Famous for being the Gold Coast’s first small bar, the team at Soho Place are all about fine spirits, creative cocktails and bustling vibes. Greeted with a red telephone booth entry and walls clad with eclectic street art, this tiny London-inspired haunt is a perfect spot for an after-work session or post-dinner tipple.
Embassy Craft Beer Bar
Boasting 17 taps and over 100 beer varieties, Embassy is one of Brisbane’s top go-to places for unique brews. Tucked within a heritage listed building and rich in character, their renowned beverage list is paired with modern American feeds, with their menu of share plates and mains constantly evolving to suit the seasons.
Riverbar & Kitchen
Arguably one of the best spots along the Brisbane River, this light-hearted and bustling eatery and bar is a popular hangout from many locals and visitors alike. With stunning views of the iconic Story Bridge, the Riverbar and Kitchen serves up modern pub-style feeds paired with craft beers, boutique wines and signature cocktails.
The Bearded Lady
If you couldn’t tell by the name, The Bearded Lady is quirky local venue full of character and home to some of Brisbane’s top live music performances. Small in size, it’s a classic watering hole in the heart of West End, allowing BYO feeds to create a well-rounded night out for all.
The Island Gold Coast
An iconic venue within Surfers Paradise, The Island is a rooftop bar boasting unbeatable views of the city lights and picturesque coastline. Renowned for their regular live music sessions, flavoursome cocktails and laidback vibes, it’s a perfect place for an afternoon session with a drink in hand and a share platter in tow.
Inspired by the authentic jazz clubs of New York, this local institution is full of character and is famous for its world class bartenders and cocktail creations. Bringing a touch of old-world class to the Valley, Bowery is known for its live jazz, soul and funk, creating a perfect soundtrack to a relaxed after work drink or lively night out.
Relishing in its heritage as an industrial warehouse, Factory 51 boasts a stylish brick setting home to casual lunch and dinner fare. Standing apart from the rest, this suburban bistro exudes laidback community vibes, and proudly pours a large range of local craft beers on tap along with artful cocktails and boutique wines.
Black Hops Brewery
Black Hops, Australia’s champion small brewery, was started by three mates. It has that warm and welcoming vibe that we’ve come to expect (and love) from Burleigh Heads. Their cellar door is open seven days a week for tastings and takeaway sales, and they're family- and pup-friendly too. Grab a tasting paddle so you can sip your way through a selection of their brews. There’s a good chance one of the founders will be there pouring it for you!
Cobbler is an ambient and intimate boutique bar, with a rustic cellar-like charm that the regulars can’t get enough of. Home to world-class liquor, first-rate cocktails and old-timely vibes, this local favourite is also known to showcase live jazz sessions paired with tasty drink specials.
A longstanding institution of the West End bar scene with a strong following of locals and visitors alike, Lychee Lounge is a place of beautiful cocktails and mouth-watering tapas. Boasting a warm, authentic interior with plenty of ambience, it’s a perfect haunt for a cheeky after work drink, or night out on the town.
Tiny by nature serving up one-of-a-kind service, Maker is home to impressive world-class liquors, unique beers and a handpicked selection of top wine drops. Only able to cater for a handful of people at a time, this exclusive watering hole is perfect for a quiet pre-show tipple or an after dinner night cap.
Inspired by the industrial character of the Hamilton streetscape, this modern on-trend hangout is a one stop shop for craft beers, premium wines and fine liquor. Popular amongst the after-work drinks crowd, their Sunday Sessions are a must try for a relaxed beverage and laidback tunes.
Oxford Tap House
Oxford Tap House is a craft beer bar and eatery loved for its well-appointed bar and tasty pub-grub style menu. With a generous outdoor deck looking over the action of Oxford Street, their rotating selection of taps pour pints and paddles of tasty beers, showcasing some of Australia’s finest and up-and-coming brewers.
The Gresham Bar
Famous amongst Brisbane locals for its impressive offering of liquors, The Gresham is a local institution loved for its cosy atmosphere, rich heritage and well-stocked bar. Their generous drinks list is served up by specialty bartenders, showcasing an array of world-class rums, whiskeys and wines, along with classic cocktails and innovative creations.
Carina Leagues Club
The bustling energy of the Brisbane CBD is carried over to Carina Leagues. The fun coloured chairs and the loud patterns compliment the energy of the room. From the live music to the casino to the great cuisine, this place is filled with dynamic lively people all night long.
When you enter through Justin Lane’s back-alley entrance, you’ll find an old wood panelled exterior. Inside you’ll be greeted with an extensive range of Japanese whiskeys, sake, shochu and a carefully curated wine list. Accompany your choice of poison with their juicy yakitori skewers cooked to perfection over their Binchotan charcoal.
The End Bar
The End is a south-side local institution that has been bringing live music and free-flowing brews to the streets of West End since 2011. A place to enjoy a flavoursome cocktail creation and original local music, this grungy haunt is a favourite amongst music lovers and beer enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for their well-themed music nights for a taste of your favourite genre.
A rustic watering hole showcasing local brews, the Bench is a boutique craft beer bar with oodles of character. Created by friends for friends, their bar is well stocked with crisp beers on tap or by bottle, along with a handpicked selection of wines enjoyed best at one of their live music sessions with your BYO feeds in tow.
If you’re looking to quench your thirst in this neck of the woods, keep in mind that Lockwood does take a while to track down. So, grab some water first then get on the hunt searching for Burleigh’s secret speakeasy bar. Once you’ve found it, you’ll have to send a text to the phone number that's written on the door to be allowed in. Once inside, it’s as every bit atmospheric and charming as you can imagine. Stylish bartenders dressed ...
The Catchment Brewing Co
Created by West End locals, Catchment Brewing Co is a neighbourhood brewery peddling their very own brews within a refurbished art-deco traditional home. Boasting a menu full of variety best enjoyed shared, the brews are the main attraction – with their bartenders pouring their own beers and guest craft specialties, combined with old faithfuls loved by the masses.
West Toowong Bowls Club
A quintessential Queensland haunt, this local community club boasts classic architecture, lush green grounds and genuine neighbourhood vibes. A popular spot for special functions, the West Toowong Bowls Club offers a perfect backdrop a relaxed afternoon session of drinking and dining, with cheeky game of lawn bowls of course!
Walrus Social House
The Walrus Social House is a bustling local haunt that’s all about coming together with friends and family to enjoy a tasty drink and a nourishing bite. A café, bar and lounge all in one, this watering hole is paired with a selection of modern Australian feeds to complete the experience. Be sure to look out for their dedicated menu of innovative espresso martinis.
The Charming Squire
The Brisbane home to the famous James Squire, this generous eating and drinking house is all about relaxed social vibes. While their modern pub-style cuisine is enjoyed on the outdoor terrace and within the bustling indoor dining hall, the knowledgeable bar tenders of the Charming Squire pour a vast variety of top-quality beers and wines on tap and by the bottle.
Home to a loyal and energetic 20-something crowd, Barbara is a local hangout boasting regular live DJ sessions, minimalist on-trend digs and a generously stacked bar. Offering a unique selection of craft brews, locally sourced liquors and signature cocktails, it’s a perfect spot for a quiet after work tipple or a late-night dance floor session with friends.