As the city with the best climate in all the land, Brisbane is somewhat of a beer garden mecca. We're also home to some of the country's finest breweries, of which are popping up all over the joint. Because everyone loves to down a frosty, here is a collection of the best beer gardens in Brisbane town.
X Cargo's multiple outdoor bar and dining areas, rooftop terraces, tropical garden (with a giant flamingo mural for company) and pop-up food trucks makes it one of the finest beer gardens in Brisbane. The options are endless...
Felons Brewing Co
Howard Smith Wharves
Situated along the riverfront underneath the Story Bridge, Felons' outdoor areas include seating overlooking the CBD and stretching right along the boardwalk, large grassy gardens with shaded picnic benches and white-washed stone seating underneath shady pergolas out back to shelter from the sun.
The newest beer garden in town belongs to the ever-lovable Wickham, and boy, is it a doozy. We're excited about spending many a Sunday session in the space that was previously the car park, but has now been converted into a cheerful Valley oasis, spotted with wooden benches and tables and an abundance of greenery. The menu — a very tasty international line up of shareable pub favourites —doesn't hurt either.
Park bench tables outside in the laneway make this cosy establishment a great option if you are in West End and feel like grabbing some drinks and roosting in the sun for a couple of hours. The whole atmosphere at The Burrow is super relaxed, thanks in no small part to the congenial staff and hideaway feel of the whole bar/café. This is the Brisbane beer garden to visit for a proper catch up with your mates.
The award for 'beer garden that is most like a nightclub' goes to the space out the back of Rics in the Valley, which during the day is a cruisy enough outdoor drinking spot, but at night turns into a somewhat hectic, but very fun, party zone. Try not to fall off your stool.
Pig n Whistle
Bruno Street's newie, The Pig n Whistle is a surprisingly classy addition to Brisbane's beer garden scene. A frothy or two in the sun in this palm-fringed outdoor drinking hole and you'll be shouting this Brisbane bar's praises as loud as the rest of us.
This Toowong icon successfully walks the line between being a bar for young student types and a bar for slightly more mature professional folk. Having amped up the elegance with its post-flood makeover, the Regatta's outdoor drinking zone is all about encouraging social interaction in a casual, comfortable and chic setting. Note: They have day beds.
It would be downright negligent not to include the Royal Exchange Hotel on any list of Brisbane's best beer gardens. The RE doesn't try too hard. It doesn't need to. Uni students will flock there, regardless, for their weekly (or bi-weekly, or tri-weekly) dose of beer jugs, hot chips with gravy and live band playing Pearl Jam's Better Man. If you haven't had at least one Sunday session there, you're not a true Brisbanite.
Beach Burrito Co.
The sand might be fake but the frozen margaritas are real, so in our books this artificial Mexican beach party/beer garden is a winner. Good for a day-drinking session, and even better at night, Beach Burrito Co. has the added incentive of nachos.
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