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Brigadier's Bar & Lounge

"There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking."

- Brigadier the Hon. David Thomson Circa 1979.

The Brigadier's Bar

Aptly named after Brigadier Hon. David Thomson, carries on the guests hospitality traditions he started back in the 1970’s.  

Back in the day, guests were invited at twilight to gather at the bar to enjoy a complimentary rum punch prior to dinner.  It was not only a ‘civilized’ way to end the day but a fun opportunity to meet fellow guest and swap stories of travel experiences.

Today, we carry on the tradition every night at twilight, when we light the lanterns around the hotel and invite all guests to join us at the Brigadier bar and lounge to enjoy a glass of tropical punch and selection of canapés.  Over the years many friendships have started at the Reef House ‘Brigadier punch hour’ and continue to do so.

Unique Honesty Bar

Continuing another of the Brigadier’s traditions is the Honesty Bar system. Similar to an Officer’s Mess in the army, guests were invited to help themselves to a fully stocked bar during the day and simply write on a ‘chit’ the item and amount owing.  They would then be charged this upon check out. 

Today, the Brigadier Bar operates in exactly the same way, fully stock with premium liquor, ice cold drinks, cocktail condiments and recopies to create your favourite ‘Tipple’.

The Brigadier Lounge

A perfect place to relax is our Brigadier lounge with its understated colonial elegance, original Artefacts lining the walls and comfortable furnishings.  There you will find an extensive book exchange library, DVDs, bikes, fishing rods, board games and sketching kits for your enjoyment.