Laneway Basement, 181 George Street
Brisbane City, 4000 QLD
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Opening Hours

SUN 3:00pm - 12:00am
MON closed
TUE closed
WED 4:30pm - 12:00am
THU 4:30pm - 12:00am
FRI 4:30pm - 12:00am
SAT 3:00pm - 12:00am

The Details

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  • Cocktails
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  • Bar Snacks
  • Great for Dates

a door in an alleyway

Taking over the basement level of the CBD’s heritage-listed St. Francis House, Before + After is the kind of place you’ll only find if you know it’s there. Why else would you wander down a dingy-looking alleyway and through an unmarked door to a subterranean bolthole if you didn’t know there were cocktails awaiting you inside? Make the effort to seek it out though, and you’ll be rewarded with a dimly-lit after work spot for drinks and snacks headed up by Agnes allum, George Curtis. 

The name is a bit of a hint towards the ideal time to drop in here—either before dinner for an aperitif of light, approachable cocktails showcasing native ingredients, or after dinner for a digestif from the collection of some 45 different types of amari (think Campari), including vintage drops like a 1940s bottle of Zucca Rabarbaro. You can also sip on a curated line up of wines or beers, if you prefer to keep things simple. 

As for snacks, you might find yourself considering skipping the dinner reservation and staying to nibble on the likes of shrimp rolls, grilled cheese and fish crudo, with a menu developed by Alba Bar And Deli’s Evan Nagel. There’s even a sweet option for post-dinner treats—a drunken affogato that swaps coffee for your choice of amaro. 

Bonus, you can also head back in the AM to help cure your sore head, with Fool Me Once taking over the space from 6am-11am Monday to Friday. Pouring Black Lab coffee alongside a smattering of light breakfast dishes, the pop-up cafe is a worth reason to venture down the suspect-looking alley during the daylight hours. 

Image credit: Daniel Joseph

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