Explore West End's nightlife & bar scene
As one of Brisbane’s earliest suburbs, West End’s pace of change has never looked like slowing down and today is a melting pot of cultures.
The quirky, local style is diverse, alternative and vintage, with the shops, restaurants and entertainment venues reflecting this eclectic atmosphere.
Once farming land and then a prominent site for industries, West End now boasts a popular dining and live-music scene. The wonderful mix of flavours introduced by the migrants – Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese, and others – has meant diners are spoilt for choice. And this goes for the bar scene as well.
Lock 'n' Load
Boundary St is the pulsing hub of the suburb, with its high concentration of bars, pubs and cafes. From retro-styling to modern furnishings, the bars will satisfy all needs – cocktails to craft beer.
Say hello to Archive Beer Boutique and Bistro. Its stated aim is to increase levels of appreciation of craft beer and this is backed by more than 80 varieties on tap. Joining it more recently are two micro breweries, Catchment Brewing Co and Brisbane Brewing Co – both on Boundary St.
No less impressive are other popular watering holes such as the Rumpus Room, Jungle, The End, Lychee Lounge, Boundary Hotel, Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro and Melbourne Hotel, to name a few.
West End’s bars and nightclubs have been well and truly pumping from the early days of iconic Brisbane bands the Saints and the Go-Betweens. You can head to Max Watt's to experience the hottest international acts, home-grown artists, and an exciting mix of specialty performances.
For more live music, try the Motor Room (a converted warehouse within the Boundary Street Markets), or smaller venues Lock 'n' Load and The Bearded Lady.
How to get there: Unless you get in early, parking can be a problem. West End can easily be reached by public transport, with regular bus services via the city and surrounding suburbs. South Brisbane and South Bank railway stations are within walking distance of Boundary St.