Drinks and laughs and good times: "The Royal Exchange Hotel Toowong Brisbane" Australia Nightlife Tip by Amelei

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by Amelei

Situated within 10 seconds of the Toowong railway station, and less than 10 minutes from the University of Queensland, the RE has a long tradition of quenching Brisbane's thirst. Dating back to the last century, the RE commenced its existence as a resting spot for weary travelers - somewhere where they could hitch their horses and grab some tucker, a welcome beer and a place to stay.

Since then the culture of the place has understandably changed, although it remained a popular haunt with locals and travelers alike till the early to mid eighties. However, up until that time, another one of Brisbane's great pubs, the Regatta, had won over the hearts, minds and livers of Brisbane's highly active student population. The 'gatta was the place to drink as a student in the 70s and 80s.

But then things started to change. The University of Queensland crowd, in particular, began to slide, ever so slightly, closer to their University base. The 'gatta lost some of its charm, its status as a student pub. And that crown was slowly, ever so slowly donned by the RE. By the time the early to mid 90s had slid around, the RE was firmly entrenched as the student pub of Brisbane. Pop into the RE on a random weekday, or even the weekend, and chances are you would see one of your student mates.

So what is the appeal of the RE? AustralianBeers.com decided to send a trusty reviewer to ask several of its regular patrons to sum this up in three words or less, and the resounding conclusion was simple: the beer garden.

Dress Code: DRESS CODE:
Well you know the deal, neat, tidy, presentable, and some expensive aftershave guys....really thats all there is to it :-)

This isnt my favourite bar by a long shot. I do enjoy a casual drink there and it does have some great live music. Great for mingling. The Regatta is about a 2 min walk around the corner so you can kind of do the student pub crawl.

It is a student bar

Address: Toowong Brisbane
Directions: Across the road from toowong train station
Theme: Live Music

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 12, 2005
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