Looking for a Queer friendly watering hole to have a few drinks and dance the night away? A place you can grab some delicious grub while watching sickening performances by Brisbane’s best drag/queer performers? Perhaps a place for chill after work drinks? If that sounds like something you’re looking for, The Wickham Hotel is the place to be.

The iconic queer venue, which was established in 1985, has been a been a shining beacon of pride and has been a safe refuge for queer folks for decades. The relaxed beer garden and nightclub lies on the edge of the Fortitude Valley, aka Brisbane’s vibrant clubbing precinct, aka the place I’ve made many… #choices. The heritage listed venue has a laid back and welcoming atmosphere, where you can let your hair down, have a good time and be yourself.

Sit back and sip on some delicious cocktails made by the friendly bar staff, while you nibble on the delicious goodies they have on offer (trust me, they have many), all while watching a show that will either have you up and dancing, laughing or screaming “YASSSSS MAMA YOU BETTER WERK.”

The venue has a lot on offer, boasting food and drink from the Container Kitchen, The Garden Bar and The Corner bar, you won’t ever be empty handed or empty bellied ever again. As for entertainment, there are always new events and shows being showcased weekly, so make sure you keep an eye on their website.

What’s on at The Wickham?

Wicked Lunch Specials: available Mon-Sat from 12pm to 2:30pm. Delicious Dishes under $16

Wednedsay: Vollie And Friends – A cheeky games night, fabulous performances Hosted by Brisbanes very own Vollie La Vont. Shows start at 8pm

Thursday: Trivia night – kicking off at 7pm and hosted by Paul Wheeler (free to play / PRIZES)

Friday: Live Music – a celebration of the queer music scene. Band showcase 7pm – 10pm. DJ and drag afterparty from 10 pm till late

Saturday: Balls Out Bingo – hosted by Candy Surprise on the first Saturday of every month. Balls drop at 7.30pm with $5 from every book sold supporting The Brisbane Hustlers.

Open 7 days a week and opening at lunch till late, it’s the perfect place to kick off your Friday or Saturday night, or a great place to chill throughout the week, oh and the best part: IT’S FREE ENTRY!


Venue: The Wickham
Address: 308 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Cover Charge: Usually free, with some Sundays requiring a $5 cover charge
Best time to go: after 10:00pm on weekends
Rating: ★★★★★



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