Upcycled Brisbane: Historic Venues For Your Next Event

by Hayley Coulter

Whether or not you’re a history buff, we all love being able to whip out a bit of trivia at a gathering! But what happens when the bars and restaurants of Brisbane become the trivia themselves? Here, we present Hidden City Secret’s favourite venues with a past that dish out the best food and drinks in the present for your next event!

Miraak Kitchen and Bar

Fortitude Valley

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Nowadays, Miraak Kitchen and Bar is cooking up a storm with delectable dishes and neon lights! But before Miraak came along, this little building was the site of Fortitude Valley’s first apothecary in the 1800’s. If you look close enough, you can still spot some of the original features! Cute, right?

At this vivid function venue, you can invite 30 to 250 of your nearest and dearest to celebrate with you here where the old meets the new, and the new is bright and stacked with life and art! For your party, it will be nothing but the best with plenty of drink packages and food packages to choose from. The centrepiece to Miraak’s function offerings are their selection of scrumptious pasta flavours to pair with their fabulous array of starters and desserts! Guests can also be treated to wine, beer, cocktails or spirits dependent on your chosen package, and you don’t want to miss the house special cocktails! The Milly Strawberry Dream in particular is the perfect little pink drink to kick off any celebration.

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Revel Brewing Co. Rivermakers


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Revel Rivermakers is the place to be for a slice of Brisbane’s history! Set in the Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory, the building holds a past almost as delicious as the food! The building has had tonnes of alternative uses across its lifetime, even briefly used as a Royal Australian Navy Base, and now it’s the ideal function venue!

Dine inside or outside, with room for 20 to 300 guests whatever the occasion, and soak in all the stories the building has to tell for your next event. This function venue is one for the beer enthusiasts out there. This is a unique opportunity to be where the magic is happening (or brewing) and sample Revel’s independent craft beer while you celebrate! With the chance to tuck into some delicious platters on the function menu, including their iconic free range wings in three different flavours and a heavenly cheese platter, there’s something for everyone in your party, so choose accordingly!

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The Warehouse

Fortitude Valley

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The Warehouse is a venue that truly says it all in the title. Built in 1905 to deal with overwhelming demand from the adjacent drapery, it has undergone extensive renovations to transform into the rustic chic interiors we see today. We love a bit of exposed brick, and The Warehouse is packed with it, with some gorgeous arched windows that allow the light to flood in and illuminate the space.

A versatile and sophisticated place to celebrate in, The Warehouse can accommodate up to 500 people for a cocktail-style event, or 240 for a banquet! Prepped to quash anyone’s hunger at any hour, The Warehouse can accommodate any function from breakfast to dinner. Perfect for any events you might want to be running at an unconventional time! They’ve also prepared for every (and I mean every) possible situation with their menus, leaving you spoiled for choice on how you’ll spoil your attendees. Scroll through their conference catering, chef’s table or function sit down menus and try to ignore the rumble in your stomach.

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Hope and Anchor


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Once upon a time, this heritage listed building used to serve as a bakery in the late 1800’s, and is now transformed into the quintessential corner pub of your dreams. Hope and Anchor has a classic and unassuming façade, but what’s hidden inside shatters all expectations, with three different seating areas for your party.

Depending on whether you’d like to let loose on the first floor, or upstairs in the lush sunlit conservatory, or even dine privately in the attic (there’s also secret option four: book the whole place!) you can invite anywhere between 8 to 40 guests to your next intimate shindig at Hope and Anchor! Choose the type of celebration that represents you from Hope and Anchor’s canape menus, banquet menus or even their a la carte menu which will have you set from starters to desserts! We all love a stress-free event, and Hope and Anchor makes that happen with any of these enticing food options (including the beetroot and goats cheese arancini which is to die for)!

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Fortitude Valley

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Slick, modern and simple, Lightspace was born from a converted warehouse and is now one of the coolest places to hold a function in Brisbane! From the main warehouse to the bar lounge and outdoor terrace, everything oozes a rustic elegance that you can decorate to perfectly suit you and your event.

Lightspace accommodates 250 people for sit-down dining or 500 for a cocktail event. The best part is that you can divide the space how you like without having to worry about that other party behind the curtain (we’ve all been there). Once you book the space, it’s yours! The venue that keeps on giving, Lightspace is the ideal venue for those of us who like to feel in control of their planning, with food options galore! You can select full service catering from their chosen caterers, get a grazing table, or even bring a food truck into the warehouse (as long as they’re reasonably sized, of course). Gone are the days of worrying about that one thing on the set menu you might not like! Finally, you can organise your ideal party without any compromise.

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If you want your next event to have something rustic, something historical, something elegant, or something different, better get booking! It’s the season to celebrate, so make sure you secure your event with a side of history and get ready to entertain.

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