Mary Mae's Bar and Kitchen in New Farm is a go-to place for those wanting to combine dining, sunset drinks with friends with one of the best views of the southern reach of the Brisbane River.
About Mary Mae's
Mary Mae's is part of the Trippas White Group, which manages a diverse portfolio of restaurant, cafe and event spaces across Australia.
When talking about Mary Mae's, it's hard to go past location, location, location. Situated on the city fringe in New Farm, just 2kms from the CBD, Mary Mae's has the enviable privilege of resting on one of Brisbane's premier locations. You see, not only is it situated beneath the Brisbane Powerhouse, a favourite arts and performance space, it also looks directly over the water directly on the glorious Brisbane River and one of the city's favourite parks.
The uninterrupted views of the river take in Lourdes Hill College, on the opposite hill, and an impressive collection of rather opulent riverfront homes. It can be hard to stop looking at the passing City Cats on their way up and down the river, the buzz of jet skis, and the odd seagulls calling past in search of a stray chip.
Mary Mae's is also directly outside is a new jetty hub with inner and outer pontoons where commercial and recreational users can "park" their watercraft and enjoy the water and nearby facilities.
There's indoor seating (with glass windows and doors making sure no one misses out on the view) including some cosy soft seating spots adding a touch of privacy. It has an overwhelming industrial look and feel with the coolness of lots of grey and the rawness of cement. It also feels open and light, bringing the outside in.
Of course, there is the more casual wooden boardwalk deck if you prefer to be as close to the water as you can. When sitting outside, you feel in the thick of the action as walkers, runners and cyclists pass with varying levels of intent from the casual viewer to the serious trainer. May Mae's is dog friendly and so friendly in fact that pups have there own kids plastic sandpit filled with water. That will make sure they stay cool.
While on the boardwalk, be sure to also look out for the red installation of "Flood" - an artwork paying homage to the 1974 Brisbane Floods, one of the city's most significant events, which saw homes and businesses ruined and damaged from the unrelenting, muddy flood waters.
Stepping inside Mary Mae's takes you directly to the bar. Also a wedding and events venue. The menu
offers breakfast and lunch options. Breakfast ranges from $9 to $22 with a standout including Avocado bruschetta on focaccia (GFO) heirloom tomato salad, halloumi, shaved sprouts, and pepitas. A lunchtime standout is Garden vegetable Gnocchi (V) $26 zucchini, tomato, capsicum, squash, chili, basil pesto and pepitas.
To find Mary Mae's and experience it for yourself, head to 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005. There are mountains of options for getting there including, car, bike, bus, ferry, kayak, or jet ski. Take your pick.
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