Iconic favourite opens at Airport

Iconic Cairns favourite, The Pier Bar, has opened today in the T2 Domestic Terminal offering passengers a uniquely North Queensland flavour.

The Pier Bar, a Cairns institution, now has a second home in the Airport’s T2 Domestic Terminal as part of $55M upgrade.  The new outlet boasts a selection of some of the finest produce from across the Far North and passengers can now treat themselves to a delicious selection of local cuisine. 

Kurcow beef from Kuranda, Gallo cheese, as well as local seafood, fruit and vegetables all feature on the new menu that has a distinctly regional focus.  The new Pier Bar will offer both travellers and locals another opportunity to experience a taste of the Far North’s flavours and hospitality. 

Chief Executive Officer of Cairns Airport Norris Carter said the opening of The Pier Bar today, captures the vision the Airport had at the outset of the T2 Domestic Terminal Upgrade project, to provide the framework for an exceptional passenger experience, with an authentic sense of place.

“The Pier Bar has been a staple of Cairns for so long, that it’s great to be able to give passengers a taste of this experience too.  We welcome The Pier Bar to the terminal and are confident that the Bar’s vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, will provide travellers with one last taste of the region before they depart.

The Pier Bar is operated by Red Rock who have a diverse range of hospitality and tourism businesses across the country.  Director of Red Rock and Cairns local, Jon Hasler said he was delighted to have a second Pier Bar in Cairns.

“It’s an exciting time for us to be opening at Cairns Airport and the inclusion of local brews like Macalister’s Latitude 17 Tropical Blonde Lager, brewed locally in Smithfield, is a great new addition to our line up.”  Mr Hasler said the new Pier Bar would employ 20 new staff. 

The Pier Bar is synonymous not just with the Far North’s local produce and beverage selection, but also with sustainable business practices.  The new bar at the Airport will emulate the same practices of The Pier Bar in the city, with their commitment to use no single use plastic. They will also use coffee cups and lids that are biodegradable and fully compostable.