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Almost 230 years ago, the first fleet arrived at Sydney Cove and a convict named James Squire stepped ashore in chains. He didn’t know it then, but this chicken-stealing highwayman had been presented with a remarkable opportunity. A charmer, a swindler and a cunning rogue, James would go on to become the father of Australian brewing – and a bona fide legend.
The Lucky Squire, brings the luck of James Squire – Australia’s first brewer, to the heart of The Gold Coast. A charmer, a swindler, a scoundrel and a cunning character; the legacy of James Squire is honoured by celebrating a love of quality craft beers matched with modern pub food.
The Lucky Squire is the perfect place for a fun night out, a special function or a casual catch up over lunch or dinner. Our venue is a two-storey brewhouse located within walking distance of Pacific Fair, The Star Gold Coast and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition centre and the golden sandy beaches the Gold Coast is famous for.
The story of how James Squire became Australia’s first brewer is a cracking yarn, and one we’re always keen (and proud) to share. He led a life that would make any man envious. It was a journey full of thievery, dishonesty and above all flavour. Indeed, James Squire had an appetite to taste it all.
From being a convict on the First Fleet, Squire turned his life around and rose to become one of the governor’s guards, the father of 11 children and, perhaps most significantly, the colony’s first and most sought-after brewer. An impressive resume by anyone’s standards, he lived enough life for several men.