West End Bar Hop
The first stop on our adventure was The Bearded Lady. With it's eclectic mixture of nylon bar stools, subtly graffiti'd walls, and ramshackle timber ware, The Bearded Lady conjures the atmosphere of an urbane saloon.
Providing an option to BYO food, and a quirky Western themed cocktail selection, this is a spot where you could become enveloped by a velveteen armchair for the evening, and enjoy the melange of tunes spun by the resident DJ's.
However, this night we were on a bar hop, which meant no settling in to the sounds of The Rolling Stones. Next on our list was Jungle, a tiki-flavoured venture which has moved into a cozy little spot between Jet Black Cat Records, and West End Coffee House. Owners of The End, which has gathered quite a following in its couple of years on Vulture st, decided to expand the family and try something a little more kitsch than its chic older sister.
Astroturf, enormous barrels, and bamboo furniture are what I'm referring to when I say kitsch. If you fancy indulging in your inner pirate, Jungle offers an irresistible menu of rum-based cocktails, which goes way beyond the old Pina Colada. It's easy to make believe you've absconded to an island in the West Indies, as you sway to the jamaican tunes and sip from that coconut.
Speaking of which, I also sampled their cocktail Perpetual Summer. Combining tequila with fresh pineapple, lime, agave, fresh basil and cucumber is certainly one way to cool down in the undeniably perpetual summers of Brisbane.
My night of cocktails was an affirmation that, with innovative twists on nightlife popping up in traditionally sports bar areas, like Caxton Street and Woolloongabba, West End still has its finger on the pulse of effortless cool.