Weirdly Wonderful West End is our PICK OF THE WEEK .. no McDonalds or KFC, but an eclectic, hip, and quirky alternative lifestyle. Encircled by the Brisbane River, West End is a Bohemian melting pot of artists, musicians, fringe dwellers, beer brewers, activists, gym junkies, pooch-lovers, indie dressers, and non-conformists.

Street buskers, musicians and murals and street art entertain. Sculptures like the dot-painted giant lizard at the corner of Boundary and Russell Streets, the UFO sculpture at the intersection of Melbourne and Mollison Streets, and a wood and metal sculpture on Mollison Street memorialising a fig tree that once stood in that spot.

At Davies Park farmers markets, jugglers and tightrope walkers may be seen practising their skills and at Orleigh Park, drummers are known to herald in the full moon and the summer or winter solstice. Communal music jams on the street and in parks are not an unusual sight. International food will tantalise your taste buds: Greek, Malaysian, Indian, vegan, Mexican, Transylvanian, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Japanese, Thai, Asian street food, Italian, Eritrean, and Turkish.

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West End is part of the Kurilpa Peninsula, originally inhabited by the Turrbal and Yuggera tribes. Aboriginals have a strong sense of connection to country and there are many that live or hang out in West End, and the indigenous radio station 98.9FM is based in West End.


Boundary Street Food Trucks – Rumpus Room Carpark, Fri & Sat 5pm-10pm – Food trucks and stalls serve up ethnic street food such as Durban bunny chow, Sri Lankan kottu roti, Mombasa coconut curry, and Turkish gozleme.


Art & Music

The Bearded Lady – 138 Boundary Street – A venue that hosts indie music and monthly sessions of life drawing

Metro Arts – West Village, 97 Boundary Street – Promotes avant-garde art installations and performances.

House Conspiracy – 42 Mollison St – Community centre for emerging artists to develop, engage with other artists, share ideas, and exhibit works.

Quirky Venues

Jungle Tiki Bar – 72 Vulture Street – Come dressed in your best Hawaiian to blend in with the island artefacts and furnishings. Then imagine you’re in some Polynesian paradise while sipping an exotic cocktail out of a pineapple…

The Burrow – 52 Russell Street – A Queensland cottage on stumps converted into a rustic bar with live music out front and cosy seating in the backyard.

The Burrow – once a home, now a quirky place to enjoy a drink, food, and music. Image by writer.

The Red Bowler Coffee Lounge and Wine Bar – 15 Duncan Street – Expect the unexpected at this cafe/lounge/venue whatchamacallit. From vintage movie nights to drag bingo to African drumming and indie music, there’s something to surprise and entertain in true West End fashion.

Kafenio – 8 Vulture Street – A Greek cafe serving char-grilled vegetables, meats, and seafood including Tasmania octopus tentacles drizzled in olive oil and lemon. It is a haven for Greek men to socialise, and play backgammon and cards. Greek men come from all around Brisbane to play card games and backgammon at Kafenio.

Alternative and artisan stores

Open House – 73 Vulture Street – A treasure-house of indie clothing, jewellery, homewares, gifts and wall art made by artisans, many of whom are local and/or indigenous. A wonderful shop to buy some hard-to-find gifts for special people and occasions.

Yak & Yeti – 89 Vulture Street – A clothing and homewares store with colourful ethnic goods sourced from sustainable, fair-trade, family-owned cottage industries in Nepal.

The Happy Herb Shop – 83 Vulture Street – West End wouldn’t be complete without the hippie vibes of this store. Stockist of plant and herbal concoctions, incense, and superfoods.

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