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Brisbane's Bar Wonderland: Sip, Savor, and Socialize in Style!

Immerse yourself in Brisbane's lively nightlife with our guide to the city's diverse and stylish bars. We've curated a list […]

Immerse yourself in Brisbane's lively nightlife with our guide to the city's diverse and stylish bars. We've curated a list of award-winning establishments, hidden gems, and rooftop venues where extraordinary cocktails reign supreme. Don't miss out on these must-visit drinking establishments—explore our recommendations for the top bars in Brisbane below.

 

Maya

757 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Maya, a bar infused with Mexican flair and surrounded by cacti, is the go-to spot for the city's stylish crowd. Enjoy the panoramic view of Brisbane while indulging in jalapeno mango margaritas paired with delectable servings of ceviche and golden fish tacos. The extensive 18-page drinks menu ensures there's something for every palate, featuring a diverse selection of spirits, wines, ales, beers, and even absinthe. Whatever your preference, Maya has it all, making it the perfect destination for a diverse and delightful drinking experience.

Photo courtesy @mayabrisbane on Instagram

"We had a mix of cocktails, all super yummy! The service was sensational. We were looked after very well." — Ellie M.

Death & Taxes

36 Burnett Ln, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Inspired from the charm of London and Paris, Death and Taxes infuses speakeasy elegance into one of Brisbane's best-hidden bars.This sleek and moody bar has mastered the art of cocktails, boasting an extensive menu that will tantalize your taste buds. For those who prefer alternatives, explore the back bar featuring a curated collection of 1000 boutique and artisanal spirits.

Photo courtesy @deathandtaxes on Instagram

"Death and Taxes offers an unparalleled experience for cocktail enthusiasts. The ambiance, with its leather, whiskey, and cigar elements, creates a captivating vibe. " — Nisarg K.

Kiki

63 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Nestled in Fish Lane, Kiki transforms from a charming al fresco coffee and banh mi kiosk during the day to a lively spot for cocktails and dim sum from midday onwards. As the sibling of the Southside restaurant, Kiki promises delectable fare that is truly mouthwatering. And when it comes to cocktails, prepare to be amazed—think beach negronis, spiked Vietnamese iced coffees, and more. You won't believe the enticing options available.

Photo courtesy @kiki_kiosk on Instagram

"I find myself amongst the palm fronds at Kiki, drinking a refreshing, tantalizing cocktail." — Monique M.

Stranded

3 Winn St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Stranded is the perfect spot for those who enjoy a musical accompaniment to their drinks. It goes beyond being a typical bar, functioning more as a lively music venue with frequent gigs. Even if you're not there to enjoy live performances, the extensive selection of signature cocktails, beers, wines, and liqueurs, along with shared plates and pizzas, ensures a good time. The music isn't the only thing that will have you dancing – there's plenty to delight your taste buds as well.

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"Its wide selection of fine food and beverages Uber cool retro décor, moody atmosphere, friendly welcoming staff." — Gary W.

At Sixes and Sevens

67 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Whether you're in the mood for the chic ambiance of a cocktail lounge or prefer enjoying refreshing drinks outdoors in the sun, Sixes and Sevens ensures you stay well-hydrated at all times. Explore this lively establishment and discover a menu featuring a variety of cocktails, craft beers, and delightful eats. This everyday-type public house, inspired by Queenslander architecture, caters to locals with its unique and relaxed yet funky atmosphere, making it a welcoming spot for everyone to enjoy.

Photo courtesy @sixesandsevensjamesst on Instagram

"Really awesome outdoor pub and club, good vibes, good people, great service…" — Ben O.

Canvas

16B Logan Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia

Introducing Woolloongabba's hidden gem, Canvas – a vibrant bar that might have slipped under your radar, but trust us, it's worth discovering. Located within a charming heritage-listed building, this eclectic venue is a visual treat adorned with graffiti, lush plants, and enchanting fairy lights. The decor, sourced from local second-hand stores and vintage sales, adds a unique touch. Beyond the visual appeal, Canvas takes pride in its diverse drink menu, offering boutique wines, craft beers, and an array of imaginative cocktails. Don't forget to pair your drinks with delectable bar snacks for the ultimate experience.

 

 

"We had a really lovely time here. The food is stunning, the drinks are wonderful." — Kath A.

Frog’s Hollow Saloon

26 Charlotte St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Bringing a rustic touch to urban dwellers, Frog’s Hollow Saloon offers excellent beer, a selection of fine whiskey (with an emphasis on independent labels), and an overall fantastic atmosphere. Embodying a wholesome Southern vibe reminiscent of Texas, minus the confederacy and with a touch more sophistication than trucker hats. The team also excels in crafting cocktails and serves up a variety of bar snacks, making this venue more than just a one-trick pony.

Photo courtesy @frogshollowsaloon on Instagram

"Brilliant whiskey bar with country tunes and a cool decor…Perfect after work drinks! Will be back again" — Christopher

Babylon Gardens

145 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Babylon Garden, the sister venue to the beloved riverside spot Babylon, offers a visually stunning experience. Situated right by the Brisbane River, this open-air bar is an ideal choice for post-work drinks with a picturesque view. Take a seat, feel the breeze in your hair, indulge in Mediterranean snacks, and enjoy a couple of Turkish Espresso Martinis, just a perfect setting for relaxation.

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"The food was totally amazing , very very generous servings, the cocktails rocked…" — Katy P.

Maker

9 Fish Ln, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

With an intimate setting that accommodates just around 20 patrons, this petite Fish Lane hideaway becomes a coveted spot, especially at the weathered brass bar on a Saturday night. Despite its limited space, the venue offers top-notch service and presents an inventive molecular cocktail selection crafted by the acclaimed bartender, Edward Quatermass. Pair this exclusive experience with a show at the nearby QPAC or indulge in a dinner at one of the upscale eateries lining the lane.

Photo courtesy @makerbrisbane on Instagram

"Great vibe, awesome staff and enough space to feel comfortable. Highly recommended" — Daniel C.

Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar

678 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4003, Australia

Hidden away in Brisbane is Suzie Wong's Good Time Bar, accessible through an inconspicuous refrigerator door in the Valley. It's not just the entrance that sets this place apart—it's the epitome of cool. Once inside, you'll step into a unique Hawaiian dive bar, distinguished by its vintage decor, vibrant neon lights, and a massive swordfish. The atmosphere leans towards a grungy surf bar, promising an experience unlike any other in the city. Anticipate live rockabilly music as you enjoy a pina colada in this distinctive setting.

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"Excellent atmosphere, great service and amazing drinks range with cool music. A must if you are in the valley" — Damon K.

Cloudland

641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Cloudland is more than just a high-end club; it's a multifaceted destination with a restaurant, two bars, and even a rooftop brewery. Yes, you heard it right – a rooftop brewery called Valley Hops Brewing, nestled atop Cloudland, offering an experience you shouldn't overlook. With its charming features like creeping vines, metal arbors, picnic tables, and, of course, an array of beers, it's an invitation to a good time that you won't want to miss.

Photo courtesy @cloudlandbrisbane on Instagram

"Mesmerising and stunning club definitely fit for a king and queen. Opulance and Decadance and right up my alley!" — Sharona

What a great place for a work event.. Might have to look into this for our next Today’s Dentistry Christmas party!

BrewDog DogTap Brisbane

77 Metroplex Ave, Murarrie QLD 4172, Australia

Planning a birthday celebration and on the hunt for the top bars in Brisbane? DogTap emerges as a stellar option. Situated by the riverside, it offers stunning views and an industrial-chic ambiance. With a selection of over 28 beer taps, delightful cocktails, and wine, it's a beverage enthusiast's haven. Plus, if you're feeling hungry, indulge in delectable US-style fare at this enticing venue.

Photo courtesy @dogtapbrisbane on Instagram

"The beer selection was a true symphony of flavours, and they paired it with tunes that hit all the right notes. It's like they brewed their beer with musical magic." — Sonia H.

Riverbar & Kitchen

71 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Whether you're indulging in breakfast or exploring evening drinks, Riverbar & Kitchen excels in both realms. As one of the premier bars in Brisbane CBD, it invites you to enjoy food and beverages by the water, embracing the essence of hospitality throughout the week.

Photo courtesy @riverbarandkitchen on Instagram

"Ordering is effortless, and the option to choose from a wide array of drinks adds to the charm of the place. Highly recommended!" — Nick

Cobbler

7 Browning St, West End QLD 4101, Australia

Imagine a setting adorned with industrial low-hanging lights, penny farthings, and exposed brick walls – that's Cobbler for you. As one of Brisbane's top whiskey bars, boasting an impressive collection of over 300 bottles of the golden elixir, Cobbler also offers an array of delectable cocktails for you to relish.

Photo courtesy @cobblerwestend on Instagram

"They had excellent cocktails and a very good selection of whiskey. Staff are very friendly" — Cici S.

Alba Bar & Deli

34 Burnett Ln, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Alba Bar & Deli seamlessly blends the vibes of San Sebastian and Brooklyn in a chic laneway setting. Adorned with stylish green tiles, hanging lights, and sleek metal barstools, this effortlessly cool establishment not only talks the talk but also walks the walk. Offering delectable tapas and perfectly paired wines, it's a delightful dilemma to determine whether it's a top-notch bar with exceptional food or a restaurant with stellar drinks. 

Photo courtesy @albabaranddeli on Instagram

"...the cocktails were A+ Pumpkin Latte cocktail is a must-try, thanks guys." — Hannah W.

Savile Row

667 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Elevating your drinking experience, this popular spot in Fortitude Valley introduces a touch of sophistication with its leather seating and dazzling chandeliers. With an extensive collection of over 750 spirits adorning its shelves, Savile Row guarantees an impressive array of inventive cocktails and whiskies for your enjoyment.

Photo courtesy @savilerowfortitudevalley on Instagram

"Behind the bright red door lies pure awesomeness. Fantastic cocktails, ideal vibes for a date night or chilling with friends." -— Patty S.

Dr Gimlette

109 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Dr. Gimlette emerges as a welcome sight when the distinctive plague doctor mask makes its appearance. Nestled in one of Brisbane's oldest buildings and crafted by the creative minds behind Death & Taxes and Cobbler, this cocktail bar ensures a seamless bar experience. Specializing in unique cocktails referred to as "antidotes and remedies," the menu is divided into three enticing flavor combinations: "wood, spice, and smoke," "earth, herb, and leaf," and "fruit, floral, and citrus."

Photo courtesy @dr.gimlettebrisbane on Instagram

"Brisbane bliss! This cocktail bar is a personal favorite—a visual treat with fantastic decor." — Patty S.

The Sound Garden

318 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Looking for hip bars in Fortitude Valley? Look no further than The Sound Garden. With two captivating floors featuring hanging foliage and chic seating, this venue is a gem. Enjoy live music, delectable food, and a drinks menu that will surely quench your thirst and more.

Photo courtesy @thesoundgardenbne on Instagram

"Good selection of high quality and value food, and a huge range of drinks…" — Rhys D.

The Gresham

308 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

The Gresham, Queensland's sole heritage-listed pub, demonstrates a meticulous approach not only in preserving the historic building's old-world charm but also in crafting an exceptional drinks selection. Renowned for its commitment to whisky, especially American variants, the highly acclaimed establishment devotes an entire menu page to this spirit. In addition, an extensive array of ales, wines, rums, gins, and tequilas, showcasing various brands, ensures a diverse and satisfying experience for patrons with specific preferences.

Photo courtesy @thegresham on Instagram

"I had a fantastic time at The Gresham Bar! The atmosphere is incredibly cozy, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing evening out." — Abe Z.

The Nixon Room

Unit 3/181 Robertson St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

As you stroll down a lane adorned with fig trees in the Valley, a brass door beckons that leads you to a secret bar. Step through it to discover the enchanting realm of The Nixon Room. This intimate bar, crafted by the team behind the adjacent Essa, offers inventive cocktails and funky snacks until midnight – a tempting invitation to linger. Tip, pair the Kimchi toastie with a couple martinis!

Photo courtesy @the.nixonroom on Instagram

"This place is what James St needed. A relaxed vibe, with exceptional cocktails and amazing food." — Rizal R.

Netherworld

186 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Dive into the fun at Netherworld, a combo of bar, diner, and retro arcade. Relive the '70s with classics like Donkey Kong and Pac-Man for just $1, or choose from 100 board games. Enjoy over 15 beers, Australian wines, unique sodas, and creative cocktails like the Drop Bear Australian Spritz. Plus, they offer a vegan-friendly menu.

 

Photo courtesy Netherworld Arcade website

"Nice selection of drinks, cocktails and arcade games. Good vibes." — Jacob J.

Gerard’s Bar

13A/23 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

In close proximity to the upscale James Street precinct in Brisbane, Gerard's Bar perfectly bridges the gap between the district's superb dining establishments and the lively entertainment scene of the Valley. This is the ideal spot to indulge in cocktails and explore a surprisingly refined selection of wines, all enjoyed al fresco amid the vibrant atmosphere, making it a popular choice among Brisbane's lively and fashionable crowd.

Photo courtesy @gerardsbar on Instagram

"Best find! I think this may become my new favourite local. We had a great experience here." — Christine A.

City Winery

11 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

Hold off on reserving that Hunter Valley wine tour; you might find yourself captivated by Brisbane's very own City Winery. Embracing the trend of artisanal handmade wines crafted right in our local landscape, this 70-seater venue, housed in a converted warehouse, boasts a fully functional micro-winery—the first of its kind in Brisbane since 1860. Championing local businesses is always a win, especially when it comes with a touch of wine sophistication.

Photo courtesy @citywinerybne on Instagram

"The rose wine blending experience was exceptional, offering a delightful journey through the art of blending." — Mayer J.

Ruby, My Dear

12 Longland St, Newstead QLD 4006, Australia

Prepare for a treat, music enthusiasts! In Newstead, you'll find Ruby, My Dear, a vinyl bar that combines live music, records, and delicious drinks. Drawing inspiration from Japanese jazz cafes, this intimate and softly-lit spot offers izakaya-style cuisine, universally appealing cocktails, and delightful tunes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

 

Photo courtesy @rubyvinylbar on Instagram 

"Unique and awesome. The food oozes quality and individuality. Love the sake and cocktails too." — Cat

Finney Isles

702 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia

In Fortitude Valley, Finney Isles is not just a bar; it's a shake-up experience. As you appreciate the elegant interiors, featuring royal blue booths and parquet floors, explore their extensive drinks list while indulging in the menu of charcuterie and cheese boards. It's more than just a cocktail bar – it's a rendezvous with sophistication in Brisbane.

Photo courtesy @finneyisles on Instagram

"A wonderful cocktail bar with fantastic mixologists who really know their craft." — Rachael N.

Bringing the curtains down on our exploration of Brisbane's dynamic bar scene, it's clear that each venue is a unique chapter in the city's vibrant nightlife story. As you embark on your own journey through these social havens, may your nights be filled with the perfect pours, delightful flavors, and an atmosphere that resonates with the spirited essence of Brisbane's social scene. Here's to many more unforgettable evenings in the heart of Queensland's capital, where every sip tells a story and every venue invites you to be part of the city's pulsating nightlife rhythm.

(P.S… just your friendly reminder that even though we all love a glass of red wine (or 10..). It does act as a tooth stainer. I could tell you to reduce your red wine consumption… or, I could tell you to make sure your teeth stay nice and clean by seeing us for a regular check up and clean. I know, a much more doable option!)

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