Book Now

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 recipes 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.

Norm | Brigadier Extraordinaire

Known for his suspenders, brightly coloured shirts and brilliant ‘bar yarns’, Norm has worked at The Reef House for over 20 years and lived in Palm Cove for over 30 years.

Originally working in night audit, Norm now serves the guest punch & canapés each evening in the Brigadiers Lounge and loves to connect with guests and share his insider local knowledge.

The Reef House holds a special place in Norms heart, he’s actually retired twice but thankfully keeps returning and is a big part of the reason why guests return time and time again.

“I love the fact that I am part of the reason that people come back. People say on check in they’re going to have a drink with Norm.”

Norm certainly leaves a lasting impression, guests have sent braces from Switzerland, Melbourne and all over the world. In his spare time, Norm loves gardening and woodwork – the chess set in the Brigadiers Lounge is some of his impressive handiwork!

“The Reef House is relaxed, friendly, and a place you can call home… The feel of the resort has changed very little and that’s why so many people keep coming back.”