Brisbane's bar scene continues to thrive with basement bar Twig and Berry slated to open off Commercial Road in Newstead next month.

The name, says co-owner John Lester, refers to both the fit-out, by Brand + Slater, and the plant-filled outdoor courtyard that includes a vertical garden and recycled wood.

"It's a bit different, in that it's in a sub-basement and it's removed from the street," Lester says. Accessed via a driveway and a set of stairs, it looks set to be a secret little watering hole, which would seem to be exactly what the owners are aiming for.

"The idea is for it to be a relaxed local bar - for people in the know to pass around," Lester says. Licensed for 100, the bar will seat around 60 with both indoor and outdoor options.

Lester has a hospitality background but currently works as an engineer, while business partner John Loth has been a full time publican in Yatala. He says their plan was to create a bar they would like to drink at and one that welcomes everyone.

The drinks list has been designed with a something-for-everyone philosophy, Lester says, with cocktails using top quality spirits as well as a changing beer and wine list, including local craft beer. With a bar focus, food will be minimal with platters of cheese and charcuterie.

Details: Twig and Berry, 92 Commercial Road, Newstead.