Australian Venue Co. (AVC) has embarked on a $1.65 million venue upgrade that will include a new entertainment space and courtyard at its Cleveland Sands Hotel.

Cleveland Sands Hotel overlooks Raby Bay Harbour in Redlands and will undergo a major upgrade to its sports bar and beer garden to include the new spaces.

The works, which are now underway, will see the sports bar expanded to double as an entertainment hub.

The latest renovation is part of a broader $53m project by AVC to revamp numerous Queensland venues in a bid to revitalise the state’s pub scene.

AVC owns more than 80 pubs in Queensland and the project, announced last year, involves rejuvenating more than 24 of them over the next four years.

These renovations are focusing on outdoor spaces, food and beverage, and on creating a venue that suits the local community.

The Cleveland Sands Hotel first opened in 1930, and has been serving locals for over 90 years. The plan, according to AVC, is to improve parts of the venue to stand it in good stead for the decades to come.

The new courtyard and revamped beer garden will hold up to 200 people, and the sports bar upgrade will include big screens and TAB facilities.

A stage will also be added to the sports bar to host touring bands, and will also hold up to 200 people.

“The renovations at Cleveland Sands Hotel are about creating a destination for the local community to get together,” Australian Venue Co COO Craig Ellison said.

“The new sports bar and beer garden will be enjoyed all year round and we’re bringing a cracking line up of major touring acts to the pub, to create a live and local entertainment experience alongside food, beverage and sport.

“We’ll be able to offer our locals a complete day or night out under one roof.”

The existing 200-person bistro and the gaming room will operate as usual through the renovation, with Cleveland Sands Hotel expected to re-open fully this winter.

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