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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

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.

The Hope and Anchor

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.

The Royal Exchange Hotel

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.

The Flying Cock

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.

The Alliance Hotel

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.

Tippler's Tap

Tippler’s Tap: One of the first pubs in Brisbane to truly dedicate itself to an American-style menu and a mind meltingly diverse craft beer selection.

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The Wickham Hotel

For lager lovers with a sweet tooth, The Wickham Hotel is proud to host a permanent pop up with the over-the-top yeast ring slingers, Donut Boyz’.

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The Breakfast Creek Hotel

First opened in 1889, there’s something nice about getting loose in this Brisbane drinking institution and knowing that your father and your father’s father did much the same back in their days.

The Norman

It proudly calls itself Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant, and you’ll understand why when you see the incredible number of thick, slab-like steaks they serve up every hour.

The Caxton Hotel

It might not be the coolest pub in the city, but its proximity to the stadium means there’s always a football-fueled party going on inside its walls.

The Waterloo Hotel

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.
The Pineapple Hotel

This is another longstanding institution, potentially where your mum and dad enjoyed their first ale-influenced snog during the after-cricket celebrations (the Gabba’s just a short walk down the road).

The Morrison Hotel

If you prefer to wash your steak down with premium whiskey, you’ll be in heaven in the Morrison’s Naked Whisky Bar.