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5th ELEMENT: "Classy Wine & beer Bar" Brisbane Restaurant Tip by pedroswift

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by pedroswift
  • Classy Wine  & beer Bar - Brisbane
  • Red wine dispensing centre:digital price readout - Brisbane
      Red wine dispensing centre:digital price readout
    by pedroswift
  • wine for sale by the bottle - Brisbane
      wine for sale by the bottle
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You'll love 5th Element if you appreciate the opportunity to taste a range of wines that you would not normally encounter in one location.
The focal point of the establishment is the cellar which has half a dozen stainless steel and glass wine dispensing points. Each point stores up to a dozen bottles of wine. Wines are kept in their original bottles so labels can be consulted. Each bottle is sealed and a graduated pump dispenses wine at the press of a button. Three size options are available - A taste - a half glass - a full glass ... priced accordingly.
Customers are given a pre-loaded card ( for example worth 50 bucks) and they insert the card in the machine each time they sample a wine. An alternative is an open balance card in exchange for a credit card. Don't leave your card in the machine or others will get a free drink on your tab.
About 30 white wines and 50 reds are available across a diverse range of originating counties and wine varieties and styles. A great educational opportunity is at one's fingertips. eg. Sample 6 chardonnays from 5 counties. Prices range from $7 a glass (aussie red) to $70 a glass for Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 $70 glass / $350 bottle(other sparklings: Veuve Clicquot $22 glass/ $260 bottle ; Rothbury Estate NV $9 glass/ $30 bottle). Only mention the champagne to indicate the sky is the limit. There are , of course, much cheaper options for we mere mortals!
As well, for non-wine drinkers, the range of spirits and beers is huge.

The food menu offers: 10 Tapas plates average price $14
Shared plates: Charcouterie plate, meats and accompaniments $26 - Fresh sashimi plate and accompaniments $28 - Cheeses platters p.o.a.
5 entrée average price $16 - 5 mains $33 - 3 sides $12

The unique wine service concept and a huge variety of sitting, lounging and bar space plus a very modern slick decor no doubt draws the crowds after work hours. A word of warning: the open bar tab option of wine tasting might have you spending more than you intended if not closely monitored.

Favorite Dish: We opted to try four white wines from the machine and two reds.
It was a Monday lunch time and there were few customers - totally different from the normal full on pumping scene of South Bank Swank later in the week and at weekends. Booking for dinner essential on those nights.
We tried the Charcouterie plate which was reminiscent of Spanish Jambon Bars . The half dozen or so Iberian style air dried hams thinly sliced and rolled with chilli rilletes and a small salad.

Returned later in the week with family for diner. As predicted, the place was full. We started with tapas which were very tasty and for mains had Duck cooked two ways, Venison done two ways and Wagu Beef. Everyone raved over the mains : Meat cooked to perfection. The evening did nothing to change my high opinion of %th Element.
A week after our last visit, The local newspaper did a write up of "Places in Which to be Seen" in Brisbane. 5thElement was included in the top ten.

2nd photo: red wine dispensing unit.
3rd photo: plenty of wine available by the bottle after a taste

Address: Corner of Tribune & Little Stanley S., South Bank
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Opposite Southbank
Phone: 07 3846 5584
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 4
Theme: Wine Bar/Wine Tasting

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2009
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