Ginger’s Diner is the dinky little bar that Caxton St never knew it needed, and boy am I glad I stumbled into it!
My friend (she has an awesome Instagram btw @teachersontrend) and I were thirsty for some post work drinks last week and we both happen to live on streets sandwiching Caxton St, so naturally we headed there. We decided that Brewski was probably the best place for finding a half decent wine and somewhere we could actually converse in between bites of food. That was until the glowing red beacon that was the bright red neon sign to Gingers caught our attention. Being both locals who are in the know, I was surprised I hadn’t noticed Gingers sneak up onto Caxton St without even a whisper amongst food lovers alike about its arrival.
Ginger’s is right next door to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall and is owned by the very same crew so you know its theme is on point. The South Korean/50’s Rockabilly/M*A*S*H inspired bar does a great job at filling a gap in the Brisbane bar scene at the moment; for those of you who are OVER the american food trend, Gingers will become your new go-to. It’s so delightfully themed, yet so nonchalant about it and explores a cuisine (korean) that Brisbane hasn’t seen too much of yet.
The drinks menu is inspired and concise with delights such as Rosie the Riveter (Gingers rose, Hendricks gin, pink grapefruit, pomegranate and Triple Sec) and Yuzu Mules that are all around the $15 mark or $10 at happy hour (4pm-6pm).
The food here is mostly Korean inspired treats that range from small share plates to larger mains. I tried the fried chicken with hot and sweet sauce and it was so moreish, I could have cried when I finished it. We also shared some of THE BEST sweet potato chips I’ve had in ages and they came with a tasty side of kimchi mayo, which had just the right amount of tang!
Ginger’s is the perfect spot for date night, catch ups with friends or a pre-party feed before a night on the dance floor at Lefty’s. I know I’ll be taking any excuse to head back ASAP.
The atmosphere in this intimate bar is equally as good as the menu and is complete with war memorabilia, local salvaged trinkets, vibrant wall paper and dim lighting like your very own bunker. Unfortunately the dim lighting and perhaps too many drinks is to blame for my lack of photos in this review, so I guess you’re just going to have to check it out for yourself!
… or do the next best thing and check Ginger’s Diner out on Instagram.
p.s. The bar manager looks like Amy Winehouse’s sober half-sister. She’s rad.
Ginger’s Diner is located at 19 Caxton St, Petrie Terrace and is open 7 days, 4pm-midnight.