Fortitude Valley scored a jaw-dropping marquee dining and nightlife destination in July 2019 when Foresters Restaurant and Bar opened at the base of the FV by Peppers building on Alfred Street. The brainchild of property developer Tim Gurner and Signature Hospitality Group, the project has taken over Foresters Hall – a stunning structure built in 1889 – and has installed and expansive bar and restaurant within. Chef Peter Popow helms the kitchen at Foresters Restaurant and Bar, and is steering the culinary direction towards familiarity – distilling influences and produce into a menu of elevated gastropub fare made using fine-dining techniques, but without the fine-dining artifice. The bar offering also follows the example set by Peter’s menu, offering 18 cocktails imbued with Australian ingredients paired alongside a wine list dominated by Australian labels and a beer selection that includes local craft and mainstream brews. In August, the building will welcome Altitude at Foresters, a 250 sqm rooftop bar offering views of the Story Bridge and beyond, boasting a retractable roof to ensure an all-weather appeal.