Brisbane's power couple, Alfred & Constance, offer a South Pacific drinking experience for your pleasure
Two ramshackle old Queenslanders on Constance Street have been thoroughly gussied up and reborn as one of Brisbane’s most vibrant spots for cocktails, coffee, a long lunch, a quick, late-night snack – pretty much whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy it.
Wander past the colourfully tiled front bar just inside the front gate of Alfred & Constance, explore the maze of downstairs rooms, check out the Josper charcoal oven, the café with its wall of up-cycled amplifiers and cuckoo clock, then head upstairs to the White Lightning Tiki Bar. There’s AstroTurf, a lady-mannequin with her forearms missing perched on top of a canary-yellow grand piano, and a bar so jam-packed with books and ferns and tiki miscellany you won’t know where to fix your gaze. Then the drinks menu comes sharply into focus.
Play it safe and go for a Piña Colada served in a pineapple or live on the edge with a 1956 Zombie Punch – an extravaganza of four different rums, orgeat syrup, grenadine, fresh lime juice, spicy falernum, passionfruit, Demerara sugar and grapefruit juice with a flaming absinthe float. It might be wise to share it with a friend or three. Same goes for the rum-based Scorpion Bowls. The menu promises that these drinks “don’t shilly-shally around in getting you on your way” – and are for two people or more.
If all that rum’s made you a wee bit light-headed you can order proper food from the bar, resume your seat at the punch bowl and, quicker than you can say ‘Don the Beachcomber’, a plate of prawns will appear. They’re big ’uns – kings from Tin Can Bay, lightly charred from a brief stint in that shiny Josper oven and served with a salad of fennel, dill, orange and Spanish Onion. The other signature dish is simple grilled lamb chops with anchovy mayo and a little bit of watercress. Whatever happens next is anybody’s guess. Chances are, as the words scrawled on the wall behind the armless mannequin proclaim, “If the music is good, you dance”.
|Venue name:||White Lightning Tiki Bar|
Cnr Alfred & Constance St
|Opening hours:||Daily 7am-late|