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Cosy and cheerful, with an unpretentious vintage vibe, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Hideaway for a preserved ’70s beach shack. Potted plants look on from shelves on the avocado-green and lemon walls. There’s Scrabble on hand, and plenty of light reading, while the comfy couches are the friendly kind, there to embrace you.
The aroma is overpowering but deeply sensuous – like being hit in the face with a velvet pillow stuffed with rose petals. Surely the scent of every flower imaginable is here, infused with the heady essence of darker, musky fragrances my untrained nose refuses to identify. That’s my first impression upon entering Damask Perfumery – one of only a few perfume development laboratories in Australia.
It’s weird to think that only a few years ago West End had just two kinds of drinking establishments. The first were swank cocktail lounges with beverage lists so intimidating and expensive, you’d have to sell a limb on the black market just for an evening of drinks. The other kind was what you’d call ‘drinking holes’: literally hole-like pubs where a few surly individuals might be ready to remove your limbs by force if you looked at them the wrong way.
Map? Check. Compass? Check. Signal flares? Check. In Brisbane’s urban jungle, an expedition to The Laneway Bar is an adventure in itself. In order to find it, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and your eyes peeled. The inconspicuous Spencer Lane entrance, located at the bottom of Margaret Street, is the ‘X’ that marks this very secret hot spot.
The Brisbane Jazz Club is something of an anomaly in a big city. A small white cabin by the edge of the Brisbane River, it’s carefully tucked away from the nascent scramble that are the city’s main entertainment districts. This is a place where music is the focus, not a by-product.