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Where to go for after-work drinks in Brisbane City

From drinking cocktails on rooftop bars to sinking beers and billiards in underground music dens, Brisbane City offers no shortage of variety in its nightlife.

During the week, knock off for an aperitif, kick on with co-workers on Fridays and come into The City on weekends for riverside drinks with a date. Raise your glass to the 5.01pm club!

Riverside bars

There’s nothing better than being by the river for sunset. Join big crowds at Eagle Street Pier for after-work drinks at the ever-popular Riverbar & Kitchen, Rico Bar + Dining or Friday’s Riverside, which has happy-hour specials all week. Nearby, Bar Pacino has uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge, Riverland features five street food kitchens, Mr & Mrs G Riverbar is a glass bubble on the riverfront with great views, Customs House hosts pop-up bars on the leafy terrace and Blackbird puts the opulence into riverside drinking.

In the other direction, swim up to Nautilus Pool Bar at The Westin Brisbane and enjoy the tropical luxe vibes and South Bank views from W Brisbane hotel's WET Deck.

Laneway vibes

Brisbane’s Burnett Lane is heaving with small bars, cafes and street art. We even have a laneway bar crawl just for this short street! Drop into Brew cafe and wine bar, stop at the split-level Super Whatnot, drink local at Felix For Goodness restaurant and cafe, slip into Death & Taxes speakeasy and enjoy jamon and hip-hop at Alba Bar & Delicatessen. In nearby Gresham Lane, Red Hook is the spot for cheeky cocktails or American brews and a burger. Next door, The Gresham (pictured) is the ultimate whisky bar.

At Eagle Lane near Eagle Street Pier, Brooklyn Standard is the spot for a boogie, while neighbouring Fat Angel is a dedicated American sports bar and grill. Other hidden spots include John Mills Himself, which operates as a cafe by day and a bar by night on Charlotte Street; Corbett & Claude on Elizabeth Street is all about pizza and espresso martinis and Bean Cafe + Bar is a hidden laneway bar off George Street with craft beers and board games.

Music and karaoke bars

With live music most nights, Brooklyn Standard is pretty hard to beat for a rollicking good time. Over on Upper Roma Street, The Flamin’ Galah is another local dive bar with live music or parties on seven nights a week.

Alternatively, put your vocal cords to good use with your best rendition of Queen, Beyoncé or John Farnham after warming up with drinks at Fat Louie’s private karaoke rooms on Albert Street or Music City on Adelaide Street. Holey Moley Golf Club and Strike atop the Wintergarden also offer karaoke rooms, where you can pair mini-golf or bowling with drinks and singing for a top night out.

Rooftop bars

Do Champagne and bubbles taste better at a sky-high bar? Only one way to find out. Located above Queen Street Mall, the Pool Terrace and Bar at Hyatt Regency Brisbane overlooks the shopping strip with plenty of resort-style seating by the 20m infinity pool. The previously mentioned WET Deck at W Brisbane is also a rooftop bar and pool area with panoramic views.

Perched atop the Pullman Brisbane King George Square hotel, Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar is – you guessed it – on the 16th floor with views over King George Square accompanied by a curated menu of craft beers, wine and cocktails.

Top pubs and brewhouses

Does your hard-earned thirst call for a classic pub experience? The City’s Transcontinental Hotel, Embassy Bar & Kitchen (formerly Embassy Hotel), Port Office Hotel and Grand Central Hotel all fall into this category with many iconic pubs and hotels undergoing renovations in the past few years. Also try the Pig ‘n’ Whistle Queen Street Mall (it’s open 24/7) and King George Square location, or Pig ‘n’ Whistle Riverside on Eagle Street for a British-style gastropub experience. 

Also on Eagle Street, The Bavarian will sort you out with a stein and piping-hot pretzel, while nearby Mr Edward’s Alehouse & Kitchen on Edward Street serves up craft brews and hand-pumped beers, and the American-themed Buffalo Bar on Mary Street has wings and whiskey aplenty. 

If you love the craic of Irish pubs, sink a schooner of Guinness at Gilhooleys Irish Pub & Restaurant on Albert Street – now in its 26th year – or visit Irish Murphy’s on George Street. You’ll be dancing a jig in no time.

Wine bars

Like a fine wine, Brisbane City’s wine emporiums and urban wineries just get better and better. The award-winning Grape Therapy Wine Merchant & Drinking Den at the riverside end of Adelaide Street has the wine library you want and need, while the City Winery Edward Street Cellar Door is a pop-up wine experience centre for wine tastings and flights, workshops and takeaways. 

For more wine and food pairings, Strauss is a cafe by day and wine bar by night, located opposite Hilton Brisbane hotel on Elizabeth Street, while The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar on Charlotte Street serves cheese and charcuterie boards that are best enjoyed with wine. European ambience can be found at COPPA Pasta & Spuntino bar on Eagle Street Pier. Sample a glass of vino paired with elevated Italian snacks while admiring the river views.

Food and booze

If you didn’t give in to a 3pm sweet treat (Noosa Chocolate Factory on Adelaide Street and Dello Mano in Tattersall’s Arcade have our hearts,  you might feel hungry once 5pm comes around. Pair after-work drinks with eats at the iconic split-level Jimmy’s on the Mall restaurant in the heart of Queen Street Mall, nibble on chicken wings at Buffalo Bar and load-up on loaded fries at Santa Monica Brisbane on Ann Street. It's also worth noting some of these aforementioned drinking dens – Red Hook, Riverbar & Kitchen and Brew  – also boast a solid menu of eats.

Image source: Red Hook

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