The Fashion Girl's Guide to the Best Bars in Brisbane
When it comes culture, nightlife, and entertainment, Brisbane is arguably the most underrated city in the country. The once sleepy Queensland capital is no longer—thanks to an influx of bustling bars, the formerly boring, older inland sister of the Gold Coast is now ready to play. In fact, The Lonely Planet dubbed it Australia’s coolest city back in 2014—believe us now? Who can deny the draw of that year-long summer when there is an array of hip hidden watering holes like these scattered through the riverside city. Read on and discover the new and improved Brisbane for yourself—you won’t be disappointed.
At Sixes and Sevens
This charming public-house-meets-gastro pub—located in a 1878 weatherboard cottage—is home to a quality selection of boutique beers and fine wines. During the summer, enjoy the terrace deck with astro-turf lawn and when the days begin to cool off, the beautifully styled interior featuring wooden finishes, tiled bars, and warm hues is the perfect place to unwind.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Perched eleven stories above Brisbane’s bustling Ann Street with 270 degree views of the surrounding neighbourhood, Eleven Rooftop Bar is a Brisbane rite of passage. It has set the standard for Brisbane’s rooftop bar scene because that view, that sophisticated interior, and that delectable menu would be hard to match.
Located in the cellar of a 130 year old heritage Fortitude Valley building, Greaser is arguably Brisbane’s coolest bar—if you can find it, that is. Nestled down the dodgy laneways of Fortitude Valley, the underground bar is a hidden gem. Once you finally discover it, you’ll be enjoying your cocktail surrounded by graffiti walls under a vintage ad prints on Levi's jeans covered bar stool.
Lefty's Old Time Music Hall
If you like whisky, Johnny Cash, and decadent interiors, then Lefty's Old Time Music Hall could be your new favourite haunt. A far-cry from its neighbouring venues, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to 19th century America thanks to the bear and deer heads overlooking over the saloon-esque seating, red velvet drapes hanging from the ceiling next to the dimly-lit vintage chandeliers. Embrace the escape.
Overlooking the Brisbane River, River Bar has arguably the best beer garden in town. It’s no surprise that is has become one of the city’s hotspots considering it’s the brainchild of two of our favourite leading chefs, Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan. River Bar’s unparalleled location and quality food is worth a trip to Brisbane itself.
Alfred & Constance
Located in the iconic Fortitude Valley, Alfred & Constance is housed in a pair of heritage-listed Queenslander cottages. It's the kind of place where you can opt to sip a gin and tonic on a vinyl couch in the ‘70s inspired room, put your dancing shoes on in the upstairs tiki bar Pina Colada in hand, or treat yourself to an icy cold beer on one of the colonial verandahs—the saying “there’s something for everyone” has never been truer.
If you find yourself in what feels like a gentleman’s club with pressed-metal ceilings, Chesterfield couches, Victorian fireplaces, lamps, and original dark floorboards, you’ve probably stumbled upon The Gresham Bar. The building’s original architecture is worth the visit itself, and with their old fashioned with the highest calibre rum on the rocks in hand, they can do no wrong.
Looking for another buzzing basement bar? Welcome to Brooklyn Standard. Renowned for its quality live music acts—think funk, soul, blues, rockabilly—this moody brick cellar is the definition of a good time.