Some nights we want to relax at a bar that resembles our best friend’s back yard, other nights we want somewhere with a live band and a crazy dance floor. Other times we want to pretend we’re Blair from Gossip Girl, and this is where The Survey Co comes in.
The Survey Co is Burnett Lane’s latest occupant, and brings the number of bars in this thriving laneway to a total of three (Super Whatnot and Brew are its neighbours). Brisbane bar and restaurant veteran, Simon Livingstone, is the man behind this latest addition to the Brisbane laneway scene.
* Before we go any further, let’s point out The Survey Co is a restaurant and bar, but this review is specifically for the bar. *
Before even tasting the drinks and bar food, it is the architecture of the space that is eye-catching. Designed by Brisbane firm, Richards and Spence, the dark wood interiors combined with raw and exposed brick, steel and cork as well as the low lighting make for very stylish, atmospheric surrounds. If the bar is full, wind your way through the restaurant, out to the tranquil and leafy courtyard.
The drinks and bar food menu may be small, but it has all been carefully considered. Cocktail classics such as a French 75 and the Classic Martini share the menu with an 18-year-old whiskey and a smattering of tapas selections like warm olives and pork and sage meatballs. The bar staff are efficient, professional and make a mean Cable Car.
If The Survey Co bar experience is anything to go by, the restaurant is going to be spectacular. A peek at the menu reveals dishes such as gnocchi with seasonal vegs, bouillabaisse and lavender parfait. The wine will be perfectly matched and the service exceptional. From what we have seen so far, The Survey Co is worthy of all the talk it has so far created.