Out of upheaval and chaos come new things. And the Stokehouse Bar and Restaurant is one of those Phoenixes rising from the ashes. When the floods devastated Brisbane it took a lot of Southbank with it. The restaurants and bars under the Goodwill Bridge all flooded and took some time to come back.
But come back they did. With all new facades and names the end result has been stunning, modern and has transformed Southbank once again.
With the pink tones of the sunset competing with the neon lights of the city and the Riverside Express the view is only one aspect that completes your dining experience.
The Stoke Bar sits at the end of Sidon Street, South Bank. It is a contemporary venue, complete with glass doors that open wide onto the deck overlooking the Brisbane River, QUT and the expressway. The wooden slats on the upper level of the interior have been deftly constructed by quality craftsmen and carry on to the exterior harmonizing it with its surroundings.
The bar is first when you enter, with various places to sit - be it lounging on the sofas, with room for at least 8, sitting along the rails or on the bar stools at tables for 2 or 4 that afford you the changing view of the river.
Sit down dining is at the back and comes complete with white table cloths, fine crystal and more views. If, however, you just want to drop in the bar is the place for you. You can come here and hang out with your friends or bring your date.
The food is Mediterannean, fresh and tasty. From their bar menu we enjoyed luscious burgers surrounded by fresh buns and shared a bowl of spice coated chips that almost melt in your mouth. The rest of the bar menu is tapas and good for sharing.
We chose a bottle of wine to share - Mt. Langi Ghiran, Cliff Edge Shiraz, 2005, a very nice full bodied wine we will look for again. You can choose by the bottle or glass. There is a menu for either and you can spend anywhere from $55 to $3500 per bottle depending on your tastes and budget.
The Mezzanine level can be booked out for weddings, banquets or company functions. This windowed room will sit 60 people or has room for 100 standing. Go to the website or get more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out of the ashes or mud in this case has risen a new section of Southbank with the Stoke Bar being a place not to be missed.