Queens Hotel Bonus Post

Not that youse actually deserve this post, since the Bankwest one was simply posted early in error, but if there’s to be a bonus post, how about this, the Queens Hotel on that massive seam of worst Beaufort Street? Whenever I go in there, which is reasonably often, I always wonder why the interior is so crappy. Did this ever look good? The preserved bits of plaster and exposed internal brick,  who could ever have thought it was going to work? As the years have passed it looks  about as interesting as socks and sandals. I have some memory that this poorly judged interior won an award or two. Time to start again. The space is nice, but the interior is embarassing. And that awful corrugated iron bar.

Bonus enough for you pigs? It’s not as if two posts a day gets in more readers. Stats are just the same. No, fine. have an extra post. Here have it. See if I care.



About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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68 Responses to Queens Hotel Bonus Post

  1. Grrr says:

    Actually, I don’t mind the look of the Queens, and this is someone who probably would prefer The Penn or CJays in Maylands.

    It suits the Queens.

    I like the bars which, I read last weekend, are the old marble sets from the Boans store. That’s a nice touch.

    A pity about the people who go to the Queens. After a certain point it really does turn into a wretched hive of scum and villany.
    But if you drive past late at night you can play Carmaggedon.


  2. Bento says:

    It was pretty groundbreaking stuff, in its time, particularly for Perth. The corrugated iron bar looks shit now only because every other Worst has copied it in typically half-arsed fashion. Of particular note is the Carlton, which gave it a go by chipping off the plaster on some walls, and installing halogen downlights (whilst retaining the green astroturf carpet and TAB. And old drunks).

    As the Queens has been the site of all my birthday drinkies for the last 10 years or so, as well as many, many other debauched afternoons, I’m going to wear my heart on my sleeve and vote Not Worst.


  3. David Cohen says:

    It’s Thursday! TWOPers know what that means…

    …a column from Patti Chong.

    “With great respect to the media, reports of a case may take a particular slant and only the most sensational or interesting piece of evidence is covered…”



  4. Vic Demised says:

    I think the Heritage Council had a look at the plans and said: yeah, fuck it, the only thing worth saving is the fireplace. Gut it.


  5. js says:

    sorry lazy, but i would vote this a not worst. i like that you can see under the skin of the building.

    except for the corrugated iron bars which are a worst.

    and most of the people who go there.


  6. Ljuke says:

    Yeah, this is crap, give us another post, you swine!


  7. Snuff says:

    “Contrived mayhem, organised chaos, or a romantic ruin ?” (I’ve tried to link that quote from the “Present-2005” link on the “History” page, but the URL seems to refuse to budge from their homepage)

    I think Michael Patroni makes a fairly lucid case, (in the “De-storation 1986” link on the “History” page), at least in theory, not dissimilar conceptually to vanished worsts, and I imagine it might have been fun to watch him “constantly monitor” the tradies’ “over-enthusiasm”. Never having visited the Queens, I’m unfortunately not in a position to offer an opinion. The corrugated bars, however, could certainly benefit from howling cow murals.

    Now, apostrophically speaking, although “a wretched hive of scum and villany (sic)” does sound very appealing, I’m not one for casting nasturtiums.


    • shazza says:

      If I wasn’t burdened with the responsibility of 3 kiddies I would consider taking up the challenge to get a howling cow mural onto the side of the corrugated bar. It wouldnt be the most simple of missions granted, but quite doable if you chose the optimum time and space.


      Would that then change the Queens from worst to not TLA?


  8. Stu says:

    I was gonna say “But what about the Boans marble?” however I see that’s been covered

    I will admit that the Queens is my fav sat arvo/early evening drinking hole but only ever sitting oputside, you can’t sit inside, oh no never inside, I mean LOOK at it…..there was a plaque/plague hanging in there somewhere regarding the design award, no doubt they felt guilty about it and took it down.

    If anyone gets a chance poke your head into the dining room and admire the “new decor of red” it’s um interesting


  9. orbea says:

    not wurst, made by elmars across the road?


  10. Perineum says:

    but what could be more totally Oz than winning an award for half-arsedness?


  11. poor lisa says:

    In the early 90’s (when was the gentrification? about 1987?) I was there with a very suburban sheltered lady who said “It’s a nice pub but a pity they haven’t finished it off properly, it would look better if they finished the plastering and filled in the ceiling.” Which sums it up really.

    Surely it must have the most consistently popular sunday session ever and you must give it credit for that. It has been the place to pick up since I was 18. not that I do anymore. But why? Is it just the location? It’s so strategic and all roads from the north sort of lead to it.

    I have fond memories of lord and general’s rehearsal studio a few doors up, I think it’s now Martino’s? and their music shop on the corner opposite which is now one of those boring interior design shops with incredibly ugly furniture. Surely someone can work a few Charlotte’s Web references into this post!

    The other beaufort st worst/not worst I remember is the desert cafe, which is now the pony club… I would love to see pics of that if anyone has any….

    I vote not worst because it’s an institution.


  12. js says:

    was there a mummy in a bath in one of the toilets?


  13. Vic Demised says:

    There WAS a mummy in a bath in one of the toilets, js. As is apparent from Snuff’s pic, the building was originally flats, and the fixtures were retained, including said bath.


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  15. The Legend 101 says:

    Looks nice to me whats wrong with it?


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