Name: Woolly Mammoth Alehouse
Location: Fortitude Valley
Vibe: Relaxed on non gig night. Friendly staff who are happy to chat when it’s not too busy.
Punters: Mixed – mid 20’s through to late 40’s. On the night I visited there were couples grabbing a casual meal and small groups enjoying some hump day revivers. The mix would change when a band plays – drawing fans from whatever era or genre the band represents.
Size: Huge. This is wide venue that stretches far back into the block. It’s also over two levels with a roof top space and stage for live music.
Decor: I can’t believe how much Woolly Mammoth reminded me of the bars in small towns across the USA. Wood paneling, a few animal heads, neon signage, plenty of space. It’s fun without being over the top. Though, there is a giant stuffed mammoth as you walk in.
Specialises In: Beer. There’s a separate bar dedicated just to craft beers. Friendly staff can suggest something different. Can’t decide? Try a tasting paddle of four for $14. There’s the usual wines and spirits too. I was pleasantly surprised to see bottles of Barossa Yelland & Papps available.
Music: Background tracks that aren’t too loud to talk over. This is also a live venue with lots of upcoming bands but there are the classics too. The Superjesus was the next big draw card. Music for all crowds – Folk Alt. Country, Sarejevan Pop, Blues…
Do Try: The Black Onyx Wagyu T-Bone. Not so much a steak as a mammoth hunk of meat. Cooked to perfection, the meat is tender and rare, despite the size of the serve. The menu says ‘serves 1 – 3’ however, with the fried chat potatoes, grilled mushrooms and salad, this is a meal for more. It was more than enough for the four of us.
Insider Tip: 2-4-1 meals on Wednesdays and, all craft beers for $5 on every Sunday arvo 12 – 6pm.
Verdict: A week later and Mr Tiffin has already revisited with a group of his mates. He says these are some of the best beers he’s tasted of late. It’s a winner.
*TIFFIN was invited as a guest by Woolly Mammoth Alehouse to taste their new spring menu and discover a secret world.
Woolly Mammoth Alehouse
633 Ann St
Fortitude Valley Qld 4006