The Junk Bar.



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, WALTER MARTIN (THE WALKMEN) plus many more.



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.
PLEASE NOTE- We are a strictly over 18 venue. No exceptions. All shows are 18 plus.








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


“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.


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.


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



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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

MAY 2016

Thursday 26th

FREYA HOLLICK w/ Joshua Seymour and Abbie Cardwell.

FREYA HOLLICK w/ Joshua Seymour and Abbie Cardwell. at The Junk Bar

Freya Josephine Hollick is an Ol’ Timey Chanteuse hailing from the Victorian Goldfields, she is stretching her legs for her first East Coast wander up north with her young daughter in tow. Freya discovered her love for blues and country music in the junk shops and record stores of rural Victoria, ever searching for the buried gold. From The Orignal Carter Family, to Son House, from Ernest Tubb to Bessie Smith, Freya loves all that old world music, and it rings loud and clear in her desperate tales of love and loss wailed out in woeful blues melodies or gently crooned in chirruped country style.

The single mama of one, and long time folk songbird is fast approaching the much awaited release of her second album “The Unceremonious Junking of Me” due to come out this October. The record features Dobro and Mandolin played by Pete Fidler and gorgeous country Fiddle by Kat Mear. The trio recorded live to tape using beautiful old microphones in an historical gold rush building in the heart of Ballarat. This short East Coast tour marks the launch of the first single from this record entitled “My Sleepin’ Body”. A Carter Family-esque tune about the finding of a girls dead body in the forest (derived from a true story of a girl found in a lake outside Freya’s hometown.) Despite it’s dark lyrics, the melody and pace of the song have you fooled into thinking its sentiment is carefree.

Joining Freya on this leg of her journey are two special guests, much revered in the Americana and bluegrass circuits of Australia. The trio will make for a magical night of old world charm.

“Inspired by… early 20th Century music, Cajun styles and the blues of deep Louisiana, Hollick has a mesmeric and at times chirruped expression that straddles the line between namesake Josephine Foster and Hope Sandoval. Banjo, fingerpicked guitars, dobro and double bass frame the breathy narratives and help her songs dream in a black and white kaleidoscope of loveliness.”
Nick Argyriou, Rhythms Magazine
Tickets $10 on the door. Doors 7.30 pm. show start at 7.45 pm.

Friday 27th



Walter Martin
January 29 2016 saw Walter Martin, co-writer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist of the Walkmen, release Arts & Leisure—a collection of songs that take inspiration from Martin’s years of world travel as a musician, his younger days working in art museums and what he refers to as his “shaky grasp of college art history.” The inventive use of drums and percussion, conversational lyrical approach, and trademark vintage instrumentation that Martin brought to the Walkmen are employed to wondrous new effect on his first big production since the band split.
His solo debut was 2014’s much-loved kids’ album We’re All Young Together. This unexpected departure served as a palate cleanser for Martin after years in bands and, surprisingly for Martin, the album found miraculous success. As he explains, “I was about to apply for a job at Kinko’s or something and then suddenly all these great things started happening with the kids’ album.”
Most importantly, he credits We’re All Young Together with helping him find a way to write songs that made sense for Martin himself to sing.  Walter explains, “Through writing songs about rattlesnakes and chimpanzees, I figured out how to write lyrics that express my inner self in a voice that’s indistinguishable from how I naturally talk and joke around.  Thankfully I was able translate it to non-animal subject matters.“  After years writing for what he refers to as the "collective personality” of his previous band, Martin now finds himself writing for a personality that is all his own—one characterised by a unique blend of absurd humour and sincere emotion.  “I’m no good at talking about the art I like but I feel like these songs express in an unfussy way some things that I like about certain artists and ideas.” Arts & Leisure was originally conceived as an “art- themed comedy album” but after two years of writing and rewriting, the album developed into something far richer.   Martin explains, “I wrote all these funny songs and I got sick of them. Then I wrote all these serious songs and realized they were boring. Then I broke my back writing a two minute song about Alexander Calder’s miniature circus and I thought it was perfect—it was whimsical and weird but also had personal ideas about art tucked in there that gave it the depth and warmth I was looking for. So, lyrically, that was the starting point." 
Whether he’s making prank calls from the switchboard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, admiring the high-back chairs in a tearoom in Glasgow, or casually dismissing all eighteenth century European art during a museum visit, Martin’s stories have the familiar warmth of a conversation with an old friend. These songs feel as much like a collection of personal letters as they do a rock ‘n’ roll album. While offering a perspective that is distinctly modern, Walter Martin’s Arts & Leisure is rooted in an old tradition and serves as a reminder that there is still sublime power in the marriage of great music and great storytelling.

Sunday 29th


MZAZA at The Junk Bar

“...a world where the past is ever-present and music knows no borders. FOUR STARS” – The Courier Mail

Join award winning world music band MZAZA for a special Sunday at the Junk Bar before the six talented musicians take flight to Europe.

MZAZA is one of the most unique bands coming out of Australia today. Lead by acclaimed French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this award-winning group of cultural refugees from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France, Sephardic Spain and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired performances. With a fascination for making something new from the old MZAZA create their own set of traditions from a tapestry of skilfully woven influences.

2016 has already been a big year for the band with a second Queensland Music Award win for Best Song (world), supports for the likes of the Violent Femmes, an Australian tour, appearances at a string of festivals and a major single release in Europe.

MZAZA's last show at the Junk bar sold out and and was a memorable experience for all involved - make sure you book early and catch them before their first international tour!


Saturday 11th



We here are the worlds smallest festival like nothing better than drinking overproof cava and dreaming up line ups that we think will never come together. Well after the first one went so well with Arbuckle, Scraps and the gents from the Goon Sax we are super proud to present the next installment.
Fans of pop music with a bit of jangle and underground sensibilities should etch this date into a tree near their humble abode.

Come and see:
Trevor Ludlow and the Hell Raisers - Trevors observations are equal to his melodies and making the trip up from Melbourne for this show
Seja - we have been bugging one on Brisbanes best songstresses to play and she has relented
Jeremy Cole - Zebras main man does not seem to been to Brisbane since expo 88. Their new record is simply fabulous and this is a very rare show
Greg Brady and the Anchors - your hosts are back and hungry with e.p surface email out and ready to be consumed

Over two stages we are keen to get tiny.
Very limited capacity. Two stages.

Sunday 12th

SONGS FOR MARIBEL- featuring HALFWAY (acoustic) Mexico City and very special guest.

SONGS FOR MARIBEL- featuring HALFWAY (acoustic) Mexico City and very special guest. at The Junk Bar

A fundraising event for the beautiful Maribel.
Halfway in acoustic mode, Mexico City (Adam and Simmo) and one very special guest. Part of our chuffed fund raising campaign.

JUNE 2016

Sunday 19th


CLARE COWLEY ALBUM LAUNCH (doors 6.30 pm) at The Junk Bar

Planet Clare is Clare Cowley composing songs to the tune of her head trying to reach her heart. She has performed around the world and, more locally, at the Gold Coast and Brisbane (Tongue & Groove, Beetle Bar, Troubador, Swinging Safari) and with her sister in their duo, Cleanskin, where beautiful harmonies lift old songs out of the creek bed. She has written and performed her own compositions since 2004, and has jingles played regularly on TV. In 2006 she independently released a four track EP titled 'Time Moves Forward', from which songs such as 'Still' have been played on ZZZ radio. Planet Clare is a solo outfit celebrating her love of drawing pictures with words. She will be joined by special guest artists on the night.

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



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..." ~

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 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.

Friday 15th



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.

Saturday 30th



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.


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.


Wednesday 21st


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.