The pre-summer switcheroo is going on in Brisbane too. Never has the drinking been better, with a sizeable representation of Brissie bartenders in this year’s Bartender of the Year comp. Kal Moore is moving out of the Laneway to the ritzy beach side climes of new bar, Bacchus and well-known Canvas bartender, Krystal Hart, is moving on to oversee the bar at the recently revamped Regatta Hotel located on Coronation Drive (along the Brisbane River).
New digs have also been found by the team behind popular wine bar Cru Bar + Cellar, who have opened the doors on their new bar, Sixes and Sevens in an original, 1920’s cottage on James Street, Fortitude Valley. “We intend to offer good pub grub,” said general manager, Sally Lewis, “pitchers of cocktails and beers, carafes of wine, as well as the usual public house fare,” she said. The bar will trade seven days from 11am to late.
Brisbane also had some major international talent by the name of Richard Boccato in town. He was here to train and promote the Alfred & Constance’s new tiki bar, White Lightning. Boccato, who opened PKNY and Dutch Kills in NYC, met the Alfred & Constance team when they were in New York for research. “I met with Damian and the A&C team while they were visiting New York City for some local inspiration, and after getting to know everyone I felt that this would be an amazing opportunity for me to be a part of,” he said. It might be a surprise to readers in other states, but White Lightning is to be Brisbane’s first tiki bar. Mai-tai-a-roa indeed.