Love the Nightlife
Whether it's unwinding after a long day or gearing up for a night of revelry, Brisbane City's bars have got you covered.
Hidden away on the edge of Gresham Lane branching off Queen St, The Gresham Bar is a whisky and bourbon saloon oozing old-world charm with an eccentric touch. If whisky doesn't tickle your fancy, there is a choice of a wide range of local craft beers, ciders and international wines.
Gresham Lane, 308 Queen St
Hit the Jackpot
Tucked away in Treasury Casino and boasting a killer riverfront view, The Kitty is a cocktail bar with kick. Sample Brisbane's social scene and get comfy at the bar with a perfectly crafted cocktail – you can choose from old favourites or spice it up. The spirits here are top-shelf and The Kitty's got the vibe to match.
Treasury Casino, Top of Queen Street Mall
The Americana-themed Buffalo Bar brings patrons an expertly curated selection of U.S. craft beers, both bottled and on tap. Add fine American whiskies and you'll be singing the praises of the States.
169 Mary St | 07 3221 0199
A Touch of Class
Enjoy a touch of the south right up here in Brisbane at Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar. This sleek drinking den offers Nant's award-winning Tasmanian drops as well as a range of the finest single malts from around the globe. Whether you like it neat, on the rocks or with a dash of water, there are boundless options to keep even the fussiest aficionado satisfied. Newbies need not be afraid, as the expert team is more than happy to take you on a taste odyssey. The bar offers a selection of carefully constructed bites to be paired perfectly with your whisky adventure.
Ground Floor, 2 Edward St | 07 3180 2769
In the Middle of all the Action
You can't miss Jimmy's on the Mall, standing tall like a beacon of good cheer in the middle of Queen Street Mall. Open 24/7, this double-story darling is the perfect place to perch for a cocktail, beer or fine wine (of which there's a great range available) with a spot of people watching from the balcony.
Queen Street Mall | 07 3077 7126
Craft Beer and Custom Eats
Boasting Australia's largest Coopers collection on tap as well as a whopping range of craft brews, Mr Edward's Alehouse and Kitchen is a beer-lover's paradise. This all-day alehouse showcases a European-fusion menu filled with fresh options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A highlight is the option to build your own charcuterie board from the impressive selection of cured meats and cheeses on offer.
46 Edward St | 07 3137 1590
Take a trip underground to Grape Therapy, a wine-lover's den offering vino of all sorts. From rare vintage bottles to newer small-run boutique drops, you'll find something that takes your fancy.
471 Adelaide St | 07 3102 7213
Fine Drops from the Rooftop
The inner city plays host to a few sneaky spots to take in the scenery from above. Sitting 30 storeys up atop Four Points by Sheraton is Sazerac, a lounge bar that will make you feel like you're on top of the world, with sophisticated cocktails to complete the scene. Part of the NEXT Hotel, Lennons Pool Terrace is perfect for groups or something more intimate. Enjoy a cold drink and indulge in some people watching from this stellar vantage point in the Queen Street Mall.
99 Mary St | 07 3164 4000
72 Queen St | 07 3222 3232
Old Pubs Bring New Life
The Brisbane pub scene is ever evolving, with boutique venues popping up to shake off old stereotypes. Hot spots like the Port Office Hotel, Stock Exchange Hotel and The Embassy have shifted the focus from no-frills to a more welcoming range of craft beverages to suit all tastes.
Take in the View with a Tipple or Two
Brisbane is a city built around gorgeous landscapes, and there are many Eagle Street watering holes tailor made to take advantage of the iconic scenery on display. Bottoms up!
The glass bubble housing the buzzing Mr & Mrs G offers sweeping views of the river and Story Bridge, and you can take it all in with a delicious custom cocktail in hand.
Further down the river you can coast on in to BlackBird. Boasting an elevated and breezy location, the glamorous fit-out gives the stunning river scape a run for its money in the beauty stakes.
Perhaps you fancy a Nutella shot? Throw one back at Bar Pacino (pictured) then chase it with one of the most breathtaking views in Brisbane.
Pick up a stein and get European with a stint at Bavarian Bier Café, a hot spot well known among locals as the place to go for a fun party vibe.
If intimate elegance is more your speed, Jade Buddha has you covered with its sleek East-meets-West vibe and killer lookout spots to enjoy.
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