I very rarely venture to the northside of Brisbane.
I grew up in Logan. A far way away from the northern suburbs. Even now, I still live on the south side. Yet, Nic and I found ourselves in Bracken Ridge about a month ago as we were invited to Phoenix Bar, the newest addition at Bracken Ridge Tavern. It is a revitalised and modern-looking lounge that aims to bring a bit of the inner city vibe into the suburbs.
Bracken Ridge Tavern (BRT) is like many of the suburban taverns. It’s large and multi-purposed. From the gaming lounge to the sports bar, function rooms and casual family restaurant. BRT has been owned by the same family for over 30 years and is a firm favourite for locals.
Phoenix Bar is a spacious area with “cages” or booths. There’s also a large “nest” which holds up to 40 people. It’s open air with shelter, in place of air conditioning is a fan and regular sprays of cool mist! Fun! The decor is mostly dark and wooden adding to that cool, modern vibe.
They have an impressive range of craft beers on tap, as well as a very cool automatic “Enomatic” wine dispenser. This dispenser gives the option of a sip, taste or glass of various different wines with a card. Very impressed with the technology behind this – it accounts for even the viscosity of wines to give an accurate pour. It also gives a wonderful opportunity to sample some top of the range wines without having to purchase a whole bottle that would cost a triple digit number.
Knowledgeable staff behind the bar have in-depth knowledge of beers, wines and cocktails. The cocktail menu is a mix of interesting interpretations of classics, all your favourites and even shared cocktails. There’s even a separate selection of mocktails (for those that need to drive).
The food menu is based around the idea of predominantly shared plates ranging from small servings to more generous sizes. There’s a good selection of different wings, sliders and pizzas on hand too. I like the menu, it offers a slightly more sophisticated menu than your standard pub meals. The booth that we sat in had small wood stumps as tables which got slightly tricky to balance multiple options and drinks. The staff quickly clear plates as necessary though.
The food was cooked well and everything tasted good. Some of the food was a little ordinary but the sauces on the side added that extra flavour. The beef short rib sliders was my favourite shared dish. The sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and macadamia ice cream was my highlight from Phoenix Bar. The nuttiness of the ice cream went great with the caramelised, sticky sweetness of the pudding and butterscotch sauce. Spot on flavour combo.
Dining details: Mid-week dinner for two
The verdict: modern offering in the northern suburbs, food is not your usual cheap pub prices but it’s also not your usual pub standard fare. Great for when you don’t want to have to travel into the city for great cocktails and tasty food. Versatile seating arrangements make it flexible for couples to large groups. They have weekly events most nights including All You Can Eat Ribs for $25 on Tuesdays!
This place wins the award for: best pub food on the northside!
Phoenix Bar (Bracken Ridge Tavern)
Monday – Thursday: 4pm to late (food served until 10pm)
Friday – Sunday: 11am to late
154 Barrett Street, Bracken Ridge
We dined as guests on behalf of Phoenix Bar/Bracken Ridge Tavern.