Brunch is the best. It’s one of those portmanteaus that we actually like (unlike smog or motel, eugh) because it sparks such joy. Drinking during the day is also something sparks joy. Why? Because breaking the rules is the best. Obviously, we jump at the chance to combine the two, which is why we’ve decided to share this round up of the best boozy brunch spots in Brisbane, so you can join in on the fun.
Collective Kitchen is the perfect spot for a boozy brunch with its mega-huge courtyard that’s bathed in sunlight pretty much all the time. There menu will please your whole crew, too, with picks for everyone’s palette. As if having a kick-ass menu and bar (hello, Pimms jugs) wasn’t enough, these guys also do a mean charcuterie board and have a decent selection of cheese.
River Bar & Kitchen
River Bar & Kitchen sits pretty on the river with a view (and décor) so good you feel like you’re on holidays. These guys do great cocktail jugs for sharing (or for yourself, no judgment) as well as a pretty awesome line up of cocktails. Though the food is the kicker. We can’t recommend the pizza enough—the spicy lamb quesadilla pizza, in particular—and we’re massively crushing on the dreamy burgers.
The Brass Barrel
The Brass Barrel, in Paddington, really knows how to throw a boozy brunch. Their cocktails are great and adorably named with puns—glazed and ginfused, anyone?—so you’ll be all about ordering “just one more,” trust us. The baked Camembert is all kinds of delicious and the perfect dish to nibble at while boozing. Plus, the signature burger on a black bun is just straight up great.
Darling & Co
Darling & Co, in Paddington, was made with the boozy brunch in mind. Or so we like to imagine. It’s open, light-filled spaces and multitude of beers on tap, house-brand wines, and plethora of cocktails lend themselves pretty perfectly to a boozy brunch. Order the burrata and the lamb belly and never look back.
Kettle & Tin
Kettle & Tin get brunch. They really do. They’ve got three different kinds of Bloody Marys on offer for Pete’s sake. They also do all-day breakfast so you can have breakfast and get drunk simultaneously, which is ideal. Our pick is a mimosa with eggs benny, obviously.
Canvas Club in Woolloongabba is the best because there’s an actual cocktail menu in the breakfast menu. So, there’s that. They also have a delightful selection of brunch foods on offer. Our pick is the notorious P.I.G brunch burger, for obvious reasons (obvious reasons being maple bacon, eggs, halloumi, BBQ sauce and relish). Drool.
The Balfour Kitchen
If you’re all about food that is probably better looking than you, then The Balfour Kitchen is the place for you. The fish crackling is all kinds of wow and the roasts to share are kind of perfect. Plus, the location itself is beautiful. The restaurant sits in an historic, striking Queenslander with a sprawling deck. You’ll feel like a real Southern Belle at this Brisbane brunch spot.
Stokehouse Q, in South Bank, is the perfect place to really set yourself up for a long, boozy brunch. With potentially one of the best views in Brisbane and a dessert menu that’s as equally as epic as the mains, Stokehouse Q is prime for a boozy brunch. Just do us a favour and order the ultimate chocolate martini. You won’t look back.
Chester Streek Bakery and Bar
Chester Street Bakery and Bar has struck the perfect balance between Place You Can Buy F*cked Up Amazing Desserts and Fully Stocked Bar, which is obviously the best thing ever. Plus they’re open ‘til late so your brunch can well and truly rage on into the wee hours.
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