I was strolling along Queen Street Mall with my girlfriends and they led me down one of the laneways. I was surprised to find a beautiful, quirky café/wine bar at the end of the lane. Barrels were used as tables, high bar chairs, sofas and cushions seated many people.
Brew, is quite mystifying; as once you venture through to the indoor part of the café you unmask the deceiving area out front as the entrance rather than the entirety. Once inside the low lit indoor section, you enter the heart of Brew. Joyous music is played, art is hung on the walls and all varieties of seats and tables are used, giving the place a homey feel on Lower Burnett Lane.
There is a fanciful variety of beverages and food available ranging from iced chocolate to the classic espresso martini, to toasted sandwiches and spanish meatball tacos. No arduous wait is endured at Brew but if you find yourself impatient, you can preoccupy yourself with the tapestries on the walls, the music tones or marvel at the playing cards used as table numbers. Orders are delivered in delightfully authentic crockery. I have the pleasure of knowing I have never had the same teacup twice!
As a business located just a stairwell away from Brew we have had the pleasure of watching it grow from its first shaky beginnings as basically a coffee machine at the end of the laneway where we would share the waiting area for our coffee with the gate and often a ute. It's expansion has been creative and clever, and it is great to see it become such a popular gathering spot with a much-needed difference. However, we can no longer afford the 20-25 minute wait it now takes to get our office coffees. And our request to ring through and pick up are refused. Sadly we have had to return to a coffee bar in Adelaide St. While wishing Brew all the best for the future, and we are sure it will go from strength to strength, it would be smart business practice and just plain decent, if their original loyal customers were appreciated.