Fortitude Valley bar Queens is the rambunctious sibling of Newstead’s Commercial Road Public Bar, an extension of CRPB’s colourful and character-filled take on hospitality. The bar has taken over the site most recently occupied by Born Creative Studio – sandwiched between Fat Dumpling and Giardinetto – which fronts Brunswick Street and boasts another entrance (and casual al fresco space) accessible via California Lane. An interior overhaul has resulted in a disco-grunge vibe, courtesy of neon lights, disco balls, mirrors and stylised posters that contrast with the existing heritage brickwork, creating a mix of glam and grit. A bigger sound system has also been installed, which will blast a tasteful blend of disco, psych and rock ‘n’ roll – rest assured the 80s will still be represented with plenty of Queen (naturally), Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, David Bowie and Toto. Over at the bar, the same kind of juicy drops that featured on CRPB’s wine list are available, in addition to Queens’ own range of house wines (everything from pinot gris and rosé to pinot noir and a cheeky pet-nat), tap beers and an expanded array of cocktails. While Queens doesn’t feature a kitchen, fresh, easy to prep snacks like burrata, olives, guindillas, giardiniera (pickled vegetables), anchovies and sardines are available until late. Like its sibling, Queens operates on an ‘all are welcome’ approach – as long as you’re down for a good time!