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The Wickham sets date for re-opening
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The Wickham sets date for re-opening

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 28 July 2014 15:55 Written by // Andrew Shaw

After months of re-construction The Wickham Hotel in Fortitude Valley will re-open next month. 

The hotel will reopen on August 25, following extensive refurbishment, including a complete rejuvenation of the Main Bar on the ground floor, relocation of the old dancefloor and sound stage upstairs to a new nightclub, and conversion of the old car park into a vibrant outdoor laneway oasis, serviced by a stylish bar and full kitchen fitted out in an industrial shipping container.

The gaming room, which is already open to the public, has also been completely refurbished to reveal a glamorous, Las Vegas-style space, with Asian and Feng Shui influences.

The new spaces, each with their own unique personalities, will provide a flexible mix of places to meet, drink, dance, relax and for the first time, eat.

Coffee and takeaway options will also be available, with the new menu set to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The Wickham’s Patrick MacDonald said the new Wickham would represent a contemporary vision for Brisbane’s Valley, entertainment and LGBTI scenes.

“For Australia, and especially for Brisbane, the new Wickham will be a complete game changer,” he said.

“Brisbane has been crying out for a place like this, and while it’s been a long time in the making, it’s nearly here and it’s really going to transform the way the LGBTI community and friends meet and play.”

A separate Facebook page dedicated to providing entertainment updates on the new nightclub upstairs will be launched in the coming days.

Management has confirmed that the popular Big Gay Day will continue to be a fixture of the Wickham's annual calendar.

Photo: Anthony Smith

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Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

Comments (1)

  • Stuart Maddison

    22 August 2014 at 06:20 |
    I just hope that they have their gaming room Feng Shui backwards and the money walks out the door.
    I have to correct you on the statement about being able to eat "for the first time". For a long time the Wickham served meals and I think it was only around the time Coles bought the Wickham that the meal service stopped.
    I can only hope the Wickham remains as a gay venue which our straight friends are allowed to enjoy but only if they behave. I want to feel safe in a venue when I hit on a guy.

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