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A slick small bar for every night of the week.
By Sarah Ward
November 12, 2015
By Sarah Ward
November 12, 2015

UPDATE: MARCH 23, 2020 — Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, Barbara has temporarily closed. We'll let you know as soon as it has reopened.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.


Some nights — and some weeknights too — you just want to enjoy a hard-earned beverage and watch one day turn into the next. Brisbane doesn't have that many establishments that cater to late-night revellers outside of the weekend, but Barbara is trying to change that.

Barbara is the name of the new venture from the Calypso Boys, although the five-man team would like you to think of her as more than just a venue; their motto is "she will take care of you", after all. The 100-person McWhirters-based spot is a small bar with an inviting attitude, including furniture, light fixtures and even a DJ booth designed by the group themselves and handmade in Brisbane, as well as a love of several types of alcohol.

Of course, it's the drinks and the vibe that will lure you in — and neither disappoints. The former spans new and classic cocktails to drink solo or to share, craft beers, a signature brew on tap and a select wine list, plus spirits, apperitifs and liqueurs as well. The latter keeps things intimate and personal thanks to a delicately curated music lineup and a willingness to welcome everyone. If you're a night owl, you might've just found your new super-cool mid-week watering hole.

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