A new destination that feels like it’s been in Brisbane forever, punk and rock’n’roll inspired cocktail bar, Stranded, is opening in Winn Lane this Friday, April 8. Stranded’s rockstar nostalgia is set to lure Brisbane’s rock and rollers, visionaries, and music lovers alike with its traditional mezcal beverages, share-style eats, and live vinyl DJ’s.
Stranded is the distant sibling to renowned music venue The Zoo, brought to life by co-owners Shane Chidgzey, Luke ‘Boo’ Johnston and Cat Clarke who were looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their craft curating unforgettable experiences. “We felt that Brisbane was lacking a refined yet comfortable space for those that love great music and quality food paired with unique cocktails. The goal for Stranded is to become a home away from home for people to explore themselves through music while enjoying a cheeky tipple” Mr Chidgzey said.
Ms Clarke said the cocktail bar’s namesake comes from Brisbane’s punk history, inspired by arguably one of the first ever punk bands and Brisbane locals The Saints’ album and song (I’m) Stranded.
We wanted Stranded to be reminiscent of the Back Room of Max’s New York, where artists like Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop and Bowie found sanctuary from the conformity of the outside world to eat, drink and have a bloody good time,” Ms Clarke said.
The menu is reflected of Stranded’s ethos of celebrating artistry, with a range of share-style meals carefully crafted to complement the bar’s top-shelf mezcal and beverage offering. Rumours floating about a 32-hour slow-cooked mezcal infused beef cheek let the imagination wander for what’s to come.
A hideaway perched above Winn Lane, Stranded has a punk rock heart, with its eclectic interiors nodding towards the punk alterculture of the 70’s and 80’s. “Every item on display has a purpose in establishing Stranded and finding the right décor has been a challenging but thoroughly enjoyable process for us, my husband and I have been long time collectors of all that is vintage and punk,” Ms Clarke said. “It wasn’t about finding a bunch of rock and punk memorabilia online and throwing it on the wall, it’s been months of scowering vintage stores, op-shops and sourcing one-of-a-kind artworks that are inherently Stranded.”
“We are incredibly excited to share our vision with the rock-and-rollers who grew up but never lost their rebellious mindset or craving for exploration through art and music and add another cornerstone venue to Brisbane’s music and hospitality scene,” she said.