Woolloongabba’s antique persona seems to be gathering dust. The stores filled with teacups, lampshades and ornate vases have shut up shop. The cul-de-sac best known for its antique shopping is all out of teak chests.
While a rotation of excellent restaurants, cafes and boutiques have slowly filled the empty tenancies, the Gabba Fiveways still lacked an all-rounder, a place to boogie.
That’s where Daniel Rodriguez came in, with his four-year dream to build Electric Avenue – a tribute to the precinct.
Part bistro, part wine bar, part secret whisky den, Electric Avenue is a space where people can drop in for a drink before dinner, come for a nightcap and a toe tap, or settle in and stay all night. Rodriguez has filled with space with collectibles and antique pieces as a nod to the area’s history.
Late 2016, Rodriguez and fellow Canvas co-owner Bodie Schofield, along with partners Nick Royds, a long-time Canvas bartender, and carpenter Adam Pykett commenced renovations to flip the old two-storey Crosstown Public House on its head.
A 50-seat bistro sits on one side with table service and a refined menu designed by chef Will Quartel, formerly of Sourced Grocer. On the other side, the bar has been opened up completely and will offer five classic cocktails with simple quirky twists, plus a list of 75 wines.
Upstairs is a whisky bar the gents are calling Jack Rabbit, which you need to explore yourselves.