We look forward to seeing you soon at The PA Hotel Ipswich!

The Prince Alfred Hotel, affectionately known to locals as The PA Hotel, was named “HOTEL OF THE YEAR” at The Queensland Hotel Awards and won the coveted, Australian Hotel of the Year at The Australian Hotel Awards.

The PA Hotel is home to Tap’d Bar (the Biggest Bar in the Southern Hemisphere with 72 Craft Beers on Tap), Char’d Restaurant, Casual Dining in Plantations Coffee Shop, 45 of the latest and greatest pokies in our Gaming Room and an amazing range of craft beer, wine, spirits and beer at Harry Brown’s Liquor Store.

This year, we celebrate our 181st birthday and 36 years of ownership under the Johnson Family. The Prince Alfred Hotel is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels and pubs in Queensland.

The Best Pub Ipswich Has To Offer

The Prince Alfred is more than just a pub. We are made up of Tap’d Bar, Char’d Restaurant, Plantations Coffee Shop, a premium gaming room, and Harry Brown’s Liquor Store. Tap’d Bar is the largest bar in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting nearly 100 beers and ciders on tap, including a range of craft beers. Our eatery, Char’d Restaurant, is one of the premier pub restaurants in Ipswich, offering not only amazing food and wine but also a gorgeous setting for Ipswich residents to relax and unwind. Plantations Restaurant is a café with top quality coffee and a full café-style menu, including pizzas, seafood, pastas and a variety of sweet treats. The casino-style gaming room at the Prince Alfred is home to 45 gaming machines and includes complimentary morning tea, afternoon tea and snacks, as well as coffee made to order by our expert baristas. Lastly, Harry Brown’s is our in-house bottle shop with low prices on a range of your favourite beers, ciders, wines and spirits.

The History of The Prince Alfred Hotel Ipswich

The Prince Alfred has been an establishment in Ipswich for 181 years and has been steadily climbing the ranks of the best pubs in Ipswich since. In fact, the pub’s original cold room is still intact, standing strong since 1842. In 1961, the Prince Alfred was burned down in a fire; it was rebuilt and reopened two years later in 1963. In 1987, it was purchased by the Johnson family, who still own and run the pub to this day. In 2012, Char’d was opened, its name a reference to the fire that ran through the pub in 1961. Since the Johnson family acquired the Prince Alfred over 36 years ago, we have been slowly building on the humble timber hotel to provide Ipswich with the dining and entertainment experience that we are so proud of today.

The Prince Alfred Hotel Ipswich

Our team here at the Prince Alfred Hotel can’t wait to welcome you in for a coffee, a craft beer, or a delicious feed. Not only are we considered one of the best country pubs near Ipswich, but we have also earned the titles of the Best Bar in Queensland by the Queensland Hotel Awards and Australia’s Best Hotel by the Australian Hotel Association. Discover what makes us stand out from other pubs Ipswich and beyond.




Visit One Of The Premier Country Pubs Near Ipswich Today

We look forward to seeing you at the Prince Alfred Hotel Ipswich. Drop in for a coffee at Plantations or book a table at Char’d to enjoy a meal straight from the paddock to your plate. Simply give us a call to book a table – or order your meal to be delivered straight to your door.


The Prince Alfred Hotel in Ipswich has the Biggest Bar in the Southern Hemisphere at Tap’d Bar with 72 craft beers on tap. With delicious dining options for every budget with Char’d Restaurant and Plantations Coffee Shop, you can dine all day with an amazing menu showcasing local fresh produce.

In fact, Plantations Coffee Shop and Char’d Restaurant consistently deliver delicious food focusing on local and fresh produce which has been recognised at the prestigious Queensland Hotel Awards. Plantations Coffee shop won “The Best Casual Dining Restaurant” in Queensland at The Queensland Hotel Awards in 2018. We are proud to be the longest serving restaurant in Ipswich.


The Prince Alfred hotel was built in 1842 by Mr D Bergin. It was a two-storey timber hotel surrounded by 40 acres of Cotton Fields. The original cold room still stands today, dating back to 1842. Up for sale in 1866 the Ipswich Hotel was a hardwood timber building and contained 7 rooms with a detached kitchen a piggery and garden, store-room, dairy, five stables, stockyard and milking bail.

In 1961, the Historic Prince Alfred Hotel was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and opened in 1963. In 1987, the Johnson Family purchased the hotel from Carlton and have remained passionately independent ever since.

In December 2012, the iconic Ipswich hotel opened its doors to its new Steakhouse, Char’d Restaurant. The name derives from when the hotel burnt down over 70 years ago and continued serving cold beer out of the cold room; the only part of the hotel not destroyed by the fire.

Locals called it ‘The Charcoal Inn’ because of the charcoal and tin underfoot. The 250 seat steakhouse is a popular restaurant among Ipswich locals. Our focus is on local produce, fresh ingredients and carefully matched wines and craft beers. Come in and try our delicious deep fried mars bar, Tomahawk Steak or 8 different hand-rolled pizza’s! With lunch specials and Daily Deals, there’s something to suit every budget!

Tap’d Bar is the biggest bar in the Southern hemisphere with 72 craft beers and ciders on tap. In fact, Tap’d Bar holds the industry record for the most number of beers on tap at one time from Dainton Brewery! With a range of beers, we have easy drinking beers and more boutique small-batch beers so whatever your budget, you’ll find something to love!

Plantations Restaurant continues to offer a casual dining experience with a focus on good quality local produce and amazing value meals. Plantations Coffee Shop has delicious fresh cakes and treats plus the best coffee in Ipswich.

Our Australian award-winning Harry Browns continues to provide customers with low prices every day and exceptional service. Our team can offer you advice on great quality wines, beer, craft beer and spirits. Whether you’re catering for a function, special event or just looking for something exciting to try, our team at Harry Brown’s Liquor Store Ipswich has you covered!