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Published December 16th 2012
A hip place for beers in the suburbs
Southside Tearoom Retro Bar Morningside
Morningside's Hip New Bar


There aren't many hip places to go out for a drink in the evening in the Eastern suburbs, so I was excited to discover that Southside Tearoom in Morningside now opens as a bar at night. Located on the busy Wynnum Road amongst the fast food outlets, it wouldn't be the first place you'd think to try, but Southside Tearoom is full of surprises.

Southside Tearoom Morningside
Southside Tearoom


The quirky cafe is filled from floor to ceiling with retro nic nacs, including a pinball machine and a shelf of troll dolls. The decor is an eclectic fusion of retro Hawaiian beach bar, Kevin's house from The Wonder Years and a 70's frat house party.

Southside Tearoom Bar Retro Keg Pinball
Play Pinball and Drink Beer From The Keg


The fridge is stocked with XXXX tins and a range of bottled beers including Pickled Pig Ccciliacc Ale and Holgate Temptress. Alternatively you could choose a 28 Pale Ale from the old style beer keg or a cocktail, served in a vintage glass with a kitsch cherry. In the run up to Christmas, I liked the sound of the Boozy Rum Shake.

Retro Fridge Southside Tearoom Bar
Well Stocked Fridge At Southside Tearoom


There are quirky theme nights too. On the first Thursday of each month, there is a VHS night where "found footage and video oddities" are projected from 8pm. Every Thursday night is Takeout Night - an unusual twist on traditional BYO, where you can bring your own take-out meal to enjoy with your beer. With Curryville Indian Restaurant, which arguably makes Brisbane's best curry, just a few doors away, this has the potential to be a brilliant evening out (click here to read my review on Curryville). There are also plenty of other fast food options along the same road, including Dominos, Nandos, Noodle Box and the excellent Morningside Thai.

What's On Southside Tearoom Bar
Fun Theme Nights at Southside Tearoom


Check out Southside Tearoom's website for more details of one-off special events. Previous events have included plaster figurine painting and live music from singer-songwriter, Andrew Markwell.

Vintage Christmas Stockings
Christmas Kitsch at Southside Tearoom


The bar is open Thursday to Sunday as follows:
Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 5pm - Midnight
Saturday: 2pm - Midnight
Sunday: 2pm - 8pm
Don't miss Happy Hour from 6-7pm with $6 schooners and bourbon lemonades.

Polaroids Southside Tearoom
Polaroids at Southside Tearoom


Southside Tearoom is also a great cafe during the daytime. Click here to read Debra Lidster's review. I can recommend the very tasty bacon and egg sandwich with aioli ($8). The coffee's also deliver on kitsch presentation, with vintage glasses and plaid print napkins.

Bacon Egg Sandwich Southside Tearoom
Tasty Bacon and Egg Sandwich


Retro Coffee Southside Tearoom
Kitsch Coffees
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Why? A hip place for a night out
When: Bar open Thursday - Sunday
Where: 639 Wynnum Road, Morningside
Your Comment
Rumball boozy shakes sound delicious.
by Debra Lidster (score: 2|851) 2380 days ago
Looks really home style.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 2366 days ago
This places looks cool
by titte (score: 1|71) 2380 days ago
what a gem to find! Thanks for sharing.
by Sally Pewter (score: 0|9) 1115 days ago
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