Bars & Pubs

7 Secret Bars to Visit This Weekend

By Catherine Blake
8th May 2015

Homebodies listen up: get off the couch and put on some pants, we’re going out. 

This weekend, tear yourself away from the usual haunt and branch out like you’re throwing shade, because there’s a thumping array of new Brisbane bars to wet whistles and sate appetites like it’s a Game of Thrones feast night. 

This goes for you too, after-work-drinkers. Abandon your routine and the humdrum of going to the same bar with the same peeps and ordering the same vodka, lime and soda. It’s hardly innovative and don’t pretend like you haven’t been dreaming of cutting loose 

Here are our picks of the Brisbane bars you have to check out this weekend:

Miss Kay’s 

Brisbane CBD

Let’s be real here, you’re not just going to come to Miss Kay’s for a quick drink. You’re going to rally your favourite bunch of anti-fitspo pals and a token heavyweight champ. Then you’re going to order a round of beers, some Mac Daddy burgers, dirty fries for the table, and a Big Kay Challenge for the heavyweight (5 beef patties, 5 cheese slices, and some stuff called ‘vegetables’). Next, you’ll let the hog loose, resurfacing 45 minutes later with sauce on your jowls and the smug satisfaction of knowing that you did this new Brisbane bar just right. 

Naked Whisky Bar at the Morrison Hotel 


If you’re lucky enough to call the Morrison Hotel your usual watering hole then you don’t have to walk too far to experience their best kept secret. Featuring an almost extravagant selection of over 200 whiskies, the Naked Whisky Bar lets you singe your throat with everything from Van Winkle to Bunnahabhain and tuck into a plate from their bar menu without even leaving your stool. 

Heya Bar 

Fortitude Valley

If you grew up as one of those kids with a shelf of ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ books then Heya Bar is just for you. In the catacombs of Brunswick Street, Heya is a labyrinthine mass of licensed nooks and booths for you to get lost in. Sneak down for a drink and maybe a set from one of their guest DJ’s. And don’t forget a serve of the cheeseburger spring rolls, because I know you skipped the pre-game at Miss Kay’s. 

Sonny’s House of Blues 

Brisbane CBD

If it weren’t for their neon sign and the reverberations of smoky blues echoing from the back of Rowes laneway, you might be forgiven for overlooking Sonny’s House of Blues. Featuring live music acts every night, tacos, beer, and hip-shaking frivolity that started prohibition in the first place, Sonny’s is the place to flaunt your moves and give your full-length mirror a break. 

Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen 

Fortitude Valley

Ever since we got wind of Bloodhound’s impending open we’ve been fanging for beer, cider, and tacos and now the wait is over! Nicely seated on the corner of Brunswick and Robertson, Bloodhound is a prime location to supply good times and show off their avian mural on exposed brick. Bright, sparkling, and newly christened, come down to the Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen and help them celebrate their first weekend of trade before the rabble catch on. 

Madame Wu

Brisbane CBD

This riverside Madame is shrouded in mystery and doused in tasty spirits. With a menu that's ideal for pre-night-out snacking, an oriental cocktail list, and views that will transport you to old Shanghai, Madame Wu is perched adjacent to the city, perfectly placed for Friday night debauchery. 

Laneway Bar

Brisbane CBD

A popular haunt for seasoned drinkers and CBD sophisti-cats, Laneway Bar is hidden above The Euro out of sight, but out of mind this Brisbane bar should not be! Home to one of the city's most ingenious cocktail lists—heavy with classics and new creations—Laneway also boasts a bar menu with some of Brisbane best burgers.

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