People dream of making it ‘big’ there, we pine over their celebrities, we watch their movies and pirate their shows, we eat their food, and let’s be honest, you can probably name more American Presidents than you can Australian Prime Ministers… am I right?
Brisbane has taken to the Americana culture and has created some great venues about town to meet our desires for greasy food, sweat treats and retro décor.
Here are 10 of the best American venues in Brisbane giving us a slice of that Americana culture ( and just in time for 4th of July) :
Greaser Bar is an underground grunge bar with the appeal of an American retro speakeasy. Their American-inspired menu includes southern fried chicken, hotdogs and cheeseburgers.
259 Brunswick St, The Valley
Offering an in-house smoked, authentic American BBQ experience to Brisbane locals, the main staples at New Farm’s The Smoke are buffalo chicken wings, Texas beef ribs and Kansas City baby back ribs.
85 Merthyr Rd, New Farm
South Side Diner
An overload of American diner nostalgia, complete with booth seating, swivel bar stools and endless cups of coffee. Try their burgers, mac’n’cheese, or treat yourself to one of their dessert pies or one of their South Side specialty shakes.
168 Grey Street, South Bank
La Vosh Patisserie
Regarded as one of Brisbane’s bakery gems, La Vosh Patisserie serves up fresh New York bagels baked daily on site. Choose from a variety of savoury and sweet flavours along with flavoured cream cheeses to match.
154 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill
Hot dogs, hot dogs, hot dogs…. Who doesn’t like a hot dog? You don’t need to save these for a ‘ball game’, when you’ve got 10 different gourmet options to choose from or you can just create your own. They even cater for gluten intolerants and vegos at G-Doggz. Did I mention it’s also a licensed bar?
356 Brunswick Street, The Valley
Yard Bird Ale House
Yard Bird’s raw interior consists of tattoo inspired artwork, wooden stools, booths, and old brewing barrels. The venue stocks American (and Australian) craft beer as well as an all-American menu of Texas style chili fries, pizzas and highly sought-after wings. Yard Bird is famous for its ‘Death Sentence Wings’ and its Sunday deal, where wings are 50c each.
6/24 Martin St, The Valley
With a New Orleans-style fit out, complete with brass top bar, live music, and dim lighting, Papa Jack’s delivers delicious Creole cuisine direct to Brisbane. Think Gumbo, burgers, muffuletta and po’boys sandwiches. Try their house specialty drink that adds a New York twist on a New Orleans classic, the old-fashioned cognac or whisky cocktail known as the ‘Sazerac’.
Corner of Connor and McLachlan St, The Valley
In one of Newstead’s back streets, Tippler's Tap is tucked away with a warm underground hunter’s lodge vibe; dimly lit, wood seating, and with sceneries of lakes and fir trees across the walls. They serve Chicago style hot dogs, chicken wings (1kg for $10), chili fries and Reuben sandwiches. As an added bonus they also have a retro pinball machine and a Space Invaders table.
22 Masrers St, Newstead
Lefty’s Old Time Musical Hall
Soak up the decadent décor resembling an old-fashioned western-style saloon. Complete with lavish fixtures, such as red velvet drapes, vintage chandeliers and deer heads, the American influence extends to the food and drink lists too. There are plenty of American boutique beers and rye whiskies to try, as well as po’boys, jerk chicken and corn dogs to munch on.
15 Caxton St, Brisbane
Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Mal and Bec are responsible for Shady Palms’ tasty Nuevo-American cuisine. Try the maple-glazed bacon in the morning, open Brooklyn Reubens at lunch and indulge in peanut butter and jelly deep fried ice-cream for dessert. The venue gives off a relaxed beachside vibe mixed with country club flair, and is filled with vintage and eclectic furniture that brightens the place up.
427 Logan Rd, Stones Corner
Mighty Mighty - The Valley
Harry’s Diner - Windsor
Carolina Kitchen - Coorparoo
Hudson Corner - Albion