Strategically positioned above the Brisbane River, sits the River City’s best new bar and restaurant – Bar Pacino. This is not just the new ‘it’ bar and place to be seen, it is a testament to hard work, passion and uncompromising determination.
You know you’ve come to the right place with an entrance emblazoned with Al in his break-out role as Michael Corleone in 1972’s epic blockbuster ‘The Godfather”. At last week’s attention-getting opening, guests queued to have their pic taken for the social glossies with the one and only Mr Pacino.
The first of the Petroccitto family to arrive in Australia from Sicily was Giuseppe. After running panifici (Italian bakeries) in Sydney they moved to the Sunshine state and opened three cake shops known as Petro’s. The family Giuseppe’s son Jim and his family expanded into the ‘soon to boom’ coffee trade and today have 3 espresso bars in the CBD.
Café by day and bar e ristorante by night, the jaw-dropping views are matched with uncluttered but suitably luxurious interiors. Sumptuous silver velvet lounges line up with an old-school fire-engine red meat slicer. But it’s Summer and outside is where you want to be.
The day starts at 6.30 with a Breakfast menu of traditional Australian favourites and exceptional espresso. But at lunch and into the evening it’s the Pacino share plates they’ll keep coming back for: traditional Italian meatballs with homemade napolitana sauce served with parmesan, fresh herbs & toasted focaccia, Antipasto, salads, pastas and pizza.
In January, in an Australian first Birra Moretti will be available on tap. Besides a curated selection of fine wines, there is a house cocktail for everyone. ThisMagnificentLife enjoyed The Fortune Teller – a Caribbean inspired concoction with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and fresh fruits and the Birth of Venus, a heady mix of St Germain elderflower liqueur, gin and a little lemon.
There will be only one problem when it comes to Bar Pacino: leaving. You’ll feel at home in this friendly, unpretentious but stylish new venue. Maybe it’s the food, maybe it’s the drinks, maybe it’s the views. And, then you remember Michael Corleone’s immortal line from The Godfather Part 3: “Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in.”