Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City
The first time I visited Brew, I was definitely apprehensive. Even though it was a sunny afternoon in the city, I felt a little suspicious sidling past rubbish bins down the steep alley in search of a cup of coffee.
The Brew experience can be likened to a 1920's speakeasy - you pass under the mural, out of the ordinary Queen Street bustle and into an underground world full of friendly faces and brilliant beverages. The walls are plastered with Pearl Jam posters, as well as a bunch of others advertising upcoming events. Comfy couches and romantic-movie-esque wooden tables make it a great space to catch up with friends, or just to escape the hectic energy of the city for a little while.
The bar staff are consistently friendly and make a good cup of coffee, and there are plenty of choices if you're looking for something stronger - a wide selection of beers and ciders from all around Australia, as well as internationally.
Aussie and NZ wines pair nicely with moreish tapas and cheese boards to share (or keep all to yourself).
Brunch munchies include the usual fare - poached eggs, banana bread, avocado on toast - at the usual city prices, between $8 and $20.
Brew is generally quite crowded - it's a popular coffee spot for businessmen and students in the middle of the day, but the squishy conditions don't detract from the pleasant overall vibe of the place - it's become a favourite of mine since that first suspicious descent down Burnett Lane.