Two mates – Nick Pinn (Malt dining, Malt Pier, Malt Traders, Vaquero and On the Side) and Paul Hoffman (previously executive chef of Cru Bar and At Sixes and Sevens) – are behind Drum, a bar and kitchen in the backstreets of Newstead.
The food is classic and uncomplicated; meant for everyday rather than for special occasions. The menu consists mainly of share-style bar snacks and cheeses perfect for grazing on a lazy afternoon. Of the more substantial dishes, the standout is a Moreton Bay bug linguine. The venue serves cocktails in carafes, a variety of spritzes and Espresso Martinis.
The spot sits under the Unison residential development and was just a slab of concrete when Pinn and Hoffman decided to take it on. They brought in Studio Plus to create the modern fit-out, which includes an outdoor terrace with exposed brick and a climbing-vine wall. Inside it’s sleek and sophisticated with black furniture, large pendent lighting and custom-designed tiling across the bar.