Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Coles and Woolworths. Urban sprawl. They've all been blamed at one point or another for Brisbane's lack of good-old-fashioned pubs.

A bustling drinking hole with a fresh attitude is hard to find in Fortitude Valley especially, but David Flynn and his business partners saw this as an opportunity rather than a hindrance. What was once known simply as The Bistro in the Flying Cock has been rebranded as The Coop, and might be Brisbane’s best chicken pub.

Keeping the same layout and design as The Bistro, the sparse and casual space is still accommodating for groups and trivia teams.

The fried chicken is elevated by the use of tapioca flour to give it that extra crunch, and comes as a choice of breast, drumstick or tender. The options extend to burgers, schintzels, parmies and popcorn chicken. Vegans, vegetarians and red-meat fans can enjoy steaks, bolognaise and vinegar-battered "cauliflower wings".

Everything is served on Falcon Ware enamel crockery to give it that camping trip feeling. Much like the menu, it’s the little details that count.

Updated: February 5th, 2020

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