One of the first major openings of 2018 is finally upon us, with Daragh Kan’s 100 Burgers Group finally swinging open the gates on its brand new King Street food precinct, Welcome to Bowen Hills.

This is a place steeped in local history. On the corner of King Street and Gregory Terrace, Welcome to Bowen Hills has moved into the former cattle shed of the Brisbane Showgrounds, with a gin bar, Swill, set to occupy the old Sugar Pavilion.

“We always look for interesting sites to create venues,” says venue manager David Ashford. “There’s a lot of history here and we wanted to pay homage to that.”

Welcome to Bowen Hills is a substantial indoor-outdoor venue and food-truck park. Modelled on 100 Burgers’s Welcome to Thornbury, a range of offerings include a food-truck lane, with traders rotating daily, and a pop-up kitchen which will change every four-to-six weeks (it’s currently hosting King of the Wings).

Permanent fixtures include the Milk Bar, serving milkshakes, concretes and ice-cream sandwiches, and the central bar space with service points indoors and out. Swill will then join the set-up come the end of March.

“We do our bars very well and in a very considered way,” Ashford says. He’s not kidding: the bar boasts 68 taps and extensive list, ranging from classics such as XXXX to the likes of Pirate Life, Balter and Newstead Brewing Co. Cocktails come classic, served individually or in share jugs with the balmy Queensland weekends in mind.

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Derlot’s Alexander Lotersztain designed the space. The indoor area, rendered in modern pinks and peaches with lots of wooden accents and greenery, spills easily into the outdoor beer garden where the food-truck laneway sits. Lotersztain worked on much of the furniture also, creating a venue with a unified style. Nods to history are seen in the concrete flooring and exposed piping, with cheeky throwbacks to the Ekka appearing in murals and motifs throughout the venue.

Welcome to Bowen Hills
631 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
No phone

Wed & Thurs 5pm–late
Fri to Sun 11am–late