New Farm’s Escobar has locals obsessed with necking beers and sharing a fish pie with friends at the newest laid-back bar and kitchen.

They’re calling it the home away from home, and as Escobar Kitchen & Bar continues to grow in popularity, the locals are trying to keep it hush-hush. Nestled in an old Queenslander cottage with a chic urban style, this retro bar is equipped with a quaint outdoor courtyard and repurposed patio furniture.

As you walk through onto the scuffed timber floors, the aroma of home brewed spiced rum and fruit-infused spirits will have your taste buds in a frenzy. Manager and part owner Lee is your go-to bar guy with knowledge on how to mix a fine cocktail from scratch. Lee spices his own rum, makes his own tonic syrup (with real quinine) and knows his beers and wines like a pro. If you get past Lee’s engaging banter, than the infused gin or rum concoctions on tap are a must.

Did we mention the vol-au-vents, devilled eggs and cheese fondue? All the meals have a sentimental touch that fits perfectly in this humble abode. The Nana’s Nuts & Bolts go right back to Lee’s grandmother’s recipe book, and are the standout of a menu that also includes Moroccan spiced apricot chicken, fish pie, tasty Diane and the cinnamon and brandy butter cous cous. All dishes are made to snack or share with friends and families able to sit back and admire the barrels of crafted beer.

With real music and a rustic décor, Escobar is an all-year-round restaurant. It will have you in the outdoor courtyard, sipping cocktails in the summer and cozing around the bar playing nostalgic ’80s board games in the winter.

Escobar is the ideal laidback neighbourhood hangout, but beware, because you’re in danger of never venturing too far again.

Find Escobar Kitchen & Bar at 4/154 Merthyr Road, New Farm or head to their Facebook page for more info.