Welcome to Bowen Hills is designed to be a permanent indoor bar with a rotating set up of Brisbane food trucks. It is located in the Dairy Hall and Sugar Building on the EKKA site.
The space has a casual vibe and is perfect for families or weekend catch-ups with friends. The seating is no-fuss and not exactly comfortable. There are red mini shade clothes shaped providing some cover. It is sort of like a pineapple, except totally the wrong colour.
When we visited the food trucks were:
- The Wurst Dogs (hot dogs)
- Mr Burger
- Smart Cumin BBQ meat skewers
We enjoyed our classic and double burgers from Mr Burger. We would have liked to see more variety in the food on offer. There were vegetarian burgers on offer, but you’d be hard-pressed to find something gluten-free or low-carb.
The website has the full roster of food trucks and vans – so our tip is to check it before you go. The bar is fully stocked and has tiki-themed cocktails and craft beer.
The weekly schedule is:
- Wednesday: trivia night – booking essential
- Thursday: dogs, yoga, gin
- Friday: lunch and late nights
- Saturday: new events each week
- Sunday: $10 tiki drinks and $10 tallies
The toilet paper dispenser is daft.
The secret Swill boutique gin bar wasn’t open (coming soon).
The Milk Bar was closed due to a private function. It sells an ode to Ekka strawberry ice cream, spiders, floats, shakes, gelato and ice cream sandwiches.
The concept is similar to Melbourne’s Welcome to Thornbury and managed by the same company.
Watch this space for food festivals and events.
About Welcome to Bowen Hills
Welcome to Bowen Hills is located opposite the main entrance to the Brisbane Showgrounds, at the corner of King Street and Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Head to the Welcome to Bowen Hills website for further information: https://www.wtbh.com.au/