White shipping containers are piled high at X Cargo, and they're storing one thing: a multi-purpose McLachlan Street venue, bar and eatery. The Fortitude Valley space has dubbed itself a 'social hub', with hanging out with your mates definitely what this open-air place is all about — whether you're stopping by for brunch, tucking into lunch or dinner, or enjoying a beverage at one of the site's three drinking spots.
If you're having difficulty choosing which bar to cosy up to, one stands out. The VIP rooftop sky deck offers views in the James Street direction towards New Farm, as well as over to the city. All three bars sling bubbles, spritzes and wine, including three on tap, plus cocktails and brews.
Opening at 7am daily and catering for breakfast as well, the American-meets-Latin American food selection is overseen by head chef Peter Popow, and it all has a casual feel. Diners can snack on ceviche or chicken ribs, or burgers with brisket, crab or cheese. If you're sharing with a pal, you can opt for a charcuterie or cheese board. From the mains, there's steak, snapper and pork scotch fillet, plus brownies and cronuts for dessert.
Of course, given that X Cargo champions its multi-use credentials, sipping beverages, having a bite and staring off into the sunset is just the beginning. There's also live music and workout sessions — and in the future, X Cargo also aims to run an outdoor cinema, as well as Saturday morning markets.
Before 6pm, you can also bring your dog along.
Images: Dane Beesley.