Situated smack-bang in the middle of the city, Post Office Square boasts many things, including lunchtime eateries, a patch of grass amidst towering office buildings and a busy thoroughfare to Central Station. And now, it also features Brisbane's newest micropub, Isles Lane.
Slotting into the parkside space, the 400-person venue comes courtesy of Trent Meade and Matt Blyth, the current team behind Fortitude Valley's The Met and GPO Hotel. For their foray into the CBD, they've whipped up a casual watering hole that segues from daytime eating to afternoon drinks seamlessly. Or, as Meade explains it, the venue takes cues from "classic big city eating houses, from New York to Barcelona", while adding its own modern Australian twist.
While the beverage selection includes familiar brews and special rotational beers, plus a curated array of riesling, rose, prosecco and Champagne, Isles Lane places a heavy emphasis on the food side of the gastropub equation. With head chef Lucie Woods overseeing the kitchen, diners can expect the likes of chicken and waffles, lobster rolls, whole suckling pigs and spicy barbecue beer can chicken, along with sides of haloumi chips and spicy fried school prawns with burnt lemon aioli.
Decor-wise, the space takes inspiration from its surroundings; think natural light and greenery aplenty. And, it also spreads the fun outside as well as part of its lineup of open-air events.