String Theory, a branding specialist, developed the concept of the Underpass in collaboration with Jason Dempsey. Dempsey from Flathead Design lead the design process and construction of the fit-out. Building on the unique space’s heritage, they stripped the section back to when it was a mechanics workshop. This involved raising the rood, adding steel and creating four 3.5 tonne concrete culverts which double as private booths on one side and a bar on the other. The new bar and eatery is faintly reminiscent of the Berlin bar scene and can be conveniently turned into a multi-functional space.
There is a Martin Audio system that ensures your usual downtown traffic is not to be heard, but instead music plays a huge role. The acoustically dynamic space has a perforated peg board and perforated steel sheets which allows the sound to be absorbed rather than reflected and echoed. Making the venue perfect for live music performances.
The entire menu is priced under $10, featuring a range of dishes inspired by street-food, from chicken satay skewers infused with Asian herbs and spices to slow cooked pork shoulder. The Underpass opened to the public on March 16th and can be found on Lower Hobson Street.