We all know how busy the festive season can be (have you checked your over-stuffed calendar recently!?), but making time to catch up with your favourite chums for a drink is a rite of festive passage. Share a drink and remember all the standout moments/milestones/embarrassing crushes of 2016 and celebrate how lucky you are to know such awesome people at one of Brisbane's best bars.
Whether it’s a Christmas party, a catch up with friends before everyone goes on holidays, or a staff party before breaking up, here are 7 bars to get your buzz on this holiday season.
The APO was a stellar new addition to the Brisbane bar scene in 2016 and should definitely be a hot contender for a Christmas shindig. If you’re after a casual but oh-so tasteful evening, inventive and delicious cocktails (we go weak at the knees for their coconut espresso martini), and gorgeous share plates, The APO is the key to a great night out this festive season.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Maybe you’re in the mood to get dressed up, pop a bottle or two, and celebrate making it through another year without impulsively quitting your job. Good for you! Make your way up to Eleven Rooftop Bar with your best ladies (or gents!) to savour the sensational skyline and commemorate another year of friendship. Bravo!
Newstead Brewing Co.
Be the person who suggests the whole office go out for lunch to celebrate another successful year, and invite everyone out to Newstead Brewing Co. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t enjoy lunch at this iconic Brisbane brewery, especially when you consider the wide selection of tap and bottled beer available. Maybe Toby from HR will finally loosen up.
The Hope & Anchor
The Hope & Anchor draws its inspiration from the pubs of England, and while this doesn't instantly scream 'festive', picture you, plus pals, plus plonk aplenty in a dimly lit bar, and you've got yourself a cheeky Christmas gathering on the cards.
Darling & Co.
Darling & Co.’s glittering decor and drinks list brimming with cocktail jugs (a summer favourite), bubbles and plenty of craft brews makes for the perfect festive gathering. Round up the gang and prepare for a late one.
If you haven’t heard of Club Sosay yet (where have you been?) let me introduce you; Club Sosay is a board game cafe-come-bar! Browse their selection of over 300 games, grab a bottle of wine and some tasty snacks—hello mozzarella sticks, burger sliders and toasted sammies—and challenge a friend to a game of Risk, Snakes and Ladders, or Articulate. The ideal way to catch up with friends; knock back a couple of drinks and have a blazing row over who buys up Mayfair in Monopoly...
Fitz + Potts
With their retro style décor, tiki bamboo bar, rooftop garden, and kitschy-cute 1970’s fittings, fitz + potts is a sweet little spot to have a couple of bevs in the sunshine. Whether you’re after quirky cocktails, craft beer, meat platters, or cheesy jaffles, fitz + potts is a sweet spot to celebrate the silly season. If you’re still unsure if this is the bar for you, let me just say this: thongs are appropriate footwear. Hello, summer!
Up On Constance
If you perfer city views with your cocktails, look no further than Up. Located in the heart of the bustling Valley, Up On Constance is the perfect spot to get festive with your pals. With great beats, insta-worthy cocktails and that view, Up delivers the goods.
Holey Moley is ideal for Christmas drinks with your pals when you want to do something a little more energetic than simply raising glass to mouth. Picture this: Brisbane’s best food trucks, schooners of beer, and 18-holes of themed putt-putt. How about a friendly wager? Loser buys the next round!
Escobar Kitchen & Bar
Escobar has found the sweet little spot that will satisfy everyone in your party; they’ve got board games, an outdoor courtyard for balmy evenings, comfy seats you can lounge in for hours, unique beers, and one of the best selection of spirits in Brisbane. Take your workmates, your best mates, your soul mates—everyone loves Escobar.
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