Black Bird Bar & Grill
I feel I don’t appreciate the Brisbane River enough. Yes, most of the time it looks like crap. Yes, it was a bit annoying in January 2011 (and January 1974. And January 2013. Anyway…). But at night, the view is something special, even more so when you’re in the heart of the city at Eagle Street Pier.
If you add Black Bird Bar & Grill into the equation, you’ve got the best seat in the house.
Black Bird opened in late February, and is tucked away behind the Pig & Whistle, away from the main thoroughfare of the Eagle Street boardwalk. There are two bars (both with uninterrupted river and/or Story Bridge views), private function spaces, and a restaurant. It’s a gorgeous fit out, with a 1920s glam feel. When we visited on Sunday evening the DJ was already in full swing, and the crowd was mixed – some couples, a few big groups, even a couple of young families with a kid or two.
We were at Black Bird to try their bar menu, choosing from options like an Iced shellfish platter ($32), Charcuterie board ($22), and fresh oysters. While a lot of the bar classics are there (burgers, fries, fish and chips), it’s clearly upscale bar food.
We settled on the Wagyu beef + double smoked bacon cheeseburger ($22), and the Crispy fried local Sand whiting fillets ($19).
The meals were massive and both came with crispy shoestring fries:
I was loving my meal until around the sixth bite, when I hit the wall. Hard. It’s embarrassing, I know. D meanwhile polished off his burger, which was on a buttery brioche-like roll. Unfortunately, he too hit the wall halfway through his fries (I know, right – who the hell did I marry?). But we both forgot that when you’re eating pub-like food, you need a frosty glass of beer accompanying it to wash it down. Amateurs, we are!
Next time, I’d love to try some of the seafood options, or even the Moreton Bay Bug club sandwich. Or I’d happily chill out on one of the cushy sofas outside, taking in the view. The cocktail, spirits and beer menus were impressive (finally, a riverside bar that has a decent beer list!), and the position might just be the best on the Eagle Street strip.
What pollution? What King Tide? Grab a seat at Black Bird and embrace the river.
Bar & Grill
123 Eagle St, Brisbane CBD
(07) 3229 1200
Thank you Black Bird, for providing us with dinner.