New Farm’s favourite gastropub and garden bar
14 Mar 2016
Tucked away behind the confusing maze of the Valley, New Farm hides a lot of delicious cafes, restaurants and bars in its leafy streets. But when it comes to heading out for a relaxing feed followed by a few cheeky drinks, there’s one place the locals always go back to – the Brunswick Hotel. After undergoing quite a sizable makeover, this 127-year-old pub is looking bigger and better than ever with a brand new leafy garden bar, casual bistro and glam looking lounge bar to introduce yourself to, all hidden behind an impressive heritage façade. Best of all, there’s a tasty new gastropub menu to go with it all, including some seriously delicious tapas that you may not want to share. Everything from chilled Sunday afternoon sessions to laid-back date nights are covered here, with so much more than chicken parmys and steaks on offer (although they do a mean chicken parmy and Black Angus rib fillet – just saying). Head in for after work drinks (we recommend the espresso martini) and split a tapas board, with dishes like cheesy truffled mushroom arancini balls, crispy lemon myrtle calamari and spiced pork belly to mix and match. If you’re after something heartier, wrap your hands around a Wagyu beef burger or a meaty Butcher’s Block pizza, both best paired with one of the craft beers on tap. In the bistro, classic pub grub has been given a gourmet twist. Think spicy seafood gumbo packed with prawns, scallops and mussels, crispy duck Maryland atop truffled mushroom risotto and beef and basil stir fry with steamed jasmine rice. Admit it, you’re ready to make Brunswick Hotel your new local already, aren’t you? If you’re looking for a mid week date night spot that will leave you with change for dessert, they’ve got that covered too. Cosy up over a main meal in the bistro (perhaps with a glass of wine or two) from Sunday to Friday, and get a movie ticket to use at the New Farm Cinemas, all for $30pp. Who said romance wasn’t cheap? There are plenty more reasons to stick your head in and check out the Brunswick Hotel’s new look, from $15 parmys on Wednesdays, $15 steaks on Thursdays, scrumptious $12 lunches on weekdays and even trivia and karaoke nights. Whatever your plans, you’ll find a place for them at the Brunswick Hotel. Find the grand old dame that is the Brunswick Hotel (with a bit of a nip and tuck) at 569 Brunswick Street, New Farm, open 7 days a week. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!