Brisbane City has a very decent selection of watering-holes for post-work drinks or weekend affairs…
Here’s our toast to the top 10 bars for a drink and a good time in Brisbane, as voted by locals on Urbanspoon.
1. Canvas Club
The Canvas Club is Woolloongabba’s favourite hangout because of its carefully-curated craft-beer and boutique wine selection.
Canvas is comprised of a leather lounge bar and a fairy-lit courtyard garden – which becomes the perfect setting on the weekend for a casual drink.
Where: 16B Logan Rd, Woolloongabba
2. John Mills Himself
John Mills Himself, the latest addition to Brisbane’s nightlife, has found a home in a multi-story block down an Elizabeth Street alleyway.
The venue has a focus on all-local-liquor – all the wine, liquor and mixers are Australian products.
Where: 40 Charlotte St, Brisbane
If you’re a sucker for antiques and all-things-old, then you’ll love Kerbside – all the furnishings have been sourced from the council’s curb side pickups.
It’s a beer-lovers heaven with live music each week. Getting your drink might be hard, but there’s plenty of places to sit and enjoy.
Where: Constance St, Fortitude Valley
Verve’s claim to be Australia’s best underground cider house is considerably close to the truth. Found in the basement of the Metro Arts building, Verve is a casual option for a Friday-night drink.
Where: 109 Edward St, Brisbane CBD
5. The Gresham
The Gresham Bar is a whiskey and bourbon saloon oozing old-world charm with an eccentric touch.
Walking through Gresham’s large cedar doors, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time thanks to the soaring 7m-high pressed-metal ceiling, dark timber floorboards, Chesterfield couches and an antique Victorian fireplace.
Most of the cocktails are whiskey-based.
Where: 308-322 Queen Street, Brisbane
Junk is Brisbane’s original hole in the wall. Behind the velvet curtain lies a charming, suburban bar with an enjoyably-casual atmosphere.
Junk Bar has also been celebrated for its great service and friendly faces.
Where: 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove
7. Lychee Lounge
Lychee Lounge is a one-stop-shop for a Friday night. Patrons claim that the cocktails are amongst the city’s best, and the food menu matches ideally.
Lychee’s space also makes for a great spot for group bookings.
Where: 2/94 Boundary St, West End
8. Dandy’s Rooftop
The Fox Hotel’s rooftop bar has been recently refurbished into an adult’s urban playground.
It’s a vibrantly coloured, birdcage-laden bar with a retro tennis club-themed garden – visit on a Sunday afternoon and see for yourself…
Where: 71–73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
9. Room 60
Kelvin Grove’s Urban Village is home to the student hub, as well as the recently-opened Room 60. It’s a bar-meets-amphitheatre, where game nights, artist talks and live music performances take place weekly.
Room 60 is the perfect place for a wine-lover to channel their inner creative.
Where: Shop 22 Carraway St, Kelvin Grove
If pairing a sublime cocktail with live music sounds like perfect night to you, Laruche is your destination this weekend.
The flamboyant décor also makes for an impressive venue choice for a cocktail party, corporate function or engagement.
Where: 680 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley.