'That seemed like something very different.'
'Did you like it?'
'Then it wasn't different.' - Statler and Waldorf
If they decided to have a night out at the new Brisbane bar named in their honour, grumpy geezers Statler and Waldorf would face a dilemma. The two old Muppets, who love nothing more than to complain about everything, would find it hard to fault this Caxton Street haunt, which manages to prove that keeping things simple happens to work very well.
With the soulless sports bar that once occupied the building now gone (and best forgotten), the new establishment is more akin to the gastronomy pubs which can be found all over the UK.
'The idea was just to make a place that we wanted to drink at,' says Lambert.
'We felt like there are no great pubs any more; the old neighbourhood pubs where you could just meet up with your friends and rely on good quality food and good drinks.'
The unembellished decor reinforces the casual authenticity of the joint. With brick walls, a wooden bar, a few tables, and space out the back, it feels like.. well, it feels like a bar.
XXXX Gold occupies tap space alongside fancier brews, and while the music is kept low enough that you hardly notice it, pop tunes can be heard intermingling with more alternative fare.