the zoo

at 711 ann st, Brisbane, 4006

The Zoo is Brisbanes' most long standing live music venue/nightclub. We cater to the more independant end of the musical spectrum, and are open Wednesdays - Saturdays, and some Sundays.

the zoo
711 ann st
Brisbane , QLD 4006

How To Get to the zoo

Depending on which direction you are coming from, there are many public transport options to The Zoo. By Train: Take the train to Fortitude Valley Station. Walk 50m to Wickham Street, take either Brunswick Street Mall or Warner Street and walk until you reach Ann Street, which runs parallel to Wickham Street. We are located at 711 Ann St, which is directly across the lights from Kathmandu store and the Warner Street Carpark. By Bus: If you are coming from the CBD you can take several buses that will pass through Fortitude Valley and are walking distance from The Zoo. Bus stops located closest to The Zoo are 203 / 204 / 205 (Warner St) and 211 / 202/ 207 / 210 (Brunswick St) and 228/ 229 (Wickham St).

General Info

For the uninitiated, The Zoo is Brisbanes' most long standing live music venue/nightclub. We cater to the more independant end of the musical spectrum, and are open Wednesdays - Saturdays, and some Sundays. In any week you could see anything from beats, hip hop, jazz, rock, and pop to acoustic, folk, dub and reggae. THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WHEN COMING TO THE ZOO: - Everyone is welcome. - We don't have a dress code. - You must be over 18 to attend. - We practice responsible service of alcohol. - We provide free water. - We don't serve rum. - We don't serve double shots. - We don't have a cloak room. - We are wheelchair friendly (but please ring ahead to let us know). - There is a taxi rank located outside. - McWhirters carpark is located across the road. - We are a please and thank you venue.

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Published on 2015-01-30 06:33:04 GMT

It's our 2nd last epic goodbye for Joc tonight. Sniff! The 'Nouj are on 3rd tonight...and we CAN'T WAIT! Jeremy Neale, WAAX & Born Joy Dead will also be playing. Presales & door tix still available...get in quick! ***Please Don't forget we are also making a care pack for our local homeless, so if you have any spare soap, toothpaste, socks, toothbrushes bring them along and donate!***

Published the zoo on 2016-06-24 01:29:00 GMT

Last but definitely not least, our own #SegaDreamboat, Jeremy Neale will be closing the night. Once again, don't forget we're also making a care pack for the local homeless, so if you have any spare soap, toothpaste, socks, toothbrushes, etc - bring them along and donate. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. This is the first of two 'Farewell, Joc' special events we have to say goodbye to longtime owner, Joc Curran. Hope you can join us for this memorable show. Tix still available online & at the door, see you there!

Published the zoo on 2016-06-24 02:30:00 GMT

Below, Tom from our second band for tonight - WAAX - reminisces about his all-time fave show @ The Zoo... PS: Remember, Jeremy Neale, Born Joy Dead & Babaganoüj will also be on tonight, presale & door tix still available. ***Please Don't forget we are also making a care pack for the local homeless, so if you have any spare - soap, toothpaste, socks, toothbrushes bring them along and donate!

Published the zoo on 2016-06-23 23:34:00 GMT

Born Joy Dead will be kicking off tonight's show, and Ben Dalton from the band shares his favourite zoo show - "I was lucky enough to see Battles at the Zoo in 2008. It was the best gig I've ever been to. Those guys had an amazing energy and the Zoo was the perfect venue for them! I got to see them at Big Day Out a couple of days earlier, which was great... but seeing them up close and personal blew my mind." Jeremy Neale, Babaganoüj, WAAX and Born Joy Dead will takeover the stage tonight, tickets are still available at the door. ***Please Don't forget we are also making a care pack for the local homeless, so if you have any spare - soap, toothpaste, socks, toothbrushes bring them along and donate - YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE .... you just have to begin. hope to see you there. always Joc.x

Published the zoo on 2016-06-23 19:59:10 GMT

Published the zoo on 2016-06-23 11:17:23 GMT

Published the zoo on 2016-06-23 07:16:50 GMT

You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with, can you tell i am feeling a tad nostalgic today. zooies - someone who has worked at the zoo in it's life from 11.12.1992 - present day and beyond ...... this is a snap shot of just 10% of them. They are a breed unto themselves, they are fierce, loyal, hardworking and if you ever see on a resume - i worked at the zoo you know you have found gold. always in my heart Joc

Published the zoo on 2016-06-15 03:38:58 GMT

So one of our very own zoo legends Dom Miller , who along with Ruby Jean at Bluebeard Music books the amazing musicians you get to hear and see when coming to The Zoo. My favourite ever show at The Zoo was Future Of The Left in (I think) January 2010 after "Travels With Myself And Another" came out. That album is one of my favourite albums of all time and the show was incredible. Not only did they play well but they had some of the best stage banter you will ever hear. They were so funny you were almost disappointed when they started playing a song. Plus it was hot. I'm not one of those people that whinges about the heat in the zoo. I embrace it, enjoy it, soak it up. It's a reminder you're in one of the best venues in the country right here in The Greatest City On Earth. F*ck aircon. (both pictures taken by the immensely talented Stephen Booth.)

Published the zoo on 2016-06-21 09:01:46 GMT

Published the zoo on 2016-06-21 02:17:58 GMT

Blackie. (Luke Black Dockray) In 1994 a precocious 2 year walked up the back zoo stairs in red high heels, vintage handbag in tow - into our lives. To say this young man changed us is an under statement. What followed was years of chats, time spent together, colouring in, hanging out until Black was the ripe old age of 5 and did what all young boys do - go off to school. However that did not end the friendship it evolved into homework club and outings. When Black turned 10, he asked if he could come and work with us, we got permission from his mum & dad, rang liquor licencing, and got him a tax file number. He worked at our famous "Dub Sessions" every saturday afternoon, he got himself dressed, on a bus and arrived on time! (he also had a saving plan for when he finished school) Then at 15 Blackie went out into the world as a casual worker, he worked not one but two or three jobs at once. He has always had drive and determination. Upon his 18th birthday he returned home to the Zoo and has been with us ever since. Being one of his three mothers - myself, C and Michelle we could not be more prouder of the young man he has become. Blackie has literally spent his whole life connected and a part of the Zoo and we are enriched because of that. So come Saturday night when i hand in my zoo keys, so to is Blackie bidding us adieu. He is again going forth into the world and seeing what it has install for him. I wish for him everything a mother could, love, happiness, friendship and just to have a wonderful life. I never planned on being a mum at 27 but Black was a gift sent to me and I am thankful everyday. always traveling in my heart Joc xo

Published the zoo on 2016-06-20 21:22:08 GMT

Just added: in honour of Pixie's first official gig as owner of The Zoo, we're throwing a mega #FiveBandsFiveBucks party presented by Mountain Goat Beer! Welcome Queen Pixie...looking good on that art thurr ;) Keen to welcome back some of our faves for this show, including The Young Art, Cassette Cathedral, SIMON SIMON, First Beige & Black Sun!

Published the zoo on 2016-06-20 08:45:00 GMT

What's on this week at THE ZOO from Thurs 23rd – Saturday 25th June Thurs 23rd June | Entry: $10 + presale $8 (from bands) | Doors 7:30pm Luna Sands, O.J Mengel, Gamla Stan Fri 24th June | Entry $20 + presale $15 + BF | Doors 8pm Farewell to Joc From the Last 5 Years Jeremy Neale, Babaganoüj, WAAX, Born Joy Dead Sat 25th June | SOLD OUT | Doors 7:30pm Mystery Line-Up... See You There.

Published the zoo on 2016-06-19 06:41:17 GMT

Tonight: Lita and the Bones + Soviet X-Ray Record Club + Jake Whittaker Music + Steve Tyssen - solo. Doors open 8pm, Tix $10 or still time to grab yrself a cheap $8 presale from one of the bands!

Published the zoo on 2016-06-17 23:13:34 GMT

flecks of gold. we asked the lovely Jeremy Neale what his favourite Zoo show of all time has been and he shared this reflection - "I've had a lot of good times at The Zoo but i think my most fond memory is of seeing Ben Kweller in 2009. I had a solid party night, the sound was brilliant and then I got to meet the legend afterwards. A perfect example of what The Zoo does best - world class entertainment with an intimacy that often enables you to meet your musical idols. Top shelf." Jeremy Neale along with Babaganoüj, WAAX & Born Joy Dead will be creating a few of their own memories in 6 sleeps times. Friday 24th June. (limited tickets still available)

Published the zoo on 2016-06-17 23:10:32 GMT

These dapper lads are currently vibing the room. Plenty more good vibes to come from Rivermouth & The Mouldy Lovers 🎶

Published the zoo on 2016-06-17 10:40:03 GMT

TONIGHT... After lying low for the first half of 2016, Brisbane's premiere ska/punk band The Mouldy Lovers are returning to the zoo to launch their brand new single, Civilised Crossfire! Written in response to the news that the federal government was sending Australian planes to bomb targets in war-torn Syria, The Mouldy Lovers' latest musical effort forms a vicious critique of the military industrial complex. Come raise your fists in support tonight - and experience an incredible lineup too, feat. Rivermouth, the multi-cultural explosion that is MZAZA & The Steele Syndicate! March down for an 8pm open - presales only $10, $15 at the door.

Published the zoo on 2016-06-17 02:00:24 GMT

Reud Mood warming up the room with a quality sound check 💯

Published the zoo on 2016-06-16 08:36:49 GMT

one person is all it takes just one or maybe two ...... who believe in you gives you a chance and allows you to follow your dreams a quarter of a century ago, two young girls named C.Smith and Joc Curran got that chance because of a Valley couple - George & Helen Apostolos, they took a chance on a pair of young photographers who had a dream to open up a cafe. Life is a series of trials, chaos, happiness, all of it. I have tried to live my life by paying that kindness forward, so when people cross my path and need someone to believe in them, i hope i can be their one person. always Joc.

Published the zoo on 2016-06-16 03:13:23 GMT

Experience more of our #BestofLocal series T O N I G H T with the mindbending, ambient grooves (and epic sex hair!) of Reud Mood. Reud's deuds will be joined by the high-energy fun of The Bassethounds & Sunhaus' anthemic alternative!

Published the zoo on 2016-06-16 00:44:16 GMT

Published the zoo on 2016-06-15 07:04:00 GMT

We can't wait to host the Best of The Zoo//Lita and The Bones//Silver//Farewell Joc show this Saturday night. Lita and the Bones' new single 'Silver' is an emotive, slow burning blend of indie, folk & roots - have a listen. The band will be joined by Soviet X-Ray Record Club, Jake Whittaker Music & Steve Tyssen. PS: Surprise special guests: Arnie and the Muscles 😂

Published the zoo on 2016-06-15 06:30:00 GMT

Reflecting ! I found this picture while doing some tidying up and it made me smile and cry all at once, you know those moments. Two of my favourite people in the whole wide world. Ian who i get to talk to and laugh with and share my life with and Grant who i was lucky enough to call a dear friend. We met by chance when i was 16 years old at my college orientation dance at Gatton in 1984. (you can imagine) and then again through The Zoo in 1995. So if there is someone you haven't connected with lately and you miss them and you love them - give them a call today. Life is too short !! Always Joc.

Published the zoo on 2016-06-15 00:16:52 GMT

We've got a very special & unique event coming up in September - Peter Freestone, best friend of the legendary Freddie Mercury, will be coming to The Zoo to share rare photos, memories & anecdotes of all things Freddie & Queen! We are so psyched for this one!

Published the zoo on 2016-06-14 02:46:12 GMT

Published the zoo on 2016-06-14 02:35:02 GMT

Coming up... Music Is My Muse Brisbane & Vincent & Jules are celebrating their first birthdays together @ The Zoo Sat, August 6 with a killer bash! Feat. Being Jane Lane, RAWR VANITY, The Wandering Lost & Sera, this is gonna be a heckuva party.

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