A sister to the hugely popular riverside watering hole Siana, Siana Valley in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is a large, glass fronted venue split over three levels.
Overlooking the Valley police precinct, Siana Valley opens to the road on two sides and has a massive bar and cafe area at ground level. Upstairs is the dining room, designed with the same seating format used in the city of long, lit high tables and comfy padded stools lined up in perfect rows. At the end of the seating is an open kitchen where the flare of wok burners create a culinary theatre.
The venue is the brainchild of Insyde Restaurant Group (formerly Plaza Foods) who wanted to create a spacious contemporary venue with sensational décor in four zones flowing over the levels. With more than 790 sqm of floor space, the purpose-built multi-level venue has intimate corners for relaxed lounging, plus lots of space for the restaurant, main bar, lounge and VIP pool room.
The design of the venue was done in-house by the Insyde Restaurant Group and has many unique features such as a $40,000 glass top pool table, back-lit twenty-four seat communal banquet tables and three custom designed stainless light fittings. These three spiral stainless light fittings have fluorescent tube lighting and add a unique touch to the lighting in the venue.
“We were trying to achieve a chic bar with a relaxed feel, something to appeal to the masses yet sleek enough to attract those looking for a nice watering hole without having to go to a nightclub or a restaurant alone,” explained Grant Johnston, managing director of Insyde. “An Asian inspired theme runs throughout with the use of artwork, textiles and clean lines.”
The materials chosen are all rich in colour using golds, rich reds, black granite and composite tiles creating a streamlined yet luxurious feel. This is all tied in with the use of the extensive Asian themed artwork adorning the walls.
“What really ties the concept together are the streamlined fixtures and fittings, paired with a rich colour scheme and custom designed artworks,” said Grant. “This is our second Siana – so a lot of the inspiration came from the original Siana in Brisbane City. Being a bar and a restaurant we need to use hard wearing textures built to last the distance whilst still looking aesthetically pleasing.”
The low level backlit banquet tables keep the dining space intimate without drawing too much attention to a strongly lit dining room. Subtle lighting used throughout the venue can all be pre-programmed to dim at certain times. The focal point of the lighting are the three giant custom built sphere shaped lights lining the ceiling in the bar area, lit with red tube lights it adds colour and draws the eye.
The upstairs lounge is cosy and comforting, the dining room is quirky and fun, the bar is streamlined and cool with bi-fold doors inviting the outside in – perfect for Queensland weather.