Located on Boundary, Bass Espresso is the West End’s go to for excellent coffee and live music. Named after the instrument, the coolest musical instrument in the world according to owner Glenn Holliday who plays double bass with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, there’s no shortage of local musical talent with jazz bands, soul singers and flamenco guitarists performing in the corner of the cafe on Saturdays and Sundays.
Small and homey, Bass is the perfect place to while away a few hours on the weekend drinking cups of coffee; with retro rattan chairs, upcycled stools and a custom-crafted communal table shaped like a bass. Paintings and drawings by local artists line the walls while the musically inclined can play the bongo drums or guitar on hand.
Coffee wise, there’s single origins – like Kenyan and Tanzanian – or the house blend by Fifth Battery while guest blends making an appearance include Melbourne’s Gridlock Roastery and Brisbane’s own Uncle Joe’s. Organic sodas, smoothies and teas by Byron Bay Tea Company – dandylicious, ginger zing and buddha’s tears - round out the drinks menu.
While there is no kitchen currently (plans are in the works to convert the garage next door), a display case is filled with sweets and savouries (including gluten free, dairy free and vegan) such as banana bread, carrot cake, quiche with pumpkin, feta, spinach and pine nut or breakfast frittata with mushroom, bacon, rocket and tomato.
245 Boundary St