Lock’n’Load Bistro

Lock’n’Load Bistro

3:00pm - 12:00am
142 Boundary Street West End 4101
(07) 3844 0142

True to the character of West End, Lock’n’Load Bistro maintains the right measure of eccentricity to appeal to the local crowd. A lot has changed since its first brew was poured in 2006, but a laid-back atmosphere has seen this bar remain a neighbourhood favourite.

Brothers Lachlan and Duncan Bird – who are also behind the Valley’s Woolly Mammoth Alehouse – have succeeded in creating a casual, friendly bar like a higgledy-piggledy front room. But there’s more.

From outside, the heritage-listed building looks like a small bar, but this gives way to a restaurant, a balcony with a street view and an outdoor garden to bask in.

In the bar, which is lined with flock wallpaper, there’s live music four nights a week and a small dance floor. The extensive drinks list sees big-name beers such as Tooheys line up alongside craftier labels, cocktails and jugs of Pimms.

The restaurant dishes up food that’s a cut above standard pub fare. Choose from mains such as braised beef tacos and housemade gnocchi, or take it easy with tapas-style dishes. On Saturdays there's bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and other boozy brunch staples.