Bowen's Grand View Hotel will be open, with some restrictions in place.
Bowen's Grand View Hotel will be open, with some restrictions in place.

CHEERS: Where to grab a cold beer in the Whitsundays

WHILE there are still some rules surrounding the service of alcohol, eased restrictions now mean some pubs in the region are reopening, so we’ve collated a list of exactly where you can enjoy your first drink out.

Stage two of Queensland’s roadmap to easing restrictions had been scheduled to come into effect at 11.59pm on June 12, however was moved forward to June 1, with further rules being eased this Friday.

This week eateries have been allowed to welcome up to 20 patrons through the door.

Under the new restrictions enforced from noon today, restaurants, cafes and pubs are able to cater for 20 patrons for both food and beverage service in each separate area of the venue, providing social distancing rules are maintained and you are seated, Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said in a statement this week.

“Every venue must continue to adhere to strict social distancing rules including limiting each patron to an area of four square metres and adhere to hygiene protocols,” he said.

“I know many Queenslanders will look forward to having a drink out. It will be a different experience – you will need to be seated and be served by a waiter to order your drinks. Crowds standing at the bar doesn’t support social distancing,” he said.

While the experience may be a little different, the following is a list of exactly where you can enjoy a cold beer in the Whitsundays this weekend:

AIRLIE BEACH

- Boaty’s is open Thursday through Monday for food and drinks. While tap beer is unfortunately off the menu, patrons are able to enjoy a selection of bottled beer, wines and spirits.

Patrons don’t have to consume food but are required to be seated.

- Reef Gateway Hotel has reopened the public bar and are serving up to 20 patrons at a time. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 3pm to 8pm and Friday to Saturday 12pm to 9pm.

The bistro section is also open for up to 20 diners at a time, for Friday and Saturday lunch 12pm until 2pm and dinner 5.30pm until 8pm.

Bookings are recommended, call 4946 2600 to book a table.

- Jubilee Tavern will be opening their doors to 20 people in each section of the venue

A strict ‘no mingling’ policy will be enforced and patrons must be seated to be served. Patons will be allowed to enjoy a beer without food from this Friday noon, and the football will be played on the big screen.

- Paradiso is reopening today (Friday) with a new European-themed menu, which still includes some local favourites. Hours will be Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with doors opening at 8am. Book by phoning 1300 969 691.

- Anchor Bar reopened on Thursday with four lots of two-hour sittings from noon until 8pm. They’ll be trading throughout the entire weekend. Booking are essential, phone 4946 6678.

PROSERPINE

- Prince of Wales Hotel is allowing 20 people in the bistro and another 20 people in the front section of the venue for both food and drinks.

While their tap beer is currently off, they are serving stubbies and a generous list of other beverages.

- Hotel Metropole will be reopening their doors from Wednesday, June 10, for food and drink service for up to 20 patrons in each area, so bookings are suggested.

Social distancing rules still apply and all patrons must be seated to enjoy a drink. You will be allowed to sit at the bar, provided you maintain a 1.5m distance from the person next to you.

BOWEN

- Larrikin Hotel will be reopening their doors from Monday, June 8, allowing 20 people in each section.

Both dining and drinks will be available, via table service providing you are seated and maintain social distancing rules.

Gaming machines won’t be in service however TAB will be operating.

- Queens Beach Hotel is currently open for dining and will be opening the public bar from Friday lunchtime.

COVID-19 social distancing rules still apply and all patrons must be seated to enjoy a drink.

TAB and Keno will be operating however gaming machines won’t be in service.

- Grand View Hotel, while the bar won’t be open, Bowen’s Grand View Hotel will have several sections of the venue open to sit, eat and drink from Wednesday evening.

You don’t have to order food, however they will only be offering table service and a 1.5 hour limit will apply for each table.

Bookings are available from 5pm onwards and are essential, phone 4786 4022.

Know of a watering hole reopening in the Whitsundays this weekend? Let us know by sending an email to anna.wall@news.com.au


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