Places like Yorks Hollow are why Hole in the Wall began.
On my first visit to Yorks Hollow a gentleman with a strong european accent sung praises of the venue in a unique way.
“See, some people might say that this place is a . .how do i say? … a dump. But in Europe there are lots of places like this!”
He nodded enthusiastically, perhaps more confident than justified in his 2nd language skills. Still, he’s right – Yorks Hollow is a dive bar, and it probably isn’t for everyone. But if you can withhold judging a bar by it’s exterior you’ll be rewarded with some of Brisbane’s best cocktails and live jazz.
The Yorks Hollow bar is run by Thomas Mattecci, a cocktail maestro and excellent conversationalist. “We wanted to create a space that was more like sitting in your best friend’s lounge room – familiar, friendly and easy – but where you can still get a first class cocktail, wine or beer” says Thomas. And this sums up Yorks Hollow very nicely.
Every friday night at Yorks Hollow a live jazz band from the local JMI music school perform. It’s music that’s very easy to treat as background sound but it would be a shame not to give them your attention for the duration of a few drinks. These young musicians are not only musically talented but share a close personal bond too, it’s heartening to see players enjoying each others skills and congratulating each other on their solos.
The cocktail list at Yorks Hollow is the only part of the drinks list you need – there’s something there for everyone. As an almost-exclusive beer drinker I was thoroughly tempted by their beer list (a single page of craft beers of the likes of Brewcult, Newstead, etc) but felt compelled to order a cocktail after watching the effort and passion that bartender Thomas puts into each drink.
Since my first visit I’ve continued to make my way through the cocktail list and would heartily recommend the Vodka Gimlet as my favourite: it’s a superbly refreshing cocktail for the summer and has a potent mint flavour that I very much enjoyed. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting the Chipmunk cocktail might be up your alley – it’s made with vanilla and cardamom infused cognac, peanut butter syrup, and chocolate bitters. It’s a boozy, syrupy cocktail that is far more potent than it sounds. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a cocktail thrown together for the sweet-tooths, it’s actually a complex cocktail to sip and appreciate with the sweetness present but not overpowering. The syrups and infusions are all house made on site so you can be sure that whatever you drink at Yorks Hollow is completely unique.
Yorks Hollow is a very authentic bar that embraces being ‘cool’ by not trying too hard.
It isn’t your usual Brisbane bar – it’s better.
Review by Andrew Bloyce.
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