Mick O’malley’s Irish Pub, Queen Street Mall

Having designed the first Mick O’Malley’s in the adjacent tenancy in 1998, DM2 Architecture were approached 15 years on to revitalise the venue to capitalise on the refurbishment of the iconic Brisbane Wintergarden on the Queen Street Mall.

Discussions with the venue owners led to a layout that focused on maximising front-of-house space and access to staff areas, reducing staff double up in off peak periods while optimising patron contact during busy times. Another key consideration was the inclusion of a temporary entry the centre of the venue, which was later removed once the new entrance was completed. This consideration allowed trading throughout the project, maintaining cash-flow and patron loyalty. The construction of the retail complex around the venue also needed to be accommodated, resulting in a measured, three stage build.

Featuring various snug, library, group areas, open stage and dance floor, the new venue caters for parties of all sizes, with a lower level Whiskey bar providing separated function areas. The décor of stained timbers, brass edgings, carved joinery, marble, tiles, bric-a-brac and coloured glass screens brings the atmosphere of a authentic Irish Pub to life, especially during traditional Irish music performances.

Team members:
Jono Medhurst