When your feet start a tapping, your fingers are a slapping, and your tummy is full of some fine food, you are probably sitting at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar in Brisbane’s Edward Street.
Open from 6 am till late six days a week, sleeping in till noon on Sundays, Doo-Bop brings great live jazz to the CBD. It is named after Doo-Bop, the last studio album recorded by one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, American trumpeter Miles Davis.
There are three parts to the Doo-Bop story. At ground level, the brasserie is a handy spot to pick up a morning coffee and breakfast from 6 am.
From 11 am the curtains are drawn back and the Doo-Bop piano bar, serving lunch and dinner until late emerges. The menu has plenty of interesting options including tender asparagus spears with jamón, and a perfectly poached egg, all covered by a parmesan crisp. There’s a buffalo mozzarella salad with heirloom tomatoes and a filling pizza that comes covered in goats cheese and chorizo.
I’ll be back to try the highly recommended banoffee pie.
Don’t miss the basement
Behind the solid wooden double doors, next door is a red-lined staircase leading downstairs to the basement level.
Here the standout is a 1955 refurbished Steinway grand piano from New York on the large stage with plenty of seating around.
There’s plenty of shows on the schedule including contemporary jazz, bebop, jazz fusion, and swing. It’s also a place to discover Brisbane’s own style of trad jazz, a subgenre that pays homage to original Dixieland. Here the doors open at 6 m until 3 am, Mondays to Saturdays and 12 pm to 3 am on Swinging Sundays. You’ll need to buy a ticket to enjoy Doo-Bop’s jazz greats downstairs.
The heritage style of the former Youngs Building constructed in 1910, including unrendered brickwork, large wooden beams and fine detailing has been retained.
Find Doo-Bop Jazz Bar at 101 Edward Street, Brisbane.
Ed+bK rating: No rating yet as I visited two days after opening, but this venue adds a new spark to Edward Street and I’ll be back.
Bottom line: Expect to pay between $13.50 and $29 for a meal.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK paid for her lunch.