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The 135-Year-Old 'Royal Hotel' Is The Site Of Brisbane's Newest Music Venue

27 July 2023 | 10:54 am | Mary Varvaris

Royal Hotel Nundah has opened a 200-person capacity music venue.

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Last week, the 135-year-old Royal Hotel Nundah officially reopened as a music venue and classic pub, serving the meals you know and love while local acts perform in its “fresh entertainment space”.

The Royal Hotel, on Sandgate Road, has had a $1.1 million facelift that offers a 200-person capacity music venue upstairs, officially named the Royal Quarters.

According to a Concrete Playground report on its substantial makeover, the Royal Hotel will host an abundance of entertainment options each night. On Thursday evenings, you can stroll up for some comedy, on Fridays, tune into a piano bar session, live gigs on Saturday nights, and wrap up with bingo on a Sunday.

“Royal Hotel is a Nundah institution, and we are thrilled to open the doors again to our community,” Venue Manager Naomi Franklin told Concrete Playground. “It is a historic pub and a space for the entire family to enjoy no matter the occasion, with weekly entertainment and an exciting new menu and interiors.”

In terms of the venue’s music gig guide, Royale With Cheese – Your Favourite 90s Cover Band will perform on Thursday, 3 August, and Roaring Lion will host a Bob Marley tribute concert on Saturday, 5 August. Last month, The Superjesus singer Sarah McLeod provided “beautifully broken-down” versions of her solo songs and renowned The Superjesus tracks.

The Light & Shady Tour, a standup comedy run by Greg Sullivan & Anna Brennan, will put on a bunch of shows in August.

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On Saturday, 16 December, Aussie music icons Dragon will perform at the Royal Quarters. You can book a table and find out more about the Royal Hotel Nundah on its website.

The Royal Hotel Nundah first opened in 1888. Australian Venue Co’s Chief Operating Officer, Craig Ellison, said about preserving the pub’s history while modernising it in an interview with Your Neighbourhood:

“As a historic Nundah institution, we are focussed on staying true to the pub’s unique heritage throughout the renovations. We have worked closely with the architects to ensure that, like with Crown Hotel, we are creating a modern pub that residents and families are proud to call their local.

“The Royal Hotel is a very exciting project, creating more entertainment and social space for people to enjoy throughout the year. This renovation is part of a huge program of investments into pubs in Brisbane and throughout Queensland.”