This picture of the Story Bridge Hotel, taken in 2004, shows the close proximity of the hotel to the bridge. Photo: Jimmy Harris - Wikimedia Commons
Bridge hotel has a story to tell
THE Story Bridge Hotel has for a long time been a popular haunt of locals and visitors alike.
Built in 1886 as the Kangaroo Point Hotel, the hotel is one of only seven, three-story hotels in Queensland from that period.
It was renamed the Story Bridge Hotel in 1947 to coincide with the opening of the bridge.
The hotel sits in close proximity to the bridge. In 2003, a $3.2 million facelift saw a restaurant and bar built into the base of the bridge and a beer garden created under the bridge.
In the times of the old public bar with its verandah loverlooking the street, one of the memorable things to do on a visit to Brisbane - if you could pick your moment - was to sit on the verandah with a beer and enjoy the experience of a tropical downpour.
The character of the bridge arguably has changed through the modernisation program carried out, but the bridge is worth a visit because of its unique position and historic interest.
The modern look of today's Story Bridge Hotel. Photo: Brisbane.com.au
This picture shows how the new bar and restaurant, at the rear of the hotel, have actually been built into the base of the bridge. Photo: kgbo - Wikimedia Commons
The hotel as it stood in 1915, when it was known as the kangaroo Point hotel. Photo: State Library of Queensland