Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall opens on Caxton Street
A new kind of resident has moved into the shady shell that was The Velvet Cigar on Caxton Street, bringing a slice of country music and American eats to the inner city. Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall is the creation of Jamie Webb (of Cabiria and Peasant fame) and business partner Jason Scott of Sydney’s Shady Pines Saloon.
Retaining the red walls and chandeliers of the previous tenant, Jamie and Jason have added their preference for impressive taxidermy and intimate leather booths to shape Lefty’s into the type of venue that visiting carnival folk would stop in to for a lively soiree. The stage has been returned to its former location in the historic building, while a new bar has been stationed to one side, with show lights glowing overhead. Taxidermy peacocks, moose, bear and deer frame saloon-esque seating, vintage lamps and gold-rimmed mirrors in the dimly lit bar, while a mezzanine level sports a mini ‘can bar’ upstairs.
A retro popcorn machine stationed upon the lower bar provides free servings of the aerated kernel when drinks are ordered, while the food menu leans towards the style of American carny fare with housemade onion rings, sloppy joes and four types of po’ boys (including a vegetarian varietal). The array of beers stem from mostly Australian and American microbreweries, with Brooklyn Brewery’s lager set to be the house beer. More than 100 American rye whiskies will become the focus of the spirits shelf, along with a hefty selection of scotch, tequila and rum.
In the spirit of pushing back Brisbane folks’ usual evening grazing hour, Lefty’s will serve food through to its closing time of 3:00 am.
Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall
15 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 5:00 pm to 3:00 am
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