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Bar Alto

The Powerhouse
119 Lamington Street
New Farm QLD 4005
Tel : +61 7 3358 1063
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$
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Overlooking the river from the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm, Bar Alto has theatre-goers and food lovers alike coming back for more of its modern Italian cuisine. Whether it's grilled Fremantle octopus, house made pappardelle with goat ragu, or whole roasted chicken for two with potato mash, braised fennel and blood orange sauce, Bar Alto doesn’t disappoint.

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Situated inside the Brisbane Powerhouse, Bar Alto is a five-minute walk from the New Farm ferry terminal or an easy bus ride from the CBD and Fortitude Valley.

Bar Alto is corrugated iron-cool and chilled out, attracting Powerhouse patrons and diners alike. Looking out over the water, the menu is not the only Italian-inspired element of Bar Alto; the homely food, espressos and wine list nods to its culinary origin while the open plan kitchen and sleek, modern decor bring a little Venetian class to Brisbane. Simple black leather couches, high tables and stools, plus comfortable dining areas which splay out onto a verandah make Bar Alto ideal for coffee any morning of the week, lunch on a lazy Sunday or dinner for two.

Popular among the eclectic Powerhouse regulars, Bar Alto has built up a loyal clientele of its own – a testament to its relaxed and fine dining appeal. Post-theatre diners mingle with comedy gig audience members and rock‘n’roll fans. Whether it is home-made pappardelle with goat ragu, zucchini fritters or pan-seared Queensland scallops and veal sweetbreads, Bar Alto doesn’t disappoint. Then there’s fresh brioche with figs and ice-cream, cappuccinos and an impressive wine list, which includes Italian exports like Moscato d’Asti. This classic Italian meets modern Brisbanite is refined, accessible and suitable for almost any occasion.

Emma Carroll
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Restaurant Features
Accessible by water taxi
Bar / Wine Bar
Harbourside Dining
Historic Building
Late Night Dining
Live Music / Entertainment
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Waterside Dining

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