Brisbane is the home of the outdoors, the capital of Australia’s Sunshine State that is Queensland, Brisbane offers art, adventure, culture, and most importantly great food and drink.
Whether you’re out for the day soaking up the sun, shopping with friends, or on the search for a great night out, Brisbane is home to some of the country’s best bars and this is why we have written this article.
We have put together a list of our favorite hotspots in the city, which promise to wet your whistle and bless your palette.
From rooftop bars to intimate wine bars, to cocktail clubs and whiskey hideouts, Brisbane offers something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!
Eagle Lane, Brisbane, 4000 QLD
Brooklyn Standard is not your standard bar. Instead, it’s an underground surprise filled with live music from a range of different genres and eras.
The music hits the stage six nights a week and includes soul, blues, funk, pop, rockabilly, and much more, meaning there is a tune to go with everyone’s drinks.
As far as drinks are concerned, the bar is well stocked up on liqueurs and cold beers and with a Brooklyn-approved feel, it’s a Brisbane bar that is more than worth the visit.
Ground Floor, 51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006 QLD
Located on Alfred Street, Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess is a plantation-style Brisbane cocktail and tapas bar which was inspired by the British colonial outposts of the latter half of the 19th century.
With live music, over 100 gins to choose from, a well-crafted house cocktail list, and a never-ending back bar, you are promised both quality and good times all night long.
It was even nominated for Australian Gin Bar of the year in 2017, 2018, and 2021.
If you’re looking for a spot where you can grab a cocktail prior to dinner, see our post of Bucci Restaurant.
49 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane 4000 QLD
You’re promised a night as fun as the name at the Boom Boom Room. Located on Elizabeth Street, be prepared for the Sichuan flavors of Donna Chang with opulent cocktails within the heritage-listed buildings’ old bank vaults.
Filled with sounds of jazz, soul, and blues, the venue promises to get you dancing and drinking from the bottle whilst also indulging in some of the best local produce found in Australia.
Fish Lane, South Brisbane, 4101 QLD
If you’re in the mood for a cold beer or tall glass of wine, look no further than Maker.
Tucked around the corner from Gauge, which is its sibling venue, Maker is created by the Sourced Grocer’s Jerome Batten.
A bar that has been paid with attention to detail and a particular local focus, expect a truly authentic Australian experience as you sip on some of the finest Australian spirits, beer, and wine as well as high-quality international drops which are ready to pour straight away.
A Brisbane bar with an artisanal touch, Maker promises to impress.
32 Commercial Road, Newstead, 4006 QLD
Located on Commercial Road, Mrs. Brown’s Bar and Kitchen serves up some incredible sharing platters as well as a reasonably stocked bar filled with a range of beverages to quench your thirst all night.
You’ll also find tasty woodfired pizzas on the food menu along with chicken wings and bao and even pan-fried dumplings.
It’s a great place to visit any time of day and the exposed brick walls with hanging plants and industrial touches of an old warehouse make it all the more atmospheric on a cozy afternoon in the city.
543 Coronation Drive, Toowong, 4066 QLD
Another of our themed bars on this list, The Walrus Club is a speakeasy bar built for the finer ladies and most dapper gentlemen.
It has an authentic prohibition approach and is designed to be an escape from the reality outside. It’s known for its specialty rum range and offers over 150 different blends.
But if rum is not your thing, they also offer a selection of unique spirits and a delightful cocktail menu developed by professional cocktail connoisseurs.
1000 Ann Street, Brisbane 4006 QLD
Bar Kazba offers a cocktail experience like no other.
With cocktails that are hidden within hollow hardback novels, Sazeracs which are poured from glass bottles bursting with smoke, and punch bowls that look like disco bowls, Bar Kazba is a sidebar filled with theatrics to impress.
It offers a 1940s themed lounge, glamour and glitz, and some of the best drinks in the city.
We recommend the Turkish Coffee Martini and suggest you pair it with one of their famous vegetarian delights such as their chili halloumi savory doughnuts.
757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006 QLD
Maya is a bar that is inspired directly from Mexico’s Riviera Maya that offers an authentic Mexican outdoor drinking experience and eatery.
Offering a range of Mexican street food and designed to go with a margarita or two, this place was built to give you a taste of Mexico down under.
Some of our favorites include crispy prawns that have been grilled in tequila, battered jalapenos with homemade guacamole, and twice-cooked pork belly with spicy corn puree.
If you have room for dessert, don’t be afraid to try the desert cacti or and the greenery galor.
When it comes to a drinks menu, they offer five kinds of margaritas to keep with the true Mexican themes, as well as an extensive cocktail list, sangria jugs, plenty of tequila and mezcal, and a variety of Australian wines.
702 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, 4005 OLD
Found behind the famous blue door located on Ann Street, Finney Isles comes from the people that brought you Brisbane’s Cobbler and Saville Row.
What makes it so different however is that the passion from the servers at this bar is unmatched.
They love the bar culture of their beloved city that is Brisbane and are keen to share that with tourists and locals alike.
The bar is filled with boutique gins, rums, whiskeys, and unique spirits, but their cocktails and their wine list are what most visitors will recommend after their experience at Finney Isles.
If you’re hungry, they also offer a charcuterie board that pairs perfectly with a cocktail as well as a Bento Box filled with delights from grilled oysters to miso soup.
36 Burnett Lane, Brisbane City, 4000 QLD
Death and Texas is the bar for you if you’re looking for something that promises a sophisticated and elegant drinking experience. Tucked away in Burnett Lane.
It’s known for its outstanding cocktails and the exciting CBD outside turns into an atmospheric, moody interior where you are promised not only some of the finest cocktail mixing in the city but also a range of over 40 wines that you can sip on all through the night.
Shop 13A, 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006 QLD
You’ll find Gerad’s Bar on James Street and yes you guessed it, it comes from the same people that created Gerad’s Bistro.
A fancy bar at night but a casual spot for dining in the day, you’ll be able to sip on some Australian wine whilst also enjoying a range of Middle Eastern-inspired snacks.
Known for their extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, Gerad’s Bar caters to everyone so is perfect for catching up with old friends or for a casual date night on the weekend.
The Basement, 97 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000
If you’re looking for entertainment, as well as a good drink, look no further than Arcadium Adventures.
Not only do they provide a speakeasy-style bar with a range of cocktails and delicacies, but they also host a variety of escape rooms where you can either step into your favorite book or travel through time portals to find some legendary artifacts.
A place of fun and adventure, Arcadium Adventure promises to open your eyes and explore the world like never before.
71 Eagle Street, Brisbane, 4000 QLD
If you are looking for something popular with the locals, Riverbar and Kitchen promise not to disappoint.
With views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge, you can dine on seasonal produce and in-house liqueurs whilst looking over into the beautiful city.
Not to mention, breakfast is their best seller and if you end up in the area in the morning, we highly recommend going for their Riverbar Breakfast.
21/267 Grey Street, South Bank, 4101 QLD
If it is a drink with a view you are after, The Terrace is a rooftop bar the will not disappoint.
Sit on elevated seating in the sky and take in views that stretch to Moreton Island whilst you sip on carefully crafted cocktails or a long glass of Australian white wine.
In the open alfresco area, you’ll also be able to see the city skyline, Story Bridge, and the South Bank below.
59B Gardens Point Road, Brisbane City, 4000 QLD
Will & Flow is a summer favorite in the city. Perched over the river and starting the day as a cafe serving up coffee and acai bowls, it’s no wonder why it’s such a popular choice for locals and tourists alike.
As the day continues, find woodfired pizzas, seafood platters, and summer cocktails hit the menu, as well as a range of cold beers and wines, so you can keep sipping and eating, whilst soaking up the afternoon Australian sun.