From the frozen and fruity to the shaken and stirred, Brisbane is lousy with brilliant bars and talented bartenders keen to please with signature cocktails and one-off creations. Here are just a few of the best places to settle in and enjoy a cocktail in Brisbane.
Alfred & Constance
130 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
With three bars to choose from, Alfred & Constance seems an obvious choice for a soothing afternoon cocktail or two. They serve up a mean passionfruit and vanilla mojito as well as amazing Tiki Cocktails like their Vanguard Mai Tai.
But the crowning jewel this summer has to be their Frosé! Yes, that’s right — frozen rosé, strawberry and citrus combined to create the ice-cold slushy of your grown-up dreams.
308 Queen Street, Brisbane City
If you love whisky you’re going to love a visit to The Gresham in Brisbane City. Paying tribute to the heritage of the building, The Gresham is stocked to the hilt with high calibre rum, whisky and wine, with an extensive cocktail list to boot! Try their Death And Taxes creation of Jameson, ginger, honey, apple, pineapple, walnut and smoke.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Once you’re done gawking at the stunning views from Eleven Rooftop Bar, you’ll want to cast your eyes over their exciting cocktail menu. This sophisticated spot makes a mean martini, tailored to your exact specifications, but it’s their signature Eleven Bar Cocktail of Beefeater Gin, passionfruit, ginger and citrus that really grabs your attention.
Sidon St, South Brisbane
For great views, delicious nibbles and an afternoon of cocktail goodness you can’t go past Stokehouse Q. Grab yourself a spot at Stoke Bar, offering up the best seats in South Bank and spend a few hours watching CityCats and ferries pass you by. Share a few plates with good friends while sipping on refreshing beverages like their Summer Splice of Pampero Blanco, orange curacao, pineapple juice, falernum and lime or split a jug of their dreamy Mojito.
Blackbird Bar & Grill
123 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
The million dollar views alone make Blackbird Bar & Grill worth a visit. Offering up the ideal spot to sit and watch the sun set and the twinkling lights of the Story Bridge come to life, Blackbird also create fantastic Great Gatsby inspired cocktails.
Try their refreshing Lychee Rose Rickey of gin, lychee liquor, rose water and lime juice. Perfect for a sunny afternoon spent with good friends.
7 Browning Street, West End
You’ll find Cobbler in West End, bursting at the seams with over 300 whiskeys from all over the world. Not only are they overflowing with whisky, they’ve done an incredible job creating a warm, welcoming space that’s perfect for hiding out with a cocktail. It’s also BYO food!
They offer a seasonal cocktail menu which can include drinks like the C3PO of watermelon, Havana 3 Years Rum, Rinquinquin Peach Apertifie, fig leaf syrup and fresh citrus.
175 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
Riverside favourite Bar Pacino offer up incredible views and equally incredible cocktails. Another afternoon favourite, you’ll find the talented bartenders mixing up top-notch cocktails too good to pass up.
Try their famed Figa, a delightful combination of gin and elderflower with fresh lemon and mint leaves to finish. It’s refreshing and sure to quench any thirst.
Where’s your favourite place to grab a cocktail in Brisbane? Let us know in the comments below!