40 Edward St Brisbane, QLD Australia 4000 +61 7 3003 4700

Port Office Dining Room

Port Office Dining Room

The re-furbished and re-branded restaurant, formerly known as Fix Restaurant, is now simply called Port Office Dining Room (aka The Office) and is open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday from 11.30am till late.

Boasting a menu bursting with fresh seasonal gastro-pub food ranging from steaks and seafood to rotisserie chicken & duck to an exciting new Nose to Tail selection.

With the new layout comes a choice of dining areas, from semi-private to exclusive use areas including ‘The Wine Shop’, all available for hire.

Gluten free and vegetarian meal options are available.


The Colonial Bar

The Colonial Bar

Encompassing the top floor of the hotel, including wraparound verandahs, the entire space has been re-imagined to combine light and space in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere.

The exciting new quintessentially Queensland plantation-style, rattan, wicker and velvet cocktail bar is open Thursday – Saturday from 4pm.

The entire space can be divided into three main function areas, available for private bookings each day of the week.


Front Bar

Front Bar

After undergoing extensive renovations the Front Bar (previously called the Marble Bar) has been transformed into an old-school style timber long bar and is the perfect place to whet your whistle and tell a few yarns. Open Monday to Saturday from 11.00am till late.


The History

History of the Port Office Hotel

The first hotel on this site was opened in May 1864 and was known as the Shamrock Hotel.

In late 1876 the Shamrock Hotel was reconstructed as a two storey masonry building with verandahs. It was designed by James Cowlishaw with Charles Midson the contractor.

In 1888 the remodelled hotel was described as being “extremely commodious, containing (besides public and private bars and an attractive clubroom) fifteen bedrooms, a drawing room, two bath rooms and four public rooms on the ground floor”. The hotel was patronised by workers from nearby shipping and industrial and riverside businesses.

Shamrock Hotel (to the right of Smellie building) was flooded during the 1893 flood; the ground floor awnings are at the level of the flood waters.

The building was flooded in the 1893 Brisbane flood

With the change of licensee c. 1909, John Chillan Cutbush renamed the hotel the Port Office Hotel.

In 1955 the hotel was refurbished under the direction of architect Francis Leo Cullen. This work included the removal of all the verandahs, lacework, canopies and chimneystacks and renovation of the interior fittings.

The hotel was flooded in the 1974 Brisbane flood.

During the 1980s further internal renovations have been undertaken.

Due to its low-lying position, the Port Office Hotel was sandbagged to provide protection during the 2011 Brisbane floods.

Flooded Edward and Margaret Streets looking towards the Port Office Hotel
Flooded Edward and Margaret Streets looking towards the Port Office Hotel, 2011

The Port Office Hotel, located on the corner of Edward and Margaret Streets, is a two-storeyed rendered brick building with a corrugated iron roof. The rendered brickwork is scribed to imitate stonework and has bays separated by rendered quoins while a number of the window openings have stone sills. A cantilevered awning dominates the street facades.

A separate store with a hipped roof, filling in the “L” shape plan to create a rectangle, has been incorporated into the structure. A verandah has been added to the eastern back wall. Leadlight windows remain in some of the ground floor openings.

Internally some of the early timber doors, architraves, and skirtings survive but otherwise the majority including the stair has been altered in various refurbishments since the 1950s.

Heritage Listing

Port Office Hotel was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992 having satisfied the following criteria.

The place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

The Port Office Hotel is significant for its contribution to the lower Edward Street streetscape in association with the Port Office, Naval Offices, Old Mineral House and Smellie’s Building.

Source: Wikipedia