Wet your whistle in the CBD

From stylish bars to laid-back pubs, the City offers plenty of options. Whether you're looking for a fruity summer cocktail or refreshing craft beer with mates, we've made it easy for you and picked the best spots in Brisbane's CBD to wet your whistle.

Bar Pacino, Eagle St

Bar Pacino

Sporting an extensive wine list and to-die-for cocktail menu with the illuminated Story Bridge as your backdrop, Bar Pacino is a must-visit.

Bean, George St

Bean

Hidden down a graffiti-clad laneway on George St, Bean is a hidey hole in the CBD for the caffeine addicts and the 5.01pm clubbers. For the it's five o'clock somewhere club members, Bean offer a $10 Espresso Martini all week long as well as other variations on it, including the Peg Leg and the Crooked Kilt. There's also a wide selection of beers on offer - including a gluten free pale ale and a rotating craft beer of the week.

Blackbird Bar & RestaurantEagle Street



Wine and dine overlooking panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge at Blackbird Bar & Restaurant. Inspired by a 1920's prohibition period, the chic bar features an extensive first-class beverage and themed cocktail list. 

Brew, Burnett Lane

Walk down the nondescript alleyway off Queen Street Mall to find Brew Cafe and Wine Bar. The bunker-like haunt is the type of venue where you can come for a laid-back lunch and stay for an after work tipple. 

Brooklyn Standard, Eagle Lane

Brooklyn Standard

Enjoy a slice of Brooklyn cool at speakeasy live music venue Brooklyn Standard. Located underground on Eagle Lane, Brooklyn Standard hosts live music six nights a week specialising in jazz, funk and blues – all accompanied by a well-stocked bar of whiskeys and classic cocktails.

Chingon, Eagle Lane

Chignon

Head to Chingon for a frozen margarita with a side of Mexican street food. True to its Mexican heritage, all drinks on offer are imported from Mexico including the soft drinks, beer and spirits.

Coppa Spuntino, Creek St

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Coppa Spuntino brings a little Italian-inspired flair to Creek St. You can pair your Italian wine with charcuterie, tapas and mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas. The cocktail list also maintains the European vibe with nine types of Negroni alongside a selection of aperitifs.

Corbett & Claude, Elizabeth St

Corbett & Claude, Elizabeth St

Housed in the basement of heritage-listed Corbett Chambers building on Elizabeth St, indulge in flavoursome fare at Corbett & Claude. The laneway bar serves up wood-fired pizzas, share plates and antipasti complemented by a selection of sparking, white and red wines with a vast assortment of craft beers.

Friday's Bar Restaurant Club, Eagle St

Friday's is a Brisbane institution. It's the place to be on a Friday night for CBD workers and offers an expansive outdoor terrace, bars and dining options. Grab a drink and head to the dance-floor to show off your moves.

Grape Therapy, Adelaide St

An underground bespoke wine bar and bottle shop that oozes the effortless class of an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club, Grape Therapy has the wine library that you not only want, but also need. Grab a cheese and charcuterie platter while you're at it - what else are you going to do with your wine-free hand?

The Gresham Bar, Queen St

The Gresham Bar

Tucked 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. The short cocktail selection does feature traditional cocktails, but to help ease you into the taste of their speciality spirit, most cocktails are whisky-based. If whisky doesn't tickle your fancy, there is a choice of a wide range of local craft beers, ciders and international wines.

John Mills Himself, Laneway off Elizabeth St

John Mills Himself cafe and bar is located within the heritage-listed John Mills Building on Charlotte St. With an all-local ethos, the drinks list notes how many kilometres away each beverage was bottled, distilled or fermented.

The Laneway, Mary St

Located at the back of Urbane restaurant, offers an impressive cocktail menu that incorporates daily fresh-pressed citrus juices, as well as rare and imported wines, beers and ciders and a wagyu-spiked food offering from Urbane’s head chef Alejandro Cancino.

Lennons Pool Terrace + Bar, NEXT Hotel Brisbane

Next Hotel

Step off Queen Street Mall and ride the elevator to the fourth floor. You’ve arrived at Lennons Pool Terrace. Part of the new NEXT Hotel, the bar is perfectly positioned to grab a drink in the city with a side of people-watching. Grab an intimate setting for two overlooking Queen Street Mall, or stand around large bar tables on the terrace with your crew.

Mr & Mrs G, Eagle St Pier

Mr & Mrs G's

Brought to you by the owners of much-loved Il Centro, Mr & Mrs G is a cocktail bar at Eagle Street Pier. With touches of Moroccan and pops of colour, plus river and Story Bridge views to die for, it makes for the perfect place to enjoy a drink.

Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar, Edward St

Nant Whisky Bar

Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar offers a range of about 250 rare whiskies from around the world, including award-winning Nant Distillery's hand-crafted traditional distillations from Tasmania. As well as whisky, wine and beer, there is a whisky-matched menu featuring exclusive Tasmanian produce.

Red Hook, Gresham Lane

Tucked into Gresham Lane, Red Hook is the place to go for a cheeky cocktail (with a side of American-style burgers of course). We recommend the Harlem Hard Shake with bourbon, chocolate, caramel and peanut butter ice-cream, or be adventurous and try the Caramel Old Fashioned and Spiked Cream Soda.

Riverbar & Kitchen, Eagle St

Riverbar

On the promenade level of Riparian Plaza, overlooking the water, Riverbar has relaxed seating areas inside and outside for weekend or after-work drinks. As well as food designed by Matt Moran, the bar has a wide beer selection, contemporary and classic cocktails, and an extensive range of wines and champagne.

Rush, Post Office Square

Rush is the perfect chilled bar that offers a bit of everything, and it overlooks the gorgeous and grassy Post Office Square so you can make the most of the summer sunshine.

Sazerac, Mary St

Sazerac Rooftop Bar

Are you ready to take it to the top? 30 floors, in fact. Sazerac Bar is the city's highest bar, occupying the 30th floor of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at 99 Mary St. The carefully crafted concoctions paired back with tapas and funky beats are the perfect match for sweeping city views.

Sixteen Antlers, Pullman King George Square

Sixteen Antlers

Perched atop the Mercure Brisbane King George Square, Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar offers a selection of craft beers, curated cocktails and quality wines for visitors to enjoy while they relax and soak up the bird's-eye view of the surrounding city. Kick back and enjoy the warm Brisbane nights with excellent music and great company.

Sonny's House of Blues, Rowes Lane

Wander down the laneway next to Rowes Arcade to discover a flashing illuminated arrow sign suspended above the entrance. The bar has the appeal of an American retro speakeasy, hosting live music and serving up 80s themed cocktails, more than 40 kinds of craft beer and frozen margaritas as well as offering Mexican eats such as tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

Super Whatnot, Burnett Lane

Super Whatnot is a small bar with a big personality. You can sip on craft beer, boutique wines by the glass and classic cocktails complemented by gourmet American-inspired snackery.

The Exchange Hotel, Edward St

Incorporating drinking, dining, gaming and a cellar, The Exchange Hotel is a popular city spot and even has a rooftop. It's a great place to watch sporting games or for a casual bite to eat.

The Kitty, Treasury Casino & Hotel

With touches of gold throughout, The Kitty echoes tones of elegance and class. Rooms are themed in colour palettes of bright pink, purple, green and silver, with black flooring and leather seating throughout. The bar serves top-shelf spirits, classic cocktails and premium beers.

The Laneway, Mary St

Located at the back of Urbane restaurant, offers an impressive cocktail menu that incorporates daily fresh-pressed citrus juices, as well as rare and imported wines, beers and ciders and a wagyu-spiked food offering from Urbane’s head chef Alejandro Cancino.

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