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Where to go for drinks in The City

From stylish bars to laid-back pubs, the City offers plenty of options if you're feeling thirsty. Whether you're looking for a fruity summer cocktail or refreshing craft beer with mates, we've made it easy for you and picked the best spots in Brisbane's CBD to wet your whistle.

Alba, Burnett Lane

Hola! Drop into this late-night Spanish delicatessen tapas bar inspired by the shores of San Sebastian. Munch on tinned fish, pintos and the almighty Jamon (amazing cured ham), and wash it all down with a selection of Spanish wine, cider and sherry based cocktails all while listening to a killer hip hop soundtrack.

Bar Pacino, Eagle St

Bar Pacino

This Italian-themed bar sports an extensive wine list, to-die-for cocktail menu and incredible views of the illuminated Story Bridge. The Nutella shots are a favourite with the chic local crowd.

Bean, George St

Bean

Hidden down a graffiti-clad laneway on George St, Bean is a hidey hole in the CBD for the caffeine addicts and the 5.01pm clubbers. For the it's five o'clock somewhere club members, Bean offer a $10 Espresso Martini all week long as well as other variations on it, including the Peg Leg and the Crooked Kilt. There's also a wide selection of beers on offer - including a gluten free pale ale and a rotating craft beer of the week.

Blackbird Bar & RestaurantEagle Street



Wine and dine overlooking panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge at Blackbird Bar & Restaurant. Inspired by a 1920's prohibition period, the chic bar features an extensive first-class beverage and themed cocktail list. 

Boom Boom Room, Cnr Elizabeth & George Street

This opulent underground bar fills the old vaults of a heritage-listed bank building with excellent whisky, fine dim sum and personal service. It’s table service – so sit back, order a spirit and have a selection of mixers rolled over on a trolley. Swish. Tap along to jazz, blues and soul tracks while waiting for your Sichuan spiced Wagyu beef tartare. 

Brew, Burnett Lane

Walk down the nondescript alleyway off Queen Street Mall to find Brew Cafe and Wine Bar. The bunker-like haunt is the type of venue where you can come for a laid-back lunch and stay for an after work tipple. Be sure to drop in for Brewzy Sundays.

Brooklyn Standard, Eagle Lane

Brooklyn Standard

Enjoy a slice of Brooklyn cool at speakeasy live music venue Brooklyn Standard. Located underground on Eagle Lane, Brooklyn Standard hosts live music every night and specialises in jazz, funk and blues. All that live music fun is accompanied by a well-stocked bar of whiskeys and classic cocktails.

City Winery, Edward St

Set between the storefronts of international luxury labels Hermes, Gucci and Cartier, this pop-up cellar door experience is popular for a reason. Drop in for a cheeky vino after work, or plan ahead and book in a wine tasting, wine pairing or wine blending workshop. Cheers to that!

Corbett & Claude, Elizabeth St

Housed in the basement of heritage-listed Corbett Chambers building on Elizabeth St, indulge in flavoursome fare at Corbett & Claude. The laneway bar serves up wood-fired pizzas, share plates and antipasti complemented by a selection of sparking, white and red wines with a vast assortment of craft beers.

Death & Taxes, Burnett Lane

Who knew the mastermind behind Cobbler, Savile Row and Finney Isles still had the energy to do anything else, but he's surprised (and delighted) us all by opening another joint down Burnett Lane in Brisbane City. Wander through double wooden doors to find a moody lounge bar encompassing low light, leather couches in the back room and shelves lined with delectable drops ready for any liquor connoisseur to sip and enjoy.

Friday's Bar Restaurant Club, Eagle St

Friday's is a Brisbane institution and still the place to be on a Friday night for CBD workers. The bar offers an expansive outdoor terrace, bars and dining options. Grab a drink and head to the dance-floor to show off your moves.

Grape Therapy, Adelaide St

An underground bespoke wine bar and bottle shop that oozes the effortless class of an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club, Grape Therapy has the wine library that you not only want, but also need. Grab a cheese and charcuterie platter while you're at it - what else are you going to do with your wine-free hand?

The Gresham, Queen St

The Gresham Bar

Tucked away on the edge of Gresham Lane branching off Queen St, The Gresham is a whisky and bourbon saloon oozing old-world charm with an eccentric touch. The short cocktail selection changes regularly and to help ease you into the taste of their speciality spirit, most cocktails are whisky-based. If whisky doesn't tickle your fancy, there is a choice of a wide range of local craft beers, ciders and international wines.

John Mills Himself, Laneway off Elizabeth St

John Mills Himself cafe and bar is located within the heritage-listed John Mills Building on Charlotte St. With an all-local ethos, the drinks list notes how many kilometres away each beverage was bottled, distilled or fermented. It's eye opening to think about your drink miles!

Hibiscus Room, Hyatt Regency Brisbane

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Step off Queen Street Mall and ride the elevator to the fourth floor. You’ve arrived at Hibiscus Room. Part of the Hyatt Regency Brisbane, the bar is perfectly positioned to grab a drink in Brisbane City with a side of people-watching. Grab an intimate setting for two overlooking Queen Street Mall, or stand around large bar tables on the terrace with your crew.

Red Hook, Gresham Lane

Tucked into Gresham Lane, Red Hook is the place to go for a cheeky cocktail (with a side of American-style burgers, of course). We recommend the Harlem Hard Shake with bourbon, chocolate, caramel and peanut butter ice-cream, or be adventurous and try the Caramel Old Fashioned and Spiked Cream Soda.

Riverbar & Kitchen, Eagle St (temporarily closed)

Riverbar

On the promenade level of Riparian Plaza, overlooking the water, Riverbar has relaxed seating areas inside and outside for weekend or after-work drinks. As well as food designed by Matt Moran, the bar has a wide beer selection, contemporary and classic cocktails, and an extensive range of wines and champagne.

Sixteen Antlers, Pullman King George Square

Sixteen Antlers

Perched atop the Mercure Brisbane King George Square, Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar offers a selection of craft beers, curated cocktails and quality wines for visitors to enjoy while they relax and soak up the bird's-eye view of the surrounding city. Kick back and enjoy the warm Brisbane nights with excellent music and great company.

Super Whatnot, Burnett Lane

Super Whatnot is a small bar with a big personality. You can sip on craft beer, boutique wines by the glass and classic cocktails complemented by gourmet American-inspired snackery.

WET DECK, W Brisbane

W Brisbane

The W Brisbane's WET DECK, located on level 4, offers amazing riverside and poolside views. Savour the incredible atmosphere while you sip on your drink of choice. The bar menu features small plates and shares boards for those feeling peckish. 

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