Can you find the Valley’s newest hidden bar?
03 Oct 2016
Get ready to sink your claws into the Valley’s newest secret bar, Tomcat. Marked only by an illuminated doorway on Wickham Street, Brisbane’s latest haunt is a fusion between the 1920s upper class era and the streets of Brooklyn – but you’ll have to find it before you can check it out for yourself. If you do manage to find the dimly lit staircase that takes you up to the bar (you might even recognise it from it’s past life as a very pink R ’n’ B club), you’ll discover a maze of graffiti adorned rooms with a dive bar vibe, complete with pool tables, pallet furniture and retro leather couches. At the bar, simplicity is the name of the game, with one beer, one cider and two house cocktails on tap, plus a red, white and sparkling wine, and a short list of spirits and bottled beers. When you’ve got a meow-tain of hunger after climbing those stairs, wrap your whiskers around gourmet pizzas with toppings like pepperoni, pumpkin and sage or classic margherita, which you can order whole or by the slice. But on to the best part of the whole bar – The Boiler Room. Behind a non-descript door under a mural of Bill Murray, you’ll find this hidden speakeasy bar, where it’s all about loud jazz, industrial fittings, Chesterfield lounges and a bar menu that centres around a 150 page long cocktail list. 150 pages! Once you’ve somehow settled on just one of the classic or inventive creations, order a charcuterie plate to go with it and settle in for posh night. After work drinks just became a whole lot more stylish – why go to the pub when you could sip sidecar cognac cocktails, nestled in a plush leather armchair, while also munching on prosciutto? Between the pool room and the secret cocktail bar (shhh you didn’t hear that from us), you’re sure to find a beat that suits, a drink that excites and potentially even a nice guy or doll to charm on a Saturday night. Put your paws up and get on the prowl amongst the stylish and street. Tomcat is on Level 1, 210 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, open Thursday to Sunday from 5pm. Words by Kat Gridley and Ranyhyn Akui Images by Pat Brunet