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Published October 22nd 2017
Enjoy a coffee in an historic church hall
There is something heavenly about finding a master cup of coffee, in a great venue, particularly if the space has a special story to share. Wired Espresso Bar in East Brisbane is one such spot, being located in a former Presbyterian Church Hall which dates back to 1885.
Stepping from the curb off Mowbray Terrace and through the front door of the church hall, I notice that the heritage-listed hall is a single storey building which structurally has retained a sense of its past with timber joinery, authentic leadlight windows, and polished wooden floorboards.
The hall is linked to the Mowbray Family and its 'Father' of Presbyterianism in Queensland, Rev. Thomas Mowbray. The church was closed in December 1992 and sold in 1995. Despite being occupied by businesses since then, the organ, pulpit and surrounding church fittings have been preserved, though not easily visible to the public. While I was there a walking tour strolled past the building on a heritage trail walk.
What can I have to eat? Today, Wired Espresso Bar focusses on the coffee serving the Merlo brew. My chai latte came quickly after ordering and with a smile from the friendly staff. While there is no menu as such, simple sides including cookies (coconut and macaroon at $4), cakes and savoury and sweet muffins (bacon, tomato and basil warmed up and with butter) and toasties are available to complement your beverage.
Where can I sit? Wired has 3 seating areas all offering a simple, relaxed, comfortable feel.
The inside seating area has stayed true to the past. Grab a church pew (literally) and rest your coffee on the "Singer Sewing Machines" which act as tables. I notice several old-time accessories like iron, dial telephones, and teapots on the top of a cupboard which remind you that you are in a historic building. Potted indoor white lilies and fronded ferns bring a little piece of the garden inside.
There is also seating via 2 tables at the entrance with wicker chairs and shaded by Merlo outdoor umbrellas. It is here that you can spot city glimpses looking towards "The Gabba". My favourite spot, however, is the deck at the side of the hall, again shaded by umbrellas and featuring bench seating along the side for a group to stretch out, comfy wickers and soft, bright cushions. Ah joy!
Did I mention that Wired is very dog-friendly? Pups even have their own personal parking station and drink bowl at the entrance to the Hall with a clasp to attach the lead while mum and dad make their order inside.
Getting There Wired is located in bustling, urban East Brisbane and is a great spot to pop by for a quick cuppa or to grab a take away en route to the city or beyond. If you decide to take public transport, Bus Stop 12 outbound on Routes 230 and 235 stops right outside.
The Mowbray Park ferry stop is about 100 metres away. Wired Espresso Bar is open 7 days a week with half day trading (closing at 12pm).