Is it just us, or is it that the harder you have to look, the more awesome the bar? We’ve trekked down random alleyways, taken our chances at nondescript suburban shops and crept above strip clubs all in search of Brisbane’s best hidden bars. And find them we did.
Here’s 7 of Brisbane’s best drinking establishments where you can find excellent G&Ts, killer cocktails and a sense of mystery, all in the one spot.
In a tiny space that you could easily walk past in South Brisbane’s Fish Lane is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets: stunning bar, Maker. The drinks are creatively crafted, but the best bit is that it only sits a handful of people, giving it an intimate atmosphere that is hard to match. The best part is the drinks are out of this world. Our tip? Try the gin with whipped orange and grapefruit, poured over a Tanqueray-infused watermelon cube. Divine.
If you are lucky enough to be dining or staying at boutique hotel Spicers Balfour, hidden in the leafy streets of beautiful New Farm, you’ll be lucky enough to take your drinks on their tiny private balcony bar. Don’t be fooled by the size, the Spicers Balfour balcony boasts an impressive view over the suburb’s iconic Queenslanders and the Story Bridge and is one of the true hidden gems when we’re talking sophisticated secret drinks.
New French wine bar and restaurant Greenglass has recently opened in the CBD, if you can find it. The elegant wine bar has an exceptional wine list, curated by the Spokenwine crew and offers a cool New York-style loft vibe to sip your drinks in. So where is it you ask? Look for the little black door between The Grosvenor and the discount chemist on George Street and then climb the nondescript stairs. Trust us, it’s worth it.
Most people head to Ben's Burgers in West End—formerly The Bleachers—for the burgers (they are the brother venue to OG Ben’s Burgers in the Valley) but walk all the way out to the back and you’ll find yourself in a huge open air area complete with a stocked bar. With a rotating roster of DJs spinning fresh sounds and a sweet craft beer selection, it’s the place to hang with the crew any night of the week.
Fitz + Potts
One of the coolest Brisbane bars resides not in the city or the Valley, but upstairs overlooking the main street in Nundah. The umbrella-covered balcony at Fitz + Potts is made for a summer Sunday sesh and the bar crew really know their drinks. If you’re a craft beer aficionado their menu is on lock and they proudly use local gin distillers for awesome G&Ts. The best bit? The epic bar menu has plenty of delicious vegan options in the mix.
John Mills Himself
CBD gem, John Mills Himself is the secret bar you need to find if you fancy quality craft spirits mixed using amazing local ingredients. Their gin selection is an ode to some of Australia’s best distillers including Lilli Pilli Gin from Tambourine Mountain distillery, and their whiskey selection is equally impressive. We love the McHenry’s Single Malt direct from the distillery in Tassie.
Tumbling Stone At The Johnson
The Johnson Hotel in Brisbane’s Spring Hill is the newest member of the Art Series Hotel Group and features a gallery’s worth of artwork from master colourist Michael Johnson throughout. Did you know you could head into their lobby restaurant and bar Tumbling Stone for sophisticated drinks? The rotating selection of craft beers including Green Beacon, Four Pines and Balter and an awesome selection of gin-inspired cocktails taste even better given the awesome location.
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Maker | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie