Escape into Fortitude Valley’s latest underground hideaway Heya Bar – an edgy venue inspired by the bustling street markets of Shinjuku’s Golden Gai district in Tokyo.
Heya’s unique style was born from music industry gurus and hospitality buffs, Paul Piticco, Denis Sheahan and Andrew Baturo. Also the masterminds behind The Gresham Bar and Popolo Italian Kitchen and bar, this powerful partnership is successfully shaking up Brisbane’s hospitality industry.
Combining their love of discovering the nooks and crannies of Asian street markets, the trio wanted to create this Japanese fusion into a bar-like setting in Brisbane – specifically inspired from Shinjuku’s Golden Gai district in Tokyo. The district is famous for its six tiny alleyways, too narrow to get even a small car down, yet bustling with almost 200 tiny bars. Heya reflects this with its underground layout and four intimate specialty bars, giving you the chance to truly disconnect and get caught up in the atmosphere.
The inspired interior has an intimate bar-vibe skirted with cosy booths and private spaces. This mix of public and private creates a fun atmosphere and chilled-out vibe, perfect to meet friends for a quiet drink, stay late for afterhours shenanigans, or even sneak away for a cheeky date. Rest assured that conversations will never run dry – in every corner you’ll be able to find something to inspire a topic of conversation, from the scattered red lanterns to the bicycles across the window sills.
The food menu offers quirky street eats, like the signature cheeseburger spring roll (a must try!) or pork tonkatsu dogs, each pairing perfectly with a cold beer or cider from the vast collection at hand. If you’re in the mood for something a little more special, you will find a new “cocktail of the week” on offer to tantalise your tastebuds. Bar staff are more than happy to recommend a good drop tailored especially to you.
Heya has the perfect combination of quirky street food and a drinks list that will keep you coming back each week, and with the recent launch of Thursday comedy night, you can now welcome in the weekend early.
When you’re looking for a hideaway full of life, Heya is the option to transport you to the streets of Shinjuku’s Golden Gai district and beyond.
Words by Cherise Vecchio, @cherisejoelle | Pistachio gelato and coffee enthusiast