An accomplished, well travelled writer and reviewer, Michele resides in Brisbane. Witty and highly articulate, her rivetting reviews show life through the eyes of a highly Gifted Adult viewing a world where she has an IQ in the top 1% of that world.
Published April 16th 2012
The Music Kafe is a treat of a venue for multiple reasons. Although they can't spell 'cafe', they have created a magical environment and a unique cafe experience. I can't think of anywhere else in Brisbane like it. I can only compare it to a sassy jazz club in New York where I kicked back in my mini dress and high heels sipping a Martini.
By day or night the place has a mellow atmosphere even with a band playing. One of the things I love about Music Kafe is that the acoustics are not bad and the noise level of the bands is lowered as opposed to being amped up to the point of risk of industrial deafness. I have conversed while bands play. I hate when I'm yelling words into some date's ear and he's yelling and spitting in mine. For that reason, there are many places I will not review.
Music Kafe has an indoor and outdoor area. Go outside if you want to take in West End or perhaps eat at a table in casual mode. Go inside if you like class and have my taste in furniture. There's muscular, sexy red leather couches. While this does err a bit on the side of brothel decor, they handle it without sleaze and no waitress is dressed as a French Maid, Nurse or Indy Girl.
It's the leather lounges that bring on that corporate banker, classy feel. One would look just fabulous in my lounge room facing the TV and melting into my Art Deco decor. I was seated on one the lounges, reviewing a band when I had the random privilege of meeting one of Brisbane's finest brass players, That Trombobe Guy, Richard Ferrari in person. He's the nicest guy.
There are also stools and small high tables where you can sit and swing your legs or if you are wearing something like a vintage dress and a bow in your hair that looks cute on a bar stool as you sip through a straw.
The toilets are clean and accessed by a walkway of wonderful music posters. If I go to the toilet and don't return for ages, I'm reading the posters, not still in the toilet.
Good food is served at amazing prices and there are regular meal deals. Alcohol is available and thankfully I barely drink because those prices always sting. The kafe has managed to achieve the near impossible: to provide music, alcohol and food and not to end up being a pub. I can't commend that feat highly enough. Brilliantly done. Even the staff are nice and hot too.
Brisband's next Beatles, Danger at the Door played there when they were free to see. Whenever you turn up, you're going to enjoy unless, God forbid, you get one of the three worst bands in Brisbane. I'm a music reviewer and I promote and I warn. If Black Horses, Clem Four or Rogue State are playing, go somewhere else fast. They should be picked up by cranes and dropped in the tip.
Those horrific outfits aside, this darling little place deserves your bottom. Cheers!