Hidden under the newly opened Chinese restaurant Donna Chang it may be, but The Boom Boom Room is not just a pre-dinner drinks spot. This underground bar is a destination in itself.
The Boom Boom Room is the first dedicated bar from Ghanem Group, which is behind Donna Chang as well as Blackbird Bar & Grill, Byblos and Lord of the Wings. Still, this is a service-oriented venue.
“We run downstairs like a restaurant,” says general manager Shawn Gomes. “We do table service, so you can order a spirit and we bring a trolley to your table with a selection of mixers.”
Entry to The Boom Boom Room is either off Elizabeth Street or through Donna Chang. After descending a flight of stairs, you’re greeted with a mural painted by Brisbane artist Matt Stewart. The old-fashioned aviation imagery hints at the meaning behind the name; “boom boom” refers to American B-52 bomber planes.
The heritage-listed space was formerly used as a bank basement, with the old vaults now turned into private rooms. The space is dimly lit with lots of dark blue and gold trim. There are plenty of leather lounges, and a couple of very comfy seats constructed of reclaimed material from the old bombers.
The group’s beverage director, Aaron Clark, is behind the drinks list. As well as a heavy focus on cocktails, guests can buy their own bottle of whisky from a locked cabinet. Then come and drink it at their leisure.
“Aaron has a knack for sourcing some very hard-to-get whiskies,” Gomes says. “You order one of the bottles and it’s yours [to keep stashed].”
The bar offers an abbreviated Donna Chang menu, featuring many of the dim sum and snack options from upstairs.