Laneway Gems in The City
10 November 2014
Venture off the beaten track with a wander through The City’s hidden laneways to discover a wealth of glistening gems. These venues are perfect for a quick bite, drink with friends or a gastronomic delight surrounded by some of Brisbane’s best architecture and street art. Immerse yourself in each laneway’s unique character and charm.
Albert Lane, access via 141 Queen & 140 Elizabeth St
Little Singapore Restaurant offers a modern Malaysian-style dining experience with affordable, quick, very tasty eats.
The Tea Centre
The Tea Centre aims to provide the finest-quality loose-leaf tea and tea-making accessories. Stock comes from many parts of the world after being centralised in Europe, quality-tested, blended and then air-freighted to Australia every four to six weeks to maintain the highest standard of freshness.
Vapiano prides itself on serving only the best made-to-order pizzas, fresh house-made pasta, hand-tossed gourmet salads and delicious dolci in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.
Burnett Lane, access via Queen Street Mall
Brew is one of the city's best-kept secrets. The haunt offers great coffee and food by day and brews of a different kind by night - wine, beer and cocktails, plus delicious tapas.
Felix Espresso & Winebar
Felix Espresso & Wine Bar serves up a wholesome menu using local organic ingredients. Sit on the stools overlooking the lane and watch the world go by, or soak up the relaxed atmosphere inside. It truly is an escape from the hustle and bustle.
Come and discover Super Whatnot, a little laneway bar with a personality all its own. With a rotating range of craft beers, an unexpected array of boutique wines, classic and original cocktails, and gourmet snackery inspired by “The Americas”, Super Whatnot might not appeal to everyone, but that's exactly the point.
40 Charlotte Street
John Mills Himself
Staying true to the building's architectural heritage, the quaint John Mills Himself cafe and bar features high windows, exposed brick walls and dark timber beams. Supporting all-local and where possible organic produce, the cafe rotates between The Single Guys, Cup Coffee Roasters and Uncle Joe's Coffee House blends across the three grinders. At night the venue turns into an intimate yet fun wine and piano bar.
Gresham Lane, access via Creek & Queen St
Sparrow & Finch
Sparrow & Finch is the perfect place to head for lunch thanks to a wide selection of salads, meat, sandwiches and pizzas. As the sun goes down the venue transforms into a busy after-work meeting spot with a great selection of craft beers, wines and spirits available.
The brainchild of Tom Sanceau and Bonnie Shearston from renowned Public, Red Hook takes inspiration from the street vans spread throughout New York City. If you want to savour every bite, pull up a chair on the Queen St side of the diner and be welcomed with mustard and Sriracha, or act like a true New Yorker and grab a burger or hotdog on the run. Head here at night for the great vibe and drinks under the stars.
The Gresham Bar is a whisky and bourbon saloon oozing old-world charm with an eccentric touch. Walking through the large cedar doors you will feel like you've stepped back in time thanks to the soaring seven-metre-high pressed-metal ceiling, dark timber floorboards, Chesterfield couches and an antique Victorian fireplace.
Eagle Lane, 110 Eagle St
The Coop Espresso
The Coop Espresso is a hole-in-the-wall coffee haunt on Eagle Lane. Tucked between Queen and Eagle Streets, grab some fresh baked treats on the run courtesy of Kaptain Patisserie including pies, berry ‘plunders’, muffins, brownies, banana cakes and quiches.
181 George St
Bean is a stripped back coffee house using delicious Campos beans. The cafe offers a record player and books, creating the perfect atmosphere if you want to escape the busyness of The City above. Bean, like its name, is keeping it simple, and that's the way we like it.
Access via 189 Elizabeth St
Coffee haven Strauss is a combination of the talents from the guys behind Cup and Merriweather. The cafe is cosy and intimate with ceiling beams, exposed bricks and polished timber floors. The kitchen offers a refined menu with a range of all-day breakfast dishes inspired by seasonal produce. If you are feeling like a nightcap between Wednesday and Friday, Strauss is open until 10pm for boutique beers, ciders, daily cocktails and a cheese or charcuterie board.
Spencer Lane, access via Edward & Margaret St
Tucked away above a corner of Spencer Lane lies the small and intimate The Laneway. Buzzing with energy, the venue boasts a sophisticated cocktail and crafty drinks menu that is based around drinking as an experience, as much as it is drinking for flavour. As you sit and drink at the bar, watch the classic movies projected on the wall off the lane.