Mirror urinal an international hit

The Regatta, Brisbane.
The Regatta, Brisbane. Brisbane Times

The Regatta Hotel may be a gracious, 106-year-old link to Brisbane's past, but it's the 10-year-old toilets that have captured the attention of tourists – and the international press.

The BBC and Lonely Planet have listed the Toowong public bar as the only Australian inclusion in the world's “top 10 weird bars and restaurants” thanks to the pub's “loo with a view.”

Legend among locals for years, the one-way mirror wall in the male toilets was installed by the hotel's previous owner close to a decade ago.

Running the length of the men's urinal trough, the wall allows gents to satisfy natural and voyeuristic urges simultaneously; they can look out, but no-one can see in.

The top 10 list was whittled down from things contained in 1000 Ultimate Experiences, a book written by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler last year.


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