Bars & Pubs

50 Of Brisbane’s Best Pub Meals

By Sophia McMeekin
23rd May 2017


Brisbane’s restaurant scene might be booming, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room left in our hearts—read: stomachs—for some good, honest pub grub. Plus, gravy-soaked anything just seem so right.

We’re not talking fancy food here, just great steaks, schnittys, parmies, fish and chips, and burgers from Brisbane’s best pubs.

Here are 50 of Brisbane's best pub meals to devour at will.

  1. The Fox Hotel’s parmy with Napoli sauce and grilled buffalo mozzarella. Pub food perfection.
  2. Statler & Waldorf’s parmesan crusted chicken schnitzel, with lemon, parsely and caper butter.
  3. The Hope & Anchor's homemade pie of the day with chips, salad and a frosty brew.
  4. Lock’n’Load’s twice-cooked pork belly with roast apple coleslaw, pancetta, and mustard cream sauce. 
  5. Iconic Brisbane pub, The Morrison’s duck fat fish and chips with mushy peas and mint and gherkin mayo. 
  6. Pig & Whistle Brunswick Street’s slow-braised steak and Guinness pie with creamy mashed potato.
  7. Flying Cock’s chicken parmy. The use the word ‘epic’ to describe this crumbed wonder which is kind of bang on? Plus, they’re two-for-one on Wednesdays.
  8. The Alliance Hotel’s roast suckling pig with smoked mash, charred broccolini, garden peas, morcilla and sweetcorn veloute.
  9. The Port Office Hotel’s parmesan and herb-crumbed veal cutlet with pig fat potatoes and mustard slaw. 
  10. Dalgety Public House relly throws down the gauntlet with their full rack of lamb. It's recommended as a share but with enough willpower you could easily polish off the entire thing, plus accompanying roasted pumpkin, baby beets, feta and rocket. 
  11. The Regatta Hotel’s dry-aged T-bone with chips and red wine jus. 
  12. Brisbane pub and micro-brewery, Newstead Brewing Co. do a cracking steak, served with duck fat potatoes and watercress and peppercorn cream.
  13. Embassy Craft Beer Bar’s chicken breast schnitzel with hand-cut fries and gravy. Mmm, gravy.
  14. Bitter Suite’s six-hour roasted lamb shoulder with dauphinoise potato and textures of carrot.
  15. Buffalo Bar’s 200g eye fillet with chips, jalapeno slaw and molasses BBQ sauce. 
  16. Tippler’s Tap’s Reuben sandwich: thinly sliced corned beef, cider, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, pickles and Thousand Island dressing on rye.
  17. The Wickham's panko-crumbed chicken schnitzel with chips, salad and gravy. 
  18. Brisbane pubs don’t come more ridgy didge than The Breakfast Creek Hotel, and our pick of their famous steak menu is the rib on the bone. Dinner roll, pepper sauce, and hot spud are necessary steak accessories.
  19. South Bank Surf Club’s fresh trawler prawns with chipotle mayo. 
  20. Known adorably as Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant, The Norman Hotel is a classic Brisbane pub where steak is the name of the game. We recommend the T-bone,
  21. Brewski’s Double Brewski burger: Two 150gm grass fed beef patties, beer candied bacon, double American cheddar, kewpie mayo with crunchy cos lettuce and tomato, on a pale ale toffee toasted bun (Hot tip: Brewski do $10 burgers on Tuesday nights!).
  22. Gambaro’s Sicilian BBQ Moreton Bay bugs.
  23. A plate of Taco Del Perro at Bloodhound Corner Bar: braised beef cheeks, topped with perro salsa.
  24. New Farm pub, The Queen’s Arms have a whole menu of quality pub grub; we love the rump steak sandwich with bacon, tomato, melted cheese, grilled onion and BBQ sauce. 
  25. No list of the best Brisbane pubs would be complete without The Normanby Hotel. Throw caution to the wind and try the ribs and rump: a rib fillet served with spicy BBQ pork ribs.
  26. Deery’s Restaurant & Smokehouse do steak, but they do it fancy. Their 350g sirloin with mushroom coated potatoes, parsley and enoki mushrooms.
  27. The drunk chicken at Brewhouse Brisbane speaks to us on a spiritual level. Half a free-range, beer-braised, oven-crisped chicken with Pepe’s mascarpone, hops and thyme served with beer gravy, honey roasted dutch carrots and tallow tatties. Shibby... 
  28. South Bank’s Hop & Pickle have a changing menu of pub specials sure to impress the most seasoned pub foodie. Think traditional cottage pie with lamb and vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with mashed potato. Plus, they do a classic roast on a Sunday, with Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings.
  29. Brisbane Brewing Co’s chicken parmy. An oldie but a goldie.
  30. For lowkey snacking, you can't pass up one of Green Beacon's British pork pies. It comes with mustard and a pickle and is served cold so it feels like a raid on the larder. 
  31. If you’ve never had a steak at The Caxton Hotel you can’t really call yourself a Brisbanite. You can’t go wrong with a rump and a hot buttered corn cob on the side.
  32. A steak from The Newmarket Hotel or ‘Newie’, as it’s known by the locals, is best topped with calamari and consumed with a frothy.
  33. BlackBird Bar & Grill’s epic 2kg tomahawk steak is made to be shared between four, or eaten by one very hungry pub-grub fan.
  34. The steaks at The Boundary Hotel are very reasonably priced and come with can come with blue cheese sauce, which is a big plus in our books.
  35. The Paddo Tavern has a parmy menu that’s 5 deep. Choose between delicious variations like the spicy Pepperami parmy or the Godfather, with bocconcini, mozzarella and proscuitto 
  36. The Junction’s chicken Wellington, that's chicken breast with mushroom Duxelles, wrapped in crispy puff pastry, served with mash, broccolini and creamy sage sauce. 
  37. The Aussie National has an epic chicken schnitzel topped with leg ham, napoli sauce & mozzarella cheese. 
  38. The Grove does a slamming braised beef cheek with smokey garlic mash, roasted field mushroom, pea puree and a generous drizzle of jus. 
  39. The Shaftston Hotel mashes together two pub staples, the burger and the schnitzel, for a glorious hybrid that always saves us having to make any tough decisions. 
  40. The Transcontinental Hotel’s roast of the day with roast veggies, green beans, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Alllll the gravy. 
  41. The Waterloo Hotel's fish and chips sees Australian kingfish battered in pale ale served alongside chips, lemon, and tartare sauce. 
  42. The beef and Crown Lager pie at Lord Stanley Hotel’s isn't messing around. With hearty Wagyu in crisp pastry with chips, gravy and house salad for balance, this is one's a real belt-tester. 
  43. Stones Corner Hotel’s graziers beef pie, slow cooked in a rich gravy and encased in golden pastry. Served with mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy. 
  44. The Pineapple Hotel (AKA, The Piney) has a 500g T-Bonethat’s sure to test the limits of any pub fan's stomach.
  45. The vego parmigiana at The Stock Exchange’s is a bit of a change of pace but well worth the foray into vegetarianism for the panko crumbed eggplant steaks, basil and tomato jam, and fior di latte. With seasoned chips and house salad, naturally. 
  46. A true Brisbane pub icon, you might not have noticed that The RE does pub grub during your drunken jaunts through the beer garden. Notable feasts include their ribs and wings combo: pork ribs and southern fried chicken wings covered in smokey BBQ sauce. 
  47. The Ship Inn’s Philadelphia chicken: chicken breast stuffed with garlic, cream cheese and parsley, crumbed and fried, served with red wine jus and potato gratin.
  48. The Texas beef and blue cheese pizza at Archive Beer Boutique is a bit 'out there' as far as pub food goes, but we don't really care because it combines three of our favourite things.
  49. German Club’s chicken schnitzel. Nuff said.
  50. More steak house than pub, Kingsley’s know how to grill meat. Their fillet mignon with bacon and roast garlic butter is the stuff of steak dreams.

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The Alliance | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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