Places to grab a drink
Spend your Friday or Saturday night somewhere with Queenslander character.
- Alfred & Constance is a pair of historic renovated Queenslanders now featuring VJ walls, a tiki bar, antique parlour, astro turf, a saloon bar and signature colonial verandahs to enjoy a giant cocktail in the summer heat. This busy venue is located on the crossroads, Alfred and Constance, tucked away from busy Brunswick Street in The Valley.
- Archive Beer Boutique on Boundary Street in West End is a distinctive bar and bistro boasting hundreds of craft beers and ciders, including 22 on tap all year round.
- Around the corner, off the West End high street, The End is a small, but usually packed, bar with friendly staff, one-of-a-kind cocktails, a DJ, unique décor and a few seasonal craft beers on tap.
- Superclubs are loud, fun and will have you dancing well into the night. Check out Cloudland, The Met and The Family.
Much like Melbourne, Brisbane’s narrow thoroughfares have become part of the city’s growing culture and are now sprinkled with cool restaurants, cafes and bars.
- Bennet Lane, Brisbane’s oldest laneway located between Queen Street Mall and Adelaide Street in the city, is home to Super Whatnot, Survey Co, German Sausage Hut Imbuss, Felix Espresso and Brew Cafe Wine Bar.
- Off Margaret Street in the city, Spencer Lane’s Laneway Bar,The Euro and Urbane are packed during the Friday lunch time rush for it’s a casual tapas and drinks.
- In Fortitude Valley, Winn Lane is a fairy-tale retro laneway of frequently changing petite clothing stores, bookshops and pop-ups.
See a band
Large bands will play in venues like the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Riverstage, or even Suncorp Stadium, but you really want to check out these five bespoke venues:
- (1) The Triffid, a former WWII aircraft hanger in Newstead with a great selection of touring bands and up-and-coming bands
- (2) Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, a saloon bar and former strip club in Caxton Street that will get you dancing
- (3) Brooklyn Standard, a speakeasy-style live music venue and bar showcasing funk, soul, blues and rockabilly tucked away on Eagle Lane in The City
- (4) Sonny’s House of Blues, also in the City, is modelled on a classic LA dive bar and hosts a mix of live ‘80s rock and authentic reggae
- (5) Inspired by the street markets of South-East Asia, Heya Bar is located in the Valley precinct and features live music, pool tables, pinball machines, street kitchens, alleys and four hidden bars.
In West End, check out bars with live music like the Rumpus Room, the Lychee Lounge, Uber, The HiFi, and Ill Manor.