Located on the main route to Brisbane Airport from the city centre, “The Creek” (as it is affectionately known) is often a stopping off point for those leaving or arriving in Brisbane. Built in 1890, it has always been a trendsetter: the first beer garden in Brisbane was here in the 1940s/50s, and the subtropical Staghorn Bar has remained popular. It’s noisy and fun, with seating for 500 and is also a great place for sports lovers, with its big-screen TVs.
Head to the original public bar for beer “off the wood”, and take a look at the historic photos that chronicle the pub’s (and Brisbane’s) history. The Substation No. 41 bar was created from a derelict electricity sub-station during a massive renovation of the hotel in 2002.
Choose your steak from the cabinet – a bit like a butcher’s shop – and have it cooked to order. It will come served with an Idaho baked potato topped with bacon sauce (or with chips), coleslaw, salad, a bread roll and a choice of pepper, mushroom or chilli sauce.