Great food, fantastic Aboriginal art and cool entertainment
Hidden in the basement of an office building on Adelaide Street is a cafe, restaurant and art gallery that is rapidly gathering a dedicated following. Birrunga Gallery & Dinner is open for breakfast and lunch 5 days a week and staying open late on Friday nights for an evening of entertainment, you can head in for the great food that incorporates indigenous flavours, and admire the contemporary Aboriginal artwork on display.
The gallery was initially founded by Robert Henderson, a Wiradjuri artist, as the Henderson Gallery in South Brisbane. That gallery went from strength to strength but had to close due to construction works at the original building. This year, they reopened in the heart of the city as Birrunga Gallery.
The gallery has always featured indigenous and outsider artworks and worked on building a community of artists and creators through its training programs, entertainment and support of a variety of artists, especially those of indigenous background. The result is one of the few galleries in Brisbane that is prepared to take risks, challenge the audience as well as finding and fostering great talent.
Along with artworks by regular and founding members of the art gallery, there will be continued exhibitions of new artworks from different artists. Also, it is a great place to find original souvenirs by indigenous artists.
The cafe/restaurant features modern Australian cuisine and incorporates a wide range of Australian native foods and flavours. This includes kangaroo and crocodile, both of which are delicious and healthy for you.
The opens on weekdays for breakfast from 7 am and closes on most days at 3 pm. On Fridays, it stays open late, with music and entertainment starting in the afternoon. As a fully licensed cafe, you can stay and part here until closing on Friday.
Birrunga also does catering with a very extensive catering menu. Once again, the menu heavily features native flavours and meats such as crocodile, kangaroo and emu. You can also hire the venue for events, and there is also the ability to hire one section of the gallery which they can wall off for your group.
On Fridays, the cafe & gallery stay open late with live music and of course a fully licensed service. Come in a for a drink and enjoy the music or stay for a great meal.
There is a strong emphasis with the gallery on encouraging art from a variety of sources, and their art classes are designed to empower individuals to express themselves through art. Check the website for upcoming classes and other events.
Head down the stairs to the basement to discover this secret location