Remember the messy Irish pub in the Entertainment District? He had a total transformation
There are a number of reasons why you may have visited the Entertainment District in the past, but if you were thirsty while in this relatively secluded corner of town, there really wasn’t any. only one option for a relaxed evening. PJ Gallagher’s Irish pub was a long-standing choice for a beer before a gig at the Hordern, a spritz after a show at Max Watts, or a meeting point under the towering fig trees of Moreton Bay that guard the pub when Cirque du Soleil or Magic Mike Live pitched a tent.
However, the next time you visit Moore Park, it won’t be PJ who quenches your thirst. This tired old lair received quite a shine while the rest of us were locked out. The venue, which will now be known as Watson’s, received a million dollar facelift after it was taken over by Michael Watson (Wats On Events) and his business partner, West Tigers manager Danny Stapleton.
In accordance with current public health orders, the place is preparing to open the doors to its first customers on Monday, October 18.
The new owners promise a whole new vibe, with a press release stating: a courtyard bar and a four-meter mega screen, perfect for capturing all the sporting action with a schooner in hand.
During the day, you can expect acoustic performances on the sun-drenched decks, and after the 2.5 million fig tree-worshiping fairy lights twinkle, you can explore the main bar, bistro, and event space at the level one.
The Nouvelle Cuisine is led by Uriel Kilala, former chef at Martin Place Bar, and will focus on traditional pub fare. The majority of the menu will be homemade and will include pickles, preserves and sauces made from seasonal and local produce, showcasing local suppliers like Vic’s Premium Quality Meats. Meanwhile, the bar has a solid drink offering, including a variety of wines (mostly Australian), a huge selection of craft, international and Australian bottled beers and all 32 taps. The cocktail menu offers all the classics.
It’s a new era for the entertainment district. Catch yourself over there for a bevvie.