South Bank Surf Club
In absence of any real beaches in the city, make do with an imitation in this laid back bar and restaurant, serving seafood, burgers and beer on tap. Surf Club is an entirely al-fresco set-up and the perfect weekend chill-out zone, spread over two levels. Downstairs is the bar and kitchen whilst in the upper level resides a massive wooden deck with views over Streets Beach and the river. The catwalk, however, is an additional thin platform that dishes out a bird’s eye view over towards the city.
Address: 30AA Plaza Parklands, Stanley St, Brisbane QLD, Australia, +61 7 3844 7301
Beach Burrito Company
Beach Burrito Company’s Brunswick Street store has a beach-style courtyard to transport customers south of the border (and a few hundred thousand miles away). Eat tacos, burritos, jalapeno poppers and drink ghetto can beers in the midst of the inner city.
Address: Shop 2/350 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD, Australia, +61 7 3852 6084
Located at the Brisbane Powerhouse, where one of the city’s best markets also takes place, Bar Alto is Italian in flavor yet authentically Brisbane in atmosphere. Dinners are meant to be eaten at a leisurely pace on the upper deck that looks out over the river: savor the house specialty of goat ragu on pappardelle and bask in the setting sun.
Address: 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD, Australia, +61 7 3358 1063
In this vibrant West End spot, you’ll have to beat back the crowds to gain entry to the inner sanctum of Gunshop’s spruced-up garden courtyard with brick-wall exteriors and even rooftop beehives. Patrons can seek shade whilst enjoying chef Jason Coolen’s locally-sourced market-driven menus.
Address: 53 Mollison St, West End QLD, Australia, +61 7 3844 2241
Next Door Kitchen & Bar
Defying the stereotype of a grungy basement bar, Next Door Kitchen & Bar subverts the 1920s speakeasy style and brings their whole set-up onto the open street. The opportunity is ripe for people-watching on Little Stanley Street whilst you kick back with a vermouth cocktail and enjoy the tapas menu, inspired by creative modern European cuisine.
Address: Shop B11 Little Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD, Australia, +61 7 3846 6678