The Junk Bar.

Welcome

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.

 

SKUKUM LOUNGE SHOWS- In the last three years since it’s been open- The Skukum Lounge has become one of Brisbane’s premier music venues. Strictly 50 capacity- we have hosted the likes of Robert Forster (The Go Betweens) Stephen Cummings (The Sports) Michael Hurley, Kristin Hersh, Ryley Walker, Kim Salmon, John Smith, Dave Graney and Mick Thomas just to name a few of the national and international acts that have graced it’s tiny stage.

JUNK BAR PARTIES & FUNCTIONS.

The Skukum Lounge is the perfect venue for your xmas party or next celebration.

It holds 20-50 people- see the bookings and functions page for more info.

 

For a peak at what The Skukum Lounge looks like check out Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Junk Bar.

Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING HOURS

Junk bar is open Wednesday- Friday from 5pm, Sat and Sunday from 3pm.

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

We are closed Monday and Tuesday.

 

The Junk Bar.

Functions

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- check out what The Skukum Lounge looks like in Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.

 

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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Contact

The Junk Bar.

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

Saturday 18th November

GABRIELLA COHEN w/KATE DILLON

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Gabriella Cohen and Kate Dillon (FFMB) are on the move again, this time flying high to California where they plan to conquer the hearts and minds of Hollywood.

2017 has been a wild ride to say the least- they moved to the countryside to record album no. 2, toured America with US superstars Foxygen, and played a string of European Festivals amongst the likes of The Flaming Lips and Devendra Banhart.

Cohen is planning a very special and rare performance at The Junk Bar for her hometown send of, playing a raw, stripped back and intimate set on her Grandpas nylon guitar, accompanied by violin and sweet harmonies.

Opening the show will see Kate Babyshakes Dillon (Full Flower Moon Band, GC), performing songs of her brand new album “China Town”, also stripped back and solo.

You are invited to join them at The Junk Bar for their last show in Australia for 2017. An intimate night of song, story and sheik rock’n’roll.

There’s 50 tickets for sale, so get them while you can. This show will sell out.

PRAISE FOR GABRIELLA COHEN

‘Seductive, broody and occasionally sinister’ -THE GUARDIAN

‘Nonchalant Queenslander’s solo debut is garage-pop bliss’ – ROLLING STONE

‘It’s dark, it’s rebellious, it’s intoxicating, and it’s a beautiful debut’ – BEAT MAGAZINE

‘Cohen knows exactly when to leave space, push into apparent chaos, croon or just fire off a weaponised sigh’ – THE MUSIC

PRAISE FOR KATE BABYSHAKES DILLON

‘Think Portishead riding a Lamborghini, flanked by 100 bear-breasted gold clad women charging on horses brandishing spears. ’ROLLING STONE

Wednesday 22nd November

BUILT FROM STICKS ALBUM LAUNCH w/CLOUD TANGLE & MOUSSELINE

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Built from Sticks (aka the solo meanderings of Brisbane slo-core musician Jamie Curran – also of instrumental outfit Ghost Notes) will be launching his new album at the Junk Bar on the 22nd November.

This will be a rare solo outing for Jamie, who recently finished recording his first studio-recorded album (at Incremental Records), a marked change from his previous home-recorded approach. With the new recording environment, has also brought a subtle evolution in sound, with the minimalist artist cautiously adding new layers of sound, leading to a more dynamic and diverse offering.

Also playing on the night will be like-minded artists Cloud Tangle and Mousseline. Cloud Tangle makes beautiful dreamy, and lo-fi, soundscapes mixed in with her subtle vocals. Mousseline makes intricate, multi-textured folk music, and recently released his own debut album.

Doors at 7pm, with $10 for entry.

Thanks, and hope to see you there.

https://builtfromsticks.bandcamp.com/
https://cloudtangle.bandcamp.com/releases
https://mousseline.bandcamp.com/

Sunday 26th November

JAMES KENYON SINGLE LAUNCH w/BOATKEEPER

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James Kenyon hits the road again late October on an epic, 20+ date, 7000km Australian tour.

 

The Out on the Wire Tour celebrates the release of the third and final single from his acclaimed 2016 album ‘Imagine You are Driving’, given four star reviews by both The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

 

“I just keep touring”, barked Kenyon,“I really have no idea what else to do with my life.”

 

“If I wasn’t a touring musician, I’d probably be a train driver” Kenyon says, in a high pitched but pleasant voice.“Or a just a stay at home musician”

 

Travelling with the “grumpy bastard” will be an even “grumpier bastard” on double bass by the name of Luke Richardson and a lovely young chap called Matt Dixon on pedal Steel.

 

Support from Brisbane local outfit Boatkeeper.

Wednesday 29th November

BOOM VACUUM #4

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‘A new series of nights that explore the visionary sounds and warm sonic adventurings of Brisbane’s aural undergrowth..’

Sean Foran/Chris Perren/Flora Wong Trio

Five gold sovereigns @ the door.

Thursday 30th November

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS

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Electric Moon’s “FIRE WALK WITH US: The Music Of Twin Peaks” returns to The Junk Bar.

Following a sold out season of five shows in August & September, FIRE WALK WITH US returns by popular demand for two performances on THU 30 NOV and FRI 1 DEC.

The show is a live reimagining of songs and music from both the Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack (1991) and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me (1992). Composed by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, this music is a masterclass in minimalist atmospheres, the haunting female vocals of Julee Cruise and sinister soundscapes. For these new return shows, a visit to the RR Diner (Series 3) may well be included.

WHAT THE AUDIENCES SAID…
You guys were incredible! If you did this again, I’d be there in a heartbeat!”

“Thank you so much for such an amazing show! I was blown away!”
“Just back from seeing tonight’s performance – it was simply breathtaking. I was actually moved to tears at one point. And the best rendition of Sycamore Trees since the original. Well done, Electric Moon!”

Electric Moon’s James Lees again brings together a broad range of musicians from the jazz based, to avant-grade noisemakers, to the four diverse vocalists – all bound together by a deep love for Lynch’s most celebrated work. Presented in the Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar – which in itself could be a scene out of a Lynch production – each show will present the music performance as an immersive experience to an intimate audience.

Mia Goodwin (vocals)
Lucinda Shaw (vocals/keys)
SS.Sebastian (vocals/keys/guitar)
Tylea (vocals/keys)
James Lees (drums/percussion/director)
Helen Svoboda (double bass)
Rohan Seekers (piano/keys)
Andrew Saragossi (sax/clarinet/flute)

Friday 1st December

FIRE WALK WITH US- THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS- 6.30 SHOW SOLD OUT

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Electric Moon’s “FIRE WALK WITH US: The Music Of Twin Peaks” returns to The Junk Bar.

Following a sold out season of five shows in August & September, FIRE WALK WITH US returns by popular demand for two performances on THU 30 NOV and FRI 1 DEC.

The show is a live reimagining of songs and music from both the Twin Peaks TV series soundtrack (1991) and the prequel film Fire Walk With Me (1992). Composed by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, this music is a masterclass in minimalist atmospheres, the haunting female vocals of Julee Cruise and sinister soundscapes. For these new return shows, a visit to the RR Diner (Series 3) may well be included.

WHAT THE AUDIENCES SAID…
You guys were incredible! If you did this again, I’d be there in a heartbeat!”

“Thank you so much for such an amazing show! I was blown away!”
“Just back from seeing tonight’s performance – it was simply breathtaking. I was actually moved to tears at one point. And the best rendition of Sycamore Trees since the original. Well done, Electric Moon!”

Electric Moon’s James Lees again brings together a broad range of musicians from the jazz based, to avant-grade noisemakers, to the four diverse vocalists – all bound together by a deep love for Lynch’s most celebrated work. Presented in the Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar – which in itself could be a scene out of a Lynch production – each show will present the music performance as an immersive experience to an intimate audience.

Mia Goodwin (vocals)
Lucinda Shaw (vocals/keys)
SS.Sebastian (vocals/keys/guitar)
Tylea (vocals/keys)
James Lees (drums/percussion/director)
Helen Svoboda (double bass)
Rohan Seekers (piano/keys)
Andrew Saragossi (sax/clarinet/flute)

Friday 1st December

FIRE WALK WITH US – FRIDAY 8.30 PM SHOW

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AS ABOVE.

Sunday 10th December

JACKSON REID BRIGGS & MARCELLO COLE.

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Grubby productions presents the drunk and disorderly Jackson Reid Briggs and Marcello Cole Touring the eastern states of Australia November- December 2017.

Jackson Reid Briggs- The sensibilities of Townes Van Zandt meets the brutality of Australian punk of the Cosmic Psychos. A truly unique Australian artist who’s spent the better half of the year touring Europe with his band The Heaters.
http://jacksonreidbriggs.bandcamp.com/

Marcello Cole- Front man of Australiana band The Bitter Darlings showcases an intriguing blend of iconic Australian rock to the subtleties of acts like Paul Kelly and The Triffids.
The Bitter Darlings have spent the the year touring the eastern states of Australia alongside the likes of William Crighton, Tex Perkins and Justin Townes Earle.
www.thebitterdarlings.bandcamp.com/album/stuart-highway

TIX ON THE DOOR- DOORS 6PM.

Wednesday 13th December

JACKIE MARSHALL single launch w/MELISSA FRASER & RAYCHEL STONE

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Celebrating the launch of her new single “I’ve Been Wrong”, Jackie Marshall will give one of her rare legendary intimate solo performances at the Junk Bar. Joining her on the bill,  much loved alt country artist Melissa Fraser and new folk proponent Raychel Stone.

After a seemingly unending hiatus involving multiple bouts of cancer, the birth of a child, and further misadventure hardly printable (!) one of Australia’s finest intimate vibing chanteuses is back, bolder and stronger than ever before, with new songs and fresh tales ready to grace her favourite venues, back rooms and private salons up and down the coast of Australia. Armed with acoustic guitars and a redoubtable capacity for the retelling of personal often shocking ever humorous anecdotes, Marshall possesses a unique voice and warmth of spirit unparalleled. She will be touring presenting songs from her back catalogue, twisted takes on modern classics, and songs from her forthcoming album for release early 2018 through Sugarrush Records. Catch her in intimate mode while you can.

“That rare thing: an Australian original” The Weekend Australian

Thursday 14th December

MEGAN COOPER w/ special live guests.

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Megan Cooper with special guests – Live at The Junk Bar.

Country singer songwriter Megan Cooper stops by The Junk Bar in Ashgrove on Thursday 14 December 2017.

Playing two sets, one acoustic, one a bit more bandy, she’ll be playing old songs, having some special guests along, as well as previewing songs from her third album ‘Wild Mountain’ (due for release in 2018). Oh and yes, she’ll be trotting out that one Christmas song she wrote for its annual airing.

Whistle solos, sad songs, hip shaking, fiddles, pedal steel, stories about crushes on medical professionals… all guaranteed.

The Junk Bar has delicious beverages and food is available from the bar. For those wanting to linger a little longer, feel free to contact the venue to book a pre or post show cosy couch.

14 December 2017, 7:30pm $15

MEGAN COOPER: www.facebook.com/megancoopermusic

Friday 15th December

JOHN KENNEDY’S 68 COMEBACK SPECIAL w/ RIVER HEADS

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Sydney musician John Kennedy started his music career in his hometown Brisbane. He wrote a few songs about Brisbane – mostly about leaving. It seemed as though the feelings were mutual when Kennedy played a gig at Ric’s Cafe in the Valley a few years ago and nobody turned up.

Over the last few years though, it seems as though a little bit of love has been rekindled. Since 2015, Kennedy has been doing shows at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove with various members of his band. Each show has been warmly
received by a sold out room. The most recent show in June was the launch of the new album, JFK and the Midlife Crisis. Now Kennedy will return to the Junk Bar with his full band for two shows in December. John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special features ex-red Wiggle Murray Cook on lead guitar,
original Love Gone Wrong drummer Peter Timmmerman and former Pop Mechanics leader Paul Scott on bass. Together they will play song from the new album, Kennedy’s urban and western hits and maybe even some of those songs about leaving Brisbane.

John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special are joined by Brisbane’s own River Heads on Friday 15 December and by the Gatekeepers on Saturday 16 December.

Saturday 16th December

JOHN KENNEDY’S 68 COMEBACK SPECIAL w/ THE GATEKEEPERS

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Sydney musician John Kennedy started his music career in his hometown Brisbane. He wrote a few songs about Brisbane – mostly about leaving. It seemed as though the feelings were mutual when Kennedy played a gig at Ric’s Cafe in the Valley a few years ago and nobody turned up.

Over the last few years though, it seems as though a little bit of love has been rekindled. Since 2015, Kennedy has been doing shows at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove with various members of his band. Each show has been warmly
received by a sold out room. The most recent show in June was the launch of the new album, JFK and the Midlife Crisis. Now Kennedy will return to the Junk Bar with his full band for two shows in December. John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special features ex-red Wiggle Murray Cook on lead guitar,
original Love Gone Wrong drummer Peter Timmmerman and former Pop Mechanics leader Paul Scott on bass. Together they will play song from the new album, Kennedy’s urban and western hits and maybe even some of those songs about leaving Brisbane.

John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special are joined by Brisbane’s own River Heads on Friday 15 December and by the Gatekeepers on Saturday 16 December.

Wednesday 20th December

DRAWN FROM BEES XMAS PARTY w/PATCH FEENEY

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Come and celebrate the yuletide in the gorgeous Skukum Lounge at Junk Bar with carols (not really carols, just some classic hits and rarities) provided by Drawn from Bees and Patch Feeney in support.

Wednesday 20 December
Skukum Lounge-Junk Bar, Ashgrove
Doors 7pm
Patch 7:30pm
DFB 8:30pm
$10 tickets on the door.

Thursday 21st December

A VERY CASUARINAS XMAS W/BEN ELY

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The Casuarinas are a band from Brisbane. Their EP, Into The Clearing, was produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens. The sound ranges ranges from folk to country and pop. The EP was recorded at Junk Bar owner Jamie Trevaskes’s Mt Nebo studio, and is an all analogue recording, from two-inch tape to mastering by Don Bartley and pressing to vinyl in the U.S. The cover was painted by the band’s Maureen Hansen, also an acclaimed visual artist.
> “We love our Christmas shows at Junk Bar,” the band’s Noel Mengel. “We always like to try a few different things and that’s just the right atmosphere to add some covers to the set. Just don’t expect anything that has ever appeared in the top 40!”

Friday 22nd December

SHIFTING SANDS- ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS THIS.

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All you want for Christmas is this! Brisbane’s own inconsoulable Shifting
Sands euthanise a stellar year with the Xmas show to end all Xmas shows.

Back not so fresh from the Tour de France that garnered much attention,
rave reviews, liver pain and golden staph, Shifting Sands are here to get
intimate warm, fuzzy and festeringly festive in the Skukum lounge.

Sunday 31st December

A VERY SALTY NYE AT THE JUNK BAR – EARLY SHOW 7.30 PM

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Get your 2018 off to a wonderful start in the intimate and relaxed
atmosphere of the Junk Bar in Ashgrove and be serenaded by Ben Salter (and
a cohort of special guests)
Salty will be performing two very special shows to be recorded for a live
album. Come and help him relax and get comfortable. There will be two shows
and of course very limited numbers.

The main bar will be open till 1.00 am serving up all your favourite
cocktails Junk style too – so no better way to bring in the NY!!
Warning – there may be disco balls.

Get your tickets now!!

Sunday 31st December

A VERY SALTY NYE AT THE JUNK BAR- LATE SHOW 10PM

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Get your 2018 off to a wonderful start in the intimate and relaxed
atmosphere of the Junk Bar in Ashgrove and be serenaded by Ben Salter (and
a cohort of special guests)
Salty will be performing two very special shows to be recorded for a live
album. Come and help him relax and get comfortable. There will be two shows
and of course very limited numbers.

The main bar will be open till 1.00 am serving up all your favourite
cocktails Junk style too – so no better way to bring in the NY!!
Warning – there may be disco balls.

Get your tickets now!!

Wednesday 3rd January

RACHEL BAIMAN & ONE UP, TWO DOWN.

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Rachel Baiman
In many ways, Shame, the new album from 27-year-old Nashville Americana songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman is an exploration of growing up female in America. Shame is lush and varied aided by the production and recording talents of Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin. Musically inspired in equal parts by John Hartford and Courtney Barnett, Baiman’s influences are myriad, however years spent playing traditional music shine through in the albums firmly rooted sound.

One Up, Two Down
One Up, Two Down hail from three countries joined by the Pacific Ocean. Fiddler George Jackson and guitarist Daniel Watkins, from New Zealand and Australia respectively together with North Carolinian double bassist Andrew Small, they bring together raw old-time groove, bluegrass dexterity, and folk storytelling.

Sunday 7th January

LUCAS LAUFEN w/ O LITTLE SISTER & HANNAH ROSA

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In 2016, Lucas Laufen took his life halfway around the world, re-locating from his quiet coastal hometown in Australia to Berlin, Germany. Since the middle of 2016 and the release of his debut EP ‘Goodbye’, he has played over 80 shows across Europe, building an already loyal fanbase from the ground up. 

Laufen’s music is the sort that makes us stop and breathe: sombre falsetto melodies married to shimmering guitar; elemental orchestrations that yearn and plunge – the coastal poetry of the wild Australian imaginary.

Saturday 24th February

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE- 7pm doors.

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Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Once again returning to light up the tiny stage with the big reputation in
The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge.
Don’t miss out on these amazing shows- they will sell out.

Moodists – Coral Snakes – mistLY.

Playing songs from their three decade – thirty album career.

LETS GET TIGHT – 2017 CD.

WORKSHY – Dave Graney 2017 memoir

Sunday 25th February

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE – 4PM SHOW.

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Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Once again returning to light up the tiny stage with the big reputation in
The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge.
Don’t miss out on these amazing shows- they will sell out.

Moodists – Coral Snakes – mistLY.

Playing songs from their three decade – thirty album career.

LETS GET TIGHT – 2017 CD.

WORKSHY – Dave Graney 2017 memoir

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