After an extensive $1.1-million renovation, the historic Royal Hotel in Nundah has reopened, revealing a transformation that blends heritage with modernisation and introducing a brand-new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue on the upper floor, aptly named the Royal Quarters.
Originally established in 1888, the Royal Hotel has long been a beloved fixture in the Northside community, catering to generations of beer enthusiasts. The venue has now gone full circle, reclaiming its original name as part of the refurbishment process.
The centrepiece of the revitalisation is the Royal Quarters, a spacious entertainment area on the upper floor with a capacity to host up to 200 patrons.
The versatile space promises a diverse lineup of entertainment options throughout the week, including live music performances, comedy nights, piano bar sessions, and even bingo on Sundays.
This multi-purpose area aims to provide a platform for local talent while offering residents and visitors an inviting space to unwind and enjoy.
The new Royal Quarters also offers unique booth seating for 40 guests. The booth space is ideal for smaller gatherings, with booths offering some privacy within the larger confines of the iconic Quarters.
Several other function rooms and areas, offering both cocktail-style and seating arrangements, are available for up to 250 guests.
In addition to the Royal Quarters, the hotel’s ground floor has also received a comprehensive makeover. The bistro and terrace area have been revamped to create a family-friendly dining space, accommodating up to 120 diners.
The new menu, which blends classic pub fare with seasonal dishes, boasts a variety of tantalizing options, ranging from Moreton Bay bug rolls and pan-seared barramundi to a delectable baked brie cheesecake.
The renovation project paid careful attention to preserving the Royal Hotel’s historical façade, which has been a staple of the Nundah streetscape for over a century. Architectural firm Mel Porter Design masterfully merged traditional elements with contemporary design, breathing new life into the beloved establishment.
The Royal Hotel’s refurbishment is part of Australian Venue Co’s larger initiative to rejuvenate iconic establishments across Brisbane and Queensland. Craig Ellison, Chief Operating Officer of Australian Venue Co, emphasized the company’s commitment to honouring the pub’s heritage while creating a modern space that the community can take pride in.