The Drawing Room is a secret, intimate bar within award-winning Brisbane CBD bar The Gresham, serving historical Queensland inspired cocktails in an old-world venue.
Visitors to the bar must ring a doorbell to request entry, as only 24 are allowed in at the one time. Step inside and be transported back to the 1940’s to 50’s era; the bar is laden with collectibles and ornate objects, as well as beautiful leather furniture and a grand piano. The ambient lighting makes it the ideal setting to enjoy an intimate tipple or two.
The drinks menu is where the fun starts, as their divine, exclusive cocktail list of 10 is in chronological order, each named after a historic Queensland event. Such as the 1859 Fizz – named after the day that Queen Victoria signed letters patent to form the colony of Queensland. Or the Gold Rush, celebrating 1877 when the Queensland Gold Rush hit, with nearly 17,000 people migrating to Queensland to find their fortune.
Naturally there is also an abundance of spirits to choose from, particularly whisky from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, rare and limited signature vintage releases as well as a long list of whiskeys by the region. Alternatively, sip on one of their wines, Champagne, beer, cider or sparkling.
Need to know – You must ring the doorbell to enter. If the room is full, you will be placed on a waiting list where you will receive a text message when your reservation is available.
Nice to know – The official launch was Thursday, 10 August.
By Zoe Kirby