Brisbane city set to welcome The Villager, resident
Gastro Bar and Supper Club
Brisbane city is set to welcome new resident The Villager to 185 George Street as the multi level heritage building, once owned by YMCA and more recently home to Little Jumbo and Jorge, faces its newest incarnation as an inspired Gastro Bar and bona fide Supper Club.
Due to roll out the welcome mat in time for Christmas, The Villager will deliver a new concept in casual dining and late night lounging to Brisbane's hospitality landscape a place for the unpretentious yet discerning to stop by for a home-cooked meal or settle in for a night of tasty tipples.
Like the city it now calls home, The Villager is a mixed bag. A community of character and a hotchpotch of style where nothing really matches but everything effortlessly fits. Gracious yet sometimes irreverent.
The Gastro Bar, nestled on the lower level beneath an extended mezzanine area, represents a novel take on traditional bar dining with a homely offering of classic comfort food with a modern twist, as well as an inventive cocktail menu and extensive beer and wine selection.
"The Gastro Bar combines the comfort, character and casualness of the quintessential pub with the gastronomy and refinement of a stand-alone restaurant", said newly appointed head chef James Williams who earned his stripes under David Pugh (Restaurant Two) and Russel Armstrong (Seasalt at Armstrongs).
"The menu showcases traditional comfort food you know and love, tarted up just enough to give it an edge but uncluttered enough to let the produce speak for itself", he said.
The setting is equally as comfortable. Years of disguise has been blasted away to expose the building's original brick walls and hardwood beams, accented by industrial pendant lights, whimsical wall paper, flamboyantly upholstered banquette seating and quirky wall hangings.
The Gastro Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and even incorporates a street-fronting espresso bar, fuelling George Street commuters with their daily caffeine hit and light bites.
Upstairs on level two, the lofty high ceilings, rich chocolate floorboards and sash windows of the Supper Club await late night gatherings.
Open from 9pm by way of its own discreet entrance, The Villager Supper Club exudes the casually seductive character of New York's hidden drinking dens. A mishmash of worn leather Chesterfields, battered armchairs and vintage bric-a-brac makes for a cosy and conversational backdrop to hours spent sampling expertly crafted cocktails; an impressive list of wine, spirits and Champagne; and a tempting supper menu served until 3am. Yes, 3am!
"The Villager's Supper Club will fill a great void in Brisbane's late nightlife options, particularly for the more discerning end of the market and also for the city dweller," said co-owner Neil Shannon ex-Onyx (Milton) who is putting the final touches on his new baby ready for its December 1 opening.
The Villager Hotel Gastrobar & Supper Club
185 George Street, Brisbane firstname.lastname@example.org www.thevillager.com.au
Open 7 days Gastrobar open 7am-12pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner Supper Club open 9pm-3am
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SOURCE: The Villager Hotel