Dig for gold and explore alleys, laneways and basement hideaways for a new perspective on The City.
Drinking for flavour is fine and dandy, but for some it’s all about the experience. The Laneway’s sophisticated cocktail and creative drinks menu was designed to enhance this experience. Immerse yourself in the buzzing energy of this intimate venue, and up the cool factor by watching the classic movies projected on the wall of the lane.
181 Mary St | 07 3229 2271
True opulence can be found at The Gresham. Chesterfield lounges and rich mahogany tables deck out this old-world whisky saloon. As a bonus, The Gresham also nabbed Bar of the Year in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2015.
308 Queen St | 0466 726 593
Fly Away Home
Escape the corporate centre of the CBD at Sparrow & Finch, a laneway espresso bar serving up quality eats.
100 Creek St | 07 3236 5353
Sometimes to get to the good stuff, you have to go underground. The New York-style Verve is a perfect example of old-school cool, shining as one of Brisbane’s original and best basement bars. It also has the added edge of being the only dedicated cider house in town.
109 Edward St | 07 3221 5691
Sound of the Underground
Housed in the basement of Corbett Chambers, Corbett & Claude has nailed the recipe to a good time. Wood-fired pizzas, share plates and antipasti can be complemented with a drop of wine or a wide range of craft beers.
283 Elizabeth St | 07 3221 1166
And all the Jazz
Live music, cold beer, whisky, a rockin’ dance floor and classic cocktails are all on offer at Brooklyn Standard, a basement dive bar that brings a slice of American cool to Eagle Lane. Don’t forget your party shoes!
Eagle Ln | 0405 414 131
Can you Keep a Secret?
Burnett Lane is like your favourite superhero, leading a double life full of surprises, just waiting to be discovered. Brought to you by Simon Livingston, The Survey Co. is a bistro with a difference. The epicurean food still has a rustic touch, and the venue has an atmosphere perfect for a sneaky long lunch or after-work drinks that wind into dinner. The small-but-mighty Super Whatnot bar is filled to the brim with tantalising beverage options. There’s a rotating range of craft beers, boutique wines, classic and original cocktails, and gourmet American-style snacks. Brew seamlessly transforms from a coffee house in the morning to a brewhouse in the evening. Treat yourself to coffee and a muffin or a cold beer and tapas, depending on the time of day.
The Survey Co | 07 3012 8725 Super Whatnot | 07 3210 2343 Brew | 07 3211 4242
Say hello to Sonny’s House of Blues, a classic dive bar with all the trimmings. Cosy up in a booth to catch some live music, sip on an ‘80s-themed cocktail and grab some delicious Mexican eats.
Rowes Ln | 07 3229 9256
For delicious and authentic Asian eats in a modern setting, including freshly-made roti, feast at Little Singapore.
Albert Ln | 07 3221 4933
Take it to The Street
For authentic Latin street food that packs a flavour punch, Comuna Cantina is the business. With a menu boasting black brioche tortas, tasty tacos and frozen margaritas, it’s a spice party built around fun.
Albert Ln | 07 3211 4585
Italian food is a sure-fire favourite, and the folks at Coppa Spuntino have created a boutique pizzeria and charcuterie that is a true delight. Spuntino translates in Italian to ‘small snacks often served in bars’, and this Creek Street staple lives up to its name, offering small plates, tapas, charcuterie and delicious wood-fired pizzas. If you’re feeling thirsty, there’s Italian wine available by the glass, carafe or bottle. The cocktail list maintains the European vibe with nine types of negroni and a selection of aperitifs.
88 Creek St | 07 3221 3548
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