Greeted by spunky bartenders, you feel welcome as soon as you walk into the Yard Bird Ale House in Fortitude Valley. With old wooden kegs as dry bars and a long bench-style table full of friendly-looking hipsters, the Yard Bird has a laidback and friendly vibe. The bar staff are helpful, and keen to explain the set-up to uncertain-looking newcomers.
The Yard Bird has two specialties - craft beer and finger-lickin' bar food. The southern-American/Mexican influenced menu provides you with one of life's greatest challenges: what flavour chicken wings should you order? For $6 for six, you can definitely afford to try a couple of flavours – we recommend the original buffalo and BBQ chipotle, both spicy and delicious – with sauces that complement.
With walls covered in tattoo art and No Country For Old Men playing silently on the TV, sipping on your craft beer, it's like hanging out in the living room of your hip older cousin. The kitchen bell indicates that your food is coming and may render nerdy eating partners to lines of poetry such as 'ding a ling here come the wings'.
All of the food is prepared with the quintessential southern-American flavours. The chilli fries are made with Yard Bird's own Texas style chilli and covered in melted cheese and jalapenos: sinful but so tasty, and the perfect accompaniment with a couple of 28 Pale Ales.
We recommend you book ahead because the Yard Bird gets very busy. For those who love a Sunday session, head to their Sunday Crafternoon for $5 schooners and 50c wings.