Stranded Bar

Opened by the crew behind The Zoo, this Fortitude Valley bar serves up a mezcal and tequila-heavy drinks menu.
Sarah Ward
Published on August 30, 2023
Updated on January 29, 2024


When the team behind iconic Fortitude Valley music haunt The Zoo decided to open another venue, it went with both a new laneway cocktail spot and a tribute. Stranded in Winn Lane takes its name from The Saints' relentlessly catchy punk hit that'll always be a part of Brisbane's history.

Obviously, like a snake calling on a phone, you've got no time to be alone at Stranded — which is owned by Shane Chidgzey, Luke Johnston and Cat Clarke, and aims to be a haven for music lovers by also decking out the place in rock and punk memorabilia, plus generally using 70s and 80s alternative culture as its guiding force.

As well as moody lighting, exposed rafters, the requisite centrepiece bar sat in front of a booze-lined wall and DJs spinning vinyl, Stranded is mighty fond of creative tipples — but also pairs its boozy concoctions with bites to eat as well. So, it's the kind of place where you can flick through a hefty drinks list while tucking into pumpkin arancini, charcuterie and pizzas.

From the drinks lineup, mezcal features prominently, alongside tequila — there's even a separate section on the menu dedicated to the two, plus raicilla and sotol.

But you can also sip your way through the Bernard's Delight (Maker's Mark, averna, sweet vermouth, honey and egg white) among the signature cocktails. Beers, pet nats and rosé, and keeping a clear head with five virgin concoctions is all also on Stranded's agenda.


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