I stopped for lunch and a drink at the Regatta Hotel today, on the way back from Queensland university so it was just like the old days!
The hotel is probably most well known as the place where Rosalie Bognor and Merle Thornton (Sigrid's mum), chained themselves to the bar to protest the men' only restrictions the licensing laws of the day had for public bars.
As a student I remember sitting on the corner during the Joh era street marches, and rowing in the college eight to two-hour Sunday sessions – 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 6pm only.
Years later I remember being in there with TV presenters with make-up and tissues in their collars, and colleagues who had a habit of drinking , singing, dancing, and waving items of apparel in the air. And that's just the activities I feel comfortable writing about.
Today I saw one person chatted for wearing a cap in the main bar and another asked to sit on the verandah as he had a tank top on.
Times have changed, but it is one of the few pubs in Brisbane that really took advantage of the river and this remains the same.