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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- MICK THOMAS (Weddings, Parties, Anything) KIM SALMON (album launch)

 

THE SKUKUM LOUNGE.

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.

http://theweekendedition.com.au/food-drink/the-skukum-lounge-ashgrove/
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-

Just email Mia if you are interested in perusing the Function food menu.

HAVE YOU MADE DINNER PLANS? NO NEED! WE HAVE IT SORTED!

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.

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

FEBRUARY 2016

Saturday 13th

JAMES THOMSON & THE STRANGE PILGRIMS/ ZAC GUNTHORPE BAND

JAMES THOMSON & THE STRANGE PILGRIMS/ ZAC GUNTHORPE BAND at The Junk Bar

Released in June 2015 to a wave of critical acclaim, James Thomson's second album Cold Moon impressed multiple national publications and has been heralded as one of the finest Americana albums of recent years.

Following the success of their Spring 2015 tour, James Thomson is joined by The Strange Pilgrims; with Craig Rattray on bass, Jason Lowe on steel/lead guitar and Tim Burns (ex-Perry Keyes) on drums. The Highway Nights tour will take the band to new cities and towns along the East coast from Brisbane to Melbourne.

Following successive National tours with Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and Mark Olson (The Jayhawks) in support of his self titled debut album, James left Australia in late 2013 to write, perform and travel through the United States.

During this trip James wrote the majority of the songs on Cold Moon and once back in Australia headed into the studio for the Cold Moon recording sessions, which were scheduled around a sold out National tour with Nashville-based artists Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz.

Audiences and reviewers rightly note the influence of artists like Neil Young & JJ Cale on James’ music, but his part traditionalist, part renegade approach to song writing see’s these influences fit naturally alongside diverse and less obvious ones like The War on Drugs, The Velvet Underground and Bruce Springsteen.

Sunday 14th

HONKEYTONKIN' HEARTBREAKER'S SHOW (VALENTINES SHOW)

HONKEYTONKIN' HEARTBREAKER'S SHOW (VALENTINES SHOW) at The Junk Bar

HONKYTONKIN’ HEARTBREAKERS FEATURING JEN MIZE, ABBIE CARDWELL & NICOLE BROPHY
A Valentines show for the loved up & loveless on SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 7pm.
This formidable collective of multi-award winning songwriting songbirds with their own prospective solo careers, Jen Mize (USA), Nicole Brophy (NSW) and Abbie Cardwell (VIC) have joined forces to deliver this special show inspired by great honkytonk classics and the golden harmonies of Dolly, Linda and Emylou.
Slink in alone amid the safety of strangers or cosy up with your sweetheart whilst three talented honky-tonkin’ angels take you on a journey of love-makin'-heart-breakin'-honkey-tonkin’ classics.
Upon entry ticket holders can dedicate a 'loved-up' song to a loved one or a 'heartbreaker' to an ex and the girls will announce your dedication throughout the show!

Expect love, tears, laughter, gingham, three part harmonies, whiskey, tassels and tales tall n' true.
Where else would you rather be this Valentines Eve?

Friday 26th

BRENDAN GALLAGHER (KARMA COUNTY)

BRENDAN GALLAGHER (KARMA COUNTY) at The Junk Bar

SOLO - JUNK BAR 26TH FEB 2016
Brendan Gallagher casts a long shadow in Australian music - 30 albums in as
many years, half as an artist, producer of indigenous luminaries like Jimmy
Little, LJ Hill, Emma Donovan, Kutcha Edwards and Oz music icons Doc
Neeson, Jeremy Oxley, Dave Mason & more, author of The Open Tuning
Chord Book For Guitar, sometime session player for David Bowie.
But it's all about the songs. Brendo will be reaching into his trick bag of tunes
from Karma County, three solo albums, new songs, other songbooks (Sir Paul,
Blur, Ellington, Scott Walker) and a few stories too for two big sets at The
Junk Bar on 26th February.

Saturday 27th

MICK THOMAS ( WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING) SOLD OUT!

MICK THOMAS ( WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING) SOLD OUT! at The Junk Bar

Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the Blundstone-wearing song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His band The Roving Commission features Squeezebox Wally on Piano Accordion and a rotating schedule of talented performers to keep the party alive with Micks unique mix of folk, roots and country. Inducted into The Age Hall of Fame in 2012, it’s fair to say that Mick Thomas is something of an Australian music icon, respected by the industry, loved by the crowds for his warm character, his on stage humour, and his ability to traverse the boundaries of rock musician to down home family man. Mick plays The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge for the first time playing two intimate shows to launch his brand new bootleg album ‘Welcome to Zimbabwe’, a collection of live recordings from his recent tour of Southern Africa.

Sunday 28th

MICK THOMAS- SUNDAY AFTERNOON SHOW BY DEMAND!

MICK THOMAS- SUNDAY AFTERNOON SHOW BY DEMAND! at The Junk Bar

A 3rd and final show for Mick Thomas at The Junk Bar this weekend.
Get your tickets now as the other two on Saturday have completely sold out. Doors- 3.00 pm show- 3.30 pm sharp.

MARCH 2016

Saturday 12th

KIM SALMON (ALBUM LAUNCH)

KIM SALMON (ALBUM LAUNCH) at The Junk Bar

Kim Salmon returns to Brisbane to launch his first legitimate ‘solo’ album, ‘My Script’.
The first without any input from a Scientist, Surrealist or any other collaborator.
While he launches in the other states with a band, Kim comes to Brisbane in ‘strictly solo’ form using some of the devices he has developed to make that an experience of its own quite distinct and loaded in a different way to a the ‘band’ experience. Afforded more space Kim is enable to focus more on weaving a story and using some fairly novel ‘props to add to the theatricality of his performance.

When Kim Salmon comes to Brisbane to launch ‘My Script’ at the Junk Bar- you will witness something quite different to your run of the mill singer songwriter with an acoustic guitar.

Saturday 19th

PETER MILTON WALSH (THE APARTMENTS) on sale Thursday 28th Jan.

PETER MILTON WALSH (THE APARTMENTS) on sale Thursday 28th Jan. at The Junk Bar

2015 ended with The Apartments “No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal” named
as #1 Album of the Year by influential French music blog/magazine,
Magic, and featuring in various Top 10 and Top 20 Albums of 2015
lists—by blogs, magazines and fans throughout Europe and the US. Here
in Australia, ABC Radio National's leading music show, “Inside
Sleeve”, named “Twenty One” #1 Song for 2015.

Peter Milton Walsh of The Apartments, who grew up in Brisbane, decided
to play his first ever solo show in Australia at The Junk Bar last
October. That show quickly sold out and, in the beautifully intimate
setting of the Junk Bar, the set went so well that Peter could not
wait come back. If there's such a thing as a second chance, this is
it.

Fresh from The Apartments sold out shows at The Famous Spiegeltent in
the Sydney Festival and the Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei exhibition in
Melbourne, Peter Milton Walsh returns to Brisbane to play two solo
shows at The Junk Bar in Ashgrove.

Each of the two evenings in March, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, will
feature a different set drawn from The Apartments 1978 to 2016
songbook, along with a few stories on the background of the songs and
how they came to be.

APRIL

Friday 1st

DON McGLASHAN (NZ) presented by The Rock n roll Writer's Festival.

DON McGLASHAN (NZ) presented by The Rock n roll Writer's Festival. at The Junk Bar

Don McGlashan is universally recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost songwriters, artists and performers, with five entries in APRA New Zealand's "Top 100 Songs Of All Time". His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk of Blam Blam Blam, to art experimentalists The Front Lawn, to platinum-selling and internationally-acclaimed band The Mutton Birds. He has worked and performed with Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Johnny Marr, Wilco, Brian Ritchie and members of Radiohead and has scored a number of feature films, including Jane Campion's "An Angel At My Table". McGlashan's songs have been described by Q Magazine as 'from the same cerebral power-pop mother lode as Big Star and early REM'.

He returns to Australia to unveil a rich new collection of highly personal songs ("Lucky Stars") exploring love, regret and mortality, infused with hopefulness and joy.

McGlashan started the raw material for this new album at a little house on the Thames Estuary, then realised them in Neil Finn's writing room at Roundhead Studio with guitarist Tom Rodwell. He produced them with former Mutton Birds bandmate David Long, (who also contributes some textural guitar, organ and banjo) and drummer Chris O’Connor. “I went away, imagining that I would write a rather solitary, introspective record, but what came out had a lot more joy and optimism than I expected.”

"Lucky Stars" contains many songs which are very personal reflections on McGlashan's own life and thoughts: “This time, I don’t seem to be adopting characters to get an idea across . . . the 'I' is generally me in these songs”. And unlike previous solo or Mutton Birds albums, these songs enjoy a simpler and more direct sound, while spinning some very engaging yarns.

Proudly presented by the Rock & Roll Writers Festival, this is the only Brisbane show for Don McGlashan.

www.donmcglashan.com
www.facebook.com/don.mcglashan
don-mcglashan.bandcamp.com

Saturday 16th

The Spoils Duo

The Spoils Duo at The Junk Bar

In the fifteen years since their inception, The Spoils have enchanted audiences across Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and The Netherlands with their tales of mystery, murder and the macabre.

They have released three studio albums, contributed soundtracks and toured with the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, Catpower, The Church, The Drones, Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, The Flying Burrito Brothers, David McComb and more.

They have had various incarnations but the two constants have been Sean Simmons & Bronwyn Henderson (once residents of Ashgrove, Brisbane).

On Saturday April 16th the pair returns to the place they once called home with special guests and good friends Conor MacDonald & Bridget Lewis (The Gin Club) for a special intimate show at Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge.

www.thespoils.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/spoilmusic
http://thespoils1.bandcamp.com/

WHY THE OCEAN “LIVE” on RRR FM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs0RJOHf2ic

MAY 2016

Wednesday 4th

KRISTIN HERSH

KRISTIN HERSH at The Junk Bar

Kristin Hersh is a founding member of the band Throwing Muses and 50 FT wave as well as having had an extensive and influential solo career.

Her memoir “Rat Girl” was widely praised from the New York Times to Rolling Stone which named it one of the top ten rock memoirs ever written.

“Don’t Suck, Don’t Die – Giving Up Vic Chesnutt” is her latest book, a memoir of her good friend, US singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt who sadly took his own life in 2009.

“Friend, asshole, angel, mutant,” is the way that Kristin describes Chesnutt, a quadriplegic who could play only simple chords on his guitar but nevertheless recorded seventeen critically acclaimed albums and was named among the top five best living songwriters by NPR before his death. Hersh chronicles her friendship with Chesnutt in a book that shares insights into both their mutual bond and the pain and creativity that haunted Chesnutt. Hersh offers the most personal, empathetic look at the creative genius and often-tormented life of Chesnutt that is ever likely to be written.

Kristin Hersh returns to Australia, her home away from home, to perform material from across her catalogue interspersed with readings from “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die”.

April
Fri 22 – The Paragon, Katoomba, NSW
Sat 23 – Gumball Festival, Belford, NSW
Sun 24 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Wed 27 – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Fri 29 – Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick, Vic
Sat 30 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Vic

Praise for “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die”

“Not only one of the best books this year, it’s one of the most beautiful rock memoirs ever written.” Michael Shaub, NPR’s Best Books of 2015

“A Stunning, difficult and beautiful chronicle. The true Vic comes alive.” Michael Stipe

“(Hersh’s) observations… always ring with a harsh lyrical truth….an eloquent, breathtaking testament.” Pitchfork

“A raw, poetic memoir….a last, wonderful example of Chesnutt at his most charismatically mischievous.” The Guardian.

“It paints a more honest, insightful picture oft he late singer-songwriter than any biography could…Beautifully, poetically told.” MOJO

"The book's great sadness is matched by the skill and vitality of Hersh's writing; it will make treasured and troubled reading for fans of Chesnutt and the author alike. "
--Kirkus Reviews