The Sound Garden
The arrival of The Fortitude Music Hall in August 2019 was a landmark moment for Brisbane’s live-music scene, and not long after Brisbane’s premier ballroom-cum-theatre-style venue scored a like-minded neighbour – further cementing Brunswick Street Mall’s status as a music mecca. The Sound Garden is a bar, restaurant and tune temple from the Mantle Group (The Charming Squire, Tai Tai, Pig’N’Whistle), which opened to the public in February 2020. The multi-faceted venue – designed by architect firm Hogg & Lamb – boasts a whopping capacity of 770 patrons, with an aesthetic palette encompassing green marble, dark green vinyl, and brassy finishes. Upon entry, punters are greeted by a seven-metre tall ficus tree that stretches the height of the venue, as well as a 13.5-metre ground-floor bar constructed from natural limestone. Another bar on the top level is fashioned out of Brescia Sandra marble and brass, situated near a balcony overlooking the mall below. The Sound Garden offer crowds an impressive food and beverage selection, with head chef Craig Watson putting forward a menu of light and wood-fired share-style eats, while the bar pours local beers and spirits, a sizeable music-themed cocktail menu and crafted coffee from Mantle Groups’s own Mantle and Moon. As for the music, The Sound Garden is hosting free live gigs from local artists every night of the week.