It’s a new month and the horrors of Febfast are finally a thing of the past. Luckily, we won’t see this kind of brutality again until dry July. To celebrate, here’s a selection of new and newish Brisbane bars to check out this month.
Eagles Nest Brisbane
The eagle has landed at Kangaroo Point, clutching a bottle of Moet in its talons. Taking residence atop The Point Brisbane—a hotel you may or may not of heard of in KP—Eagles Nest Brisbane is the latest addition to Brisbane's rooftop bar scene. The ridiculously good looking cityscape views can only be scoped on Sunday sessions from 4pm, or if you splash your cash on a private function.
Sonny's House of Blues
From rooftops to basements, Sonny’s House of Blues is a dimly lit dive bar wreaking with signature ‘don’t give a damn’ LA style. Their fiesta-riffic Mexican food offerings complement the drinks list perfectly, which focus heavily on tequila (duh) and retro cocktails. Tucked in Rowes Lane, Sonny’s is the brother venue to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall. Cool clearly runs in the family.
The Manhattan Line
Straight from the streets of The Big Apple to your gob, The Manhattan Line slings easy eats and quality whiskey on South Bank’s Little Stanley Street. Expect loaded-up hot dogs and quick bites along with brewskies starting at just six bucks. The bottled cocktails and weekly cocktail on tap have us in a permanent New York State of mind.
There’s a lot of NYC action around town at the moment and, much like the five boroughs themselves, the love is strewn far and wide. Brooklyn Standard lurks around a corner in a part of town where you’re more likely to see suits than slingbacks. This underground live music venue and liquor emporium keeps the funk pumping until late—real late—every single night.
Hops Scotch & Beans
Yesterday, we wrote about Hops Scotch & Beans in a breakfast hit list. Today, we are turning to their other (wonderful) hat: the bar. Whiskey, cocktails, the best craft beers on tap, games nights, sweet live tunes, and heaps of specials. Need we go on? No, then get on your bike, Brisbane. There's fun to be had.
The Stars and Stripes trend shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Buffalo Bar has been on our radar for a while now because of one thing (well, 12 things). Mighty Mighty’s sister venue has a staggering 12 types of wings on the menu. There’s wet, there’s dry, there’s hot as hell, there’s cranberry chilli caramel, and there’s US bottled and draught beers to calm your tingled tastebuds.
After work drinks with the gang are ideally placed in this food-hall-esque venue, which is communal by name and communal by nature. Located at Brisbane Square—near the Treasury Casino where those colander ball sculptures are—Communal Bar & Eat House serves burgers, schnittys, steaks and some fancier fare too, with cocktails by the jug and cheap pots of beer.
Any south-sider will tell you this side of the river is cool in a less obvious way, and Woolloongabba’s Apple Tango is testament to this. Tucked just around the corner from the Mater on Annerley Road in the same complex as karaoke den Ben’s, Apple Tango has a little bit of everything on offer and fruity cocktails are a given. Pull up a stool on the astro-turf and shoot the breeze with an elderflower cosmo in hand.
The suburban bar formerly known as Room 60 has been reimagined as The Menagerie. A convenient locale to pep up in between night classes at Kelvin Grove, The Menagerie swaps daytime coffee for night-time craft beers, cult movie screenings, book readings and acoustic tunes. It’s kitschy and heaps chill. The QUT Creative Industries set will love it.
Brisbane Brewing Co
This West End watering hole turned on the taps late last year and the goodness hasn't stopped pouring since. Taking over a loading bay on Boundary Street, Brisbane Brewing Co churns out frothy, small batch brews on a daily basis, from pale ales to porters. Food is perfectly paired to the brews and falls under a self-described 'Oktoberfest-meets-New York Deli-meets-South America' banner. Whatever that is, we want it.
Hitch your star to Gypsies Wagon for late-night fun times in suburban Gaythorne. At this candlelit space with a Latin American sway you can choose to build your own burger, snack on saucy bar treats, or try a bit of this and that with the massive, shareable Gypsies Swag. The signature Peruvian Pisco Sour should be your poison of choice, especially if you dare to down the hot wings.
From the dynamic duo behind Public and Red Hook comes Brisbane bar Coppa Spuntino—part pizzeria, and all class. The sleek space behind Gresham Lane plates up epic grazing platters and, of course, crisp woodfired pizza with 'keep-it-simple' toppings in true Italian style. From birra to vino and an ample selection of aperitifs, Coppa is a logical choice for TGIF merriment.
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