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Superwhatnot – Brisbane


When ever I head up to Brisvegas, to catch up with friends or fam, Superwhatnot is usually on my drop in destination list.

Tucked away down Burnett Lane, in the middle of town, Superwhatnot is housed in the split-level, rear storeroom of an abandoned beauty college. The bar is split over 3 x levels with a lower, sunken lounge area that opens onto the laneway via large folding windows. The bar is located on the middle level, with a handful of barstools available to nab early in the evening, for a cheeky natter with the bar friendly bar staff. Upstairs a series of long benches that overlook both the lower levels, are ideal for ‘monitoring’ the ebb-and-flow of happy punters.

The philosophy behind Super Whatnot is not that you drink a lot, but that you drink well. In keeping with this ethos, craft beer geeks (such as myself) will be happier than a hop in a copper kettle, as Superwhatnot has 3 x rotating taps, a decent bottle selection, and are regular participants in the Brewsvegas QLD craft beer festival. Vinofiles aren’t forgotten either, with a nice range of local and imported wines, and french bubbles. Cocktail-wise, all the classics are there, along with some random originals. If you get a hankering to line your tummy, with something non-beverage related, you can tuck into some American inspired bar snacks – think sliders, Burritos, Chilli Dogs and Guacamole.

In my opinion, Superwhatnot was one of Brisbane’s first genuine small bars, and with a capacity of only x 60 it certainly lives up to its moniker. It’s easily in my top 5 x small bars to visit if you’re ever up in Brisbane. a

With this in mind though, chances are if you rock up after 9pm, you’re going to have to find a comfy place to stand (ideally near the bar), until one lounges, or upstairs bench areas areas frees up.


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