has indoor and outdoor seating. full-length windows provide a sensational view of the Gilbert Park training field, where you might even see the team working through their paces.
Something to look out for here is meals prepared on the Mibrasa Woodfired Oven. The quality menu has a range of succulent grilled beef, seafood and Asian dishes. The Grill is open between 12:00-2:00 and 5:30 until 8:30pm
8. Event and function rooms
For special events and gatherings, the club has several function rooms which accommodate between 20-200 guests.
If you are keen to visit the Broncos Leagues Club, just remember that entry requires club membership (by you or you can accompany a member) which is only $2.00. Members can call back at any time throughout the year. Smart dress regulations also apply.
Transport is pretty easy. The Broncos Club offers free car parking for visitors and an undercover car park for members. There is also free street parking available in Fulcher Road. Disabled parking bays are conveniently located close to the entry pathways, in both members and visitors car parks.
Buses stop along Waterworks Road which runs parallel to Fulcher Road.
While I do enjoy tuning into a weekend football match, you don't need to be a football fan to appreciate the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club. You might not know Corey Oates from Jack Bird, but that doesn't matter. But you are likely to spot a fresh, comfortable and community-friendly facility with lots of dining options to meet family and friends and helpful, professional service
So why not kick a goal and check out The Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club.
The Broncos Leagues Club is located at 92 Fulcher Road, Red Hill and is open 7 days a week from 10am.
The courtyard cafe is open from 7am and dog-friendly which I discovered to my dogâ€™s delight one
morning. They even gave him a free dog-cappuccino = whipped cream topped with liver treats. Dog-delectable.