A tiny 2 storey drinking house renowned for their high-class cocktails and simple modern bites, Apo is a unique gem hidden within the otherwise vibrant Valley nightlife scene. Passionate about the basics of great beer, wine, food and music, this boutique bar is rich in ambience and is a perfect spot to un-wind after work or for a late-night tipple and bite.
A local institution for belly-filling soul food, Ben’s Burgers dishes up some of the Valley’s best feeds in the form of fresh brioche burgers and tasty sides. Pouring a handful of craft beers and homemade sodas, it’s a perfect spot for a cheeky lunch break or indulgent bite to go.
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.
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.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Featuring picturesque views over Fortitude Valley to the city skyline, Eleven Rooftop and Bar offers an appealing blend of modern dining, sophisticated beverages and serene surroundings. Contemporary décor with an exclusive feel, this lounge bar is loved for its idyllic location, best enjoyed with one of their signature cocktail creations or a drop from their generous drinks list.
Reverends Fine Coffee
Reverends Fine Coffee is a hidden gem amongst a gritty strip of Brunswick Street, where many Valley locals go to get their weekday caffeine fix. An authentic coffee house, the small bar and kitchen prepares a handful of brunch delights, created with fresh seasonal ingredients.
Greaser is a rustic local hangout, boasting a cellar-inspired heritage setting, clad with on-trend street art and industrial décor. Loved for their late-night bites, their American-style feeds of burgers, dogs and wings and matched with a well-stocked bar of craft beers, artisanal cocktails and top-end liquors.
A hideaway bar within an iconic venue of Brisbane’s nightlight history, this underground local haunt is a 20 to 30-somethings’ wonderland. Home to pan-asian street food designed to share, Heya Bar is a plate to drink, eat, dance or play. Keep an eye out for their hidden bars and late-night dancefloor sessions.
Entertaining by nature, this vibrant and playful Japanese eatery is famous throughout Brisbane for their freshly handmade dumplings. A welcoming social house rich in atmosphere, Harajuku Gyoza plates up traditional dishes designed to share, local and international brews and of course, their signature savoury and sweet gyoza enjoyed by the plateful.
Passionate about the Thai culture, LONgTIME offers a unique blend of South-East Asian flavours that is enjoyed by the masses. An ambient eatery tucked away from the bustle of China Town, either pull up a pew at the communal-style dining area, secure an intimate booth or perch at the bar while enjoying flavoursome authentic dishes best shared with friends.
Happy Boy is a bustling local hangout boasting a crisp contemporary interior and vibrant local feels. With origins of a rustic industrial dining hall in nearby Spring Hill, Happy Boy made the move to the vibrant Fortitude Valley where they continue to plate up their authentic yet modern Chinese fare, paired with a handpicked selection of top local and international wines.
Side hustle to their iconic sister restaurant, Gerard’s Bar is a sophisticated wine bar and eating house offering up the best of local and international wines, beers and liquors. Tucked away from the busy James Street strip, this small yet vibrant boutique bar is famous for their charcuterie platters and carefully curated menu of modern delights, made with seasonal and locally sourced produce.
It’s not every day that you can play Super Mario while sipping on your favourite beer (in public that is!). Netherworld is a one of a kind bar and arcade gaming lounge, showcasing the relics from its past life. A retro bar and kitchen pouring unique local brews and vegan focussed feeds, their games room features over 40 pinball and arcade machines, classic gaming consoles and board games for the old-school types.
Bucci Restaurant & Bar
Bucci Restaurant and Bar is an iconic Italian social house in the heart of this bustling Fortitude Valley dining precinct. A warm and lively eatery with front and centre views of the James Street social activities, their menu and blackboard specials feature traditionally inspired recipes with a modern twist, paired with local and Italian wines, beers and photo-worthy cocktails.
Gerard’s Bistro stands as one of the most reputable eateries in Fortitude Valley, home to contemporary yet wholesome feeds inspired by the flavours of the Middle East. A hideaway eatery just off the busy James Street surrounded by lush plants, its sophisticated laneway-style dining at its finest.
Fresh Sushi Co
It’s safe to assume that Fresh Sushi Co is going to deliver top bites when greeted with their huge display of fresh seafood. A local hotspot for daily lunches, regulars flock to their bar of sushi, sashimi and authentic Japanese dishes created with only high quality, fresh ingredients.
A sprawling eatery of modern indoor dining and generous outdoor alfresco seating, Harvey’s Bar and Bistro is a weekday coffee and weekend brekkie go-to for many a local and visitor alike. Bursting at the seams with business folk during the week, the vibes are relaxed come weekends, with many settling into the lush courtyard with a coffee in hand.
Tucked into a quiet corner of the James Street dining precinct, the unassuming setting of Tinderbox Kitchen is just the beginning for this local haunt. Serving authentic, simple and modern Italian cuisine, it’s famous for its wood-oven pizzas, which are best enjoyed with an apertivo in hand.
Jamie's Espresso Bar
What Jamie’s lacks in size, it makes up for with its bold coffee blends and simple yet tasty feeds. Constantly buzzing with a loyal regular crowd, Jamie’s Espresso Bar is a place to relax into a delicious coffee and watch the world walk by. A must try is their signature DIY avocado and haloumi on toast.
Kennigo Social House
Housed within a beautifully restored heritage home, the Kennigo Social House is a relaxed café and restaurant with plenty of charm. Serving as the resident eatery to the adjacent Mantra Hotel, their intimate indoor dining and charming balcony settings play host to a handful of classic breakfast plates and a modern Australian dinner menu.
Their award-winning specialty coffee is the reason why there is always a queue out the door of Bellissimo Café and Espresso Bar. But don’t let that deter you – their top service and ability to turn around a speedy yet first-rate coffee continues to impress many a local, with freshly roasted beans and baked goods available to take home.
At Sixes And Sevens
A character-filled and homely setting oozing neighbourhood vibes, Sixes and Sevens is a social house serving up crisp drinks and modern Australian fare. Innately relaxed, come the weekend this beloved hangout takes it up a notch as their quaint front bar and generous outdoor courtyard bursts with local activity.
King Arthur Cafe
A light filled contemporary café offering a unique and innovative all-day breakfast menu, freshly baked treats and top specialty coffee. Tucked around the corner from energetic James Street, King Arthur offers intimate and on-trend indoor dining or sunny outdoor spots for 2 and 4-legged friends alike.
Union St. Cafe
Union Street Café is a wholesome local haunt, serving up top specialty coffee, breakfast and lunch to the Spring Hill community. A tiny yet welcoming café, their kitchen serves up a curated handful of simple and tasty all-day plates along with freshly baked treats and juices for a snack on the go.