New Brisbane bars you'll be drinking at this summer

Make the most of Brisbane’s sunny afternoons and balmy evenings at one of the city’s hottest new bars. Whether you want to soak up some rays at an inner-city rooftop, or cool off along a charming laneway, you’ll be sure to find a venue to suit your mood.

Brisbane is an ever-expanding city of dining venues, watering holes and shopping experiences, with more surprises waiting around every corner. We’ve rounded up the new crop of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes that have recently opened to add to your must-try list.

Superfly Funk Eye, Woolloongabba 

Little sibling to Paddington’s Hai Hai Ramen, Superfly Funkeye is a little 40-seat Japanese-inspired bar that pumps out little snacks alongside a curated natural wine and cocktail selection. Cheers to miso butter sweet corn and spectacular wines. 

Blute’s Bar and Lucky Egg, Fortitude Valley 

With a comforting fit-out reminiscent of a jazzed-up '80s Aussie pub, Blute’s wants to be your go-to drinking hole. Located smack bang in the middle of Brunswick Street Mall, the pub is neighbour to the new Lucky Egg (yes, Brisbane’s favourite fried chicken sandwich has a new, bigger home too) and the menu is a cross between the beloved burger bar and pub classics – think chicken or eggplant parmies or kimchi cheese chiko rolls. Add plenty of beer and stage with live tunes for a kicking venue. 

The Wet Deck, Brisbane City

W Brisbane

Sip on a #sunshinestateofmind cocktail and make a splash poolside at the WET Deck at the W Brisbane. This bar offers epic riverside views and luxury sun lounges to make you feel like it's summer-time all the time. The six page bar menu has something for every appetite, our favourites are the fare dinkum cheese board and the detox pizza.

The Malecon Bar, Milton 

Milton has received a rum bar and distillery just a stone’s throw from Suncorp Stadium. With vintage Cuban vibes, the dark cocktail bar has more than 80 varieties of rum from around the world, plus distills its own house rum in a small still. Keep an eye out for Cuban salsa nights, and feel free to BYO food. 

Range Brewing, Newstead

The doors have opened to Brewstead’s newest brewery. Bringing home inspiration from UK and European breweries, the Scandi-inspired ale house has transformed an old mechanic's warehouse into a beautiful beer-drinking haven complete with sourdough pizzas and share platters. Going by the mantra "forever exploring, forever evolving", rather than having a core range, the crew will be experimenting from batch to batch. 

The Boom Boom Room, Brisbane City 

Beneath the Sichuan flavours of Donna Chang, The Boom Boom Room is serving opulent cocktails within the heritage-listed buildings' old bank vaults. No need to lift a finger (except to tap along to the jazz, soul and blues tunes filling the air) as the venue offers bottle service and feeds the hungry with many of the dim sum and snack options from upstairs. 

Fat Angel Sports Bar & Grill, Brisbane City 

Cut from the same cloth as its neighbour Brooklyn Standard, Fat Angel is a NYC baseball-themed sports bar tucked down Eagle Lane. The walls are covered in sporting paraphernalia, and eight screens around the venue show any and every sport imaginable. Behind the bar find Sam Adams, Coors, Blue Moon and the house lager on tap, and order Philly cheesesteaks, wings, popcorn shrimp and more from the kitchen. 

X Cargo, Fortitude Valley

Covering two huge blocks on McLachlan Street, X Cargo is your new party playground. Made up of shipping containers and spanning over three levels, there's plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the American-orientated flavours coming from the kitchen and lush libations flowing from the three separate bars.

Felons Brewing Co, Brisbane City

Sit along the riverbank and toss back a cold one at Felons Brewing Co. Sitting under the Story Bridge at Howard Smith Wharves, the beer is freshly brewed on site within the confounds of the old heritage sheds. 

Welcome to Bowen Hills, Bowen Hills 

At last, a permanent food truck joint and bar for Brisbane. Taking over the Dairy Hall and Sugar Building of the RNA Showgrounds, the huge space seats up to 1000 people and has a rotating range of food trucks turning up nightly – plus a massive bar stocked with all sorts, a secret gin bar and plenty of beer. Keep an eye out for special weekend festivals and events. 

Little Big House, South Bank 

Enjoy a summer cocktail while lazing on the verandah of a re-vamped heritage-listed house. It's about more than just aesthetics though, Little Big House is a lively pub, offering a drinks menu emphasising local Queensland produce and food focused on rotisserie chicken, meats and seafood.

Munich Brauhaus, South Bank 

Prost! Brisbane has a brand-new beer hall, and it goes by the name of Munich Brauhaus. The 850-seat restaurant is one of the city’s largest, and a big venue calls for a big atmosphere so expect that Oktoberfest vibe 365 days a year. 

TSO Lounge & Dining, Fortitude Valley

Venture down Bakery Lane to find two-stories of heritage charm at TSO Lounge & Dining. The upstairs bar is full stocked with a selection of whiskeys, gins, tequilas, rums and moonshine to accompany a game of pool in the lounge area or a quiet seat on one of two balconies. 

Bavarian Beerhaus, Bowen Hills 

Another giant beer hall from the same restaurant group opened north of the river in Bowen Hills. Expect the full German experience with pork knuckles, pretzels and giant beers – they have 40 on tap. There are heaps of day-of-the-week specials and events too, like every Monday there’s a ping pong tournament, Wednesday is comedy night and on Sundays you get a free hot dog with your stein. 

Little Social, Paddington 

Paddington has a fresh neighbour hangout. Designed to feel like sitting in a mate’s loungeroom, the old Queenslander vibes make for a cosy space. There’s a modern-Australian menu of share plates (think corn fritters, croquettes, oysters) plus beer and sangria on tap and a cocktail menu. 

Tippler’s Tap, Fortitude Valley 

Tippler’s Tap is opening a second location back near its spiritual home – the James Street craft beer pub will have 14 taps dedicated to Queensland brews and Chicago street eats, including deep dish pizza. 

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