Howard Smith Wharves is here
It’s here – Brisbane’s newest entertainment and lifestyle precinct has opened three dining spots and two impressive event spaces.
The Rivershed and Howard’s Hall
Heritage wharf building turned stunning event venue, The Rivershed, held the precinct’s first ever event on 13 November for 570 guests of the Australian Airport Association’s National Conference networking event.
The Rivershed showcases interiors by local design studio Fellows Interiors, and features exposed wood beams and a soaring six-metre-high gabled roof. Holding 480 guests seated and 630 for standing cocktails, The Rivershed is a popular choice for event bookings.
Howard’s Hall, designed by award-winning architecture and interiors studio Woods Bagot, features lofty ceilings, retractable floor-to-ceiling windows and flexible space-in-spaces (think rooftop terraces and rooms of varying size) which allow multiple events to be hosted at once.
Offering an 1100m2 event space also with uninterrupted views of the river and Story Bridge, Howard’s Hall’s cocktail capacity is 1200, making it the perfect place for large-scale events, or divided up into smaller rooms, caters perfectly for more intimate events.
Felons Brewing Co. opened its doors on 23 November, serving brewery-fresh beer and delicious food.
Run by a team of passionate beer experts – many of them Little Creatures alumni – Felons is more than just a place for Brisbane locals to meet and share freshly brewed beer: it is also a contemporary architectural landmark. Its name is displayed in gigantic hand painted black lettering across the roof of the brewery. Visible from the air, the sign measures 47 metres long and 5 metres wide.
Impressive overwater bar and dining spot, Mr Percival's threw open their doors on 29 November.
Mr Percival’s design is informed by the elegant eye of Anna Spiro Design, from the architectural framework and speakeasy-style octagon shaped bar, to the charming pelican logo.
Taking cues from Europe’s most iconic, unpretentious beach clubs, the atmosphere at Mr Percival’s has been devised to spur a sense of year-long summer.
Mr Percival’s head chef is Damien Styles: formerly of The Fish House - awarded one hat in two consecutive years under his watch. Under Styles, Mr Percival’s menu rises to meet its decor: its Aperitivo-style bar snacks abound in understated cool.
It’s not difficult to imagine afternoons turning to evenings while curled against plush, upholstered 70s print chairs—all dreamed to life by Spiro—while sipping on something sweet and sampling Styles’ smart offerings: be it fried zucchini flowers stuffed with crab or a succulent lobster roll, or anchovies done simply with a baguette, or—wait for it—whipped cod roe served up with a warm baguette.
Bringing his contemporary interpretation of the Greek taverna to the north, restaurateur Jonathan Barthelmess opened Greca on 8 December.
Following the success of The Apollo (Sydney, Tokyo) and Cho Cho San (Sydney), Greca is inspired by the Mediterranean way of life, and the pleasures of eating together, the menu celebrates the simplicity of traditional Greek flavours in dishes designed to share.
With interiors designed by Jonathan’s childhood friend George Livissianis, the warehouse space has been painted white like a traditional Greek taverna, but there’s also greenery in the form of olive trees, custom-made straw furniture and timber.
With an open kitchen, Greca’s menu revolves around charcoal and woodfired grills, and features grilled seafood and meats, as well as many traditional Greek dishes such as taramasalata, spanakopita and dolmades.
Coming in 2019
Scheduled to open in 2019 will be a 164 room, 5-star Art Series boutique hotel. The five-star hotel will also feature a pool terrace and bar, as well as retail and a restaurant on the lower level.
Art Series Hotels has announced the hotel would be named after acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo. The hotel will feature both original artworks and up to 500 reproductions of Fantauzzo’s most recognised works.
Visit howardsmithwharves.com to learn more.