Perfect timing for Burp to be opening its adjoining bar, the Dispensary in Mackay.
The Dispensary, is a welcome change from the doof doof nightclubs and league clubs in town. Its sophisticated atmosphere and industrial feel suits those in the twenty-five and up age bracket or anyone looking for an after work tipple from its cavernous bar. And with the food coming straight from the delectable Burp kitchen, you know it will go far beyond the average bar snack.
Although I usually as a rule stay away from bars or restaurants in their opening week to give them some time to iron out the wrinkles, after peeking through the windows I could not wait to go and visit. My husband and I walked through the wrought iron front gates on a thursday night to immediately experience the space of the front bar. We walked the length of the downstairs area to find booth seats on one side and two other seatings areas towards the back. Exposed brick, varying reclaimed wood and leather finishes, that conjured images of whiskey, cigars and Don Draper standing in the corner.
We sat down and ordered a bottle of red and peeked into the bar snacks menu. Starting off with a cheese plate, we sat down and enjoyed the atmostphere. It's the kind of place that you can hear each other talk and conversation seems encouraged. After cleaning up our cheeses, we ordered pork sliders and southern country chicken. Both fresh and flavoursome, and a perfect accompaniment to our wine.
We spoke to the manager who was brimming with pride and eager to talk about how the Dispensary fits into the local market and the kind of atmosphere they are trying to create. We unfortunately didn't get a chance to experience the outdoor terrace bar upstairs or the live music or DJ they hope to have every weekend. However it's all the more reason to visit again.
So the next time you find yourself pondering what to do on a balmy Mackay evening I highly recommend going to the Dispensary, especially if you are already a fan of Burp, it won't let you down.
Dispensary Bar and Residence Lounge
82-86 Wood Street
07 4951 3456