The Charming Squire in Architecture AU
August 10, 2015
Bars in Brisbane | The Charming Squire
The Charming Squire has had a brilliant article written by Margie Fraser from Architecture AU, click here for the full feature.
The venue, since opening, has become renowned for its awe-inspiring architecture and innovation for an urban development, especially for a bar. The Charming Squire brings about the best features in a hospitality venue design and all of the materials that go into the framework are top quality. The finishes evoke a sense of raw craftmanship that takes customers back with a nostalgic feel through integrating brass into the bar design, a material that would have heavily featured amongst would in a bar in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s in Sydney, when James Squire was running the Malt Shovel tavern. The venue really contributes to that sense of place, whilst at the same time being a modern venue with contemporary fittings, a state-of-the-art bar and the best functions spaces Brisbane has to offer.
Here’s a snippet of the Architecture AU article: “While the name may have a louche and antique ring to it, the branding has been carefully considered to avoid historical pastiche or saccharine nostalgia. By all records Squire, who arrived with the First Fleet, was a thief, an adulterer and a bigamist, later becoming a successful businessman and rising to a position of social significance in the new colony. It is nothing new to Australian culture to put the rogue on a pedestal (even the word rogue carries with it a sense of forgiveness and latitude), and James Squire, owned by Lion, has turned the habit into an art form. Other “rogues” portrayed on the brewery website are charming and charismatic, artistic, brilliant and entrepreneurial, with the likes of artist Damien Hirst lending their shine to the memory of James.”