The Laneway is tucked up into the second level of a little laneway in the streets of Brisbane's CBD; truly living upto it's name, and claim to be the bar that started Brisbane’s underground bar scene. The space is a small, hip and stylish bar. Bartender Pez is friendly, with a smile the size of his beard. The bartenders here are all the cream of the crop - Pez heads to the World Class Bartenders championships in Sydney next weekend. After I photograph the Johnnie Walker Platinum, he gives me the drink- my first taste of whisky. Having matured for 18 years it tastes warm and smooth. The Laneway is the only bar in Queensland, and one of four in Australia to have released the Platinum whisky.
I photograph my menu with Pez's pick cocktail, the Kalimoxto ($19.00, serves two). The menu concept is a combination of the Brisbane train line and cocktails. It shows an integral part of Brisbane culture - the train lines - as well as each cocktail representing different places on those lines. The menu is powerful with the bright yellow as an ultimate contrast to the black. Each cocktail has a quick summary, as well as the top cocktail picks by bartenders at The Laneway.
Drinks are an average of $16 for a cocktail