It’s not often you have to walk through a wardrobe to get a cocktail in this town (scrap that, like you ever have to), but through one I certainly did to find Brisbane’s most secret whisky bar, Jack Rabbits.
Hidden on the top floor of Electric Avenue, Woolloongabba’s newest bar and bistro (and brainchild of Canvas Bar owners Dan and Matt), you’d have a hard time finding Jack Rabbit’s if you didn’t know it was there. The only giveaway? The cast iron rabbit doorknob. If you’re Sherlock Holmes, fine, but for us? Well we needed a little guidance…
Walk through said shabby-chic wardrobe, though, and Jack Rabbits really makes an impression; the moody lighting, dark wood bar, and curiosities lining the walls of this intimate little bar pack quite a visual punch.
With a few tables for drinking at, plus a couple of aged Chesterfield sofas and rugs strewn across the floorboards, we settled in to this cosy hidden bar as the 5-piece jazz band started to play. Could we feel more grown up? The answer is of course, no.
Given that Jack Rabbits is a whisky bar, whisky was (clearly) ordered. Across the back bar they stock literally dozens and dozens of top shelf drops, and the friendly staff will guide you in your decision-making if you’re a whisky novice like myself.
As well as the hard stuff, Jack Rabbits have a small-but-mighty cocktail list (back to familiar territory), plus a selection of wines and beer on tap. And, because whimsy is clearly a key component of Jack Rabbits’ décor, cocktails are served in teacups and vintage glassware. Some say twee, others (like me) only made me love the place more.
Woolloongabba is really having a moment of late, a resurgence if you will, and Jack Rabbits is easily a hidden jewel in the suburb’s crown. Cool AF, though anything but pretentious, this gorgeous little whisky bar has a bucket load of personality and a slick team behind it.
If you haven’t yet found your way through the cupboard to Brisbane’s version of Narnia (sorry, HAD to throw one mention in), make it your weekend mission. Jack Rabbits, we think we’re in love…
Image credit: Hayley Williamson