Newstead live music venue The Triffid has given its beer garden a mini-makeover, with the addition of a new deck and roof area.

Designed to fit up to 40 people, the new timber deck provides a bird’s eye view into the beer garden, while a new roof enclosure will reduce wet weather and provide shade in the warmer months.

It’s one of a number of changes at the Newstead venue, which is run by former Powderfinger bass player John Collins.

The new $15 Flame Grilled Meats of the World event, pitched squarely at the carnivore crowd, will turn the beer garden into an outdoor grill with a backyard BBQ vibe every Sunday from 2pm. Each week, a different meat of the world will be featured — one week, it might be a Brazilian grill-up, followed by an Aussie lamb feast the next, with Korean and Mexican meats also set to feature in autumn.

DJ sessions have been launched on Saturdays, with tunes being spun from 1pm to 7pm, as well as $10 burger, cocktail and beer specials.

Triffid Roots, a free event featuring live roots musicians hosted by Triple J’s Sarah Howells, has also been relaunched for Autumn, and will run from 2pm every Sunday.

The food menu, which was only launched in late 2015, has been updated with a few new dishes, which the venue describes as “dude food with a street edge”.

Joining the existing stable of burgers, small bites and healthy salads are the vegetarian Falafel Burger (with falafel, watercress, tomato, onion, mind yoghurt and chilli sauce) and Greek Falafel Salad (with falafel, cucumber, tomato, onion, olives, feta and mint dressing), as well as the Bird on the Run (fried chicken wings served with maple syrup, blue cheese and BBQ sauce), Nachos (with bean salsa, tomato salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and guacamole), Grilled Chicken Salad (with chickpea, herbs, tomato, watercress and salsa verde) and Nacho Fries (with tomato salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and salsa verde).

You can dine at The Triffid (7-9 Stratton St, Newstead) even if you aren’t seeing a band, with no concert ticket required to come in for lunch, dinner or drinks from noon until late, Wednesday through to Sunday.

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