Brisbane's best winter hideaway bars - Visit Brisbane

Brisbane's best winter hideaway bars

‘Tis the season to layer on your winter woollies (a.k.a that one light jacket you own) and seek refuge from the elements in a dimly lit and enclosed watering hole or basement hideaway. Have no fear, as the temperature drops, your social life does not need to suffer. We've rounded up the cosiest bars in Brisbane to snuggle up with your favourite winter tipple and get toasty warm.

Barbara, Fortitude Valley

Barbara

Away from the madness that is Brunswick Street on a Saturday night, come as you are to Barbara bar and sip on beer, wine or cocktail or two and take in the live music performed there most nights.

Death & Taxes, Brisbane City

Wander down Burnett Lane and discover Death & Taxes a heritage bunker style venue inspired by Paris and London's underground bars. With more than 600 bottles on display and a carefully curated 30 drink cocktail list you will sip the night away. BYO snacks and dinner options are encouraged, so check out the local surrounds and bring some cheese from The Cheese Pleaser or visit the neighboring Spanish delicatessen tapas bar Alba.  

Alba Bar, Brisbane City

Olé for this late night Spanish delicatessen tapas bar. Open from 12 till 12, you can graze on a selection of bite sized morsels from house made sandwiches, tinned fish, pintos and the almighty Jamon (amazing cured ham). Wash it all down with a selection of Spanish wine, cider and cherry based cocktails all while listening to a killer hip hop soundtrack.

Bean, Brisbane City

Hidden down a graffiti-clad laneway on George St, Bean is the epitome of hidey holes. Bean do a mean $10 Espresso Martini all week long as well as variations on it, such as the Crooked Kilt and the Peg Leg. Take our $10 please.

Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Up-and-coming acts and DJs spinning vinyl have found a home at Black Bear. Join them for a chilled out drink and enjoy live music in this cosy bar above busy Brunswick Street Mall. Occasionally there is a small cover charge.

The Silver Fox Wine Bar, Brisbane City

Chic and cosy with luxurious interiors this wine bar has a lot to offer. From its extensive wine list to its stellar cocktail selection, you can easily spend an enjoyable hour or two, unwinding on the soft lounges while the stress of the day slips away. Situated near the City Botanic Gardens end of Edward Street you will end up making this venue your go-to 'den' in the colder months.

Bloodhound, Fortitude Valley

Bloodhound makes the most of the building's original interiors with exposed brick, high ceilings and fireplaces to keep everyone toasty warm. Latin-American share plates and local craft beers are best of friends at Bloodhound Bar. The rustic corner venue serves incredible tacos and has a few sneaky backrooms and an upstairs area to hide in.

The Cloakroom, Brisbane City

You will find this exclusive venue nestled between a menswear tailor and barber shop hidden in a laneway off Elizabeth Street. Perched one level above the street, you will ascend a fire escape to an open air space that boasts views of the city skyline. There is no menu here, a bespoke drink is made for you based upon your likes, desires and preferred flavour profiles. While you wait for your drink, sip on a complimentary pallet cleanser and enjoy the candle lit surrounds. If you would prefer a wine or beer there is a rotating handpicked selection available.

Brew, Brisbane City

Brew is one of Brisbane City's best-kept secrets. Hidden down Burnett Lane, it is open from 7am weekdays and 8am on Saturday, and till late Monday to Saturday. It offers great coffee and food by day and brews of a different kind by night – wine, beer and cocktails, with delicious tapas.

Bowery, Fortitude Valley

This intimate, New York-style bar is one of the few places where the music doesn't overpower and you can still hear yourself think. You will find live jazz being played Tuesday to Thursday and DJs spinning at the weekend. Cuddle up in one of the cosy booths and let the staff create the incredible concoctions for which they've become so highly regarded. Try a classic such as the Southside – made famous at the 21 Club, New York – or Mesha, specially created for The Bowery.

Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane City

Brooklyn Standard

Enjoy a slice of NYC 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.

Maeve Wine Bar, South Brisbane

This is a great up-late spot open till midnight. Here you will find a vintage style space reminiscent of the bank it used to be with warm wooden tones, 1940's style orb lighting and banquet seats. With a European inspired menu of delights including chicken liver parfait, blood orange jam on milk toast; oysters or the confit duck lasagne al forno you will not go hungry and with a wine list that focuses on small producers with unique, tasty and approachable notes, you'll find it easy to stay till closing. 

The Malecón Bar, Milton

Pirates and rum lovers, follow the red light to this Cuban style bar and distillery. With over 100 rums to choose from it can be hard to make up your mind, so you can hone your pallet on a selection of five curated rum flights. If you are looking for something a little sweeter partake in some rum based cocktails, we recommend the  Baggy Green and the Papa Doble.

Canvas, Woolloongabba

Canvas, Woollongabba

Canvas Cocktail and Wine Bar is a vintage-inspired treasure in the heart of Gabba Village, serving delectable cocktails, boutique wine, craft beer and rustic food. The front has couches and soft lighting for a moody night out.

Cobbler, West End

Cobbler

Like whiskey? You'll like Cobbler. This small West End bar boasts an astounding 400+ whiskeys from all over the world (Scottish, American, Canadian, Irish, Japanese and Australian varietals). Cobbler doesn't have a kitchen, so feel free to BYO food and settle inf or a cocktail or three.

Electric Avenue, Woolloongabba

Old world glam meets contemporary fine dining, so step back in time to a prominent era of Brisbane's history. Used-to-be hotspot for antiques, this Woolloongabba area is now roaring with nightlife so Electric Avenue wanted to bring back a little of that antique vibe. Fantastic bistro fare can be combined with over 75 wines, beers or cocktails - this venue has really outdone itself. But wait, there is more. Have your Narnia moment by making your way upstairs and stepping through an antique wardrobe to a hidden whisky bar called Jack Rabbits. So cosy up to a glass of golden liquid from the heavens and relax in the vintage comfortable surrounds. 

Grape Therapy, Brisbane City

Grape Therapy

Grape Therapy is an underground bespoke wine bar and bottle shop that oozes the effortless class of an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club. The brainchild of wine merchant Darren Davis, this drinking den is a sanctuary for admirers of the grape, with an extensive wine list allowing you to sample wines from new boutique drops to rare vintage bottles of red. Sink into a Chesterfield lounge with your wine of choice while Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra play in the background.

Greaser, Fortitude Valley

Greaser

Greaser takes its patrons deep beneath the streets of Fortitude Valley to a bluesy rock ’n’ roll basement bar, serving up American-inspired pub nosh. Make your way down one of Brunswick St’s back alleys and you will find an ominous red door – the gateway to this grungy underground-bar destination.

Savile Row, Fortitude Valley

Step behind the glossy orange door, push back the curtains and discover the charm of this old-world bar. Named after the Mayfair street in London known for bespoke tailoring, made-to-measure is exactly what you will get here with over 900 spirits, 20 rotating wines and a 20 long cocktail list, your personalised beverage awaits. Find a perch under the stunning chandelier or seat yourself in one of the leather booths and enjoy the excellent service and atmosphere.

Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley

Heya Bar, the late-night Valley hangout, is inspired by the street markets of South East Asia and the alleyways and bars of the Golden Gai in Shinjuku. It is anything and everything you want it to be – hidden bars, live music, pool tables and dark, intimate corners. Grungy, cool and full of character, you will discover an Asian-infused street food menu featuring sushi rolls, mushroom and bacon gyoza, Kung Pao chicken wings and duck and hoisin rice paper rolls.

Hope & Anchor, Paddington

Hope & Anchor

English pub food screams cosy to us, and Hope & Anchor's homemade pie of the day with a pint sounds just grand. Be transported to the English seaside and enjoy the pub-dining atmosphere from the comfort of one of the plush booths.

Junk Bar, Ashgrove

Located inconspicuously behind an ageing shop front, Junk Bar features quirky decor including deer antlers, forest wallpaper, small palm trees, old couches, dim lamps, and vinyls played on an old record player. Junk Bar's main focus is its creative drinks menu, with intimate table service provided, and fresh cocktail concoctions among the offerings.

Lefty's Old Time Music Hall, Caxton St

Leftys

Velvet drapes, dimly lit chandeliers, bear and deer heads covered in bras and a distinctly country soundtrack set the scene in this whisky saloon. With live music most nights, a dirty American-inspired menu and debaucherous vibe of the deep south – order a whisky apple and get on the d-floor stat.

Longtime, Fortitude Valley

LongTime

Part-restaurant, part-bar this laneway gem is the perfect winter escape. Just past Chinatown Mall head down a leafy alleyway to the bar where a cocktail menu will greet you while you wait for a table.

Jungle, Fortitude Valley

Bringing tropical all year, like Brisbane, is Jungle bar. This tiki bar serves up tasty fruity cocktails in an array of glassware from monkey cups, volcano bowls, coconuts and more. Colourful, appealing and fun this Polynesian-styled urban oasis has limited seating so, it you are a big group you will want to make a booking.

Maker, South Brisbane

A 7.5m long oxidised brass bar defines the space inside this bar that seats only about a dozen patrons. The cocktail menu is ever-changing with a focus on boutique liqueurs, native ingredients and creativity.

Netherworld, Fortitude Valley

An old-school arcade games bar and diner, Netherworld is home to gaming relics from the past that will transport you back in time. There's pinball machines, arcade machines, classic consoles and countless board games from the 70s to present day. Not convinced? This may help.

Super Whatnot, Brisbane City

Super Whatnot

Still one of the city's best kept secrets, this split-level bar has the focus on craft beers, good cocktails, boutique wines and American-inspired snacks. Find the 100-seater venue down Burnett Lane.

The End, West End

The End is a small-town hideout and hangout in West End, tucked nicely off the main drag. The drinks menu is a toast to the local and unique. And to hand-picked flavours and refined libations. 

The Gresham, Brisbane City

The Gresham

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. Walking through the large cedar doors you will feel like you've stepped back in time thanks to the soaring 7m-high pressed-metal ceiling, dark timber floorboards, Chesterfield couches and an antique Victorian fireplace. The upmarket drinks list will satisfy even the most avid whisky drinkers, with an extensive range of bourbons and whiskies, many of which you won't find anywhere else in Australia.

The Stables, Ascot

The Stables' rustic interior fills the old butcher shop, decked out with exposed brick, a timber and concrete bar, stained wooden benches and black metal chairs and tables. Take your pick from eight taps or bottled brews, plus top Japanese whisky, boutique wines and a menu of light bites, bigger bites and lunch options.

The Grand on Stanley, Woolloongabba

This little venue provides an escape from the every day hustle and bustle. Make your way through the stained glass entryway and admire the original exposed brick walls and period fixtures. The bars offerings, like its decor, are simple and well thought out. With a three tap pour, two beers and one cider, a cocktail list boasting ten tasty tipples and a wine list with two whites, two red and a sparkling, quality not quantity is the goal here. Getting a bit late? No worries, upstairs has been converted into an accommodation with three beds bookable through AirBnB.

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