Regatta Hotel, BrisbaneEdit profile
The Regatta Hotel is an historic hotel located on the corner of Coronation Drive and Sylvan Road in Brisbane, Australia. It is located in the suburb of Toowong and faces the Brisbane River. The three-storey hotel contained accommodation on the upper two floors and a public bar and lounge area on the ground floor. The pub has been progressively renovated between 2001 and 2004 and converted into trendy modern bars and nightclubs. A famous protest took place in the public bar in 1965, when two women, Merle Thornton (mother of Australian actress Sigrid Thornton) and Rosalie Bognor, chained themselves to the bar in protest of Queensland's restriction of public bars to men only.
The first hotel was established on the site in 1874, as a single-storey wooden building. The present building was designed by Richard Gailey and erected in 1886. The hotel was refurbished in 1981. The Regatta Hotel is classified by the National Trust of Queensland and was entered in the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992. The Regatta Hotel has also been entered into the Register of the National Estate of Australian Heritage Commission.