Lovers of live music and boutique beverages will find a home in West End’s eccentric The Bearded Lady.

The latest addition to West End’s nightlife, The Bearded Lady, is bringing the focus back on local produce, from crafts beers to local acts playing live on weekends.

Co-owner Chris Fairon says it’s the variety which sets it apart from other venues.

“We have both local and national bands playing weekly, as well as theatre, cabaret, and magician performances,” says Fairon.

It seems there is something for everyone’s taste, whether it be enjoying Brisbane’s best DJs in the booth, rock bands in the rumpus room or even jam sessions on the 1920s piano in the front bar.

The cosy wood cabin that stretches through to the rumpus room is aptly decorated with local artwork.

“For one side of the venue, we went for local street-artist works.”

“The other side features recycled furniture and timber from the local demolition yard.”

What also sets the Lady apart is its approach to food: patrons are invited to BYO food, which is easy considering the variety of eateries nearby, and to enjoy their meal with one of the bartender’s own creations.

One of the best on the menu, Smoke at Dawn, blends Monkey Shoulder scotch with whiskey and lapsang souchong tea syrup.

The Bearded Lady also promotes locally-sourced craft beers on its traditional hand pumps, including Smoked Porter (pictured above) which is sourced from the Bacchus Brewery in Capalabah.

“We’ve found a niche in approaching all different demographics in the city,” says Fairon.

“It’s a unique place, with so much variety than everyone can experience something they love.”

The Bearded Lady also offer a range of function packages, but booking is essential.

The fine liquor drinking and late-night debauchery behind the Beard stretches until midnight, between Wednesday and Sunday.

For more information, visit our dining guide.