I headed out with a few friends last night, with plans to go to a trendy cocktail bar in the valley. However, upon arriving we discovered it was closed, and instead stumbled upon a charming craft beer bar - The Mill.
Nestled in the middle of Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, just down the road from popular Brisbane bar & club Alfred and Constance, The Mill offers a quiet getaway for those looking for a few drinks before a night out, or just a catch up over some quality craft beer.
The bar almost has the feel of a contemporary british pub. The brick walls create a feeling of history (and not wrongly, i've since discovered the building was once a flour mill, and was used as a military base by US soldiers during WW11), and the wooden tables and bar, (hand-built by it's current owners), balance against the brick to give the place warmth,
You can choose to settle in for the night on one of the comfy leather couches, or opt for one of the many bar tables scattered around.
There are a wide range of craft beers on offer (bottled and tap), $5-a-glass wines, as well as $14 cocktails and $7 cider sangria (which tasted like Aussie Christmas in a glass....yum).
Katie and I both started with a 'fruity wench,' a gin based cocktail that was served in an old-fashioned jar with cute straw, and moved onto the sangria. Both were well worth my money. Luke, our token beer drinker for the evening, gave a few of the craft beers a go, and was impressed by both the choice and quality.
The music catered to the ambience, and the playlist was full of songs you can imagine sound fantastic on vinyl, but was scattered with just the right amount of chart toppers to be cool, but not overly pretentious.
Available for private functions or party hire, and open most nights, The Mill on Constance is well worth a visit.