About client & task


Brisbane QLD, Australia
Bar, Restaurant & Cafe

Project Information

Size | 560m2
| May 2017
| Scott Shirley Photography and Liam Kidston

Project Team
| One Alliance Projects
Construction | JBM Projects
Hospitality Consultants | One Alliance Project Consulting


Located within a historic federation-era warehouse Doo-Bop is a 2 level Jazz Bar and Piano Bar which showcases live jazz music seven days a week.

The ground level Piano Bar and Brasserie is a refined Art Deco space which is light and brassy with booth seating, cocktail bar and performance stage. The basement level reflects a moody underground New York style Jazz Bar complete with a 1955 refurbished Steinway Grand Piano. It is much darker and robust, with a rich merlot and heritage green palette.

Set in the 1920’s Youngs Building, which is both on the Local and State Heritage registry, the building required more consideration when coordinating the operational requirements and services. A softer, methodical approach was necessary to achieve the clients brief whilst working within the heritage building fabric.

The historical context of the site helped inform the final design outcome with careful consideration given to showcase the original characteristics such as the basement’s incredible timber column and beam structure and broad brick arches with finely detailed face bricks. These were carefully restored and integrated into the design to provide a rich character that complements the basement jazz bar vibe. Working with old buildings that were never designed for modern services, let alone complex kitchen and bar services, is always a challenge – but the efforts are definitely rewarding.

Clever planning on the Ground Level allowed for increased patron capacity during functions, whilst ensuring access to the live music was not compromised. Clear circulation paths between back of house services and through dining areas ensures a high-level of service to patrons.

The Café, which opens onto the street opposite a main bus stop within the CBD, showcases the grand ceiling height with a large brass chandelier, leading patrons into the piano bar which turns into a fine dining venue in the evening – a perfect pre-event space to wet your jazz appetite.

The Basement is a ticketed space with a discrete street entrance. The dimly-lit space allows for tapas dining, cocktails and showcases the beauty of the original arched brickwork and timber columns as the perfect backdrop for live Jazz performances.

The kitchen located within the Basement Level is connected to a smaller Servery on the Ground Level with a dumb waiter, allowing for functions on the Ground Level and minimising the impact of new services within the heritage building. The bars on both levels are compact but efficient, each with their own concealed Scullery.

Consultation with several specialist engineers from the beginning of the project ensured a highly considered and resolved design, making use of the latest technology.

Unique Project Features –Ground Floor Piano Bar and Brasserie
  • Art Deco inspired street front cafe.
  • Semi-circular brass cocktail bar.
  • Performance stage.
  • Semi-circular booth seating.
  • Compact service kitchen.
Unique Project Features – Basement Jazz Bar
  • Retained existing and restored (where required) original heritage fabric.
  • Custom solid timber joinery for bar tops.
  • Feature spirit display with floating, edge-lit, liquor display shelves.
  • Private VIP Booth area.
  • Performance stage.
  • Full commercial kitchen.
Significant Achievements
  • Highly efficient commercial finishing kitchen in a small footprint for Ground Floor breakfast/lunch service and private functions.
  • Full commercial kitchen in basement
  • Successful design and management of heritage works, new shopfront and awning, approvals and restoration works of existing brickwork.
  • Successful integration and careful design of complex bar and kitchen services within existing heritage building.



Concept Design
Design Development
Working Drawings
  • Doo-Bop Jazz Bar came to One Alliance with a vision that was inspired by New York’s jazz clubs for a late-night jazz bar in the Brisbane CBD. In all aspects, this vision has been realised through One Alliance’s consultative design process which has ensured the original vision for the bar was realised for its full potential.

    One Alliance’s design process with the project was very hands on. The nature of the inspiration and what Doo-Bop Jazz Bar wanted to achieve required a high touch process. Throughout the project design process, the team at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar enjoyed working closely with One Alliance in seeing their vision come through from One Alliance’s work.

    In every aspect, the design exhibits the original inspiration for the venue. Being heavily inspired by New York’s jazz club, the Village Vanguard, the venue’s inspiration shines through. From the un-rendered brickwork through to the joinery in the bar, the textiles used for the furnishings, and the tone of the reds and greens that feature in the basement give Doo-Bop Jazz Bar that quintessential New York feeling.

    Upstairs in the Piano Bar, Brisbane’s art deco style shines through with soft paintwork and copper aesthetics which gives the space a refreshing tone – perfect for an after-work drink.

    James Stevens, Owner Doo-Bop Jazz Bar

    Doo-Bop Jazz Bar