Considering that this hotel was built in 1889 and that it replaced an earlier hotel on this site it's a wonder that I could only find one older photograph of it. Here it is, relatively late in the piece and flying the "backpackers" flag, in 1989.
(Photo: © Brisbane City Council; BCC-T120-1263.6)
This structure was designed by George W Campbell-Wilson who designed a couple of other suburban pubs also. It is similar to other Brisbane hotels of the period, with wide verandahs and ornate cast iron features.
I haven't been inside, although I pass by it quite frequently. I understand that it has retained its suburban pub roots inside - the last major refurb was towards the end of the fifties. People seem to be divided on whether or not that is a good thing. Apparently the public bar evokes the men-only atmosphere of that period with regular barflies in their customary corners. But it seems that work has been done on the menu - people report pub food of quite good standard at reasonable prices.
The Brunswick stands diagonally opposite the Rivoli Theatre that we looked at recently. It is at the start of the New Farm suburb, quite close to the city.
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