After seven months and a $3.1 million renovation, the iconic LGBTQIA+ venue and Brisbane’s Proudest Pub has re-opened. The Wickham’s opening event took place in their new club/function room, where fruit tingles were served in disco balls and drag queens dazzled the audience.

The first space, the Peacock Room, is designed for parties, events, touring artists, and even corporate functions. It features works by locals artists including a full-wall lycra covered mannequin piece. Although the design of this area is simpler, it leaves room for other functions to fill the space with their own flair.

Down the corridor, the venue opens up into a fresh version of the beloved Beer Garden. Trivia will once again be hosted regularly in this outdoor bar, but now under a waterproof stage which will also host many other events and acts. The renovations bring practicality and updated designs to the already welcoming space. The Beer Garden will also serve as the main dining area for guests enjoying the updated menu.

At the top of the heritage-protected staircase, the Garland Room is the final public space. This area is lush, quirky, and comfortable, with countless corners to nestle into for a drink with friends. The eclectic design features checkerboard flooring, layered wallpaper, and large colourful lounges. The space then opens up to a small, but charming, balcony that embraces that late 1800s classic Queensland architecture.

All of the spaces clearly hold their original character, thanks to architect Jon Mikulic of Newline Design, but have been updated and elevated.

Venue Manager, Kelly, explained that a large portion of the $3.1 million went into structural issues, preserving the heritage status, and a brand new fully equipped kitchen. It was these aspects that caused a three month delay in the opening. Kelly said that now renovations are complete, she is most excited about the new food they are offering and introducing The Wickham as an exciting entertainment venue.

While each space is thoughtful and captivating, the standout really is the Garland Room. It cements The Wickham as a cultural landmark and social hub, from which you can look out over the whole nightlife of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. I will definitely be advocating to my friends that we make the Garland Room, and the whole of The Wickham, our go-to spot.

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