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.


YES – we are happy to host your christmas party :} contact Mia on the contacts page or phone the bar.


YES- We will be open New Year’s Eve and we are planning something great! Stay tuned.


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.



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 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


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


Friday 27th


SWEET JEAN (MELB) at The Junk Bar

SWEET JEAN is Sime Nugent and Alice Keath. Their music ranges from stark and gothic to hazy and melodic. Since forming in late 2010, Sweet Jean has built a reputation for evocative songwriting, razor-sharp harmonies, and stirring live performances. As the AU Review put it, Sweet Jean “can break your heart one minute and mend it the next. The duo has a natural ability to transport their audience to the heart of their songs.” Sweet Jean’s debut album Dear Departure was released July 2013. Co-produced with John Castle (Washington, Bamboos, Vance Joy), the album is a collection of stories and reflections by Sime and Alice about life, longing, misadventure and mortality. It picked up Album of the Week on RN, PBS, ABC Local and Dig (Double J), and was described by Paul Kelly as “dreamy, epic, wry, tender, straight-shooting. This record deserves to be heard far and wide”. Sweet Jean has toured nationally and overseas, appeared on RocKwiz, and will be releasing their sophomore album in 2016. Sweet Jean will be launching a new single and performing songs from their forthcoming album, alongside material from previous releases.

★★★★½ – Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★★ – R2 Magazine, UK

Saturday 28th



Festivals are big right, well not this one. A unique line up with a unique concept sees some great Brisbane underground pop acts ply their wares. A main stage and solo stage and other festival favourites are promised over a cozy 39sq metres.

On the band stage are.
Arbuckle (10.15pm) - early 2000's pop merchants first show in many years. Don't miss these guys
Greg Brady and the Anchors (8.45pm) - from the ashes of early 2000's underdogs Cunningham. the Anchors are out of the wilderness to promote new 7 inch vinyl e.p. surface mail

and on the solo stage
Scraps (9.30pm) - coming out of the bedroom sucks label Scraps will squeeze in some electonic delights for your listening please
Louis Forster and James Harrison (8pm) - from rising stars Goon Sax these young gents will go toe to toe in their first solo outing

A meager $8 on the door presented by anchorspopband and The Junk Bar


Wednesday 2nd

BLACK TAG PARADE with Generation Jones (DUO)

BLACK TAG PARADE with Generation Jones (DUO) at The Junk Bar

Black Tag Parade are a Brisbane who have released double A side single that has received airplay a number of times on Spencer Howson breakfast show on ABC Radio. Black Tag Parade has a sound closer to Glasgow than Detroit with a dash of Belfast and Leicester City thrown into the mix.
Black Tag Parade will be formally releasing single at the Junk Bar free entry and CD singles to give away as part of the celebration. An early taste of songs can be found on
FREE ENTRY. 7.30 pm doors- 8pm show start time.

Thursday 3rd



"Brisbane locals Pat Tierney and Bree Bullock will bring together their respective folk,roots and blues stylings for a magical duo show to see out 2015 with a bang. After guest spots on each others albums and a string of live performances together, the pair will team up for a rare duo show singing an eclectic mix of originals and cover songs from their favourite artists including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and many more. Bringing together soulful harmonies, acoustic and slide guitars for an intimate one off performance for 2015. Joined in support on the night by American folk/world multi instrumentalist Haji Basim."
Tix on the door- $10 for a 7.30 pm start.

Sunday 6th



“Abbie Cardwell proves why she is truly one of Australia’s greatest female talents ... Her range of musical talents are truly on show, from deep, unique songwriter to multi-instrumentalist, she has every stone turned” - DB Magazine

After roaming the globe blending two decades of her musical influences from Mexico to the USA and back to the open roads of Australia multi-award winning songwriter Abbie Cardwell’s new single Guiding Star was born. The hypnotic melody began as she strummed on the sands of Tulum, Mexico during a time in her life when she felt extremely lost last year. Having sold her possessions, left her home-town of Melbourne and two established bands she embarked on a 3.5 month trip of Mexico to find some answers. New places, experiences and musical explorations called her forward and the message of this song became a comforting lullaby during moments of intense uncertainty . Little did she know she had to get lost in order to be found.

Upon returning to Australia Abbie's long held dream to work in the studio with renowned American producer Nick DiDia came true and the new single was immortalised into this stunning recording. Nick DiDia's final touches and added instrumentation enhanced it’s magical quality whilst nailing Abbie’s desired Americana-Tijuana vibe.

The Guiding Star tour has taken Abbie throughout the East Coast performing in halls, pubs, theatres house concerts and festivals No two performances of this tour have been alike as Abbie delivers a unique experience wether solo, duo, with a new band or opening for Kasey Chambers ...but Sunday December 6th is the final show of her tour inside the intimate setting of the Skukum Lounge at The Junk Bar in Brisbane….with new musicians and even more stories to tell!

Sunday 13th

DAN KELLY supported by Ben Ely (Regurgitator)

DAN KELLY supported by Ben Ely  (Regurgitator) at The Junk Bar

Dan Kelly comes back to Brisbane with a special solo show at the mystical JUNK BAR playing songs off his critically acclaimed new record Leisure Panic! and a bunch of old hits and stuff. Dan's solo shows are renowned for their crowd interactive part comedy part singalong and part awesome guitar freakout nature. Dan has released a bunch of Aria, Amp and J award nominated records over the years including his unofficial anthems of modern Australia 'Drunk on Election Night' and 'Bindi Irwin Apocalypse Jam'. He is rated 23rd best ever guitar player by Australian Guitar Magazine and his Rockwiz duet with Martha Wainright on 'Slave to Love' is considered by some to be the sexiest moment in Australian TV history after Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Fun for all the family with lot's of songs about Queensland too. Don't miss this OMG!

Wednesday 16th


ALICE NIGHT- LOVE IN THE TIME OF CAPITALISM w/special guests at The Junk Bar


"Summer of Love... songs"

Australian singer-songwriter Alice Night has written a series of new songs under the title Love in The Time of Capitalism looking at the ways cultural and societal systems impact our intimate lives. This show will feature the single 'At The Corner' exploring suburbia, neglect and the power of unconditional love.

Love in the Time of Capitalism examines different kinds of love; the bond between a mother and child, romantic relationships, the ways we give ourselves away, and issues of self love and self respect. Within these songs Alice both processes her own experiences around the changing shape of a powerful relationship in her life; and broader cultural losses due to abuse and forces such as Capitalism.

Working with double bass player Robert Davidson (Topology) and featuring other special guest musicians Alice Night will be touring her show down the east coast from the Sunshine Coast to Falls Festival in Lorne this December to feature at Rancho Relaxo stage.

Alice Night is at once grounded and whimsical, writing ‘honest as fuck folk’ bringing audiences to laughter, contemplation and tears. Alice faces her own and other’s demons with music, using song-writing to direct herself through painful reflection into places of radical honesty and always resolving with some form of hope.

Alice explores frontiers of musical expression opened up by artists such as Bjork, Beth Orton, Joni Mitchell and Ani Difranco.

Alice Night writes and performs with an authenticity that is palpable. She is most noted for the richness and breadth of her voice; her courageous stage presence; and her unique, bold and poetic lyrics. “The tone to Alice Night's voice is just irresistible.” Dave Ruby Howe - Triple J Unearthed
tix available on the door- doors 7.30pm $10.00

Thursday 17th


Emma Dean is the flame haired lead singer and keyboard player of Brisbane-based theatrical rock band, Emma & The Hungry Truth. Listed as 'one of ten artists to watch' by The New York Post and recipient of the prestigious 'Under Our Wing' cabaret award (Tim Minchin, Sammy J), she has toured Australia to sold out audiences, performed in Germany and the US and shared the stage with the likes of Amanda Palmer, Placebo, Jesca Hoop, Macy Gray, Katie Noonan and Kate Miller-Heidke. Join her for an intimate night of songs and story-telling as she performs in a rare stripped back mode with cellist, Laura Driver. With special guest Kieran Stevenson.

Saturday 19th



Sydney singer/songwriter John Kennedy has lived in many cities around the world and written songs about more than a few of them. Aural postcards from Sydney, Liverpool, Hong Kong and Berlin have featured on his albums. Union Town from his Kennedy Town CD was inspired by a small town in Alabama, which he passed through without even stopping to look around. So why after 17 years growing up in Brisbane has he only ever written 3 songs about his hometown? HeySteven, Brisbane ‘82 and Brisvegas. And each of those are about leaving …

Kennedy started his music career straight outta Acacia Ridge in the ‘80’s with his first band JFK and the Cuban Crisis. A move to Sydney and a JJJ hit song, The Texan Thing, should have ensured commercial success. It didn’t. JFK split leaving Kennedy to pursue a solo career with his next band John Kennedy’s Love Gone Wrong with whom he penned songs like King Street and Miracle (in Marrickville) in a style of music he called Urban and Western. 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 CDs, “Have Songs, Will Travel”.

Now resident in the Inner West of Sydney and making music with his band, John Kennedy’s ’68 Comeback Special, Kennedy returns to Brisbane for an acoustic show at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove on Saturday 19 December. They say time is a great healer. Kennedy now wants to make peace with the hometown he has maligned so much over the years. He hopes to make amends by performing Johnny Chester’s ode to Brisbane, “Glory, Glory, (I’ll be back to see the Story Bridge)”.

Kennedy will be joined on stage by his guitarist of recent years. Murray Cook has played in a few Australian indie bands in his time. One of them was even name-checked by John Fogerty in his recent autobiography.

JAN 2016

Saturday 2nd



Mistletone proudly presents the first Australian tour by The Weather Station, performing as a trio at an intimate NSC show. The Weather Station is the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman; folk music based in classic elements of songcraft – melody, tension, meaning. The Weather Station’s third and finest album yet, Loyalty (released locally via Spunk Records) was recorded at La Frette Studios in France in the winter of 2014 with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist). Loyalty retains the humble immediacy of Tamara Lindeman’s previous records while adding a high fidelity sheen, a clarity, a new confidence. The record crystallises Tamara’s lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her own. On her previous acclaimed albums All Of It Was Mine, and follow-up What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know, (both for You’ve Changed Records) Tamara Lindeman established herself as a songwriter’s songwriter, earning accolades for her delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.
Praise for Loyalty in Australia includes Double J Best New Music (“Really intriguing folk music”), 4ZZZ (“Drifting and beautiful folk-rock”), Radio National’s The Inside Sleeve’s Best of 2015 So Far, 2SER Album of the Week, and 4 star reviews in Rolling Stone and The Music: “One of those old-fashioned, pure-at-heart folk records… Loyalty will be one of 2015’s well-loved releases”. International praise has been just as lavish, with 4 star reviews in MOJO and Uncut: “There are many wise, deceptively simple insights on this wonderful album”; Popmatters 90 out of 100: “(Like) fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, the fragility of tragic folk heroine Judee Sill, and even Bob Dylan, Loyalty offers a lived-in warmth of intimacy that refuses to be date stamped and exists outside the standard release cycle, claiming no specific year or period of origin”; and the Boston Globe: “The Weather Station compels the listener to lean in. That’s the only way to fully savor her intimate, acoustic tales that recall fellow Canadian artist Joni Mitchell, circa the late ’60s”.
• “Plain but elegant, simple but intricate… Her songs feel very much like attempts to understand and appreciate the world in spite of its bitter ills; like the most basic forms of folk music, a term Lindeman readily embraces, they come with intent and aim.” – PITCHFORK

Wednesday 6th


One Up, Two Down return to Brisbane fresh from a busy year that’s seen them embark on their first tour across the USA. Tonight they’ll be releasing their brand new EP ‘A Day On The Quay’ to Brisbane audiences, a recording that captures their live performance energy and follows up on their 2014 self titled release. 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, are back to back winners of the Australian Bluegrass Scholarship ('12, '13) and veteran touring musicians in the Australian bluegrass scene. Together with North Carolinian, Yale School of Music trained (MM '13) double bassist Andrew Small, they bring together raw old-time groove, bluegrass dexterity, and folk storytelling.

Joining One Up, Two Down is Brisbane’s very own The Company, a highly regarded Bluegrass and new acoustic band, David Costello from The Courier Mail states “The Brisbane-based quartet is at the pinnacle of the Australian acoustic country scene.” The Company have a passion for high-energy original and traditional acoustic bluegrass music. The playing and singing is crisp, melodic and soulful. In concert you will witness the band’s virtuosity but also a wry humour and engaging camaraderie. Boasting two Australian Bluegrass Champions on Guitar, Fiddle and Banjo and highly regarded for their originality, The Company are; “A masterclass in bluegrass” - Sean Sennett, The Australian.

Thursday 21st



Mistletone is overjoyed to present the first ever Australian tour by one of the last of America’s true outsider folk troubadours, Michael Hurley. Michael Hurley grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teenager in the 1950s he fell in love hearing the music of Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley blast from the radio, and was enthralled by the records of Blind Willie McTell, Hank Williams and Uncle Dave Macon that he sought for his own. This love for music, true and unvarnished, supplied him with a finely tuned musical compass he has not wavered from for 50 years and counting. Hurley’s music sounds old, like it has always existed, and simultaneously singular, like something you’ve never heard anyone else play quite like that before. This timeless quality ensures that Hurley’s audience constantly renews itself. From the the beatniks in the NYC Village where he started in the early 60s, to the hippies in Vermont, to the Americana fans, indie rockers and freak folkers from the last two decades, Michael’s music never fails to find fresh new ears. Pressed for a description, Hurley has called it “jazz-hyped blues and country and western music”. Hurley’s early records were released on Folkways, Warner Brothers/Raccoon and Rounder, while in recent years stalwart independent labels like Gnomonsong, Mississippi and Tompkins Square have been carrying the torch. A new album on the Mississippi label is due this spring. Besides being a truly unique musician, Michael Hurley is also a cartoonist and watercolor artist of note — the instantly recognizable results of which grace his album covers. Michael Hurley now resides on the northwest coast of the USA, and appearances outside that region have been scarce the last decade; so we are doubly grateful that he is making the long but we hope, fruitful journey to Australia’s shores at long last, for an intimate and unmissable show at The Junk Bar.

Sunday 24th


RYLEY WALKER (US) at The Junk Bar

Mistletone presents the first Australian tour by rising Chicago guitar virtuoso and neo-psychedelic singer-songwriter par excellence, Ryley Walker. Making the journey to Brisbane's Junk Bar by way of Sydney Festival, and riding the velvet coat-tails of his brilliant and hugely acclaimed album Primrose Green (released earlier this year on Dead Oceans via Inertia), Ryley Walker plays flawless, crisp jazz-folk songs in the vein of the end-of-the 1960s zeitgeist -- but imbued with a fire, spirit and youth that transforms his every show into a mesmeric, jaw-dropping wig-out. Ryley Walker is a true American guitar player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact. His personal life might be tumultuous and his residential status in question, but his bedrock is disciplined daily rehearsal and an inexhaustible wellspring of song craft. Bask in the heady, psychedelic glory of the one and only Ryley Walker.
• "Ryley Walker's Primrose Green may take notes from shaggy-haired '70s dudes — hell, just look at the cover art — and root itself firmly in Walker's dexterous acoustic guitar skills. But its spirit is beyond and is unruly. This is rock 'n’ roll” - NPR
• “Crests warm currents of jazz, folk and rock as, say, Van Morrison and Tim Buckley did… (but) while Walker has absorbed these admirably free-roaming influences, this is clearly someone reaching for their essence” - UNCUT (9 out of 10)
• “Stoned, summery 70s-style jazz-folk” - The Guardian (4 stars)