The Public Bar is the heart of the Breakfast Creek Hotel. With its original island bar it is the perfect setting to reminisce with old mates, look at the history of the pub and meet some of the colourful characters that have made the Brekky Creek everyone's favourite.
The Public Bar is the original home of the famous 'Beer off the Wood'. Immerse yourself and learn how the local wharfies petitioned to ensure the wooden keg survived in a new era of steel kegs. The Public Bar was a favourite for many soldiers during World War 2, the scuff marks form their boots still mark the old tiles that house the bar.
Nowadays the famous Wooden Kegs are proudly kept in the Private Bar and are spiked each day at 12pm sharp! It’s quite a spectacle and tourists love it!
These walls are adorned with history, a tribute to the eclectic clientele that has frequented to pub over the years. From small time criminals, journalists, politicians, wharfies and jockeys, this bar is still a favourite for many locals.
The dark soothing tones of the Private Bar makes this the ideal setting to talk business or entertain close friends. The Private Bar is also the home of the famous 'Beer off the Wood'. Every day at midday you can witness the tradition of spiking the keg.
The tradition of the Private Bar is alive and well. Businessmen often frequent this area for a perfect cold beer before indulging in a world class steak.
The walls of this bar showcase the history of the hotel as well as the publicans that made the hotel what it is today. Great beer, an extensive wine list, premium spirits, and an old fire place... truly a gentleman's bar.
The Private Bar also offers a veranda which is available for functions or just a great spot to watch the crowds pass by at 'The Creek'.
The Staghorn Bar in the heart of the Beer Garden is a fabulous deck bar. Complete with a large selection of beers on tap an extensive wine list and a selection of spirits. The Staghorn Bar is a great place to meet friends before tucking into our famous steaks. The relaxed and friendly environment is sure to make any visitor pull up a chair and enjoy the tropical surrounds. This is Queensland living at its best.
The relaxed feeling of a Sunday lunch or Saturday afternoon makes this the ideal destination to watch your favourite sporting event. With a 7 square metre Big Screen Video LED screen installed December 2012 and an abundance of plasma televisions, the game of your choice is sure to be playing. Call ahead to ensure we have the right game showing for you!
The RUM BAR at the Breakfast Creek Hotel
The Substation No.41 RUM BAR is the Brekky Creek's newly launched Rum Bar. Featuring over 500 varieties of Rums sourced from all over the world, the bar proudly shelves some of the most rare and exclusive products and is one of the biggest Rum Bars in the world!
Housed in a renovated electricity substation building on the Breakfast Creek Hotel site, the RUM BAR features an 11.9 metre long Iron Bark timber bar, which once supported the overnight storage bin at the old CSR Sugar Refinery at nearby Teneriffe. It is quite the talking point with visitors and locals and a lovely link with the new Rum Bar collection.
The RUM BAR has been lucky enough to have sourced some key products that are extremely limited, including a bottle Of Havana Club Maximo – one of only 6 bottles that exist in Australia. As the most premium product available from the Havana range, the Maximo is housed in a glass cabinet that centres the bar and sits opposite the limited and very special release bottle of the Bacardi 150th Celebration. The Brekky Creek is honoured to house both these amazing products and so many other key features pieces in the Bar.
The Substation No.41 RUM BAR is the only Hotel in Australia that can proudly announce that they now serve “Rum Off the Wood”. It has been tradition in the Brekky Creek that Beer off the Wood is a must do experience when visiting the Hotel and now patrons can continue the experience and sample the Bundaberg Rum encased in a glorious French Oak Barrel. It’s a truly unique twist on this classic flavour.
Journey through the regions of the world and see for yourself the variety of flavours and colours that make up this magical Rum Journey, try at your own pace or be guided by Stu’s Selections. Enjoy the outdoor seating or the inside air-conditioning as you listen to live entertainment playing Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons.
Open from midday until late 7 days a week.
Beer Off The Wood
At the Breakfast Creek Hotel
The Brekky Creek is famous for being one of the few pubs in Australia to still serve beer 'off the wood' or out of wooden casks rather than the more standard stainless steel kegs and piping system.
In the late 1970s, breweries were phasing out wooden kegs. Coopers (the craftsmen who made the barrels) were becoming hard to find and the wooden kegs did not fit in with the modern production patterns of the breweries. Most hotels transferred to the new dispensing system. However, this did not impress the many waterside workers who regularly drank at the Brekky Creek - and had done so for many years. They wanted to preserve the status quo. There was also some suggestion that beer was watered as a result of the steel kegs.
One of the wharfies, Lulla Wilson, demanded that the brewery continue to deliver beer to the hotel in wooden kegs, and he led a deputation of wharfies to their head office in Adelaide Street. A petition was organised amongst the pub's regulars, managing 300 signatures in a matter of days. Wilson was quoted as saying that the Breakfast Creek Hotel, and the placing of the keg on the bar, was part of Queensland's heritage. The then ACTU President, Bob Hawke, reputedly became involved, and raised the issue with Castlemaine Perkins' Managing Director, Paddy Fitzgerald.
After some discussion, Paddy Fitzgerald agreed to the demands and kept supplying wooden kegs to the Brekky Creek. He even went to the hotel and ceremonially tapped the first keg after the standoff. A jubilant crowd of 36 waterside workers hoisted him on top of three ten-gallon wooden kegs to celebrate the occasion. Fitzgerald's popularity increased enormously that day - not only had he kept the wooden kegs but he shouted the bar all day long. The public bar was thereafter christened the Paddy Fitzgerald Bar and his portrait was installed on the wall.