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

THE JUNK BAR XMAS AND NEW YEARS TRADING HOURS.
Wednesday 21st- OPEN
Thursday 22nd- OPEN
Friday 23rd- OPEN
SAT 24TH-FRIDAY 30TH – CLOSED.
OPEN NYE- SOUL TRAIN PARTY- See upcoming shows page
Closed New Year’s Day.
Business resumes as normal Wednesday-Sunday week beginning the 2nd.

SKUKUM LOUNGE SHOWS- In the last two 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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- 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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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

DECEMBER 2016

Saturday 17th

SHIFTING SANDS RUIN XMAS- JUNK BAR OFFICIAL XMAS PARTY

SHIFTING SANDS RUIN XMAS- JUNK BAR OFFICIAL XMAS PARTY at The Junk Bar

Shifting Sands descend on the Junk Bar like sand flies to GET UNDER YOUR SKIN again.

This is the Xmas party that will define all future Xmas parties and we didn’t come here to just maybe lay here a while and cuddle with spiders. Nope.

We come to sing carols and our original hit songs and get sideways ON A CHAIR. With festive drink specials and a late night record party- come be merry with us and celebrate- and not in a boring office christmas party type of way!!

7pm – midnight in the Main Bar

Show kicks off at 9pm in the Skukum Lounge

Thursday 22nd

JOHN FRANCIS KENNEDY

JOHN FRANCIS KENNEDY at The Junk Bar
John Kennedy started his music career in Brisbane in the early ‘80’s with his first band JFK and the Cuban Crisis. A move to Sydney in ’82 and an independent hit song, The Texan Thing, should have ensured some commercial success. It didn’t. JFK split in ’84 leaving Kennedy to pursue a solo career with his new band John Kennedy’s Love Gone Wrong with whom he created a style of music he called Urban and Western – a hybrid genre of pop, rock, folk and country influences. Many line-ups later and still without commercial success, he decided to take his music and travel the world. In the words of one of his album titles: “Have Songs, Will Travel”. During his travels around the world, Kennedy lived in London, Hong Kong and Holland. He was based in Berlin for four years in the ‘90’s making music with his band, the Honeymooners.
Now resident in the Inner West of Sydney, Kennedy continues to perform and release new material under the band name John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special. (People who are familiar with their rock history will recognise the reference made to Elvis. For those who aren’t, John Kennedy simply says, “This is my 68th comeback. And it’s special.”) A new album with the working title JFK and Midlife Crisis is currently in the process of being recorded.

The former Brisbane resident, returns to his old hometown to perform a solo show at the Junk Bar on Thursday 22 December

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Friday 23rd

A VERY BEN SALTER XMAS SHOW - EARLY SHOW SOLD OUT. LATE SHOW ON SALE NOW

A VERY BEN SALTER XMAS SHOW - EARLY SHOW SOLD OUT. LATE SHOW ON SALE NOW at The Junk Bar
It’s the Christmas party for anyone who hasn’t had a Christmas party! Or something. What needs doing? Ben Salter returns to one of his most beloved places to perform, The Skukum Lounge at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove, to play some songs with some friends and drink some nice drinks. Supports to be announced.
Ben has recently been holed up in a studio in the Huon Valley in Tasmania working on his third solo album (due for release early 2017) and he’ll be previewing a number of the songs from the album at the show.
EARLY SHOW- 7-9PM SOLD OUT
LATE SHOW – 9.30 PM DOORS 10 PM SHOW.
Saturday 31st

SOUL TRAIN NYE PARTY

SOUL TRAIN NYE PARTY at The Junk Bar

DUST off your platforms and work on your moves- Junk Bar is hosting what could possibly be it’s best ever NYE party- and that’s saying something!

SOUL TRAIN- A VERY BOOGIE NIGHT.

Main couches and tables- $120 per head.

Skukum Lounge- $100 per head.

Bottomless champagne, wine, beer and basics.

Funk and soul music.

Retro canape and cheese platters.

Dancing/good vibes/good friends/70’s threads.

Round your group up and book on 07 31682993 or email us at info@thejunkbar.com.au

2017

Friday 6th

SUE RAY ALBUM LAUNCH- LIVE AT THE JUNK BAR w/Beth Brown/Jilian Linklater (US)

SUE RAY ALBUM LAUNCH- LIVE AT THE JUNK BAR w/Beth Brown/Jilian Linklater (US) at The Junk Bar

Sue Ray is thrilled to be returning to the Junk Bar for the official
release of her latest album “Live At The Junk Bar”. After the success of
her studio album “Red Roses”, Sue wished to record a live album to pay
homage to her recent years spent living abroad performing and writing in
Nashville TN. Choosing to record with respected and award winning producer,
and owner of The Junk Bar Jamie Trevaskis, they recorded an intimate
performance of Sue at the venue in 2015. Naturally Sue chose to return to
it’s place of conception to celebrate the album’s official release.
On the night, Sue will be joined by the enigmatic and beautiful Australian
performer Beth Brown, who is also returning to Australia from Nashville TN
to release her debut EP “Dream Coat” produced by the highly celebrated U.S
producer Brad Jones. Brown joins a list of critically acclaimed Australian
artists including Missy Higgins and Butterly Boucher.
Opening the evening will be award winning U.S singer/songwriter Jilian
Linklater who is best known for recently winning the ASCAP writers series,
then later being selected to perform in their Best Of The Best showcase.
The night will be filled with intimate and moving performances from three
diverse and uniquely talented women.
www.sueraymusic.com

Wednesday 11th

SHELLEY SHORT ( US )

SHELLEY SHORT ( US ) at The Junk Bar

Shelley Short is an artist from Portland, Oregon, who is so happy to be playing her first show of 2017 at one of her favorite little venues in the world: The Junk Bar. She is heavily involved with much of her Home town’s rich musical lineage, having collaborated with both M Ward and Decemberists (she sings on their latest album) and many others. But through her own music has enchanted listeners and garnered fans on a grassroots throughout the world. Beguiling and anachronistic, she writes and sings songs based on the rich history of the music she fell in love with as a child. She has 5 studio albums under her belt out on Hush Records (USA), African Tape (Europe) and Flippin Yeah ( Australia) and one new one in the works that she recorded at the Oregon Coast with Peter Broderick. She has toured Australia over 5 times in the last several years with the likes of Darren Hanlon, Mick Thomas, and Laura Jean. She has toured America and Europe recently with Marlon Williams, M. Ward, Tom Brosseau and Darren Hanlon to name a few.

Friday 20th

LOS HUEVOS

LOS HUEVOS at The Junk Bar

Los Huevos is Brisbane’s premier psychedelic/surf experience. In their 8 years of existence, the 4 – 7 piece band has made their mark with rowdy local sets and a national tour with the Dandy Warhols. Los Huevos also holds the honour of playing the final set at one of Brisbane’s most loved venues, the Troubadour (R.I.P). The band is returning after a long hiatus to play a show at Ashgrove’s favourite haunt, the Junk Bar. Bring your best dancing shoes and train your drinking arm, things are going to get weird.

Sunday 22nd

WEYES BLOOD (US)

WEYES BLOOD (US) at The Junk Bar

Mistletone presents the debut Australian tour by Weyes Blood, playing an intimate duo show at Junk Bar hot on the heels of her sublime new album, Front Row Seat To Earth.

Weyes Blood is the songwriting project of California’s Natalie Mering, who channels the uneasy listening vibes of the lost voices of Laurel Canyon. Conjuring the mystical yearnings of Judee Sill, Weyes Blood creates gorgeous songs which resonate with echoes of the golden era AM radio yet sound entirely contemporary; delving into the archetypal feminine, whilst being firmly rooted in the now. A former collaborator with Ariel Pink and Jackie-O Motherf**ker, Weyes Blood most recently collaborated with Domino artist Drugdealer on his brilliant album The End of Comedy.

The new Weyes Blood album Front Row Seat To Earth (out now on Mexican Summer via Rocket) is warm and close, with a pop sensibility that sends it soaring into the atmosphere. The closeness of this record – how personal, alone, and frank it feels – conceals its aspirations to the outside, to the “Earth” of its title. Natalie Mering wants to lead us through the microcosm of the personal to the macrocosm of the transpersonal.

Her witness harbors devastating weight (“… and now you can’t stay, please baby don’t go away”) while also universalizing the strange ways of identity and relationships. These are not typical love songs or protest songs — they are painful, poignant riddles that celebrate the ambiguity of love. Weyes Blood affirms the conflict of harmonious life within a disharmonic world — she illuminates and mythologizes it, projecting it back over the whole of Earth. The inner ecology leads outward, bridging “us” with our obscure inheritance of nature.

“She crafts emotional epics that masquerade as psych-folk ballads, subtly symphonic songs that are informed by yesterday but live and breathe right now” – PITCHFORK BEST NEW MUSIC

“The exceptional voice of Natalie Mering never ceases to sweep us off our feet” – THE FADER

“Beautiful, unsettling and wholly compelling” – THE GUARDIAN five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Friday 27th

DAVID BRIDIE (Not Drowning/Waving) (My Friend The Chocolate Cake)

DAVID BRIDIE (Not Drowning/Waving) (My Friend The Chocolate Cake) at The Junk Bar

David Bridie has enjoyed a remarkably versatile career as one of Australia’s most innovative contempora**ry musicians. David rose to prominence in 1983 as a uniquely Australian pianist, vocalist and songwriter in the critically acclaimed band Not Drowning, Waving. A decade and nine albums later, David formed the ARIA award-winning musical outfit, My Friend the Chocolate Cake. David has also enjoyed a venerable solo career, having released five studio albums including Act of Free Choice and 2013’s Wake. Not one to be categorised, David has firmly established himself over the last thirty years as a producer, musical theatre director and composer; having scored the soundtracks for over 100 international and Australian films, television series and documentaries.

FEBRUARY 2017

Thursday 23rd

LYDIA COLE (NZ) w/ Emma Fradd

LYDIA COLE (NZ) w/ Emma Fradd at The Junk Bar

Silver Scroll nominee Lydia Cole writes bare-boned, heart-on-your-sleeve songs. They’re sparse and beautiful landscapes that carve out the universal themes; life, love and loss. If her 2012 album Me and Moon introduced an artist both youthful and world-weary, her follow up The Lay of the Land, showcases an artist with the maturity only battle scars can provide. Set for release in February 2017, The Lay of the Land sees Cole exploring a broader palate; the full sonic spectrum, from hushed organic vulnerability to washes of digital swells, all the while with heart firmly on sleeve.

Celebrating with a string of intimate shows, Lydia brings The Lay of the Land and its intricate stories to life onstage.

With support from Emma Fradd.

MARCH 2017

Sunday 5th

FRANKIE COSMOS- 2 SHOWS SOLD OUT.

FRANKIE COSMOS- 2 SHOWS SOLD OUT. at The Junk Bar

Handsome Tours and Jet Black Cat Music are proud to announce the debut Australian tour of New York City four-piece, *Frankie Cosmos*. The band will touch down in Australia in March for Perth Festival, plus headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Orbitting around the songwriting of 22 year-old songwriter Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos mine the everyday banalities of youth and marry them to elegantly constructed, deeply relatable meandering alt-pop ditties. Their songs are sweet and sincere, but they are not saccharine. They invoke long, lazy, youthful summers and the addictive awkwardness of first loves. Spin asserted that Kline “recalls the legible confessionals of Kimya Dawson and the bright-eyed melancholy of Beat Happening”.

Starting as Kline’s own solo bedroom pop project, Frankie Cosmos was born of a generation of artists raised on online self-releasing. Kline’s early praise was built on an impressive, prolific catalogue of bedroom recordings, complementing her reputation within the NYC DIY scene as an all ages advocate. This cult stardom culminated with New York Magazine naming her debut album, ‘Zentropy’, the #1 Pop album of 2014.

Since then, Frankie Cosmos has blossomed into a four-piece band including David Maine, Lauren Martin, and Luke Pyenson, resulting in the globally acclaimed sophomore LP, ‘Next Thing’ (Bayonet Records/Secretly Canadian). The album received a coveted Best New Music designation from Pitchfork as well as exceptional reviews from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and others.

Frankie Cosmos spent the northern summer touring their new record across the US and Europe, often sharing stages with fellow DIY luminaries Girlpool, Porches and Alex G. They’ve been petting dogs, making pals and getting glowing feedback for their debt mix of energy, intimacy and levity on stage. Expect whimsical but frank, entirely melodious garage pop of the finest pedigree.

“Kline is quietly writing herself into a vaunted place, one where she will eventually deserve mention alongside poets who can puncture your heart in the span of a sentence.” – Pitchfork (8.5/10)

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