The ultimate pub crawl along Caxton Street and Latrobe Terrace
As far as pub crawl locations go, you’d be hard pressed to find a grander option than Caxton Street. It’s bursting with fun, food and frivolity every day of the year.
And why stop when you reach the end of Caxton Street? Hell, it’s only 500m long! Push on party people and let your fun flag fly all the way up Latrobe Terrace in Paddington.
What? A backpacker haunt with live DJs and a weekend feel any day of the week.
Where? Top of Caxton St – 350 Upper Roma St.
Why? Rub shoulders with world travellers and get tips on shoestring living.
Drink this: Flamin’ Ga-lager
Insider tip: Ask the bartender about getting a selfie with a new face.
What? Fritzenberger is all about frites and burgers washed down with cold beer brewed on-site.
Where? Corner of Caxton St and Petrie Tce.
Why visit? The open layout and huge windows are great for people watching, plus the flat screens are always showing that game you want to watch.
Drink this: Coffee IPA
Insider tip: Take a selfie while sipping beer for the obligatory moustache shot, and don't forget to take a 1.9l growler of beer home with you.
What? Hotel LA has been a Brisbane institution for over 140 years. There’s multiple bars over two levels, pub sports galore and an in-house grill so you can get your parmy on.
Where? 63 Petrie Tce.
Why visit? Pool, karaoke, pub grub, jam nights, poker tournaments – we could go on all day!
Drink this: Grab yourself a jug of draught and share it with a mate proper pub style.
Insider tip: Choose a game night to have quiet beer on the upstairs balcony and watch the punters on the street below.
What? Alfresco bar serving up funky Australian wines, classic cocktails, and craft beer.
Where? 2 Caxton St. It sits between Judge and Weetman streets.
Why visit? An ever-changing wine menu with staff who can educate you while they water you.
Drink this: Barrel-aged Negroni. This is a thing that exists.
Insider tip: These guys are BYO food. Order your favourite snacks from surrounding purveyors.
Lefty's Old Time Music Hall
What? Lefty’s is Brisbane's dirty little secret. It’s dimly lit and full of music, the bartenders are among the best and you won’t leave without having a boogie.
Where? Standing tall and proud over two levels at 15 Caxton St.
Why visit? For a knee-slappin’, riff rollin’, whisky slammin’ good time.
Drink this: Whiskey Apple
Insider tip: Toss your bra and if you can land it on one of the two giant moose heads it means free drinks all round for you and your crew!
What? New Orleans-style oyster and cocktail bar.
Where? Right next door to its older sibling, Lefty’s, at 19 Caxton St.
Why visit? Swing along to some live piano with a glittering cocktail in one hand and a half dozen oysters in the other.
Drink this: Champagne darling!
Insider tip: Make your maiden visit on a night when there is a live pianist. The mood is spectacular! Check the venue's Facebook page for updates.
What? A craft beer-filled, street art-covered, burger-infused funhouse.
Where? Across the road from Statler and Waldorf at 22 Caxton St.
Why visit? Every bar stocks its favourite craft beer, some might even have two. These guys have literally hundreds.
Drink this: Something from a local brewer.
Insider tip: There are specials almost every night, so you head in on a weekday to take advantage.
Statler and Waldorf
What? A delightful gastro pub with the nicest crew around and plenty of entertainment.
Where? 25 Caxton St.
Why visit? The only thing better than locally sourced and delicious pub grub is locally sourced and delicious pub grub with a cold craft beer and a game of ping pong. It can be yours.
Drink this: Take a recommendation, seriously, these guys are pros and oh-so-lovely.
Insider tip: Finish your ping pong tournament with a tie-breaking game of darts.
What? The Caxton ("Cacko") is one of Brisbane’s oldest and most revered drinking holes. Opening in 1864, this gem has been a mainstay in the lives of Brisbanites for generations.
Where? 38 Caxton St.
Why visit? The Caxton is Suncorp Stadium's smaller sibling. Sure, you have to watch the games on a screen, but trust us, watch a game here with a few hundred of your closest mates and rivals and you’ll feel like you're in the thick of it.
Drink this: XXXX Gold or Betoota Bitter on tap – pace yourself!
Insider tip: On big game nights the Caxton opens its car park as an additional bar. It’s the ultimate pre and post-game location with that rustic car park party feel – tinnies and all.
Darling and Co
What? A stunning venue offering a beautiful restaurant, buzzing bar space and multiple function spaces.
Where? 157 Given Tce, on the corner of Dowse St.
Why visit? Sip a pretty cocktail in one of Brisbane prettiest venues surrounded by Paddington's prettiest people.
Drink this: Frose of course!
Insider tip: Make your Sunday lunch the best it can be with bottomless bellinis. Again, this is a thing that exists.
What? The Paddington Tavern, affectionately known as the Paddo, is a sprawling ode to good times. It has a huge saloon-style bar, grill and an underground comedy club.
Where? Standing tall and proud at 186 Given Tce.
Why visit? Happy hour is a great place to start (4-6pm daily) and the vortex of fun will pull you in from there.
Drink this: The traditional Paddo beverage is a Bundy rum and coke.
Insider tip: Make friends with some of the frequent locals. You’ll find them belting out some Rat Pack classics and ripping up the dancefloor on Karaoke Tuesdays.
What? A super-popular feasting and drinking spot with a range of craft beers, American-style grub and music.
Where? 1/208 Given Tce.
Why visit? One word. Wings.
Drink this: A Batlow cider to take the sting out of the hot wings.
Insider tip: The Sunday session game here is strong.
What? A cafe by day and twinkling bar at twilight specialising in share plates using local produce.
Where? 215 Given Tce
Why visit? It’s a top sport to partake in Brisbane’s alfresco lifestyle while watching people watching the street. Oh, and meat eaters will fall head over heels for the in-house smoked meats.
Drink this: Share a Pimms cocktail jug.
Insider tip: Catch the annual chili cook-off in March where chefs from across the city convene and compete for the best bowl in town.
Hope and Anchor
What? A gastro pub in a charming cottage with a comprehensive wine list and a small but delicious bar food menu.
Where? 267 Given Tce
Why visit? The ultimate Paddington drinking hole, the Hope and Anchor is housed in a quaint cottage like those that line the hills behind it. Grab a glass of wine and nab a spot at the bar, you’ve made it to your final destination.
Drink this: A warming glass of red in warm company
Insider tip: Monday night is Brick Lane curry night with a new curry every week for $12.
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