Fortitude Valley’s newest drinking hotspot, Beirne Lane, is set to open in early November, throwing open its doors in the heritage-listed T.C. Beirne Building. With doors that are always open, Beirne Lane is The Valley’s newest spot to dine all day, drink all day, and dance all night!
Described as “The House of the People” Beirne Lane will provide a welcoming gastropub-style space with quality and affordable dining options, bridging the gap between bar and restaurant, and injecting a warm hospitality into vibrant Brunswick Street Mall.
Developed by Trent Meade and Matt Blyth at Celissa of the city’s Isles Lane and Fortitude Valley’s The Met and GPO, Beirne Lane is the latest addition to the ongoing development of the T.C. Beirne Building, paying tribute to the pioneering Brisbane businessman.
Beirne Lane’s diverse food offerings are set to reflect Beirne’s Irish heritage, as well as his love and fascination with Japan. The menu includes an extensive list of bar snacks, a raw bar, substantial Josper grill items, sides, and dessert. Highlights include cheesy Japanese curry- covered chips, chicken fat popcorn, and spicy pork rinds with seaweed crisps and peanuts.
The katsu sando menu is bound to be a crowd- pleaser, offering hungry late-night diners punchy flavours like beef with spicy miso mayonnaise and Bulldog sauce, or fish with Kewpie tartare, bacon, Sriracha chilli sauce and pickled jalapeño.
In a nod to the area’s history, the menu also features Beirne Lane’s take on a former Fortitude Valley classic, the Shilling Meal. A shilling would get T.C. Beirne warehouse workers “a plate of oysters, steak and vegetables, and a sweet” at a local Valley sh shop. Beirne Lane’s Shilling Meal will come with four freshly-shucked oysters, dry age rib eye steak with buttermilk onion rings, and a clotted cream cannoli for something sweet. Perfect for sharing!
The Josper charcoal oven, a proud feature of the kitchen, will be turning out flavour-packed dishes like king prawns with black garlic butter, marinated spatchcock with charred lime, and eggplant with shiitake gravy. The tempting sides menu will also utilise the Josper, with highlights including Hasselback potatoes with cheddar cheese and caraway seeds, and miso-roasted cauliflower with toasted almonds and shiso.
In the bar, Meade and Blyth say they aren’t afraid to include some off-beat offerings. Beers will include a few crowd favourites, and feature a constantly-rotating selection of craft beers by local and interstate breweries. As for the wine list, a considered balance of contemporary and classic drops will be offered, with an emphasis on natural, organic, biodynamic, and longer skin contact wines alongside accessible favourites.
A signature cocktail with the celebratory title, ’Oh Boys! We Must Have Another!’, is Beirne Lane’s take on a fog cutter- a tiki favourite with gin, brandy, rum, orgeat, lime and orange juice, and sherry- but don’t expect a carbon copy of the classic. Inspired by the sole occasion on which T.C. Beirne became drunk (as a result of a prank played by friends), bartenders will be experimenting with unique combinations of Australian native produce, house-made syrups, and seasonal flavours.
With design work completed by AZB Creative, the space will include a mix of indoor and outdoor, upper and lower dining spaces, and casual bar-style seating areas. Beirne Lane, with its diverse drinks list, unexpected menu offerings, and multi-purpose spaces is sure to burn brightly at the heart of the Fortitude Valley.
315 Brunswick Street Mall
Open 7 days a week l 24/7
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