These days you’re more likely to come across a specialty coffee house on your street than a pub in Brisbane—just let that sink in and sting for just a second.
Pubs on every corner is a luxury more commonly enjoyed by Brits and people born prior to the rise up of café culture. We wouldn’t have it any other way but it leaves us a little cold when the hankerings for a pub feed take hold. We’re not picky, all we need are some crispy potatoes, a glistening protein, some decorative salad and a sauce of some description in a ramekin on the side.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of Brisbane’s best spots to fill up on a hearty pub feed.
Get fancy about the firewater in the Naked Whisky Bar later, right now you need feeding and The Morrison’s steakhouse has its laser sights set on your weak spot. We always struggle to decide between one of their monster steaks or the slammin’ parmy.
Alongside more extravagant items like confit duck marylands and beer braised chicken, Brewhouse offers a classic parmy and a series of signature steaks as well as a whole bunch of sides that could formulate a meal in themselves. Stop by on Mondays for a $10 shnitty and get thrifty.
The Fox Hotel
Within the multi-faceted party temple that is The Fox Hotel, there’s only one place you need look to for the choicest of pub feeds; Long Bar. Get your fill of crispy parmies, burgers or steak from the grill and wash it all down with a schmiddy. Fish Lane Bistro is also pretty goddamn wonderful for slightly upper-crusted gastro-pub feed that flirts with danger.
Statler & Waldorf
From their perch on Caxton Street, Statler & Waldorf tends the fires of joyous comfort with their corned beef brisket schnitzel, chicken, bacon and mushroom pie, and duck fat potatoes. Lunch is its own splendour with a knee-weakening three-cheese toastie for just ten clam.
Breakfast Creek Hotel
Can I hear it for the most famous steaks in Brisbane? Brekky Creek’s Staghorn beer garden sure knows its way around a side of sirloin, and their lesser-lauded chicken parmy and fish and chips also bring the stoke.
Fun fact: if it has ‘hotel’ in the title it will probably serve chicken parmies…and schnitties, and surf ‘n turf, and steak with toppers. Waterloo Hotel is no exception, offering some slick daily specials like Sunday’s $16 parmy—a serious contender for most effective hangover comfort around.
Queens Arms Hotel
The Queens Arms’ kitchen offers an almanac of revitalised pub classics with everything from steak sangas and Wagyu burgers to chicken schnitzels, steaks and beer battered fries filling out their menu.
The Alliance Hotel
Make no mistake, this award-winning Brisbane bistro has really cranked it up a notch. Putting the ‘astro’ in ‘gastropub’ The Alliance Hotel’s offerings are pretty stellar (where else can you find scotch eggs!?) and cover all the bases from suckling pig to 12-hour lamb. And you can always duck below to the Chalet Bar for wintry tipples.
The Hope & Anchor
The dark and cosy interior of The Hope & Anchor is like a life-size diorama of an English seaside pub, complete with a classic menu. We can never resist the charm of the chip butty or the minute steak with fries. Hope & Anchor also brings the spice with weekly curry specials, a tender reminder of London’s Brick Lane.
Brisbane Brewing Co.
Where there is beer there is almost certainly pub-esque meals. Brisbane Brewing Co. is responsible not only for tides of the delicious amber nectar but for sating our feasty cravings with a damn good pubby feed featuring a slight American nod. Get your fill of parmies and barra, and check out the chilli, hoagies, and hectic pulled pork situation.
Let’s not mince words, the steaks at Regatta Hotel’s Boathouse are kind of a big deal. The dry aged beef T-bone is known to leave diners trembling with satisfaction and don’t get us started on béarnaise!
Hands up who loves a G&T? We do too, so we've found where to get a decent G&T in Brisbane!
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