Decent bars in Brisbane are a dime a dozen these days (not that we're complaining!), but we understand that die-hard habits are hard to break, such as biting your fingernails (ew), or, say, eating a litre tub of cookies and cream every time you sit down to an episode of Game of Thrones (guilty).
So, it's understandable that when you find that nice bar, that serves nice drinks and plays nice music, you're going to want to visit said bar again and again. And, while we're all for loyalty to your fave watering hole, sometimes you've just gotta try something new. We've hunted high and low to find 10 more Brisbane bars you may not have heard of. You know, 'cos variety is the spice of life and all that…
Deep in the cellars of The Alliance Hotel — who coincidentally are undergoing a bit of a facelift by way of re-painting their entire frontage — is Chalet Bar, an après ski bar with serious mood. Sink into one of the well worn chesterfields, ponder on life a little by the (faux) open fire, and you'd be forgiven for thinking you're sitting in Aspen or The Alps. A themed bar this may be, but their extensive list of drinks and bang-on food is no joke, making this one desirable destination and a fab addition to the Brisbane bar scene!
Situated by the airport, Golf Central have championed the classic game by naming each hole around an international destination; a kitsch but oh so cute nod to their proximity to BNE international airport. Pumping tunes play throughout the course, plus their jewel in the crown — a bar in the middle of the course — will keep even the most un-enthused golfers entertained.
The Skykum Lounge
A secret bar within a bar? We like! Located behind a pair of velvety draped curtains just inside Junk bar, and inspired by 70's décor, The Skykum Lounge is a haven for small music gigs. If your arms get tired from gestural conversations with your hands over all that music, take a stroll back through the curtain into Junk Bar, where a comfy couch awaits.
The Twig & Berry
Newstead newcomer The Twig & Berry has the perfect subterranean feel. Dimmed twinkly lights on the inside, an inviting courtyard on the outside (with heaters we might add!), and a sinfully good cocktail list make this Brisbane Bar an absolute must-do; their Clockwork Orange cocktail and cheese platter are the stuff of post-work drink fantasy.
Though technically a waiting area for to-be diners at Gerard's Bistro, you'll want to bail on dinner plans and easily chew up most of your evening at Gerard's Bar. Specialising as a charcuterie, order a share plate of shaved prosciutto, or Mahi Mahi tartare, and indulge in their extensive drinks list.
(All this drink talk making you hungry? Check out some great Brisbane bars with even better food here.)
Hoo Ha Bar
The array of craft beer at Hoo Ha Bar is like an oasis to a thirsty camel — all shimmery and utterly enticing. Peruse the fridge of local brews, plus a few game-changers from further afield, or pick off their rotating taps. Then, grab one of the large inviting sofas to sink into, and watch as the day passes by.
Liquor Store & Prarie Supplies
Lefties new bar offering (in the guise of a hole-in-the-wall bar and bottle shop) is equal parts charming and unique. Liquor Store & Prairie Supplies is the perfect place to sling your cowboy hat and slacks after a long day of mustering cattle— or shuffling paper round your desk, whatever. Simply don a cowboy hat from behind the bar, pull up a stoop, order some chicken wings and an old fashioned, and then pat yourself on the back.
Neatly tucked down one of Brisbane's 'secret' laneways lies Strauss Bar, a little gem of a café by day, and a stellar bar by night. The exposed beams and bare bricks evokes a kinda kooky but cool Brooklyn bar vibe, and is the ultimate locale for casual drinks with a gabble of mates. Top marks too for their weekly rotating cocktail specials. It keeps us on our toes!
Toro Bravo has mastered the relaxed vibes and rustic feel of traditional Spanish bars, combining authentic tapas dishes, an extensive 'old-world' wine list, and cocktails of the 'Latin' persuasion. We suggest you gather your amigos and make your way to the bar; order a round of Madrid Mules and some share plates. We promise you'll have more fun than you can shake a piñata at!
Dutch Courage Officers' Mess
If gin's your poison of choice, then let gin connoisseurs Dutch Courage Officers' Mess transport you to days of old colonial outposts, where adventure, exploration and good ol' fashion fun were the order of the day. Stocking more than 240 different spirits (if gin 'aint your thang), plus some damn fine share plates, you'll wonder how we ever lived without it!
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