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Junk Bar is Brisbane’s first original hole in the wall suburban bar. Wedged between a fish and chip shop and a chinese takeaway- step inside the velvet curtains and forget who you are and where you have been before now.

Welcome to our world- The Junk Bar.

We have just been announced as Best Place To Have A Cocktail Runner Up in the Courier Mail’s Weekend Edition Eat Drink Awards!

 

SKUKUM LOUNGE SHOWS- See upcoming shows page- we have some crackers playing soon that you must not miss!! JUST ANNOUNCED- HUGO RACE (THE BAD SEEDS)  STEPHEN CUMMINGS (THE SPORTS) WORLD’S SMALLEST FESTIVAL NO 2, PERRY KEYES, TAASHA COATES (THE AUDREYS) KIM SALMON AND BAND plus many more.

 

THE SKUKUM LOUNGE.

The perfect room for having a party on the weekends with a larger group- or coming to see quality live music acts curated by Jamie Trevaskis- the man behind the beloved Troubadour music venue. Featuring intimate shows from legends such as Robert Forster, Hugo Race, Stephen Cummings, Rob Snarski, Nick Barker, Dave Graney, Mick Thomas, Kim Salmon plus a host of  other quality touring national and international artists- see the WHAT’S ON page for show information.

http://theweekendedition.com.au/food-drink/the-skukum-lounge-ashgrove/
PLEASE NOTE- We are a strictly over 18 venue. No exceptions. All shows are 18 plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING HOURS

Junk bar is open Wednesday- Friday from 5pm, Sat and Sunday from 2pm.

We are open till late every night and always open on Friday and Saturday until 12 am midnight.

We are closed Monday and Tuesday.

 

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Bookings/Functions/Eats

We do take bookings- and this is a good idea on the weekends as we usually fill up to our maximum capacity.

JUNK PARTIES AND FUNCTIONS-

“Hi Mia. Just wanted to say thanks so much to you, Oscar and the team there for making Saturday such an awesome and special night! Everyone loved the venue, the cocktails and the food and we all felt very well looked after. Will definitely be recommending you to others! Can’t wait for my next visit .

Cheers- Candice xx” May 2015

Hi Mia,
We had such an amazing time- Oscar was absolutely awesome. Mum was very pleased with everything. My friends are all raving about The Junk Bar and I think a few of them are considering hiring your function room out next year. The bar tab worked really well and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect night.
Thank you so so so much for all yours, Oscars and your teams help ❤️ Lauren Oct 2015

 

We host the best parties and functions!  Bookings for 50 or under any night of the week now including Friday and Saturday nights in our brand new room The Skukum Lounge. Just email Mia on the contacts page for any enquiries.

Junk is the perfect venue for celebrations of any kind. We have a function food menu consisting of delicious platters from Cheese Platters to Thai and China Platters, Sushi Party Trays and even good old fashioned Pizza to complement our delicious 70’s inspired cocktails. Feel like you are hosting your own 70’s house party complete with table service so you and your friends can just sit back in your own section of the bar and let the waitresses look after you.

Your own couches, dim lamps, deer heads, amazing vinyl spinning all night long-

Just email Mia if you are interested in perusing the Function food menu.

HAVE YOU MADE DINNER PLANS? NO NEED! WE HAVE IT SORTED!

Book in and spend the whole night.

Junk has a food menu that runs until midnight. Feast on our deliciously crafted Junk Plates- loaded with a selection of olives, cheese, junk made tasty dips and crackers – a -plenty. Add to your appetite our much talked about savoury or dessert bagels.

We also have a food menu that consists of Thai and Chinese options available through us courtesy of our neighbours- Pad Thai, Thai Curries and hand rolled dim sims and spring rolls are just some of what’s on offer.

If you feel like dessert- you can’t go past our creamy dessert cocktails! Oh- or Tim Tams!

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Finding Us

It’s half the fun.

Junk is hidden on Ashgrove Ave, at the corner of 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove.
No neon, no flashing lights- just look for the sliding door with the velvet curtains.

If you find somewhere and you don’t like it- it’s probably not the right place.

There is a constant stream of cabs and buses out the front, which makes getting to and from us easy.

NEW CITY GLIDER MAROON BUS SERVICE-

You can now travel from Coorparoo, Wooloongabba, Stones Corner, The City and Paddington straight to the heart of Ashgrove on the Maroon City Glider.

It will drop you off at stop 44 on Stewart Road which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from us- and travels every 10 min in peak hour and every 15 minutes in off peak.

This service also operates till 12.25 am on Friday and Saturday nights so it’s never been so easy to get to and from Junk on public transport. This service stops in the city at The Cultural Centre, Ann St and Roma St stations. Call 131230 for more information.

If catching public transport, catch the 379, 380 or 381 from the city to St Finbar’s stop no 15/16 Ashgrove. (This is just across the road almost from us).

 

There are cabs ever ready out the front to take you home.

If you’re looking for accommodation nearby, check Hotelscombined and go to

http://www.hotelscombined.com.au/Place/Junk_Bar.htm

 

 

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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

JUNE 2016

Sunday 26th

HOLLOW COVES (6.30 pm doors)

HOLLOW COVES  (6.30 pm doors) at The Junk Bar

Hollow Coves is an Indie Folk band formed in Brisbane, Australia in 2013 by Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins. Delivering an earthy folk sound, the band meshes simple acoustic melodies, vocal harmonies, and impactful themes . After releasing Drifting, their first EP, in late 2014, the band quickly garnered an international following with their hit single ‘The Woods’. Exploring new countries, making new fans, and writing new songs, Ryan and Matt have exciting new developments to share in the near future, as their once small acoustic project continues to reach more and more people.

JULY 2016

Friday 1st

MICK MEDEW (THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, 31ST)

MICK MEDEW (THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, 31ST) at The Junk Bar

The legendary, enigmatic Mick Medew will play his debut solo set at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove on Friday, July 1st. Mick will be making the trek all the way to Ashgrove with not one, but TWO guitars in tow.

Mick's musical career started with the Brisbane-based 31st, the Screaming Tribesmen and more recently, the Mesmerisers and the Rumours.

The show will include some stripped-back versions of songs from his back-catalogue as well as some selected covers of some of Mick's favourite tunes.

Sunday 3rd

THE WEEPING WILLOWS w/ Danny Widdicombe

THE WEEPING WILLOWS w/  Danny Widdicombe at The Junk Bar

The Weeping Willows, Andrew Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates, are a couple of old souls, steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audience with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.

The Willows are excited to play Brisbane's favourite cocktail venue The Junk Bar & launch their brand new album 'Before Darkness Comes A-Callin', recorded in Los Angeles with 4 time Grammy Award winning engineer Ryan Freeland (Bonnie Raitt,Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ray LaMontagne, Ramblin' Jack Elliott). This will be a celebration of not only the album but all of the wonderful Pozible supporters who helped make it happen!

"...timeless arrangements spanning folk, hillbilly and classic country sounds. It's fair to say The Weeping Willows are to Melbourne what Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch are to Nashville." ~ Country Update Magazine.

"With Before Darkness Comes A Callin’, The Weeping Willows have delivered a world class Americana album ingrained with integrity and a good tip of the hat to the traditional elements of the genre. If this is the current quality of Americana music in Australia, we’re in good hands..." ~Americana Australia.

"Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wrigglesworth's sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. They've taken a detour down some darker and moodier paths this time and it works exceedingly well. Dark folk, blues and country musings on nature, death and doomed romance suit them well and puts Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates right up there with the finest Americana music you'll hear this year..." ~ theMusic.com.au.

The Weeping Willows are overjoyed that legendary Brisbane songwriter & musician Danny Widdicombe will be joining them for the night to help celebrate. Widdicombe's music is set within the realms of folk/country/blues, he has had 2 ARIA nominations, released 5 studio albums, overcome leukaemia three times and played lead guitar for Bernard Fanning & Tim Rogers.

Friday 8th

PERRY KEYES

PERRY KEYES at The Junk Bar

With the release of four highly acclaimed and award-winning albums over the past decade, Sydney singer-songwriter Perry Keyes returns to the Junk Bar on Friday, July 8th.

Keyes will be playing in stripped back band mode - debuting songs from his upcoming fifth release as well as songs from all four albums.

Whether it’s the ‘love among the ruins’ approach of his first album, Meter (2005); the portrayal of the disappearing inner-city working class community on The Last Ghost Train Home (2007); the songs of volatile adolescence on Johnny Ray’s Downtown (2010); or characters coming to terms with the geographic dislocation and subsequent social exclusion of Sunnyholt (2015), Keyes’ song-writing maintains a capacity for cinematic sweep whilst at the same time exhibiting intimate and detailed storytelling.

It’s a rare chance to witness a bare bones approach to presenting his compelling songs and stories from the heart of the inner-city.

Sunday 10th

JAMES T (CANNED HEAT)

JAMES T (CANNED HEAT) at The Junk Bar

James T

James Thornbury returns to Brisbane’s The Junk Bar following his sold out show earlier this year.

In recent years the blues-rock doyen and former member of legendary boogie-blues outfit Canned Heat has transitioned from a ‘louder than God’ rocker to the pure acoustic ‘guitar-and-harmonica’ blues and folk-blues of his youth.

With an impressive catalogue of original songs composed during his 40-plus years as a working musician and an encyclopaedic knowledge of blues standards Thornbury’s intimate gigs soar through ‘no holds barred’ raw blues, catch their breath with the more subtle folk-blues and top it all off with Canned Heat favourites.

His most recent CD of original material, the six-track “Everybody’s Crow’s The Blackest”, was recorded live in the studio and released in October 2015. He is currently preparing material for a new album with recording scheduled for later this year.

A free James T. t-shirt for all audience members. CD’s will be available for purchase.

Friday 15th

SWEET JEAN ALBUM LAUNCH

SWEET JEAN ALBUM LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

4 Stars' – Rolling Stone

"Monday To Friday is a stellar release, the finest in alternative rock / pop you’re likely to find anywhere.” Rhythms Magazine

Melbourne outfit Sweet Jean's new album Monday to Friday is out now. Co-written by Sime Nugent & Alice Keath, the album ranges from expansive, vintage synth-driven songs about space exploration to jangly, straight-shooting narratives of everyday life.

Monday to Friday is a collection of 10 elegant songs that build on Sweet Jean’s reputation for evocative songwriting and razor-sharp harmonies, balancing deft lyricism and poetic references with crisp pop gems and candid observations.

Building on Sime & Alice's natural chemistry as a duo, Sweet Jean will be hitting the road in July for a national tour with their tight-knit live band.

Thursday 21st

SACRED SHRINES ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY

SACRED SHRINES ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY at The Junk Bar

Brisbane’s psych/garage cult Sacred Shrines celebrate the release of their debut LP “Come Down From The Mountain” with a launch party at their favourite local bar. July 21st is the international release date of the album, as well as the eve of the start of their single tour – The evening will feature video premieres, DJ set and preview of the album.
DOORS 7.30 pm

Thursday 28th

GARRET KATO

GARRET KATO at The Junk Bar

I was born in British Columbia, Canada at the tender age of 0 and started playing music in my teens. At age 23, I relocated myself to Byron Bay, Australia andperformed everywhere. Two years later I released an EP called “Love. Murder. Songs.” and toured Western Canada, England (performing at Bestival) and The East Coast of Australia playing premier festival such as BluesfestandSplendour in the Grass. 2014 was spent recording my new album “That Low and Lonesome Sound”. Recording took place at my home studio in Byron Bay and other various locations. The recording process became an obsession, with tireless nights demoing and experimenting with both hard and ethereal sounds. This new record marks a turning point for myself both as a singer songwriter and a producer and a new father (also why it took so fucking long). The first single “UFOS” is a far cry from my pervious folk country releases. Pulsating guitars and keys open the song with a haunting casscade of reverberant vocals echoing throughout the mix. Armed with heavy bass and glitchy drums “UFOS” is a story told in first person of a chance meeting with an extraterrestrial being. I’m gearing up for a big 2015 with performances at this years Bleach Festival(Gold Coast) and Canadian Music Week (Toronto, Canada) and the release of my full length album in September

Saturday 30th

HUGO RACE (THE TRUE SPIRIT/THE FATALISTS/THE BAD SEEDS)

HUGO RACE (THE TRUE SPIRIT/THE FATALISTS/THE BAD SEEDS) at The Junk Bar

Hugo Race returns to the Junk Bar for a solo show whilst on tour promoting his first book, “Road Series”, a memoir of his life on the road and in music with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Wreckery, Dirt Music and various solo incarnations.
This will be your only chance to see Hugo this year before he returns to Europe to tour the latest Fatalists record, “’24 Hours to Nowhere” which he began work on during his last stay in Brisbane at Jamie Trevaskis’ Wild Mountain Sound Studio.

AUGUST 2016

Thursday 4th

FUGITIVE AND THE VAGABOND single launch plus SURFIN BIRD

FUGITIVE AND THE VAGABOND single launch plus SURFIN BIRD at The Junk Bar

“I am a fugitive and a vagabond, a sojourner seeking signs.”Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek The power or storytelling is alive and well with Brisbane group Fugitive & the Vagabond. Telling tales about the pain of love and oppression along with the sobering redemption that is the human conscience. The band use music as the soundtrack to the images of stories both fact and fiction which has captivated audiences nationwide. “You better be listening to what I'm saying. If you listen close you might figure out who I'm playing.” Jordan Merrick, The Ephemeral Man In the bands debut year, they released an EP entitled 'The Lonesome' which received positive reviews from both fan and industry professionals alike. The single 'The Wild' had success on the JJJ Unearthed charts, peaking at second on the Roots charts, and in the top 12 nationwide. This was capped off by songwriter Jordan Merrick's nominations at the Gold Coast Music Awards for both Emerging Artist and Song of the Year (The Wild). The band have announced the release of the first single, Talkin' City Blues, off their debut album Novella. Talkin' City Blues expands on the trials and tribulations of city life in an almost satirical fashion, and highlights songwriter Jordan Merrick's unique penmanship. “It's a fate-filled game we go and play. The road less traveled leads straight to your grave, you go. Like the puppets before you. Don't live with regret, live for a second chance.”Jordan Merrick, Talkin' City BluesRest assured, the first single off Fugitive & the Vagabonds debut record is released, unique raconteuring poetry of Jordan Merrick and his group of Vagabonds will take Australia, and the world by storm. Jordan will be joined by very special guest Surfin Bird (Jhindu Lawry of Surfin Bird and The Medics.)

Friday 5th

STEPHEN CUMMINGS - King of The Rainy Country launch- early show- 6pm

STEPHEN CUMMINGS - King of The Rainy Country launch- early show- 6pm at The Junk Bar

Stephen Cummings - pop pioneer and founding member of legendary Australian band, The Sports - treats us to a rare appearance, playing his first local shows for 2016. Stephen roots through his vast back catalogue, accompanied by master guitarist Shane O’Mara, to perform a set of songs spanning all stages of his career. This stage of the game, sees the wily singer touring with a new CD of slow songs ‘King Of The Rainy Country’ (available at Cummings’ concerts only). The album reveals this illustrious passionate craftsman joyfully at ease with himself and his songs.

Saturday 13th

TAASHA COATES (THE AUDREYS)

TAASHA COATES (THE AUDREYS) at The Junk Bar

TAASHA COATES: (The Audreys)

Taasha Coates is the lead vocalist and founding member of live favourites and multiple ARIA winners The Audreys.
Having released 4 studio albums since 2004, The Audreys have decided to take a year off and make room for Taasha’s much anticipated debut solo album set for release in September 2016 through ABC Records.
With The Audreys, Taasha has graced almost every major festival in Australia and played more gigs than she can count. She’s rocked festivals and clubs in Europe and North America, sold songs to films and tv shows far and wide, written music for theatre, won awards, hit the charts, gone gold and pawned her very heart for rock and roll.
WEBSITE: http://www.taashacoates.com.au/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taashacoates/?fref=ts
SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/taasha-coates/sets/americana-2016/s-1I8GW

Lay Me Down: Rockwiz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c34rIpITirw
Neil Young’s Comes a Time: Rockwiz w/ Pete Murray : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77qeMBwZCWU

The Audreys Socials:

http://www.theaudreys.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/theaudreys
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAudreysMusic

Saturday 27th

KIM SALMON AND BAND

KIM SALMON AND BAND at The Junk Bar

Originally aspiring to be a nuclear physicist, Kim Salmon was swayed by the sounds of rock'n'roll and became a Scientist. Salmon's latest release My Script received a 4.5 star review in *Rolling Stone* and Henry Rollins declared "it might be Kim's best record. It is so damn good." These shows take Kim Salmon at his purest essence as he returns to the Junk but with full band for the first time.

The Skukum Lounge never sounded so loud.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Thursday 1st

LIZ STRINGER ALBUM LAUNCH

LIZ STRINGER ALBUM LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

Melbourne’s Liz Stringer is launching her stunning new full-length album, “All The Bridges”, with a full band at The Junk Bar on Thu 1st September

With acclaimed producer/engineer Adam Selzer at the helm (The Decemberists, Jolie Holland, Fleet Foxes, M Ward), All The Bridges was recorded over 8 days in July 2015 at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, Oregon, USA. The result is a vibrant and assured album, playing tribute to the new West Coast and Americana sound while staying true to Stringer’s roots; telling the common story of the simple soul through folk and rock and roll, layered with bold electric guitars and rich background vocals.

Liz has garnered a reputation as being one of Australia’s most respected and critically acclaimed songwriters and performers. A passionate advocate of independent music and extensive regional touring, she has become a favourite among punters across Australia for her generous and engaging stage demeanour and her skill as a storyteller. As Mick Thomas puts it, “Her performance is as intense as it is personable, as profane as it is sacred”.

Website - http://lizstringer.com/
YouTube - "Anyone" Official Clip - https://youtu.be/I28gKuhMBVA
Facebook - http://facebook.com/lizstringermusic
Twitter - https://twitter.com/lizstringerAU

Wednesday 21st

FRANK YAMMA

FRANK YAMMA at The Junk Bar

The man Everbody's Talking about in the world music scene globally is Indigenous soulster Frank Yamma, the voice of Australia’s Central Desert. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native Indigenous language and in English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply arresting voice cross cultural and musical boundaries – a love song sung in Pitjantjatjara will make your heart sing in whatever language you speak. Having spent the last six years touring across North America, Europe and UK with shows in Canada, Latvia, Wales, Ireland, England, Scotland and Switzerland, Frank Yamma continues to capture the hearts and emotions of all who see him perform. In 2016, Frank will perform his third tour across Canada with a select few local shows including Brisbane’s Junk Bar on Wednesday, 21st September. Yamma has performed at countless festivals and high profile events including the 2015 TEDxSydney. He won Best Independent Country Album at the 2015 Independent Music Awards and was nominated for a National Indigenous Music Award for his latest album ‘Uncle’. The 2014 release, a follow up to his hugely successful 2010 album ‘Countryman’ shows the continuity of a musician that is hitting his peak with grace and conviction.