In 2010, the Brisbane City Council launched a $2.5 million project to revitalise Burnett Lane in Brisbane's CBD. The laneway revolution has continued throughout the past year, with more businesses setting up along the lane. One of these is Brew.
A cafe by day and bar by night, Brew is an establishment that is perfectly suited to the back streets of Brisbane. The minimalist decor is reminiscent of a New York cafe, while the equally minimalist menu is what you would expect from a hidden hole-in-the-wall. Brew is the sort of place that doesn't advertise itself and yet true coffee aficionados manage to find it hidden down the lane.
The venue is an intimate space with something of a DIY vibe that blends in with the alleyway background. Lounges are clustered around weather-beaten wooden tables, the menu is scrawled (a little too perfectly) across a chalk board and found art provides most of the decor. It's hip and edgy, but also a little been-there-done-that. Fortunately, Brew knows how to make a decent cup of coffee.
Brew is open from 7.00am on weekdays and from 8.30am on weekends and serves tea, coffee and a limited selection of light snacks throughout the day. The cafe becomes a bar on Thursday and Friday nights, offering beer, wine and champagne in a cosy location.
Brew is located on Lower Burnett Lane in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it location; keep an eye out for the opening in the wall and the sign scrawled above the entrance in chalk.