Ballistic Ale House & Kitchen
Ballistic West End Alehouse & Kitchen is in the former premises of Pour Choices on Montague Road, and Ballistic owner David Kitchen wants it to be a place for the local community.
The former accountant, banker and diplomat opened his brewery Ballistic Beer Co in Salisbury in 2016 in a nondescript warehouse. Twelve taps, live music and rotating food trucks have made it a weekend favourite for families in the area. This venue, opened in 2018, aims to remedy the dislocation caused by the local hotels around Brisbane becoming large impersonal spaces.
In addition to freshly brewed beers from Ballistic’s Salisbury operation running through six taps (with a seventh dedicated to a guest), the alehouse and kitchen is centred around food to share, including platters of cheese and charcuterie, and a modern bistro menu.
The space is a handsome little bolthole of brick and wood with a line of trees out front. A lick of Ballistic’s distinctive blue paint is inside and out. It’s a quirky and welcoming space, well suited to its mission to be a place to congregate at in the West End.