Dapple + Waver
Dapple + Waver
Dapple + Waver
Dapple + Waver
Dapple + Waver

Neighbourhood bar Dapple + Waver finds a new home in Yeerongpilly

The loss of the northside’s beloved Toombul Shopping Centre in 2022 following devastating floods is one that still cuts deep for many of us. Not only did we lose a nostalgia-drenched icon, we also said goodbye to a number of local businesses we loved to frequent. One such business was neighbourhood watering hole Dapple + Waver, which upon closure received an overwhelming outpour of community support mourning its closure. We’ll it’s time to dry those tears suburban socialites – Dapple + Waver is back.

Almost two years after its forced closure in February 2022, Dapple + Waver has opened the doors to its brand-new location. The suburban sip spot has found a new home in the recently developed YG Riverside Village in Yeerongpilly Green, just a stone’s throw from the Brisbane River and Queensland Tennis Centre.

Owners Aidan McGarrity and Mark McKenna hope to carry over the close-knit community vibe they built at the Toombul location, with the new Dapple + Waver space harnessing the same welcoming atmosphere as its predecessor. The bar draws its name from Irish poem The Perch by Seamus Heaney, which reads, “Perch on their water perch hung in the clear Bann River; Near the clay bank in alder dapple and waver”. The Nobel Prize-winning laureate is describing how the perch are holding their favoured position in the flowing river “near the clay bank”, at a spot where the light reflects and creates effects in the flowing water – “alder dapple and waver”. Aidan and Mark have drawn inspiration from these light effects within the space, and hope Dapple + Waver becomes a favoured position for locals, near the banks of the Brisbane River.

The venue’s established interior aesthetic has also transferred to Yeerongpilly, creating a casual-yet-modern space featuring textured concrete walls, tiled tables and timber and copper finishes, softened by cosy leather banquettes, curved booths and hanging greenery. The rounded timber bar houses an extensive selection of craft and mainstream beers across 12 taps, including frothies from Burleigh Brewing, Green Beacon and Dapple + Waver’s own special brews. A strong list of classic and signature cocktails are sure to keep spirits high, alongside a tight wine list showcasing drops from Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy and Argentina.

Open for lunch, dinner and everything in between, Dapple + Waver offers an approachable menu that is sure to please any palate. Gastropub-style classics such as beer-battered fish and chips, pizzas and burgers all feature, alongside a 300-g MB2+ Riverine Angus striploin, crispy skinned salmon with roast beetroot and quinoa, and smoked brisket ragu with fettuccine. If you’re settling in for a few, the grazing menu is served until late, offering moreish bites like pulled-duck spring rolls, kung pao cauliflower, za’atar-spiced lamb meatballs and choose-your-flavour chicken wings.

Co-owner Aidan (who also co-owns Beyond The Pale in Coorparoo), is excited to give Yeerongpilly its own neighbourhood bar. “I lived in that area for eight years and I know it’s crying out for a bar – there’s just nowhere to go,” he says. “What we offer is that neighbourhood bar that has a connection to the area where it is based. We would get people coming in every day to Dapple + Waver, and it wasn’t because of the special offers – they wanted to chat and interact with staff that knew them and their favourite drink.”

Dapple + Waver is open now. For opening hours and contact details, head to our Stumble Guide

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