A favourite central Brisbane watering hole will close on Saturday.
- The hotel has been a pub since 1855
- It is the oldest surviving hotel in Brisbane city
- Venue manager Phil Coles says he will miss the pub
The Victory Hotel on the corner of Edward and Charlotte streets in the CBD has long been a place for musicians, DJs and karaoke lovers to gather of an evening and enjoy a beverage in the beer garden.
Built in 1855, the pub was first known as the Prince of Wales before being renamed Victory — and then affectionately known as The Vic — and has been a Brisbane City Council local heritage site since 2009.
It is the oldest surviving hotel in Brisbane city and according to the council, “retains the principal characteristics of a 19th century hotel, including its prominent corner position”.
The site was fully leased until this year to Woolworths-backed Australian Hospitality and Liquor Group (AHL).
A spokeswoman for AHL said the group had made a “decision not to enter a new lease with the landlord”.
Owner Precision Group has been contacted for comment.
Venue manager Phil Coles posted to social media that the “rumours are true”, but later removed the post.
“The sad day has come after 21 years where we have to close the doors on a Brisbane icon,” he wrote.
“It’s been an honour to have been there on and off for 12 of those years and venue manager for the last five years.
“Our last day of trade will…