By Lucy Stephens and Oliva Leach
Brisbane’s obsession with themed eats is taking on a distinctly Asian flavour with the addition of the Valley’s newest bar and eatery, Heya Bar. Slipping into the unique space left behind by Brunswick Social, the bar's aim is to transport punters into the energy-filled street markets of South East Asia.
“The concept started to take root after we saw the layout. It’s a totally unique space considering it used to house the printing presses for the old Sun Newspaper,” owner Andrew Baturo says.
“There is a long concrete “road” that runs the length of the venue that reminded us of the street markets of Hong Kong or Thailand. The industrial ceiling was a mess of pipes and cables and beams that had been added to over the years. We all felt that this feature was reminiscent of the ad hoc nature of buildings in South East Asian precincts”.
After a trip to Tokyo, Heya! was born.
“We visited the Golden Gai precinct in Shinjuku, which is a labyrinth of lanes and alleyways that hides approximately 300 tiny bars in a very compact, safe bar precinct. Each bar is individually owned and operated yet can only seat from 6-10 guests at any given time,” he says.
“We fell in love with the energy and charisma of the place.”
Designed to be an ‘entertainment precinct’, expect anything and everything to enchance your after-hours shenanigans - hidden bars, live music, street kitchens, pool tables and pinball machines, plus a menu of quirky Pan asian street food which will be served well into the night.
The extensive menu includes sticky pork ribs, mushroom and bacon gyoza, and cheeseburger spring rolls...so obviously, Heya is bound to become our new place to obsess over. Within its walls, you can also find five different bars - Bar 80’s, Kohaku bar, Yama bar, Street Eats and Bar Lonley – serving up a host of creative cocktail creations.
367 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Open: Wednesday 6pm – midnight, Thursday–Saturday 6pm - 3am.