Bodega Bar is Toowoomba’s new nostalgic bar; a place where you can enjoy live music, cold beer and good times. The “good time bar” must be discovered before it can be experienced. Fronted by a modest shopfront, Bodega is a hidden, speakeasy inspired hotspot, only accessible via a secret entrance. Once you spot the secret entrance, you will be transported to a place where anything goes!

Bodega creates a cool space that you could easily find in a big city like New York or London but with the warm, friendly, community feel you find in Toowoomba. Music lovers will have a place to call their own, with Musical Bingo on Wednesday nights and live bands Thursday through to Sunday. Ex chef Todd Farr and owner of popular venue Junk has travelled the world during his career, finding himself in London and Singapore. He came back to Australia to lay his roots in Brisbane, more recently settling in Toowoomba. Todd wanted to create a space that fosters local talent and puts young creatives at the forefront.

Usually located on New York street corners, Bodega’s are renowned for their culture and colourful character. Locals get to know the person behind the counter, which is synonymous with what great bars are all about. A Bodega is unpretentious, meant to feel like home and a kind of social hub where people meet and talk to locals from their neighbourhood.

Bodega’s neon-eclectic vibe is not just your run-of-the-mill bar. Not wanting to skimp on the offering, Todd hired Marcus Boyle, the man behind Tippling Club’s highly curated list of impressive wines, to head up the Liquor program. The drink menu boasts a range of nostalgic concoctions and twists on old favourites, with a strong focus on quality Tequila.

Readers also enjoyed our story about Future Leaders Event.