Rooftops are fine, but underground's where the live music, American beers and free table pretzels are at.
Quite frankly, if you didn't know where this Brisbane CBD bar was, you wouldn't find it in a hurry. Bucking trends by going below ground rather than to the rooftops, the American-themed live music venue is visible only by a small marked door and bouncer waiting outside.
The first thing you'll noticed stepping through the laneway door simply marked with a neon sign stating 'BAR' is the blast of cold air conditioning. Perfection. Take the stairs down to Brooklyn Standard, your newest CBD hideout.
Inside the interior looks as though, well, you've just stepped into downtown Brooklyn. There are brick walls, staff in baseball tees and American paraphernalia adorning the walls. A large neon sign sets the scene: 'if the music is too loud, you are too old'. But our favourite detail is the pistol-shaped fringed lampshades.
Now, step up to the bar, and just be careful you order the right soda. It is here you'll find Brooklyn Lager on tap alongside a stack of unique brews from the USA, plus a tasty and fresh cocktail menu. Take your pick from the low-set tables and wooden booths, or leave one hand leaning on the bar. Open Monday to Saturday, you can expect to find excellent live music every night starting from 7.30pm, just check its Facebook for details.
The place doesn't feel new, more like a classic thats part of the city's fabric. Here's hoping that that will contribute to its longevity. With a killer live music lineup, American beers and free table pretzels, it seems true the coolest bars can be found underground.