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This Italian-style cocktail bar in Burnett Lane hails from the Death & Taxes and Dr Gimlette crew, and is located in Super Whatnot's old digs.
By Sarah Ward
September 05, 2023
By Sarah Ward
September 05, 2023

Every couple of years, the team at Cuatro Group — aka Martin Lange, Wiebke Lange, Blake Ward and Belinda Ward — gives Brisbane a new place to while away a night or several over drinks. First came Death & Taxes, complete with a hefty focus on whisky. Next arrived Dr Gimlette, with table service in one of the River City's oldest buildings. The latest: Antico, this time riffing on Italian cocktail bars since August 2023.

You'll be heading to familiar roadway to get sipping from 4pm daily — for walk-ins only, with no reservations taken — with Antico located in Burnett Lane, where Death & Taxes also sits. After Super Whatnot closed its doors earlier in 2023, Cuatro Group took over the space, opening the crew's most intimate venture yet.

The team's third spot is a 50-seater that, like its other watering holes, is big on atmosphere. Think: moody lighting including candles and an eye-catching gold chandelier, leather booths and a black-and-gold marble bar top. After taking the stairs up from the lane, patrons will enter a venue that finds its inspiration in old-school Italian hotel lobby bars. That's where the black-and-white mosaic floor comes in, too, and the sunken seating area — with the aforementioned booths catering to small groups.

The hotel lobby bar theme comes through in the menu as well — and, of course, the Italian influences. Antico pours classic cocktails, and will rotate through ten different varieties every two months. Whatever's on the drinks lineup, it'll always feature the bar's own twists on well-known concoctions using fresh ingredients sourced locally from across Brisbane. And, a signature negroni is a mainstay as well.

Beyond cocktails, beer and wine are also on offer, as well as a curated range of high-end spirits — for going in the cocktails, obviously, and just for enjoying otherwise.

Food-wise, Brisbanites can nibble their way through selection of Italian-inspired bar snacks, such as bruschetta and burrata.

And, after working at Dr Gimlette since 2021 — and running the joint, and picking up ten years of experience in the industry overall — Jacob Francis makes the leap over to Antico as Venue Manager.

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