Some people exchange a ring to signify the commitment to their relationship, but Nundah couple, Cassie and Brett have Fitz+Potts. Fitz + Potts is everything you never knew you wanted in a bar. Converted from a beautiful old Queenslander, it’s a kitschy-cool, airy space that any Nanna would be proud to own. “It sounds like a made up story, but on our first date, just over a year ago we decided we would like to run a bar,” explains Cassie. After both living in Melbourne and London where you only stumble a few feet before finding a pub, the pair wanted to create a local watering hole that is as effortless as visiting a mate’s place. “We just created a place that we wanted to go to and it turns out there’s a huge population that feels exactly the same,” says Cassie. Just like that, Fitz + Potts was born. Instead of embracing the ‘less is more’ mantra, Fitz + Potts has expertly captured the Queensland lifestyle and created an overwhelmingly fun space that works. The rooms are filled with colourful cane chairs and patterned couches, mismatched wallpaper as well as flowers on every table. After spending six months scouring Gumtree, eBay and charity shops to find the perfect pieces of furniture, it’s safe to say they’ve succeeded in creating an atmosphere that feels “just like home”. It’s an unpretentious and friendly place to enjoy a feast in the sun with an ice-cold craft beer in hand.
With a community consciousness, Cassie and Brett welcome a broad mix of regulars, ranging from 18 to 70-year olds and they do not discriminate on species. Dogs are allowed on the balcony too! A big focus for the staff and owners is their support of local charities, raising nearly $800 in tips that has gone towards their much-loved furry-friends at animal welfare groups. You may be hard pressed to enjoy the same beer two nights in a row due to their incredible turnover rate, ensuring the beer options are kept fresh and interesting. Supporting local microbreweries and boutique distilleries is really important to Cassie and Brett and they proudly source their drinks from Newstead, Capalaba and Banyo. Much like the bar’s interior, the menu is not what you would expect. It offers staples like avocado on toast but they also have a few funky alternatives that will tickle your taste buds. Jaffles are back in fashion it seems. However, they are slightly more glamorous than what you used to cook at home, with options including gourmet meats, cheeses and grilled vegetables. No one does weekends quite like Fitz + Potts, where it’s not only encouraged but celebrated to sip on a Mimosa or Bloody Mary with your breakfast: “Brisbanites are learning it’s not so scandalous anymore,” says Brett. With its legions of dedicated regulars, Fitz + Potts is set to become a Nundah institution. “Even as it gets busier and busier over the weekends,” says Cassie, “it still has that local, little dive-bar feel.”
Words by Maddie Vlismas | Images by Lyndal Carmichael