Brisbane’s buzzing bar scene offers more than just a standard pint. Queensland’s River City is brimming with bars, pubs and taverns serving fine food, delicious cocktails and delectable desserts. We explore the 10 best bars in the city.
Brisbane Brewing Co.
Bar, Restaurant, Beer, Pub Grub, Australian, $$$
Brisbane Brewing Co. | Image courtesy of Brisbane Brewing Co.
The new kid on the block, Brisbane Brewing Co. is a welcome addition for the enthusiastic beer connoisseurs of Brisbane’s West End. Nestled at the end of a cozy alley, the bar and restaurant brews eight of its own beers on site. Nibble on five types of meats and cheeses while viewing the brewery, all washed down by a creamy decadent brew.
Whether you’re after an alternate venue for an event or just an indie cocktail, Laruche, situated in Brisbane’s party hub, Fortitude Valley, is the place to be. The cocktail list will have your head spinning with the amount of beverages on offer, but that will soon be cured by opting for one of the shared jugs. Laruche, 680 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, Australia, +61 7 3666 0880
Cloudland is where you’ll want to be on a Saturday night in Brisbane. Feel free to stop in for a beverage and admire the beauty of the place, and why not sit back in one of their hammock chairs? On Thursdays, they offer free salsa dance classes.
Alfred & Constance | Image courtesy of Alfred & Constance
Set in an old Queenslander house, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the best house party of your life when arriving at this Alfred & Constance. On the ground floor, you’ll find a cafe and restaurant serving up a plethora of culinary creations and cocktails. Head upstairs and you’ll be entering the ‘Tiki Bar’, a Hawaiian style club where you can indulge in pina coladas served in pineapples. Don’t forget to check out the basement in the early hours of the morning, where you can get your grove on in the 70’s-themed disco.
Soleil features a bar with a pool, for when the weather is so unbearable that you have no choice but to dive into the cool water. Some visitors bring swim suits, but the more hardcore patrons jump right in while wearing their clothes. Soleil is most popular on Sunday afternoons.
Fancy a picnic and Pimms by the river? Riverbar & Kitchen serves up delectable bar favorites with a twist, all served on colorful picnic tables that look out onto killer views of the Brisbane river and the Story Bridge. Brunch cocktails here are a speciality, and are sure to make you forget your Sunday morning hangover.
The staff at Habitat Restaurant & Bar will run you through their extensive alcohol menu to ensure your night is as wonderful as it should be. In the surroundings of Habitat, it’s unlikely anything could go too wrong. The beautiful modern bar keeps it light and simple inside, and has fire pits outside so you can enjoy the fresh air on a chilly winter night.
Cocktail Bar, Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary, Dessert
Cowch Cocktail & Dessert Bar | Image courtesy of Cowch
Cowch, located in the heart of Southbank will cure all your hunger pangs. The dessert bar, well-known for its ‘build your own ice-cream’ area, also has a range of chocolate inspired cocktails for those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth with a bit of a kick.
Did someone say bearded men and wire-rimmed tortoiseshell glasses? Super Whatnot is perhaps the most indie bar on the Brisbane scene, located in an ‘abandoned beauty college.’ It is one of the many laneway bars that opened up in Brisbane recently, but the atmosphere is unparalleled and the beer here will not disappoint.
While the name doesn’t sound very local, The London Club, located in exclusive New Farm, is a stand-out. Bookcases take up every inch of the walls, giving the venue a very regal feel. Armchairs are nestled in candlelit corners so you can sit back and relax, enjoying a scotch on the rocks whilst you ponder where the night will take you next. The London Club, 38 Vernon Terrace, Newstead QLD 4006, Australia, +61 7 3252 8188