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The Elephant Hotel: New and Improved

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by Ranyhyn Akui (subscribe)
A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published February 26th 2014
A Valley favourite made even better
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Previously The Elephant and Wheelbarrow, Whickam Street's iconic British-style pub has evolved into a classier version of itself, losing the wheelbarrow and re-opening as The Elephant Hotel.

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The Master Bar
Ditching the backpackers hostel upstairs for a sleek new bar, the first floor has been transformed into a stunning Master Bar with a very British pub feel. Complete with leather couches, tartan carpet (yes, tartan) and a veranda overlooking busy Whickam Street (great for people watching on a Saturday night I'm thinking), the space manages to be both cosy and sleek with exposed brickwork giving a nod to the original architecture. A breezy deck out the back overlooks the stage downstairs while down the hall new function rooms continue the British pub theme and offer either cocktail style or sit-down dinner function areas. The new bar is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday and also available for exclusive hire.

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Downstairs, the main bar and beer garden retain the same feel as before, just revamped and refreshed for a more modern look. An eye-catching urban artwork has turned the back wall into a feature instead of just the side of an adjacent building, providing a spectacular backdrop for the live bands who appear weekly at the hotel.

The menu has also had a makeover with classic pub grub and wood-fired pizzas now alongside trendy, lighter options like quinoa salad. I tried out their pulled pork nachos and wood-fired pizza (not so light, I know) and while it was no culinary masterpiece it was pretty good for pub fare with pub prices to match and perfect for a Friday lunch or weekend dinner with a pitcher or cocktail.

The Elephant Hotel's new look is a winner and ensures the watering hole could become a Valley favourite in no time at all.
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