Riverside nightlife, Brisbane

From classic watering holes on every second corner to sophisticated bars with where you can lie back and listen to music that never stops – our pubs, bars and live-music venues are the perfect meeting places. Our urban villages entice, with a range of intimate nightspots and live music. In particular, West End and Fortitude Valley are perfect to see emerging bands, enjoy live indie-rock, get up close to national and international acts or groove to innovative jazz bands. 


These are casual dining establishments where the drinks flow and it’s not uncommon to have cocktails pre, during and post-dinner.

The City has a prominent and constantly evolving live music scene. Here's your guide to venues big and small, sweaty and intimate, DIY and otherwise.

Don’t let your friends or date down, read on to find Brisbane’s award-winning bars, bars we love and those that are well tried and tested.