From the days of Al Capone and the Rat Pack comes Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, the newest inner city dining hotspot. Since opening in June 2017, the two-storey venue has distinguished itself as the ultimate destination for those who want to enjoy an all-inclusive dining experience.

The ground level of the venue is an Art Deco time-capsule, while the Village Vanguard-esque stairwell leads to the subterranean basement and a dimly lit, intimate bar where guests can enjoy the sounds of local and international jazz acts while mulling over New Orleans style share plates and mains.

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While the upstairs bar was thriving with lunchtime diners, I was lucky enough to be escorted downstairs to the underground bar and enjoy my meal while lounging in deep, red-leather booths. As I waited for the first course, I enjoyed a cocktail (okay, two) to prepare for my meal – the cucumber and basil smash, and the spiced watermelon margarita.

The first course was a delicious smorgasbord of New Orleans style eats. Spiced corn fritters were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, while the duck and cashew spring rolls bought an element of oriental flavours to the table. The crunchy sesame tiger prawns were juicy and fresh, and you’ll definitely want to order two plates of these delicious bites.

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The mains course followed and featured an aromatic pizza of goat’s cheese, caramelized shallot, and spicy chorizo and a beautiful dish of seared gnocchi with Portobello mushrooms, asparagus and truffle cream. The pizza was crisp at the edges but perfectly doughy in the center, while the gnocchi was rich, balanced and pillowy soft.

Lulled by the sounds of bluesy tunes, it was easy to understand the appeal of Doo-Bop. The staff are friendly and warm, the dining spaces are a intimate yet inviting, and the menu is an expert combination of share dishes and hearty mains. Doo-Bop has created a unique space for diners to experience a thriving atmosphere that falls neatly between your local pub and a fine-dining establishment, and as a result, thrives in its ability to provide a singular experience, unattainable anywhere else in Brisbane.

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Feature Image: Doo-Bop Jazz Bar

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