Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. Nobody tell Ted Danson, but The Triffid is adopting this mantra as its own. Part cavernous music hall; part classic beer garden, The Triffid packs a double wallop as a shiny new addition to both the city’s music and bar scenes.
The team behind The Triffid—a motley crew of music and hospitality aficionados— hopes the space will strike a chord with Newstead locals. Even when the stage isn’t set for rock and or roll, the doors to the historic WWII aircraft hangar remain open to the public.
While the stage was officially baptised earlier this month, the understated food menu launched just last week, serving beef and pork buns from the Howzat school of burgerdom.
Burgers and fries aside, The Triffid's proximity to a 24-hour gym could potentially see some greenery added to the menu, catering to a post-pump crowd. Four bars under one room also means spiking your protein-packed shake with a little extra spirit shouldn’t be a problem if you’ve had a particularly arduous (or effective) workout.
For those who have been scorned by Brisbane’s live music venues in the past and are reluctant to commit to a seductive younger model that promises either eternal love or impending heartbreak, fear not.
A huge plus for The Triffid that will likely it succeed where others have shut up shop is that this gig house has the backing of a bona fide muso. Former Powderfinger bassist John Collins spent a good two decades gracing stages around the River City and no doubt knows how to put on a good show. We have faith in you, JC.
The eulogies of The Tempo Hotel and The Joynt may still be ringing in the ears of Brisbane’s musically inclined, but the introduction of The Triffid fills a gap Brissy music fans have been wailing for.
The 800-capacitity Trif provides a comfortable middle ground between cellar-like digs (Brightside, Crowbar, Fat Louie’s) and their larger, louder cousins (The Zoo, The Hi-Fi, The Tivoli). Brissy has been developing its musical repertoire for some time and has been gifted an ideal new space to flaunt its bodacious bass.
The upcoming concert schedule offers Brisbanites the chance to croon along to a mix of untapped talent, international acts and Triple J darlings. Swing by the beer garden on Sundays for Triffid Roots, curated by Triple J’s very own dreadlocked babe, Miss Sarah Howells.
Local cool kids Velociraptor, the artist formerly known as Washington, Megan Washington, and ex-Powderfinger powerhouse Bernard Fanning will all play under the arched roof over the coming weeks, alongside the likes of The Trouble with Templeton, the John Steel Singers and the Beautiful Girls.
If early indications are anything to go by, The Triffid will have no problems drawing a crowd. Keen to see an act but your mates don’t really support the scene? Plonk them in the beer garden, shout them a burger and your friendship will most certainly remain in tact, if not stronger than ever.
The Triffid beer garden is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am until late. Check out their gig guide for upcoming shows and rock on with your bad selves, Brisbane!
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