It’s Still A Secret – Opening Soon
The team behind Woolloongabba’s Can You Keep A Secret? is doubling its Brisbane presence with sibling venue It’s Still A Secret – a brand-new live-music bar and community hub currently taking shape in South Brisbane. CYKAS? owner Emily Jane has taken over the gorgeous heritage-listed Coronation Hotel building 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 (affectionately dubbed Francis Stanley in honour of the architect responsible for its design) interior and outdoor spaces, including enhancing the venue’s street-facing band room, overhauling the existing bar area, expanding the outdoor beer garden space 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. 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 DJs.