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.
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.
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.
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.
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.