Perched at the junction of Brunswick and Robertson Streets, in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, is Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen. It's one of a number of bars popping up with increasing frequency on this strip, proving that this previously neglected area of the Valley/New Farm has a very bright future indeed.
It's a venue that emits warmth, quality and hard workmanship – attributes that will be familiar to anyone who's visited the team's other crafty venue: West End’s The Burrow. Upon taking over the site, they stripped back the 20-year-old linoleum flooring, ceiling and walls that were synonymous with the building’s previous long term tenants and took the interior back to the former glories of its 1882 origins.
The building was originally a grocery store with a traditional shop frontage and staff quarters to the rear. Fixtures and fittings from all those years ago have been exposed during the overhaul, including a number of historic fire places, and all have been retained as focal points.
The welcoming front bar area features high tables and stools overlooking the road via huge window panes. There’s exposed brickwork, original timber flooring and an amazing work of art directly behind the bar. Head into the back room and you’d be excused for thinking you’d stepped back in time: under the cavernous, scene-setting, timber pitched high ceiling are booths, a stained glass window, soft lighting and a large fireplace, all of which make for comfortable dining.
Bloodhound has 10 taps offering an extensive array of craft beer and cider with two of them dedicated solely to the beers of local breweries found in ever greater numbers around south east Queensland. Expect to find predominantly Australian brews elsewhere too, occasional interspersed with treats from overseas. To help the curious indulge the entire tap list, they offer up tasting paddles too.
While it’s obvious that great beer is the focus at Bloodhound, there’s a lengthy spirits and wine list too. Add to that a brand new kitchen, which concentrates on simple, flavoursome Latin American food – a novel concept for the area but one that's proving very successful.
A Bloodhound – in the dog sense of the word, at least – is a loyal pet: personable, friendly, warm with good values. What's more, dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend. They're traits that permeate the bar, making it one should definitely be sniffed out.