Pavement Whispers: It's Still A Secret to transform a South Brisbane landmark into a live-music hub
Pavement Whispers: It's Still A Secret to transform a South Brisbane landmark into a live-music hub

Pavement Whispers: It’s Still A Secret to transform a South Brisbane landmark into a live-music hub

Keeping a secret is hard, especially when the bit of goss is so juicy it begs to be shared. We can’t keep this tidbit to ourselves any longer – the crew behind beloved inner-south bar and music spot Can You Keep A Secret? is hard at work on a brand-new venue. It’s Still A Secret will open later this year and will put live music first within its completely renovated home in South Brisbane. We can tell you want to know more, so read on to hear about what’s planned …

In clear circumvention of its namesake directive, Brisbane locals have been unable to keep Woolloongabba lounge bar and music venue Can You Keep A Secret? a secret. The vintage treasure trove turned boutique nightspot has become an increasingly popular locale in recent years, so much so that guests have been turned away on exceptionally busy nights – an unfortunately frequent occurrence in the age of COVID capacity restrictions. Thankfully, lovers of CYKAS’ congenial style of hospitality will soon have two spots to choose from before year’s end, as the team behind ‘The Bar That Love Built’ is doubling its Brisbane presence with sibling venue It’s Still A Secret – a forthcoming live-music bar and community hub currently taking shape in South Brisbane.

CYKAS owner Emily Jane has taken over the stately 130-year-old heritage-listed Coronation Hotel building (affectionately dubbed Francis Stanley in honour of the architect responsible for its design) that sits on the corner of Hope Street and Montague Road – a site that will be familiar to many as the former home of The Joynt and, more recently, The Milk Factory. Like its Woolloongabba sibling, It’s Still A Secret will look to attract genuine, like-minded folks that share Emily’s passion for local music and inclusive hospitality. To do this, Emily and her team are refurbishing the building’s interior and outdoor spaces, including enhancing the venue’s street-facing band room, overhauling the existing bar area, expanding the outdoor beer garden and transforming the bomb shelter behind the building into a recording studio. Although the venue’s visual identity and offering is still manifesting, Emily is eager to instil a sense of homely flamboyance across the interior and a 1960s garden feel in the dog-friendly outdoor area (which will also be used to host Sunday barbecues). The music room will be equipped with a new sound desk and gear, with bookings following a genre-less curatorial ethos focused around giving love to original acts and vinyl DJs.

It’s Still A Secret is targeting a late-October opening. Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches!

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