Australia has plenty of sports bars, but perhaps none quite like this. Winghaüs by Bavarian opened in late September in the CBD tenancy formerly occupied by Burger Project. Rockpool Dining Group has turned the 250-seat space on the corner of Edward and Elizabeth Streets into an almighty sports bar with 20 televisions, 40 rotating taps and rarefied dude food. Also, chicken wings – a truckload of chicken wings.
Rockpool CEO Thomas Pash says the idea for Winghaüs partly came from sports bars in the United States.
“I'm a big fan of a couple concepts in the US, one called Buffalo Wild Wings – it’s done really well with the sports bar theme, a great selection of wings, burgers and beer – and another called Wingstop,” Pash says. “They’re high-growth concepts in the US. They just seem to work really well. They’re great value and really fun.”
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Rockpool also wanted to create a smaller take on its popular The Bavarian Restaurant, and infuse it with some of the greatest food and drink hits from across the entire group: wings from The Bavarian, a burger from Burger Project, Margaritas from El Camino Cantina, and cocktails on tap from Italian chain Fratelli Fresh. Rockpool’s culinary director Neil Perry has also created eight new wing flavours, such as Korean and chipotle, and a series of new sauces and side dishes. The 40 rotating beer taps will have a selection similar to The Bavarian, with a blend of international, local and craft brews poured alongside limited releases exclusive to Winghaüs.
The SMA Design-led fit-out is all tiles, brick and parquetry floors. Seating is a mix of communal tables and leather booths, while on the wall hang neons, nostalgic signage and vintage sports memorabilia. But that’s when you’re not looking at the venue’s 20 televisions, which will play a mix of sports from around the world. If you think this sounds like chaos, Winghaüs is using the Listen Everywhere app to allow punters to stream sound from different channels.
“If your game isn't playing on the loudspeaker, you can download the app and listen to it on your mobile phone,” Pash says.
Winghaüs by Bavarian
1/144 Edward Street, Brisbane
(02) 9259 5600