The views of the city skyline, South Bank Parkland and the river from the Plough Inn could be the best from any pub in Brisbane. One of the city’s oldest buildings, the Plough Inn has plenty of character and charm, but recent makeovers have brought it smartly into the 21st century.
Built in 1885 to replace an earlier pub of the same name, a century later the pub was one of five buildings that survived the clearing of old docklands to make way
for Brisbane’s World Expo 88 venue. After the event was over, it again stood its ground for the development of South Bank Parklands around it and has never looked
back. Patrons still flock here for big events like New Year’s Eve or Brisbane’s River Fire, or just because it’s a balmy Queensland night.
The shaded beer garden next to the original building is one of the most popular places to be, with live entertainment at the weekends. The sports bar is a popular place for fans to meet before heading off to a match, or to stay and and watch in comfort on the big screen.
For a quieter spot, there’s the lounge bar, or head upstairs to the Heritage Bar, a replica of the Sydney Cricket Ground members stand. It has the best views, of
the city and the South Bank swimming lagoon.