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The Botanic Bar

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Published October 17th 2013
Where life's a garden
Since its opening about a year ago, the Botanic Bar has been the well-kept secret of students from the Queensland University of Technology.

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Cozy but elegant, the Bar is located on the QUT Gardens Point campus. It's just a short (about 5-10 mins) walk from the Brisbane CBD and South Bank… and it's not just for students.

Overlooking the Brisbane River, it's a superb social hub for city workers and university youths alike. Indeed, its blend of sophistication and a lively atmosphere is what makes this bar distinct.

River views
River views

The modern décor, botanic garden serenity (ahh, the serenity!), along with the bar's proximity to business and entertainment centers, makes it ideal for relaxing after a busy day.

The bar offers a vast range of bottled and draught beer, wine and spirits. If you're looking for a drink to cool off with this summer, you're sure to find it (at a really good price) at the Botanic Bar.

Refreshing beverages

The Botanic Bar hosts numerous events such as St. Paddy's and the State Of Origin, as well as the Grand Finals of all the best sports.

There are live music acts, Bingo and Trivia nights, and daily specials from 5 o'clock. The bar also caters for private functions.

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Fun and entertainment

So whether you're catching up with mates after work, escaping the city hustle, or looking for somewhere to start your night out, the Botanic Bar will deliver.
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Why? For a refreshing blend of city sophistication and youthful fun
When: 11am-Late Mon-Fri (and) Subject to bookings on Sat-Sun
Where: 2 George St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Cost: From $4
Your Comment
I didn't even know this place existed but I'm going to have to go check it out!
by Carly Ogborne (score: 3|4626) 2159 days ago
Unfortunately I have to agree with dsjoy, the bar is quite average and whilst adequate for a drink when on campus I would never go out of my way for it. The drink range is limited and the service very average.

The interior is certainly nice and now that L block has been torn down the view is quite relaxing.

The biggest improvement they have made as of late is to have music playing instead of the radio all the time. Nothing worse than having your conversation drowned out by radio presenters.
by broco (score: 0|6) 2159 days ago
Well, I guess it's a matter of perspective cos I think the Botanic Bar's got a pretty wide variety of drink options compared to other uni bars. Actually, I've been to a heap of places that only have two types of beer on tap and just a few spirits. Botanic Bar rocks in comparison.
by kmcgu (score: 1|13) 2158 days ago
While I like the bar (and go there often as a QUT student) this review is just plain misleading.

It certainly does NOT have a "vast range of bottled and draught beer, wine and spirits". It has a perfectly adequate range, for a student bar (and let's face it, that's exactly what this is). But vast? No. Looking for a decent red, or a spirit more exotic than a basic? You wont find it. Want a good cocktail? Not going to happen, the bartenders are just students trying to make some coin, they aren't professionals.

As for river views, well, it would have if the view wasn't blocked by concrete and trees.

Is it a good bar? Yes, definitely, and is far nicer to look at than the old one. But should you make any sort of effort to go there specifically if you weren't already on campus? Probably not.
by dsjoy (score: 0|4) 2159 days ago
Also have to agree with dsjoy and broco...this is a really misleading review. As a mature age student on campus I have popped in for a fortifying tipple a few times and it is quite definitely a (very) young student bar first and chance of a glass of bubbly - has to be a bottle. And the choices of wine by the glass, while cheap, are certainly not extensive! The last time I was there a group of jug-swilling fellas who kept missing their chairs thought it was so hilarious we should all hear about it over and over again. As for staying open late...well...I've gone looking for a drink after a particularly trying tutorial only to find them closing up at 9pm. The bar staff though are friendly and fabulous, and keen to keep the queue moving quickly. However, as a place to actively seek out with a group after work...hmmm...probably worth a try but don't go out of your way unless you are, or are really comfy with, the 18-22 age group.
by vince (score: 1|24) 2153 days ago
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