Tucked down Fish Lane is understated new Brisbane bar, Maker, the latest offering from Sourced Grocer’s Jerome Batten.
A cool new addition to South Bank, Maker sits just around the corner from Batten’s other venue, new café, Gauge, and brings the same attention to detail we’ve come to expect from his offerings.
Locally sourced ingredients are the name of the game at Maker, and the house cocktail menu is unusual and pretty exceptional, peppered with twists on classic drinks. Wrap your lips around the likes of the frangipani and Davidson plum gimlet; rum, wattleseed, whey, lime, and peanut milk punch; and Prosecco, fig, and quandong sparkling.
We had the Whisky Wax Coffee: a mix of pollen, beeswax, macadamia, coffee and whisky, served with black garlic bread. This drink could convert anyone into a whisky fan. It’s heaven.
I also ordered the ultimate basic bitch cocktail, the espresso martini, and it was flipping unreal. Always a good sign.
There’s also plenty of local beer, cider, and wine to choose from, and International top-shelf spirits.
Quite the squeeze—it truly is a hole-in-the-wall—the space is minimal and warm (this venue is going to fill up fast so go early if you want a seat), with a fresh rack of honeycomb adorning the bar top and well mannered hipsters on hand to shake your drinks.
Just around the corner from the popular Julius Pizzeria, and the latest in what we hope is a trend towards low-key South Bank venues, we predict Maker will be makin’ waves.