The Gresham unveils its new bar within a bar – The Drawing Room
Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to introduce you to the concept of barception … that is, a bar within a bar. As if The Gresham hasn’t already given our city enough joy, the multi-award-winning bar is about to reveal The Drawing Room – an intimate internal cocktail bar, only accessible through a button-tufted red leather door.
The minute you step inside Brisbane City’s The Gresham, you are transported back in time through Queensland’s history. The heritage-listed bar is steeped in character, from the polished cedar and limestone finishes, all the way through to that fancy button-tufted red leather door in the back corner. You may have gazed upon that door as you sat at The Gresham’s bar, tracing your finger around the rim of your whisky glass, wondering what secrets were hidden behind it. The truth is, it wasn’t much of a secret at all – it was The Gresham’s private lounge – but as of next Thursday August 10, its contents will only be revealed to 24 people at a time, when it reopens as The Drawing Room.
The Drawing Room was inspired by The Gresham’s bar manager Ryan Lane’s recent visit to The Dead Rabbit in New York, which houses smaller cocktail bar The Parlor within its walls – a vibe that he wanted to emulate here in Brisbane. He set to work transforming the underused private lounge, resulting in a warm intimate space with a distinct heritage feel, oozing old-world charm. When you approach The Drawing Room’s door you’ll ring a buzzer for entry. As the bar only seats 24 guests there will be a waitlist to get in for groups of two to four, and you’ll be sent a text message when your table is ready. Once inside, you will sink into a cushy Chesterfield lounge or leather-upholstered armchair and be greeted by your waiter, who will take your order from The Gresham’s vast beverage selection, or The Drawing Room’s exclusive list of ten carefully concocted cocktails. Much like The Gresham, The Drawing Room will have a strong Queensland focus, with each cocktail based around a certain event in Queensland’s history. The list is curated in chronological order, from the Artemisia (named after the first immigrant ship to arrive in Moreton Bar) combining gin, quandong, gentian and vermouth, through to the New for Old cocktail with brandy, white and dark chocolate, ‘blackened’ cream and spices. With table service, a distinct cocktail focus and a shift in musical style (think 1940s to 1960s rock and live piano on Friday and Saturday nights), The Drawing Room will add another layer to The Gresham’s already diverse offering.
The Drawing Room will open softly as an extension of The Gresham this weekend, but as of next Thursday August 10 the door will close and entry will be via buzzer only. For opening hours and contact details, head to our Stumble Guide.
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