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The Junk Bar

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by Yvette Chapman (subscribe)
Thirty something girl, originally from Sydney but Brisbane is home now. Eats, drinks, socialises, watches art-house, studies the stars, and loves music. I'm a professional copywriter and editor. Hearts writing things.
Published July 2nd 2012
Junk Bar is a popular haunt for Brisbane's creatives be they musos, artists, models, or just the innately curious. This 'hole in the wall' venue which is located just off Waterworks Road, oozes a charisma that you certainly won't want to miss. Unwind and sip on a delicious New York style cocktail as the room comes alive with the soulful sounds of jive, boogie and Motown echoing from vinyl records a refreshing change from Brisbane's more commercial venues.

Rhino lounge area

Junk Bar is the brainchild of former Troubadour owner, Jamie. For those of you like me, who were devastated when the Troubadour closed down, you can now get a fix of a different kind. Jamie and his lovely partner Mia own and run this quality establishment. And from the moment you step inside, you'll feel like guests in their very own home. Mia is warm and friendly as she greets you on arrival, but her hospitality doesn't end there. I watched the way Mia doted over patrons, providing table service and checking in to make sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying their evening.

The unique ambience of the place lends itself to low black ceilings, dim downlights, an eclectic mix of Persian and cow hide rugs, mismatched furniture, moose heads, framed Elvis pictures, and the rainforest wallpaper stretching across a feature wall which literally transports you into a surreal wilderness as you recline in a cosy couch. The interior derives inspiration from many eras, including roaring 20's inspired pieces such as vintage table lamps and glamorous fringed curtains.

I'd recommend trying the cocktails which are generally priced at $15. I would have loved to make my way through the entire menu, but there were just too many to choose from, with over 30 varieties. My favourites were the Junk Cherry: Chambord, vanilla Galliano, cream, fresh orange morello cherries, Junk Delight: Agua, cocoa-leaf liqueur, homemade chilli choc sauce, cream, dusted with vanilla sugar, and Pie in the sky: Polish vodka, vanilla Galliano, cloudy apple juice and cinnamon... just like liquid apple crumble only more evil!

There's also a small range of finger food available, priced between $4 and $20. Select from bagels, an antipasto plate, mixed salted nuts and pretzels, or a China Plate featuring fresh dim sims and spring rolls and an assortment of other Asian appetisers.

So I guess Junk Bar gives new meaning to the old adage... one man's 'junk' is another man's 'treasure'. I guarantee you'll fall in love with the place. And love is priceless after all.
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Why? Drinks with friends
When: Tues - Fri from 5pm, Sat & Sun, from 12 noon
Phone: 3168 2993
Where: 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove
Your Comment
This place sounds amazing. If I'm ever in Brisbane I'll be sure to pop in...
by Kathleen (score: 2|580) 2958 days ago
unfortunately not amazing - the seats, cushions and even lampshades were dirty or speckled in mildew and stains on closer inspection once sitting down. We decided to overlook that and opening a menu my friend found hers splattered in with food marks and ripped - when asking to order from nibbles we were told we shouldnt have that menu as no longer serve food from that one! Ok no food so ask to order glass of Pinot Noir red wine, it comes out cold from being stored in the fridge?? wtf its winter? Tasted like ruined rasberry juice - we left appalled, not going back!
by melle (score: 0|2) 2623 days ago
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