Best Underground & Hidden BNE Bars

Best Underground & Hidden BNE Bars

A phony barber shop, a hidden laneway and a funky jazz bar

By Fiona Williams | 28th October 2020

Next Episode

Masked as an entrance to a barber’s shop in South Brisbane’s Fish Lane, you wouldn’t think there’s a hip hop inspired secret bar with Biggie Smalls waiting for you on the other side. You’ll find a phone at the entrance which is where you dial the ever-changing number on the vintage phone (check out Next Episode’s Instagram for the weekly code) and the mirrored walls unlock! With neon lit signs inside, a Biggie Smalls mural, a handful of booths and hip-hop tunes singing through the intimate space, the NYC inspired cocktail bar will take you to another world. Staying true to their theme, the cocktails are where Next Episode really shines. From ‘I got 99 problems but a drink ain’t one’ to 'Gin and juice’ and 'Hendricks Lamar’ you’ll be sure to find something for your inner homie here.

Drink:
The ‘Biggie S’mores’ cocktail with a roasted marshmallow on top. It’s a must try for newcomers!

Secret tip:
After you dial the code, push on one of the three mirrors to find your way in.

Find them:
5/27 Cordelia St, South Brisbane.

Savile Row

This opulent vintage lounge bar and hidden treasure in Fortitude Valley is a must-do while on a night out in Brisbane. Step inside the out-of-place orange door on Ann Street and peel back the curtains to reveal a slice of central London – it’s where the name is from after all. Experience a glorious old school chandelier glowing above you and incredible views of the wide-scape spirit bar from every angle. With a carefully curated cocktail list, Savile Row is where tailored drinking is at its finest with over 900 spirits to choose from. Whether it’s an intimate setting for you and a plus one or a social gathering, there’s delightful seating and standing areas for all to sip and be merry.

Drink:
The ‘Hey Honey’ cocktail with Roe and Co Irish Whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, cherry, saffron, and honey.

Secret tip:
They can make any drink customised for you – just ask!

Find them:
667 Ann St, Fortitude Valley.

Brooklyn Standard

If good times are your thing, then you’ll find them pumping six days a week at this underground ode-to-NYC bar just off Eagle Street. Brooklyn Standard is where the vibe is high and the party is happening all night long. What sets them apart isn’t just the expert bartending team, but their cracking live music each night with funk, rock and roll, Mariachi, RnB and everything in between. A quick look on their Facebook page will uncover the week ahead line up of rocking music so you can get your hips shakin’. After a boogie on the d-floor, get stuck into the American inspired menu with fries, wings, burgers and bar snacks.

Drink:
The ‘Apple Pie Shot’.

Secret tip:
Comfortable footwear is a must.

Find them:
Eagle Lane, Brisbane City.

Miss Demeanour

Amongst the hustle and bustle of Brisbane City (and a hop away from Queen Street Mall) exists a hidden laneway across the road from the big labels: Louie V and Bvlgari. Head down the rabbit hole and you’ll find the moody Miss Demeanour laneway bar. Since re-opening after lockdown, Miss D (as they like to be called) has brought back a new take not just on their cocktails and rotating craft beers, but to their lunch and dinner offerings. In particular are their delicious melt-in-your-mouth burgers with gluten and dairy free options. They’ve also just launched their bottomless brunch every week from 11am to 2pm, which includes burgers, bottomless fries and a large selection of booze options including espresso martinis and Bloody Marys.

Drink:
The ‘Anna Pavlova', 'Debbie Harry' and 'George A Romero' cocktails.

Secret tip:
Come for the cocktails, stay for the food!

Find them:
Rowes Lane, Brisbane.

The Walrus Club

Tucked under The Regatta Hotel on Coronation Drive is a hidden den for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Designed to be a secret escape, you wouldn’t be alone if you said you had never noticed the inconspicuous entry points to this treasure trove! With a Thursday to Saturday affair, The Walrus Club is known for its dark and moody atmosphere as well as its premium specialty rum range. It’s also a chance to lose your inhibitions on the dance floor with their banging live music to have you grooving late into the night.

Drink:
Anything with rum!

Secret tip:
Look out for two stairways heading underground inside The Regatta.

Find them:
543 Coronation Drive, Toowong.

Kiddo

Revenge is a dish best served cold, or where Tokyo meets El Paso in this Japanese and American infused, Kill Bill-inspired bar and kitchen. The Valley’s newest recruit – Kiddo – was once a strictly traditional Japanese restaurant but will now send you spiralling through the chaotic mind of Quentin Tarantino in an intimate space filled to the brim with nostalgia. If you have unfinished business, pair it with a funky menu of vibrant eats and inventive drinks behind the secret red door on California Lane.

Drink:
4 Years On Ice is always a good idea (it’s literally served in a light bulb)

Secret tip:
Look for the secret red door on California Lane.

Find them:
California Lane, Fortitude Valley

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Article by Fiona Williams

Fiona is a Journalist and Food Writer who grew up in Adelaide. From Sydney to Brisbane to Canberra and now back to Brisbane, she now calls our wonderful city home. She’s a beauty fanatic obsessed with rose hip oil and she’s definitely made up of at least 80% dry shampoo. A lifelong campaigner against the word ‘good’, Fi (as she likes to be called) loves nothing more than using juicy adjectives and putting honey in her tea.

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