The Junk Bar.



Junk Bar is Brisbane’s first original hole in the wall suburban bar. Wedged between a formal dress 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- See upcoming shows page- we have some crackers playing soon that you must not miss! Hugo Race ( Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds/The Wreckery), Kim Salmon (The Scientists) Rob Snarski ( The Blackeyed Susans ), Neil Murray ( The Warumpi Band ) Laura Jean, Charles Jenkins and Halfway ( duo ) Adam Gibson (Aerial Maps) and Lou Bradley and Bill Chambers.



Our brand new lounge has just turned 12 months old ! 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, and Nick Barker- 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 Tuesday- 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.


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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.


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.

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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

Saturday 14th


HUGO RACE at The Junk Bar

Following last year’s two sold out shows at the Junk Bar, Brisbane, international troubadour Hugo Race returns to the Junk Bar on March 14th, 2015 to hypnotize and seduce with a one man show fusing electronica and blues, covers and originals, tenderness and rage in an emotional trip into his heart of darkness.

APRIL 2015

Thursday 9th

Benny Walker - National tour

Benny Walker - National tour at The Junk Bar

BENNY WALKER – “THROUGH THE FOREST” ALBUM TOUR . Victorian Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people and laid back grooves, all elements that emanate through his velvety vocals and sensitive delivery.
Tix available on the door and via
Doors- 7.30 pm.

Friday 10th



For the first time, the legendary father of Alt Country music in Australia and ARIA nominated Mullumbimby hillbilly Lou Bradley, are teaming up for a very special show as a double bill forThe Moonshine Sessions at The Junk Bar.

Saturday 11th

Rob Snarski (Black Eyed Susans)

Rob Snarski (Black Eyed Susans) at The Junk Bar

Rob Snarski returns to the jewel of Ashgrove, The Junk Bar, to play two intimate shows. Rob will play material from his lauded solo album ‘Wounded Bird’ as well as the Snarski/Dan Luscombe album “There Is Nothing Here That Belongs To You album” and perhaps a few other favourites. "One of the great romantic singers. A Costello-like knack for rhyming couplets ..." (WOUNDED BIRD review) FOUR AND A HALF STARS Jeff Jenkins, STACK

Thursday 16th

Neil Murray (The Warumpi Band/My Island Home)

Neil Murray (The Warumpi Band/My Island Home) at The Junk Bar

Founding member of the pioneering 1980’s indigenous group The Warumpi Band, Neil Murray wrote the anthem “ My Island Home” (for which he received an APRA song of the year award in 1995) for the Warumpi’s lead singer George Rrurrambu, which was later recorded by Christine Anu and featured at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Apart from the enduring legacy of “Blackfella Whitefella” and other classic Warumpi Band songs he helped create, Neil Murray has continued to churn out remarkable work with a solo career that commenced in 1989. “Good Light in Broome”, “Native Born”, “Long Grass Band” and “Lights of Hay” are just a few of the standouts that are treasured by his astute and ever growing legion of followers.
The new album “Bring Thunder and Rain” is no exception.

Friday 17th

Steve Grady Album Launch

Steve Grady Album Launch at The Junk Bar

w/ special guests. Tix on sale via the door.

Sunday 19th

Cyrus Marsh - Album Launch

Wednesday 22nd


BEN SALTER- THE STARS MY DESTINATION preview show. at The Junk Bar

Ben Salter returns to his happy hunting ground The Junk Bar on Wednesday the 22nd of April for a special one-off preview show of his brand new album The Stars My Destination on Wednesday 22nd April. The Stars My Destination is Ben's second full length album and was recorded in Central Queensland in the winter of 2014. Ben will be performing all eleven tracks from the new album in solo acoustic mode before he tours the album with a band later in the year. He'll also be performing a bunch of tracks from back catalogue and talking a lot of rubbish. Don't miss out!

Thursday 23rd


M.E BAIRD (VIC)  and ROLAND K SMITH ( NSW) at The Junk Bar

In the spirit of Nick Cave, Roland S. Howard, Lee Hazelwood, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash, M.E.Baird is an exponent of the darker, introspective and observational side of story telling. Some call it Gothic Folk, Dark Americana or Southern Gothic. M.E.Baird's songwriting has been described as cinematic vignettes full of tragedy, despair, elegance and beauty.
Roland Kay-Smith is a Sydney-based songwriter and musician. He has performed in bands Smitty & B. Goode, Roland K Smith & the Sinners, and Walrus, with whom he won triple j’s Unearthed.

“With a twang sounding more Nashville than Sydney, Roland uses simple heartfelt lyrics with an understated band.”


MAY 2015

Friday 1st

Charles Jenkins w Halfway (duo)

Charles Jenkins w Halfway (duo) at The Junk Bar

Charles Jenkins, John Busby and Chris Dale have been trying to play a gig together for a very long time.
Folks, it's time to sound the alarm, ring them bells, and let the cries of joy ring out all across the fair town of Brisbane because the wait, ladies and gentleman is finally over.
Friday May 1 at The Junk Bar sees renowned Melbourne songwriter Charles Jenkins ("He's too good a songwriter not to be in your life" - SMH) venture north to spend time and share a stage with Rockhampton's finest, the sublime John Busby and Chris Dale from Halfway, in a night not to be missed. Songs galore, stories a-plenty, at the best bar in the land.

Saturday 2nd

The Spoils (duo) w The Reservations

The Spoils (duo) w The Reservations at The Junk Bar

Following last year’s sold out show at the Skukum Lounge, Spoils front man SEAN SIMMONS returns with fellow Spoil, ADRIAN STOYLES (also of Gin Club fame and most recently Something For Kate) on piano & organ bringing their songs of love, pursuit & regret back to Brisbane. They will be joined by the haunting sounds of Junk Bar's very own The Reservations. ( Mia and Jamie ) Tix only $13.00 presale.

Sunday 3rd

Laura Jean ( Melb ) w/McKisko

Laura Jean ( Melb ) w/McKisko at The Junk Bar

Melbourne folk auteur Laura Jean plays a rare Brisbane show at Junk Bar's beautiful Skukum Lounge.
It has been a big 12 months for Laura, from recording in the UK with famed producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius) to releasing her self-titled fourth album in August. The hushed, intimate album Laura Jean appeared in innumerable end of year best-of lists and has been short-listed for the 2014 Australian Music Prize. Dreamy single First Love Song made it into US public radio giant NPR's Heavy Rotation list and was nominated for an Age Music Victoria Award for Best Song, while Laura herself was nominated for Best Female Artist.
She will be joined by the sublime McKisko.

Saturday 9th

Adam Gibson & The Ark-Ark-Birds- ALBUM LAUNCH

Adam Gibson & The Ark-Ark-Birds- ALBUM LAUNCH at The Junk Bar

Having forged a unique path with his spoken/sung tales of Australian life and landscape over two acclaimed albums with The Aerial Maps (plus earlier outfit Modern Giant), Adam Gibson and his new band The Ark-Ark Birds are pleased to announce an Australian tour to herald the release of new album ‘Australia Restless’.

The first leg of the tour will hit the Junk Bar in Brisbane on Saturday, May 9, with Adam and the Ark-Ark Birds diving into the widescreen panorama of songs on “Australia Restless” plus some Aerial Maps and Modern Giant favourites. These are stories about of loves, lives and houses lost ... of coastal nights and desert days, obscure towns linked by empty roads and the static of AM radio crackling through damaged car speakers. They will be supported by Brissie's own Woodnut's Lament. This is a night not to be missed.

Friday 15th

Kim Salmon

Kim Salmon at The Junk Bar

Voted as one of Australia's top guitarists, living legend and garage art rock terrorist Kim Salmon will play a very special show at The Junk Bar, Ashgrove (Brisbane).

As a teen Salmon blew his mind on the fusion of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, the stellar freakout of Sun Ra’s ‘Space is the Place’ and the generally unhinged groove of Can’s Ege Bamyasi. They showed him an alternative to just ‘playin the blooze’.

Let Kim Salmon take you to a higher plain in this up-close and personal performance. Tickets are strictly limited to 50, guaranteeing you a special experience with the godfather of grunge.