Move over, Melbourne! Brisbane is upping its game and laying claim to some of Australia’s best laneways.
Laneways full of cool bars and cafes have long been associated with Melbourne, New York or Paris, but Brisbane has been rejuvenating its laneway culture for a while now. Here’s a list of some of our favourites.
Fish Lane (South Bank)
Starting right beside the Fox, Fish Lane stretches from Manning Street all the way to Grey Street. The laneway itself is slowly getting busier and busier.
At the top, you’ll find Wandering Cooks, with a bar, events on every night of the week, and so many of the new delicious food trucks always stopping in. A little further down is Saccharomyces Beer Cafe, a craft beer bar where you can play some mean Connect 4. Once you’re near the Fox, you’ll find Maker, a hidden gem of a cocktail bar, and Julius’ Pizzeria.
The perfect laneway for dinner, drinks and a stroll.
Burnett Lane (CBD)
Hidden just near Queen Street Mall, Burnett Lane is a well-established haunt for those who are clued in on Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Here you’ll find Brew, a coffee speciality place, which doubles as a bar with craft beer come night time. If you’ve had your coffee fix, there’s Survey & Co, a world class restaurant to fill you up, and when you’re done, wander down to Super What Not, for some late night cocktails and snacks.
At the very end of it all, if you need that final pick me up, you’ll find Felix Espresso, a funky café with smoothies and wholefood treats. There’s also the back entrance to Record Exchange, the biggest second hand vinyl store in the southern hemisphere.
Gresham Lane (CBD)
As you’d guess, this is near the cocktail bar The Gresham. This laneway is a favourite of office workers in the day time, thanks to the yummy food from the New York-inspired eatery Red Hook, not to mention the café Sparrow and Finch with their delicious lunch options.
Those in too much of a hurry can enjoy this laneway too, thanks to Bagel Nook and their takeaway bagels. Be sure to try the choc-chip bagel for a real treat.
Spencer Lane (CBD)
Tucked away near the Stamford Plaza, Spencer Lane has a real New York feel about it, thanks to hidden restaurants and bars down the end of the lane and a few fire escapes and graffiti murals.
Both Urbane and The Euro sit at the end of this laneway, with a cocktail bar upstairs too. You’ll really feel like you’ve escaped to somewhere else once you fall down this rabbit hole.
Eagle Lane (CBD)
Eagle Lane (off Eagle Street) is still relatively new, but there’s a whole lot of promise here. Already a favourite in the lane is Brooklyn Standard, an American-themed basement bar, with great cocktails and live bands every night they’re open, while Coop Espresso will keep you going during the week.
This is a laneway to watch.
Winn Lane (Fortitude Valley)
Another hidden secret in the Valley. Just off Ann street is Winn Lane, a place where you could pick up one of everything you want and have a burger to top it all off.
You enter past Ben’s Burgers, a burger joint with a red hot reputation for some of the best burgers in Brisbane. You can shop for clothes at The Outpost, Sunday Social and House of Cards. If you’re after new sunnies, check out Core Optics. There’s even a wonderful guitar store, Tym Guitars.
At the end of the big day checking these stores out, you can get your hair done without even leaving the laneway at York Hair Artistry.
Bakery Lane (Fortitude Valley)
Arriving on the scene last year, Bakery Lane has only gotten better. Right near night-time hotspots Laruche and The Bowery, Bakery lane is a mix of shops, cafes, bars and food.
Shop likes Bow and Arrow, Stock & Supply and The Botanist will keep your fashion up to date as you sit in The Treehouse and sip on cocktails. Sadly, it’s not an actual treehouse, but a treehouse-themed bar, which is still pretty cool. If it’s too early for cocktails, be sure to get a smoothie or juice from Skull It.
There are markets inside the laneway on the first Saturday of every month, and you can’t leave without getting one of the mouth-watering brownies from I Heart Brownies.
Oh, and here’s some good news — there’s one more laneway on its way in Fortitude Valley. Look out for California Lane (off McLaughlin Street) in the near future!
Where’s your favourite laneway in Brisbane? Let us know in the comments below!