Art Rock Cafe
Art Rock Café is a quirky retro coffee lounge that resembles a rock’n’roll museum in the garage of a ramshackle Paddington worker’s cottage on the corner of Latrobe and Given Tce.
For decades home to printing business Al's Art FX the downstairs has been turned into the Art Rock Café, which is open daily for coffee (small cups $2.50) and cool drinks including Red Bull, Sprite and Ginger Beer.
Blaring with rock music through the ages, the cosy space is packed with retro memorabilia such as Jimmy Hendrix t-shirts, Beatles guitar case, LPs and Rolling Stones paraphernalia as well as a fascinating cabinet of toy cars. The majority of stuff is not for sale but is the German owner Al’s collection of pieces from his colourful life.
As well as operating the printing business, he is also a talented stonemason who is responsible for a stunning sandstone carving, Art Rock, which resides at the base of 33 Charlotte St, Brisbane and when commissioned was slated to become the biggest bas relief carving in the southern hemisphere.
Need to know – Art Rock Café make an interesting pitstop along the Paddington shopping trail and at the time of visiting in January 2017 was open daily from 8am until 5-6ish.
Art Rock Café
1 Latrobe Tce
Daily from 8am*