Powerhouse Brisbane

Powerhouse Brisbane is one of the most popular theatres in Brisbane, featuring contemporary performances of comedy, dance, and visual arts.

After being abandoned as a working power station in 1971, the building remained derelict before refurbishment began in 1989 to preserve the culture and design of the building.

© Brisbane City Council  | Flickr - Brisbane Powerhouse

Guided tours relate the history of the Powerhouse as well as providing a backstage look at the performing arts areas. The tours require pre-booking and are usually given on Tuesdays.

It was officially reopened in 2000 and was refurbished again in 2007 to increase its facilities.

The powerhouse features markets every second and fourth Saturday of the month. The markets feature generally have around 120 stalls selling fresh seasonal local and a range of Australian products. You can learn more about the markets on our page about the Brisbane Markets.

© Michael Zimmer  | Flickr - Brisbane Powerhouse Tunnel of Art

Located in New Farm it produces a variety of genres. There are 3 different stages, two restaurants, conference facilities and bars.

From hosting acts of the Brisbane Comedy festival, to dance groups, visual arts and music festivals, it provides a good mix of entertainment. 

One of the restaurants is Bar Alto serving the best in Italian food and it's open every day from 11 am to late. The second restaurant is the Watt Restaurant and Bar, which is an al fresco bar sitting right on the riverside.

Watt is open coffee and lunch all week, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Monday to Saturday from 5:30 pm on. The bar is, of course, open all week.

Powerhouse Brisbane, flowers
Powerhouse Brisbane, temple and wheel
Powerhouse Brisbane, art in the park

The good news is, what parking there is is usually free. The powerhouse is easily accessible by CityCat, City Ferry, bus, or car, with limited parking around the area. There are also secure bicycle racks if you choose to cycle.

Powerhouse Brisbane, popular theatre spot

You can find more on Powerhouse and it's edgy art and cultural events on their website powerhouse. Our page on another major performing arts centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, more popularly known as QPAC, can be found here.

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