When Deathproof’s Steen Jones decided to wrap up operations on his Brunswick Street bar in April, he wanted to pay the space forward to operators that would honour the rebellious spirit he instilled in the venue. The call was put out on Instagram for interested parties, and soon enough locals Megan Carter and Phil Johnson answered. An experienced hospitality veteran and brewing enthusiast respectively, Megan and Phil were stoked with the chance to continue Steen’s legacy and imbue the bar with their own hard rock-inspired approach. Hellbound, which opened to the public last Friday, retains some of Steen’s original artwork and Deathproof’s neon lit edge, but boasts a few new touches including a colourful mural on the venue’s feature wall. Phil and Megan have endeavoured to create a bar that they would enjoy as punters, where good food, good booze and good music is a must, paired with a relaxed atmosphere that was unique to the area.
Hellbound’s kitchen has assembled a hellishly delicious assortment of American-inspired eats that have been given a hard-rock twist. The opening act consists of dirty fries, Hellbound hot wings, onion rings and buttermilk-fried cauliflower bites, followed by the headliners – the Lemmy cheeseburger, the Danzig chicken burger and the Hellbound Heart Attack. Meats are supplied by Rayners down the road, and vegan options are also available for plant-based eaters. The Hellbound team are choosing to support local and independent breweries and distilleries, with the bar’s taps pouring a rotating selection of small-batch and limited release beers. Hellbound is also the only Queensland stockist for Big Shed Brewing Concern, which is bolstered by an impressive selection of brews from the likes of Ballistic Brewing, Akasha Brewing and Black Hops Brewery. If beer isn’t your thing, you can get your groove on with some South Australian wines, classic cocktails and craft spirits including Brisbane’s own Art of Booze.
The coming months will see breakfast and lunch bites added to the weekend menu. Check out Hellbound in the Stumble Guide for more information.