This Valley stalwart has reinvented itself as a quirky English pub in the heart of Brisbane

The Elephant Hotel is set to reclaim its place as a popular nightspot after enjoying a full English makeover – complete with tartan carpet, red phone booth and union jack flags.

It was these small details that impressed attendees at the hotel’s unveiling in Fortitude Valley last night.

Previously called The Elephant & Wheelbarrow, the backpacker hostel was overdue for a makeover and began its revamp in June 2013, following its takeover by the Australian Pub Fund.

The venue has shed the wheels and now features four bars over two levels, a cosy lounge scattered with leather sofas, an outdoor kitchen serving wood-fire pizzas, a charcoal rotisserie, a stage inviting local talent for live music sessions and a bar overlooking the rear courtyard.

Local street artist Sofles has also injected some life into the bleak, brick walls of the courtyard with a graffiti montage featuring a giant elephant, whose eyes overlook the revelry in the outdoor bar area.

The Elephant’s general manager Shannon Jeschke says the renovations will enhance the experience of any visitor.

“Patrons can now enjoy the best of modern pub food without the price tag, in a much sleeker looking Elephant,” says Jeschke.

“It lends itself as the perfect backdrop for our live music performances.”

Brisbane’s Velociraptor performed at the relaunch to kick-start The Elephant’s new gig guide and unplugged sessions, taking place every weekend evening.

By shedding its old image, The Elephant Hotel has been resurrected into a refreshingly sophisticated addition to Brisbane – set to be an attractive destination for evening antics in the Valley.

For more information on the venue, visit our dining guide.