Bavarian Beerhaus is a colossal German beer hall occupying the iconic Royal Snack Bar building at the edge of the Brisbane Showgrounds at Bowen Hills.
The nostalgic landmark has been transformed into a stunning industrial chic pavilion with soaring ceilings, a striking bar in the centre, ping pong and Fusseball tables and astroturf garden.
Standing sentry at the entrance to the funky Welcome to Bowen Hills eat street, the Bavarian Beerhaus faces off with the Brisbane Showgrounds across the road and is on track to become a Brisbane icon in its own right.
For here’s the place to find rollicking good times, fun and games, copious beer and cheap eats every day of the year until late.
Bavarian Beerhaus has 40 beers on tap, including everything from local craft to imports including German brews are rarities such as Laguritas from California. And if you’re not into beer, there’s wines, bubbles (including Moet et Chandon), espresso martinis on tap, frozen margaritas and crafty beer cocktails as well as a great range of flavoured schnapps.
Purchase a stein of beer between 4 and 6pm daily and you’ll be treated to a free plate of finger-lickin’ good ‘Free Royal Snacks’ from the retro style Royal Snack bar food cart. Think lamb ribs, and chicken wings, loaded fries and, with a nod to the Ekka heritage, Dagwood Dogs.
Otherwise, like the drinks list, the impressive food menu features German, American and Australian flavours with a creative twist. For Starters there’s giant pretzels, mac and cheese balls, loaded fries and spicy squid. Platters are a great group share deal with options including a Sausage Platter (with sausage flavours such as pork, maple & bacon, chicken and coriander or an extra long Frankfurter), working up to The Epic Sports Feast for 4, featuring giant pretzels, mac and cheese balls, a whole roast chicken, mash potato, cheese kransky, chicken wings and loaded fries.
Otherwise Signature Dishes include Bavarian or Sausage Tasting Platters for one, The Famous Crispy Pork Knuckle, Fish & Chips and Crackling Pork Belly.
One house specialty is the Beerhaus BBQ, with choices of BBQ Schnitzel, smoked pork belly and Spiced Rub Wagyu and another the Schnitzels which come classic or loaded (Including Mexican, American, Canadian and Hawaiian).
And for those after something lighter, Bavarian Beerhaus has a Build Your Own Salad or Wrap option, where you choose your own ‘cheese’, ‘stuffing’, ‘protein’, ‘leaves’ and ‘Haus made dressing’. At each table are salad menus with all the options to tick off and hand in at the bar, where all food orders are taken.
Dessert-wise, there’s Belgian waffles, apple strudel cinnamon sugar Pretzel donuts and, in another nod to the Royal Snack Bar, Ekka-style strawberry sundaes with a twist.
Not just a place to eat drink and be merry, Bavarian Beerhaus has plenty to keep the crowds entertained, with live music and games on weekends and all kinds of lures throughout the week:
Monday: All You Can Meat Platters ($39pp) + Ping Pong Tournament
Tuesday: All-Day $2 Mini Hot Dogs + Trivia
Wednesday: 10¢ Wings + Comedy Night
Thursday: $20 Schnitz Blitz (Schnitty & 300ml beer) + Shuffle Board Showdown
Friday: Foosball Tournament + Friday Night Footy
Saturday: Live Bands & Performances
Sunday Funday: Giant Adult Games + Free Hot Dog With Every Stein
Need to know - All food orders are taken at the bar.
Nice to know - There is on-street parking in surrounding streets.
Cnr King St