Opened in 2017 by Brisbane lawyer and jazz-lover James Stevens and his sons, the Doo-Bop took over over a heritage warehouse on Edward Street and turned its brick and timber surrounds into a bar that manages to be both very warm and very cool at the same time.
Now two years old, the Doo-Bop has proven that Brisbane was ready for a jazz club that recreated the best of the overseas jazz clubs that proprietor Stevens loved so much.
Upstairs in the Piano Bar, drinks and bar food are accompanied by players tinkling the ivories most nights of the week. The Piano Bar is also open for lunch, and I've enjoyed a few affordable ales and meals there with colleagues.
But the star for me is the basement jazz bar, where I've enjoyed everyone from local jazz students to overseas visitors and Australian icons like the legendary Vince Jones. Two shows I've enjoyed recently have been local boys Eddie Gazani's Gypsy Adventures, and Perth jazz songstress Daisy Fanning. Both of the latter played free on a Tuesday night, filling the room and generating some very good vibes.
And that's one of the nicest things about the Doo-Bop: if you're broke, you can wander in at least a couple of nights a week and enjoy some great music free of charge.
If you have a few dollars to spare, you can buy a beer, a very nice glass of wine, or a cocktail or three from the very friendly bar staff.
If you're hungry, the food here is good. A bar menu has affordable feeds from about $9-15, while you can buy a main from the full menu for around $25-30. I've recently eaten good fish and good pork dishes, while my cheesecake dessert ($14) was even more seductive than the tunes onstage.
In case you haven't gathered, I really love the Doo-Bop and I think everyone should hang out there at least once (and preferably more often).
The last few times I've been, I've also met out-of-towners dropping in for the good vibes, and that only adds to the fun.
So check out the upcoming gigs, make the time to head into town, and enjoy something special that Brisbane should be proud of. Do bop at the Doo-Bop. You won't regret it.