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Lefty's Old Time Music Hall, Petrie Terrace
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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. more

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Le Comptoir Général, Paris
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The Street Photographer: Le Comptoir Général, Paris

Unless you know the way to Le Comptoir Général, hidden away off the banks of the canal in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, there’s a good chance you could spend your entire life oblivious to its existence. But then that would be a shame, as this rustic tipple joint and self-proclaimed ‘temple of ghetto culture’ is an adventure in itself. A ghetto museum by day, home to curiously named sections such as La Petite Boutique des Horreurs (The Little Shop of Horrors), Le Cabinet de Sorcellerie (The Witchcraft Cabinet) and Le Centre des Objets Perdu (The Centre for Lost Property), the locale begins to swell with stylish revellers sipping on jungle punch and African beers as the sun begins to fade, when it takes on its other identity as a bar. The concept behind Le Comptoir Général is a tribute to the creativity that springs up in poor or marginalised places all over the… more

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Sloe Gin
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Learn the art of making sloe gin

Not named for the unhurried process that makes it, sloe gin instead finds its origins with the tart sloe berry, also known as a blackthorn. Sloes are grown prolifically around the United Kingdom, with early settlers to our fair country planting the blackthorn bush around northern Tasmania. more


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Cobbler, West End
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Whisky bar Cobbler opens at West End

Enjoying a dapper dram of whisky is about to become the norm amongst the West End bar scene, as cocktail and whisky bar Cobbler joins the suburb. Ex-Sling Lounge owner Martin Lange has teamed up with Asa Boardman and Trent Goodwin of New Farm’s Ponycat and Paddington’s Kettle & Tin to create the new bar, which is tucked off the main drag in Browning Street. more

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Embassy Bar, Brisbane City
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Embassy Hotel reopens as craft beer bar

Following in the footsteps of Archive Beer Boutique, The Scratch, Tippler’s Tap and Green Beacon Brewing, a city-based drinking den has been given a new lease on life of the craft beer persuasion. Ditching the sticky floors and grimy club vibe for boutique drinking, the 85-year-old Embassy Hotel has reopened after renovations, with patrons now presented with rustic brick walls, vintage posters and exposed lightblubs upon entering the historic establishment. more

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Room 60 x Roost, Kelvin Grove
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The Street Photographer: Room 60 x Roost

A cosy space for a drink and enjoying the array of trash movies, erotica readings, bands and industry talks featured throughout the week, Room 60 shares its creative and collaborative space with Roost Coffee. A haven for uni students and visitors to the Kelvin Grove precinct alike, Room 60 x Roost is a dimly lit abode perfect for sipping a peppered soy chai or a locally brewed elderflower, apple and lime cider in summer, and a traditional hot whiskey in winter. Check out Room 60 x Roost on The Street Photographer. more

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Cactus Republic
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Visit Mexican bar Cactus Republic at South Bank

While Mexican food has been all the rage for the past few years – a dose so heavy now part of our day-to-day diet that the scent of chipotle has become part of our personal musk – there has been little hurrah about Mexican liquor. Both a spot for a diner-esque level of Mexican fare and a margarita or two, Cactus Republic serves up a platter of Mexican thirst-quenchers. The in-house tequila bar sees el Jimador, Patrón and Herradura tequilas line the shelves, as well as Mexican beers by Corona, Sol, Dos XX, Pacifico and Negra Modelo. Image via Visit South Bank. Cactus Republic 153 Stanley Street, Parklands, South Bank Ph: 07 3844 0878 Open: Monday to Thursday 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, Friday to Saturday 11:00 am until late, Sunday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm more

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Anise, New Farm
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The Street Photographer: Anise

Brunswick Street institution Anise has had a refit, with ex-1889 Enoteca lads Dan Finn and Thames Delaforce having taken ownership of the keys on Christmas Eve and speedily turning around a refreshed bistro. Executing most of the fit-out themselves, Dan and Thames uncovered some of the building’s history in the form of old Shell petrol station signage. Majority of the seating is bar-side, with a single bentwood chair-clad table by the front window. David Grant (also ex-Enoteca) has risen from his sous chef title under the old Anise owners, curating a menu that glides easily from small plates to mains to sides and desserts, with all offerings share friendly. The cuisine breaks out of Anise’s original Gallic constraints, now seeing a French-European bent across the likes of Foie Gras Terrine with caperberries, braised lamb neck, vignarola and pine nuts and the original Duck Fat… more

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Shucked Coffee House, Newstead
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Shucked Coffee House opens for tapas and cocktails

The trend of coffee houses expanding to serve drinks and tapas come sundown is catching on. Growing from a coffee cart to a cafe to a tapas and wine bar, Brew in Burnett Lane took the leap first, with Foxy Bean in Woolloongabba expanding in the same manner last year as well. Sisco in Spring Hill and Outerspace in Fortitude Valley have too secured liquor licences, so you can enjoy a cold beverage with your lunch. more

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At Sixes and Sevens, Fortitude Valley
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The Street Photographer: At Sixes and Sevens

From the folk behind Cru Bar + Cellar, At Sixes and Sevens opened with fervour in December, satisfying deep cravings for gourmet pub grub and crisp liquor that we only subconsciously knew we had. With jazzed up toasted sandwiches served in enamel camping mugs, wine poured straight from the barrel and craft beers and ciders on tap, At Sixes and Sevens melds simplicity of dining with a thoughtful design sense. Check out At Sixes and Sevens on The Street Photographer. more