Brisbane's best sports bars
Missed out on tickets but can’t miss out on barracking for the locals? Here’s where to watch your favourite sports in some of Brisbane's best sports bars from South Bank to Fortitude Valley, Paddington to Woolloongabba. Don the colours.
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Archive Beer Boutique
Brisbane’s premier craft beer bar and bistro, Archive’s mission is to bring you the best in craft beer, local and imported, all year round. (Ciders too.) 22 constantly rotating draughts on tap and over 400 different bottles in their fridges mean they’re living up to their promise. Catch the game on a screen out back.
Over 150 years old, the Boundary Hotel is a West End landmark, quenching Brisbane’s thirst since 1864. Watch the match over a game of pool in the Alfresco Bunker.
The Fox Hotel
A 1920s-style pub oozing art deco charm, The Fox Hotel houses the Dandys Rooftop bar. There, retro quirk and the thrill of the sport come slamming together over banter, beers, and a great night out.
South Bank Surf Club
The game at the beach – in the heart of Brisbane, this is the next best thing. With a city backdrop and the sand just outside, the South Bank Surf Club only lacks a salty air when the home team’s winning.
The Plough Inn
Oozing yesteryear charm with a modern twist, the Plough Inn sports bar mixes LCD screens with river views. Grab a seat in the sports bar, escape the kids at Arbour upstairs, or relax with live music in the beer garden.
Soleil Pool Bar
Duck into the Rydges and barrack your way to victory above Grey St at Soleil Pool Bar. One of the best places to impress guests and indulge your luxurious side, Soleil boasts a pool – as you’d expect – and a massive LED screen above the bar.
On Browning St, the casual Hotel West End promises a global menu with outdoor seating, a gaming lounge, and the game on TV for your up-to-date sporting pleasure. Gluten-free options are available on request.
Spring Hill’s premier gastro pub, the bar menu has something to suit all tastes while an extensive range of boutique beers, fine wines, ciders, and premium spirits are the smoothest way to wash it all down. Making sporting events – and requested ones – screen on big TVs that flank the bar.
The Mill Hotel
The Mill Hotel is a fantastic inner-city Brisbane venue delivering a great dining experience. Pub food meets ice-cold beverages in a relaxed environment that plays the match straight from Fox Sports live on the big screens.
The heartbeat of the Treasury Casino, Livewire is the 24/7 destination for catching the game in Brisbane. Livewire covers the Australian codes and tackles the overseas heavyweights too.
For the financially fortuitous, the Apachee Cat Sports Bar is Queensland’s #1 TAB and lives inside the Treasury as well.
One of Queensland’s longest-standing pubs, the Transcontinental boasts multiple entertainment areas and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. "The Trans" is the perfect place to catch the game over drinks, or even drop in just for drinks. Right across from Roma Street Station.
One of the best Irish bars in Brisbane, Gilhooleys offers great game-day deals on top of the true Irish hospitality of a steakhouse. Burgers, salads, share platters, and Guinness on tap. You won’t even have to cross your fingers to get lucky.
For authentic modern American, look no further than the Buffalo Bar. In the heart of the CBD and a beautiful Edwardian building, don’t miss any games with the venue’s new screens playing sport every day across the seasonal codes.
The Victory Hotel
The iconic Victory Hotel boasts a great party atmosphere and fantastic food. With six different bars inside the hotel, you’ll absolutely find the right vibe. Make sure you catch the game on the big screen.
Stock Exchange Hotel
Recently revived, the new Stock Exchange Hotel borrows inspiration from international trends and influences. Get live and loud with marquee matches on Brisbane’s biggest rooftop projector screen. Live music before and after the game keeps the party going.
Housing the CBD’s largest collection of craft beer, Embassy Bar screens sports on projectors in a heritage-listed bar with rustic industrial stylings. Not just the beer specialists, the Embassy also offers an assortment of beautiful wines, cocktails, and spirits.
A relaxed waterfront restaurant and bar, Riverbar’s boardwalk beer garden is the perfect place to chill by the river and catch the game. Grab beer, cocktails, and wine with a share plate, grill, or pizza from Matt Moran’s hand-crafted menu in a quintessentially Queensland venue.
Down Under Bar
With an international reputation, Down Under Bar promises a party every time. Mingle with students, backpackers, and tourists and light the fire of international competition.
Grand Central Hotel
Established in 1901, The Grand Central Hotel has been delivering on quality ever since. The Platform Bar and the Dining Car play into the closeness to Central Station and a menu of the regulars mixed with unique mains and beer, wine, and spirits will get you wherever you want go.
O'Malley's Irish Pub
Mick O’Malley’s been providing Brisbane with Irish charm since ’97. Devour a delicious menu of Irish fare and contemporary cuisine and make sure you barrack the right way with Guinness and Magners on tap.
Jimmy's on the Mall
Green living walls, a marble aesthetic, and 24/7 service makes Jimmy’s on the Mall the easiest place to settle in for the game. Grab a seat upstairs and watch the match or the people below over fine food, great drinks, and good company in the mall’s most iconic location.
Port Office Hotel
Heritage-listed and with a rich, 19th century history, the Port Office Hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant, several bars, and some of the most classic architecture in the city. A brand new menu of local and international food and drink will get you through even the most nail-biting of matches.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
A riverside retreat, Bavarian Bier Café is Brisbane’s home of Bavarian celebration. Adhering to the Bier Purity Law of 1516, Bavarian promises – and delivers – only pure bier, with no additives or preservatives.
Pig 'n' Whistle
Brisbane’s home of football, the many Pig 'n' Whistle venues around the city specialise in all sorts of different sport – and they take requests for games. Classic English pub grub with your favourite beers on tap.
A Caxton Street fixture, the Hotel Lord Alfred is a short stroll from Suncorp Stadium and is perfectly located near public transport. Pre-game, post-game, or even during-game drinks are what the Hotel LA’s best at.
For Caxton Street luxury, look no further than Gambaro. A multi-award-winning restaurant meets the exceptional style and service of the hotel right in the heart of Brisbane’s sports precinct.
The Caxton Hotel
One of Brisbane’s oldest licensed premises, the Caxton is the game day go-to. An attached bottle shop, sidewalk eating and drinking, and car park festivities around the matches make the Caxton your best bet for a victory celebration or loss lamentation.
The Paddington Tavern
More affectionately known as the Paddo, the Paddington Tavern is a venue with something for everyone. Grab the game on its big screens, take some calculated risks in the gaming room, or sit down before the match for a laugh at the Sit Down Comedy Club.
Woolly Mammoth Ale House
Walking Earth once again, the Woolly Mammoth is an experiential, multi-purpose venue with a variety of spaces and Queensland’s largest selection of craft beer. Catch the game on the mammoth screen, rip into rustic food off-the-bone, and enjoy some of Brisbane’s best entertainment.
The Flying Cock
A celebration of Australian pop culture, The Flying Cock is sprawled across three different sections perfect for all kinds of game-day shenanigans. Grab one of the American-inspired burgers or do the rounds with a variety of rum and gin.
Newstead’s newest food and drink pavilion, The Defiant Duck complements delicious American fare with 24 craft and local beers on tap. A sports live stream’s a great excuse to sit back with a burger in one hand and a beer in the other.
Your local in New Farm, the recently refurbished Brunswick Hotel sports a new menu with your favourite pub fare and pizza and pasta selections. An unofficial clubhouse for local sporting teams, the Brunswick’s dripping with competitive charm and knows how to soothe the wounds of a loss.
Queens Arms Hotel
A true sports bar and restaurant, the QA Hotel is the cornerstone watering hole of New Farm. A seasonally rotating menu and wine on tap means you can enjoy the live sports with a touch of class.
Post-renovation, the Waterloo Hotel’s proud art deco facade houses business and function catering plus breakfast, snacks, tapas, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. The riskier among us can sample the gaming options available in-house.
Whatever you’re looking for, the Jubilee Hotel’s sure to have it. A standard pub menu gives way to a variety of beers on tap, eclectic events, and a pokies section with guaranteed trading hours. An attached bottleshop just seals the deal.
A pub with the heart of the Irish, Finn McCool’s believes in great food, great music, great friends, and great beer. You’ll be golden from the get-go with even overseas matches on the big screen. Water down the world-class footy with the legend of Finn McCool.
Boasting the Valley’s largest outdoor screen, the Foundry is a welcoming space to enjoy a schooner, a punt, or an afternoon to just watch the world go by. Kick back and cheer on your team before you dance the night away.
Royal George Hotel
Right on the corner of Brunswick, you can’t miss the cheeky Royal George. Featuring a sports bar with full TAB facilities, an outstanding gaming room that’s as up to date as you can get, and the Valley’s largest beer garden, RGs is the gateway to the Valley nightlife after the game.
Self-styled as "Brisbane’s best hotel", the Normanby features five bars and a huge screen in its iconic beer garden. Alas, the tree has fallen but the party kicks on 52 weeks of the year.
Story Bridge Hotel
Older than the bridge itself, the Story Bridge Hotel doubles as the Kangaroo Point "village pub". Hosting four different bars across three storeys, the hotel is the perfect southside spot to soak up a Sunday afternoon. Kick back in the corner bar and catch the game with friends.
The Pineapple Hotel
You’ll have to travel a long way to find a pub more quintessentially Queensland that the Pineapple. The venue’s signature steak list, coupled with a menu full of pub favourites with modern twists, is the perfect place for dinner and a drink before, during, and after the match live on the big screen. Check its website for a screening schedule.
Dating back to 1853, the Shafston is one of Brisbane’s leading venues for live entertainment, great food and drinks, and sporting events. Three massive screens broadcast the game and free darts in the Sports Bar are the best way to keep the competitive spirit alive after the final whistle.
Breakfast Creek Hotel
Arguably the most famous watering hole in Brisbane, the Breakfast Creek Hotel is more than just a venue. Still serving beer off the wood, rather than out of steel kegs, grab a brew and sit back with a 7sqm LED screen. Call ahead to make sure it has the right game playing.
The biggest pub in the Southern Hemisphere, the Eaton’s Hill Hotel has been inducted into the QHA Hall of Fame for winning Best Entertainment Venue for three years running. Lose yourself in one of nine bars and kick your feet up in the open air beer garden to see the game on the big screen.
The Full Moon Hotel
Let the fresh ocean air wash the city off at the Full Moon Hotel. Indulge in a cool jam jar cocktail or a crafty ale at the sports bar and celebrate winning the game with the Bay’s best water views.