What to expect from Milquetoast, a new bar from George Curtis and James Horsfall

They're planning a unique drinks program — fermentation will play a big part — and wines you can't get elsewhere.

What to expect from Milquetoast, a new bar from George Curtis and James Horsfall

There’s a new bar coming to Brisbane.

Set to open in July, Milquetoast is the next bar from Before + After’s George Curtis. He’s teamed up with some James Horsfall a Brisbane CBD wine bar with ambitious cocktails that embrace the “fermentation, carbonation and long-term maceration” techniques favoured by venue manager Aidan Perkins.

Whereas George’s Before + After is a cocktail bar in a hard to find laneway spot, with a focus on amari, Milquetoast — whilst still being down a laneway — is a little more discoverable, across the lane from Pete Hollands’ rock and roll boozer, Alice.

Milquetoast is set to trade from Tuesday until Saturday, opening at 4pm until midnight during the week and at 11:30am on Friday and Saturday, to capture a little bit of lunch trade.

Speaking of Brisbane, a quick aside: we’ve announced all the speakers for The Better Bars Summit presented by Glenfiddich at the Bartenders’ Weekender taking place in Brisbane this June. We’ve got 20 speakers — and myself hosting proceedings — ranging across 15 topics, offering advice, knowledge and inspiration on how to make the bar world work for you; you can expect some refreshments from our friends at Glenfiddich, too. Earlybird tickets are on sale now: it’s just $45 for two days of talks — visit the Eventbrite page here to see the full line up of speakers and all the sessions on offer. And you can check out the more than 30 events, bar collabs, tastings and parties taking place during the Bartenders’ Weekender in Brisbane this June — book your flights now, and I’ll see you there.

Below, I talk in depth to George about the idea behind the name, Milquetoast; what to expect from the drinks program and the wine list; the food on offer; and why it’s important for them to source offerings that you can’t find elsewhere in Brisbane.