New Brisbane bars you'll be drinking at this summer

Make the most of Brisbane’s sunny afternoons and balmy evenings at one of the city’s hottest new bars. Whether you want to soak up some rays at an inner-city rooftop, or cool off along a charming laneway, you’ll be sure to find a venue to suit your mood.

Brisbane is an ever-expanding city of dining venues, watering holes and shopping experiences, with more surprises waiting around every corner. We’ve rounded up the new crop of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes that have recently opened to add to your must-try list.

Archer’s Bunker, Spring Hill 

Brisbane-born beer baby Archer Brewing has opened a slightly secretive venue where fans of the beer can drink it firsthand. Located under the International Hotel in Spring Hill, you’ll find Archer’s Bunker behind the Archer Brewing fridge in Cellarbrations bottle-o where a small beer appreciation society may have set up camp. 

Bar Otto, CBD

Bar OTTO

The home of pizza, pasta and arancini also invented an underrated hour in which a pre-dinner cocktail is enjoyed with nibbles to stimulate the appetite in preparation for the evening meal. Now, what hour could be better than that? Following in the footsteps of well-known sister restaurant Otto, Bar Otto is bringing first-class Italian traditions to Brisbane and is combining it with a view of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River. Pair aperitivo hour with a menu of classic Italian bites for a perfect after-work de-stress. 

Beyond the Pale, Coorparoo

A boutique bar and restaurant is set for the leafy suburb of Coorparoo in the up-and-coming Coorparoo Square. Offering mouthwatering eats and unique drinks from breakfast through to dinner, you’ll be going the distance to try out this new venue. 

Cali Eatery & Bar, Kangaroo Point 

No need to keep California dreamin’ because the experts behind Cali Eatery and Bar are bringing those laid back vibes straight to this riverside suburb. Specialising in the ever-popular poke bowls, you can also expect Tiki-style cocktails in the forms of caramel buttered espresso martini’s, honeydew melon juice and banana sand and rhubarb infused vermouth just to name a few. 

Copado, Teneriffe

From the masterminds who brought you Dalgety Public House, Copado is now open right next door offering a more intimate experience and showcasing the Woolstores heritage through its layout. You can expect a long list of Australian and international wines, spirits, beer and house cocktails as well as a simple but generous menu with a create-your-own charcuterie platter - make this wine bar your new local.

Convent Garden, West End

Boundary Street may have lost Lock’n’Load Bistro but in its place will open Convent Garden, a botanical gin bar celebrating the vibrant West End community and herby spirit. This tropical oasis with be sporting an entirely leafy interior and will showcase a large range of Australian craft spirits, cocktails and bistro-style menu.

Cribb Street Social, Milton

Serving breakfast, dessert and everything in between, Cribb Street Social offers up delicious eats and drinks anytime of the day. Don’t let the aesthetic dishes take your mind away from the carefully curated wine, beer and cocktail offerings – combine this with the large alfresco area and you’re set for the afternoon.   

Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, CBD

Listen to jazz until the wee hours of the morning at Brisbane's newest jazz bar. Taking over two levels on Edward St, Doo-Bop will be throwing out sweet brassy sounds until 3am every night of the week allowing you to enjoy your lunch or dinner with a side of the rhythm and blues. 

Electric Avenue, Woolloongabba

Old-world glam meets contemporary fine dining, so step back in time to a prominent era of Brisbane's history. Used-to-be hotspot for antiques, this Woolloongabba area is now roaring with nightlife, so Electric Avenue wanted to bring back a little of that antique vibe. Fantastic bistro fare can be combined with over 75 wines, beers or cocktails, giving you over 75 reasons to check out this cool and eclectic bar and bistro.

Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen, Newstead

Mrs Brown is bringing relaxed neighbourhood style back into the streets of Newstead with home-style food made by locals, for locals. The head chef is none other than Adam Marino, previously of LONgTIME and Spirit House, who is showing off his culinary skills in menu items of slow roasted lamb shoulder, crispy skinned braised pork belly and stuffed Portobello mushrooms to name a few.

Mr Chester Wine Bar, Fortitude Valley

Mr Chester Wine Bar

Promoting the boutique, smaller wine producers worldwide, Mr Chester Wine Bar offers world-class wine pairings to be savoured over food and enjoyed with friends. Bold reds from Mendoza, textural whites from Adelaide Hills and delicate sparklings from Tasmania are only a few of the options that the head sommelier will be offering for your dining experience. 

Pincadia, Woolloongabba 

Add a little retro experience into your evening and pair craft beers, wines and spirits with a range of arcade games, pinball machines and board games. Operating out of heritage-listed Moreton Rubber Works building in Woolloongabba, Pincadia is kidults heaven with 80s arcade game pacman and a menu of classic diner food including chiko rolls, dagwood dogs and doughnuts. 

Silver Fox Wine Bar, CBD

Silver Fox Wine Bar

Just a stone's throw from the City Botanic Gardens lies Silver Fox Wine Bar, the latest addition to the city's growing bar scene but with the added high-end aesthetic and comfort all good wine bars should boast. Let the experts guide you towards your perfect drink before complementing it with cheese and charcuterie. Your colleagues will be thoroughly impressed if you recommend such a classy establishment for that after-work knock-off.  

The Osbourne Hotel, Fortitude Valley 

Housed in a heritage building dating back to 1864, Osbourne Hotel has reinvented the space to introduce a beer garden, lounge bar and bistro area serving 94 beers on tap and classic but fine-fare pub food. Get out of those dark and crowded bars and relax in an outdoor setting under a glass roof in a space built for 400 – yep, an all-weather beer garden. 

The Palace Supper Club, Fortitude Valley

A new level of sophistication has entered the Fortitude Valley nightlife scene. The Palace Supper Club is open every day until late and is offering quality, modern Australian cuisine paired with a variety of delicious cocktails, wines and spirits. The best part, you can dine in style late into the evening – no more late night kebabs need to be eaten.

The Cloakroom Bar, CBD

The Cloakroom on Elizabeth St is getting an extension. Extending upon its abilities to make dashing clothes for the gentlemen of Brisbane, it will be trying its hand at bar tending, with the The Cloakroom Bar. What do the two have in common? Both are bespoke affairs. After entering through the side alley and back stairs, don't expect to find a menu but instead take a seat at the bar and the bar tender will make a custom cocktail especially for you - but shhhh, we want to keep this one a secret.

The Valley Wine Bar, Fortitude Valley 

After building a successful brand throughout Melbourne, the boys have headed north and brought their expertise on wine to the sunshine state. This is no regular wine bar, the majority of drops circulating the shelves are biodynamic and organically grown and with the current menu offering a range of charcuterie options, the doors are open for you to bring food from other Fortitude Valley joints. 

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