At 648 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley you are going to get a taste of old school. Here you are not going to encounter any song after 1999 and if you can yell loud enough, you might meet some interesting people.
There is a downstairs cocktail lounge with its own private DJ. Upstairs live bands play seven nights a week. The bar particularly prides itself on hosting up and coming DJ's and bands. However, the club has also hosted more well known artists such as Wolfmother and Gyroscope. Personally, I believe the bar's greatest facet is the cool atmosphere and industrial meets James Bond décor. Aquariums peak out from walls in the bathroom, chain link fences separate lounges, graffiti that existed before it became a bar paints the walls and the place has a edgy raw vibe that you feed off. The staff are laid back and friendly which can be a tough find sometimes in the valley. The night I was there, many were wearing onesies of various animal species.
This is a hipster playground. This is not really a negative, it is a chance to view them in their natural habitat. Nonetheless, they don't make up the entire populace and you might be surprised with how much you enjoy what they have created. Highlights of my night included: the birthday girl's drink being lit on fire, admiring and being a little creeped out by the old guy in paisley invading dance circles and embarrassing myself at the hands of the Ghost Busters theme.
The place does not really heat up until the A.M. starts making its way to the valley but, it is worth it before then if you don't like crowds. Of course, being assaulted on the dance floor by drunk people's dance moves all come with the club territory. More information on the bar can be found at: www.xandybar.com.au. Here you can also find information about coming soon acts, ticketed events and bookings.
Don't get confused by the word 'bar'. This is not a place where you can share a drink with friends and laugh about your escapades. This is a place to hand yourself over to music you may have forgotten, as well as some old favourites and dance like a fool because nobody here cares. Entry is blissfully free (except for special ticketed gigs) and you don't need to worry too much about a dress code. No judgement at X & Y, just be ready for an adventure.