The solution to almost every problem is to dance it out. Work sucks? Dance it out. Just got dumped? Dance it out. Broken leg? Ok maybe don't dance it out. No matter what the world throws at you, the city of Brisbane will be there with open arms, a tequila shot in hand, and a cool new place to check out. Speaking of places to go, we just so happen to know a thing or two about what makes a banging club. Without further ado, we give you Brisbane's best nightclubs where you can get your boogie on.
Now we may be kicking off the list with The Met, but they're really more of an end of night destination. Brissie’s biggest nightclub, with five bars and four dance floors located across three levels normally (pre-covid times), hosts the biggest names in EDM like Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Fisher and Hayden James and is not unfamiliar with hosting massive afterparties for festivals like Listen Out, Touch Bass and Hidden. Long story short they know what they're doing and you're sure to have a great night in their hands.
A vibe and a half during the day and the place to be at night, X Cargo is sort of a club-of-all-trades. Pull up in the daytime (afternoon sesh anyone?) to mellow out the week through a sun-kissed garden party, with plenty of seating and cocktails that are straight-up heavenly. Once the sun goes down, the ‘grammable factor goes up by about tenfold, the festoon lights come on, the tunes turn up and the famous flamingo gets ready to watch a night of fun unfold. The dfloor is 10/10 and the whole outdoor situation serves up endless summer party rather than sweaty club vibes and we absolutely froth it.
Prohibition, Proey, Pro-ho—whatever you call it, it’s practically a right of passage to attend this Brisbane club. Nestled perfectly on Wickham Street and coupled with their trademark unmissable lit-up sign, it's hard to miss this iconic Brisbane venue. After (carefully) heading down the stairs, the iconic dancefloor greets you with booming music, often a live saxophone, and Proey’s signature light-up ceiling. Head out the back to find yourself in the outdoor beer garden that, if you trail up the stairs, leads to outdoor booths and a rooftop vibe. The infamous ladies night is every Thursday night where you'll score free treats for the ladies before 10 pm, free pizza AND free entry. Gather the squad and head on in to see why every man and his dog has a wild story or two that involves this legendary Brisbane nightclub.
As the name suggests, Retro’s is all about that throwback vibe. You'll find Retro’s in the Brunswick Street Mall (conveniently close to all sorts of food joints across the road) and you'll probably hear it before you see it. Is that a Whitney Houston banger? No, it's the Sugababes. Oh my god no it's Mr Brightside! In you head, where you find patrons sipping away at fishbowl cocktails and breaking it down under a trio of disco balls. Is this heaven? Yes, it is, the DJ has just started playing old school JB. Thank us later, and probably wear your comfiest shoes—you'll be dancing all night.
A stalk of Ivory Tusk on Insta reveals a trendy bar and tasty tacos and other Mexican inspired eats. Don’t be fooled though—after the dinner patrons have long left, the dance floor lights up and the hoards start to flock. There's heaps of food and drink packages and free entry, cheap drinks and hip-hop bangers every Thursday—students rejoice!
Ok, we must admit, a person can only do so much unce unce music. When you’ve reached your limit, head to award-winning bar Brooklyn Standard to rock out to live music. Brooklyn Standard has been awarded the Best Live Music Venue in Australia in 2015, 2019 and 2021 at the Australian Bar Awards. The bar is the playground of up-and-coming Brisbane music talent from all genres like funk, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, mariachi, rockabilly, RnB and everything in between—and the dancefloor absolutely goes off to it all. Head down the dim-lit brick cellar accessed by a secret laneway door located on Eagle Lane and remember, if the music is too loud, you’re too old.
The Beat is the longest-running club in the history of Australia and trust us, you can tell when you head in, wandering through six clubs, seven bars and three beer gardens all with a different vibe. From classic bangers to rave-esque zones, The Beat truly has it all. Another iconic Brisbane venue that has ‘right-of-passage’ status, you gotta go there at LEAST once. A safe haven for LGTBQI+, anyone and everyone are welcome at this party.
La La Land at The Prince Consort
A relatively new resident in the Valley, La La Land at The Prince Consort is an eclectic combination of luxe supper club and studio 54 disco. Do not be fooled by their sophisticated decor, this is still definitely a place to get silly. Friends of the bar Sneaky Sound System frequent the ever-changing lineup on the main Dfloor and turn it every time.
The Marquee Bar describes itself as the vibe of the exclusive lounge at your favourite music festival and by god, we agree so hard. Two floors, three bars and late-night eats make this destination an unmissable spot in your night out. The Brisbane club has endless entertainment, with Thursday night student night featuring veteran drag queens Vollie LaVont and Luna Thicc, as well as Mimosa Saturdays featuring a banging food and drink package, and ladies night Fridays. They are also extremely well versed in functions so you know you're sorted if you have a birthday coming up.
You've probably heard of The Brightside by seeing 48,892,093,874 of your friends selecting ‘interested’ in their On Repeat nights on Facebook. From the 1975 to Taylor Swift to Flume vs RÜFUS, they play your fave artist all night and by god is it fun. Aside from this, of course, the venue is home to absolutely any and all cool live music performances and festivals from shockingly cool local artists and bands. Their outdoor stage setup is somehow reminiscent of both Splendour and the coolest warehouse party ever—seriously it's such a vibe, there's no way you can NOT feel young and free boogieing out there. It's essential to grab tickets to any of their cool events ahead of time and do so quickly, as they get snapped up at the speed of light.
Yet another Valley newcomer, Hey Chica! Is a breath of fresh (and fun) air. Walking through the front doors, you can't help but feel welcomed to the zestiest neighbourhood street party in the whole city. To your right, you spot patrons sipping away at multiple cocktails ( think the watermelon basil sour, or strawberry frozé) and a spread of Mexi-inspired eats, to your left some are already up dancing the night away on the dancefloor that opens up late into the night. The perfect spot, where dinner easily turns into a full-blown night out.
If you want to live out your early 2000’s Beyoncé fantasy, BLVD is the place to head. Coined Brisbane's sexiest RnB party, BLVD is the perfect place to let it all hang out (and jiggle). Sometimes you just can't groove to pop and EDM like you can to Chance the Rapper, Megan Thee Stallion, Kendrick Lamar or old school Nelly—and that's exactly what's on the lineup all weekend every weekend at BLVD. Of course, there are bottle service packages with private booths up for grabs which could not be more perfect for that special event.
Prefer to find a cosy booth and sip sophisticated cocktails all night? Check out Brisbane’s best cocktail bars instead.