A 600-square-metre, octagonally shaped bar will open directly underneath the Story Bridge in late-November. Owned by the Howard Smith Wharves, Overwater Bar will seat 250 people and is designed to take full advantage of its river views.
“It’s going to [have] a sophisticated but beautiful style,” says Adam Flaskas, co-founder and director of Howard Smith Wharves. “[It will also have] a big outdoor area to make the most of the beautiful weather we have in Brisbane.”
The bar is being designed by Anna Spiro, who is also behind the fit-out for Stanley, Andrew and Jaimee Baturo’s restaurant scheduled to open in December in the nearby former water-police headquarters. There will be lots of timber and pink marble, and arch doors inspired by the pillars of the Story Bridge. While the other venues in the precinct are using the pre-existing wharf sheds, the bar is being built completely from scratch, the octagonal shape setting it apart.
“We wanted something very different to the rectangle shape of the wharf sheds,” Flaskas says. “And also something that can take advantage of the view from every angle.”
Flaskas envisions people coming in the afternoon, ordering spritzes and seafood, and listening to some live music. “[It will be] the perfect place to have a drink in Brisbane,” he says.
Overwater Bar is scheduled to open at the Howard Smith Wharves Precinct, 5 Boundary Street, in late November.