Time was, Brisbane’s inner city backstreets were ignored by venue owners. The 2006 introduction of Brisbane City Council’s Vibrant Laneways project helped change that, along with some enterprising developers. The Apostolos Brothers have had immense success with their Winn and Bakery Lane projects, cultivating a slew of young retailers and food and beverage operators.
Now, Aria Property Group has done something similar — but on a larger scale — with South Brisbane’s Fish Lane. The once forgotten thoroughfare, running four blocks from the cultural precinct on Grey Street in South Brisbane to Manning Street on the fringe of West End, has been transformed in recent years, and the precinct boasts a roster of bars and restaurants that includes Maker, Julius Pizzeria and Saccharomyces Beer Cafe.
This Saturday will see the debut of Fish Lane Festival, a free street party that will take over the laneway with music and stalls featuring an intimidating selection of food and beverage.