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Published March 1st 2021
More than just golf
Who knew that a day of exercise, meeting friends and striking a golf ball at an inner-city golf course could include a meal and a drink at a stylish and modern bar and bistro!
The Victoria Park Golf Club is located at Herston Road, Herston. The hilly terrain, upon which Victoria Park Golf Complex sits, has served several purposes. In the past, it has been a quarry, a rifle range and an encampment for World War Two American troops.
Victoria Park, a now 18 hold gold club, has a long history dating back to its opening in 1931 as Brisbane's first public access golf course. Today, the course also includes a stylish function centre, wedding venue, fun putt putt course and far-reaching driving range.
The Layout The bar and bistro is set on the raised, high end of the rolling and extensive landmass of the club, just past the main entrance. (Head towards the driving range, follow the path of potted petunias in wheelbarrows and you are sure to see it).
The bar and bistro also neighbour the Golf Club's Putt Putt course (or mini-golf), so you might be able to see kids and adults trying their skills around the compact course and avoiding troublesome bunkers, playful obstacles and successfully sinking a ball.
The al fresco bar and bistro, with an adjacent terrace, has a light, airy, modern and chic look and feel. Visitors are greeted by staff and an entrance with a potted pink bougainvillaea shrub (often seen in Bali) which curls around the entry. The garden is lush and filled with sub-tropical plants like croton and bamboo, which thrive in a Queensland environment.
There are several rooms including The Orchard, all with a stylish and contemporary but individual design and a prominent white backdrop adding coolness and light. Picnic tables, cafe seating, a marquee, comfy lounges, and pergolas overhead all say "Welcome. Please take a seat". The ambience of the setting is cool and relaxed with a fresh "Queensland" vibe.
From your table on the terrace, you can enjoy extensive views of the Brisbane CBD skyline where you can catch glimpses of the Story Bridge and some of the cities tallest skyscrapers.
The Menu The Victoria Park Bar and Bistro serves a full selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner items with a seasonal menu. The bistro is licensed, so you can select a beverage or two to enjoy with your meal.
Lunchtime mains feature pasta, pizza, burgers, bites/share plates and desserts. Pizzas range from $19-$24. A standout for me was seeing the massive wood-fired pizza oven, serving bianche (a white pizza with no tomato sauce) and rosso pizzas (served with a savoury tomato sauce).
Overall, the Victoria Park Bar and Bistro offered an unexpected and welcome surprise. With its easy, urban location, lovely food, stylish surrounds and photo-worthy views of the Brisbane skyline, it ticked all the boxes.
The Golf Club also has extensive outdoor parking, which is free. Herston is located 4 kms from the Brisbane Central Business District and neighbours the University of Queensland Medical Centre. Golf Club membership is not required to dine at the Bistro.
So why not combine exercise and social catch-ups at the Victoria Park Bar and Bistro?