Electric Avenue is an exquisite old world bar and bistro that perfectly captures the spirit of Woolloongabba’s antique precinct with a thoroughly modern twist.
Step through the doorway of Electric Avenue’s heritage-listed brick building into a charming bygone era of dapper waiters in black tie, shiny wood panelling, Chesterfield lounges, taxidermy, glass cabinets filled with antiques and collectibles, and lit by vintage lamps, teacup candles and chandeliers.
In the foyer is the splendid vintage lounge bar, the perfect place to enjoy a pre-or-post dinner tipple or two from the extensive drinks menu, along with a delicious bar snack. On offer are a choice of 75 wines, beers on tap & bottled, premium spirits (including an impressive array of whiskeys), Cognac and Almagnac as well as Apperitifs and Digestifs.
Tucked away to the rear of the bar is a secret antique toy store-themed ‘courtyard’ with timber booths and chess set tables, festooned with a fascinating collection of old toys.
Electric Avenue bistro, which adjoins the bar, comprises a series of cosy vintage dining rooms and nooks with antique chairs, burgundy curtains and black leather banquettes. Here customers can enjoy fine dining style creative dishes without the price tag or the formality.
Entrees include the likes of charred octopus, with chilli, dried scallop, red kale, cauliflower chips; confit quali with mushroom puree, coffee roasted buckwheat, sapote fruit and juniper braised fennel or pressed beef cheeks with roast corn puree, whey sauce, lamb's lettuce and porter pickled romanesco (also available as a main).
For Mains diners can choose from blackened duck breast with smoked royal blue potatoes; market fish with smoked broth, choy sum, stinging nettle and daikon radish; rye papperdelle pasta with candied orange, pink peppercorn, bottarga, sage and pistachio or Wagyu rump cap, blistered baby onions, aged capers and warrigal greens.
Desserts are amongst the most creative around, with choices such as A Hard Day's Night (nutella cake with fried hazelnuts and chocolate mousse or Calamity Jane (lemon milk sorbet, rye Graham cracker, brown butter snow and honey cured egg yolk) or Once Upon a Time in South America (caramel miso semifreddo, szechuan meringue, licorice and burnt coconut).
There’s also a Cheese Course with the option of 2, 3 or 4 cheeses, with optional whisky pairing.
For lunch customers who want something light and easy have the option of a Corned Beef Sandwich or Fish and Bush (crispy market fish with tempura, saltbush, lemon and burnt aioli.
And at any time of day Bar Snacks are available, ranging from XO Corn, Pork Crackling and Beer Nut Mix to Tennessee Hot Chicken and the House Burger.
Nice to know – The highly talented lads who own Canvas Cocktail Bar across the road are also the owners and creative forces behind Electric Avenue.
Need to know – Upstairs is Electric Avenue’s secret speakeasy jazz bar, Jack Rabbits, perfect for a pre or post dinner drink. Look for the antique armoire entrance.