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The 14 Best Pubs in Brisbane, Australia

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Updated: 18 September 2017
Queenslanders have long stood out for their particularly enthusiastic approach to lager and ale. But experience the pubs for yourself and you’ll understand why we just can’t help but head out on the town. Here’s a selection of the best in Brisbane.

Regatta Hotel

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It’s famous around the world for its one-way mirror urinal (who doesn’t want to pretend to pee on other patrons), but there’s plenty more to love about this traditional Queensland pub by the river.
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The Hope and Anchor

Gastropub, Pub Grub, Australian, none
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It’s small, it’s cosy, it has a nautical theme – the latest pub from well loved local foodtrepreneur Jamie Webb will impress even the most hardcore British pub fanatic.
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The Royal Exchange Hotel

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It’s the first big pub you hit when heading into the city from the sprawling University of Queensland campus, so it’s no wonder that the Royal Exchange is pretty much always packed to the brim with sozzled students.
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The Flying Cock

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This one’s not for prudes – nearly every piece of pub grub on the menu is named with some sort of perfectly juvenile penis pun.
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The Alliance Hotel

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You’re not really a local until you’ve downed a few lagers on these heritage balconies. And you’re not really a tourist until you’ve checked out Brisbane’s only ski-themed Chalet Bar.
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Lock'n'Load

Pub, Bar, Pub Grub, Australian, none
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Offering breakfast in the morning, live music in the evening and craft beer at all points in between, it’s no wonder that this pub has long been a favourite in West End.
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The Waterloo Hotel

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Brisbanites are proud to see this art deco landmark still standing, having fought tooth and nail to stop it being demolished to make way for even more apartment blocks. The delectable menu and range of drinks on tap remind us that the struggle was worth it.
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