Fibbers to become trendy craft beer bar

A HOARD of Irish treasures will soon hit the market as Toowoomba watering hole Fitzy's undergoes a transformation.

The popular Irish-themed front bar is about to undergo a major renovation, ditching its Old Country kitsch for a more upmarket craft beer bar.

Fitzy's managing director Brad Fitzgibbons said he hoped to have the new bar opened by early-November.

Plans are also under way to build a 200-person function centre in the Margaret St offices next door.

"The remodelling of the Fibber Magee Irish bar and building of a function kitchen will be the first stage," Mr Fitzgibbons said.

"We have tenders from three builders currently on the table, so we want to get started soon."

Structurally, the bar will remain the same.

However the elevated stage popular with local blues and roots musical acts will be taken down and the area will be converted to a more open-plan design.

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Fitzy’s managing director Brad Fitzgibbons looks over plans to restyle the hotel’s front Fibber Magee Irish bar.
Fitzy’s managing director Brad Fitzgibbons looks over plans to restyle the hotel’s front Fibber Magee Irish bar. Chris Calcino

Mr Fitzgibbons said the decor would be similar to the trendier bars of the Fortitude Valley - a niche he said the city was crying out to be filled.

"The Fibber Magee bar is 15 years old now," he said.

"As Toowoomba grows, I think we need to keep up with the trend.

"It will be an entirely new concept for Toowoomba, with a focus on food, drink and conversation."

It means Toowoomba's louder blues bands might lose a venue to play.

However, Mr Fitzgibbons said solo artists with a more metropolitan, folksy sound would pick up the slack.

Home decorators and man-cave collectors should be on the look-out for bargains, with the bar's considerable stockpile of Irish memorabilia expected to go to auction.

Management planned to build a 150-seat function centre back as far back as 2010.

The idea has now grown to a 200-person capacity centre, with work set to begin next year.


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