IT'S been a long time between drinks, but the Mount Warning Hotel has now re-opened.
Owner Brett Watson said since doors opened for trading on Saturday, "thousands" had stopped in to see the historic waterhole, after its three-year, $2 million restoration.
A fire gutted the two-storey timber hotel in February 2013.
At the time firefighters stated the pub "just went kaboom" after an electrical fault.
"I think it's best to say it's been stressful for everyone involved," Mr Watson said of the hotel's reconstruction.
"We've just been blessed that the community has shown some patience."
Comparing the old Uki pub to the new one would be akin to comparing "apples and oranges", according to Mr Watson, who said the venue is modern with country style.
"From what I'm seeing everyone seems to be happy with what we've produced," Mr Watson said.
Locals who were devastated after the closure of the pub have thrown their support behind the re-opened pub on social media.
"The architecture is spot on. It will be great to see the bikes all parked there again on Saturday," John Sheldon said.
The official launch will be celebrated September 5.