The Singletons are best known as the family behind the iconic Pineapple Hotel. For more than 30 years they’ve watched over the Kangaroo Point pub as it’s become a post-Gabba go-to for cricket and AFL fans.
What you probably don’t know is that for half that time the family has also owned the little Queenslander shop on the corner opposite, seeing it through a succession of renters. When its final tenant Ruk Thai closed its doors earlier this year, Craig Singleton thought it was time to bring the building into the fold proper.
The attraction? For Singleton it was a smaller venue where he could work with local suppliers, catering to a style of customer very different to the crowds that take over the Pineapple on the weekend. “There are some people that just won't go to a hotel pub no matter what you do,” he says.
Singleton took plenty of inspiration from Brisbane’s budding small-bar scene, but he also wanted to do something different with the food. “A lot of these small bars all do the same type of food,” he says. “So we [thought], why not go down a seafood path?”
What they ultimately created with Banter is a dine-in and takeaway seafood spot geared towards becoming a social hub for locals. While this is a fish and chippery at heart, it’s a long way from seafood extender and cheap, squeezy tartare. Head chef Daniel Miletic (previously of Coppa, Red Hook and The Fish House) is instead dealing in Pacific oysters with pomegranate mignonette and lemon, or a prawn cocktail served with avocado and a Banter house sauce. There’s a bunch of different options for those after fish – snapper, whiting, barramundi and cod – and the burger menu offers prawn and “posh fishfinger” sandwiches.
Drinks are a sharp boutique offering with some rotating feature wines. The bar’s eight taps run through a mix of local and imported beers alongside a cider and alcoholic ginger beer, with a bunch of shared cocktails rounding out the list.
The designers behind At Sixes and Sevens on James Street were brought in to revamp the old Queenslander shop, turning it into a bright open space reminiscent of a friend’s beach house, replete with a spacious deck out the back.
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