Who would have thought that wharves were the hottest place in town to be seen? These days they are just that, so get your glad rags on and head down to the newest, coolest most scenic place on the Brisbane River - Howard Smith Wharves.
This has been a project in the making over a number of years and while still not complete, the bulk of it is now in place and by all accounts, seems to be a rip-roaring success.
We headed down to New Farm Park on a Saturday night and walked to the Wharves. There are lots of ways to get there. You can park up above and take the lifts down to the Wharves or you can park below in the car park created for them. There is no ferry stop there but the nearest one is Riverside, so if you wanted to use the ferry that would be your option and then a short walk on the boardwalk by the river would be the way to get you there. So plenty of options of how to get to the Wharves. Choose the one that best suits you.
Felons Brewery is fully operational. Large, open and actually quite efficient for the number of people it has to serve, it is the place to enjoy a cool schooner or pint of the best beer. There are tables on the riverside but also a nice grass verge where you can sit if there are no tables. They have pub grub on offer as well which seems to arrive in a reasonable time given how busy they are.
The more "shishi" place for a drink is the interestingly named Mr Percival's which is a bar - drinking venue on a lovely platform on one edge of the Wharves. It is actually over the water which in itself is quite appealing. On a Saturday night, there was a line forming outside as we walked past, so clearly people are eager to visit and enjoy the view while having a cool drink on the deck. They are open every day from 11 am to late. They have a large selection of cocktails and spritzers on offer.
The restaurants that have opened and are operating are the appropriately named Greca which has standard Greek fare and was doing a roaring trade and a Fish and Chippery. There are a couple of other cafes but these were not open in the evening we were there. No doubt more will spring up as the project is expanded and completed.
There is no doubt that the views of the city are simply breathtaking and while there I caught this cityscape in the moment that the sun turned a bright red colour. There are no filters to the photo. It was as beautiful as it appears and very memorable. Walking away after our drink was also wonderful as there was a cool breeze along the river which was full of walkers, bikers and families having a good time.
Well done Brisbane City - and all the other partnerships that have gone into making this once derelict and sad part of the river into the drinking and eating hub it is today ... and of course, there is more to come as the year progresses, so take yourselves down there and return every so often, to see the new places that will be opening up.
If you are interested to hear about the history of the wharves and what is being planned for the near future go to the website by clicking HERE.
Enjoy your new and enlarging Brisbane lifestyle venue.