Bars & Pubs

Brisbane’s Best New Secret Bars

By Sophia McMeekin
30th Mar 2015

Some of the best new bars in Brisbane are siting below your eye line, or in a blink and you’ll miss it hole-in-the-wall, or on a rooftop above the city. 

We know y’all love a secret bar—and we’re firm believers that the harder a bar is to find, the less d-bags you’ll have to drink with—so today we’re counting down the new and the newer additions to Brisbane’s secret bar scene. 

Here are some of our favourite new secret bars in Brisbane.

Heya Bar

Fortitude Valley

Andre 3000 knows what’s up, and new Brisbane bar, Heya (named after the now iconic Outkast jam) will have you shaking it like a polaroid picture, alright. Live music, pool tables, pinball machines, and Asian street food inspired by the markets and alleyways of South East Asia make this underground bar one of the best new bars Brisbane’s seen for a while. Not content with just being a hidden bar itself, Heya is also home to its own secret bars, including the fittingly named, Bar Lonely, where you can nosh on cheeseburger spring rolls alone and wonder why your friends can’t find you.

Can You Keep a Secret?


Secret by name, awesome by nature, Can You Keep a Secret? is a former vintage clothes store turned bar, which has retained many of its retro trinkets, making for a watering hole with serious kitsch-appeal. Comfy couches and a good dose of whimsy will have you thinking you’re drunk at your (very cool) grandma’s house. This new Brisbane bar does cheese plates, but is also BYO food, which we like very much. An astro-turfed secret garden completes this good-times maze.

Eagles Nest Brisbane

Kangaroo Point

New rooftop bars are where it’s at, and Eagles Nest is the business. Perched atop The Point Hotel, this new Brisbane bar is decidedly hard to find, and only open to the public from 4pm Sunday afternoons (moonlighting as a functions venue the rest of the week), so naturally it’s one of the coolest bars to be at at the moment. You’ll find us here on a Sunday when the sun’s shining and the Moet’s flowing.

The Stables


Cruising down Racecourse Road you could be forgiven for missing The Stables—a fresh new Brisbane bar breathing life into the formerly dull strip. Venture inside and you’ll be rewarded with a swanky share-plates menu and an abundant beer and wine selection.

Brooklyn Standard

Brisbane CBD

Bringing a dose of Brooklyn flavour to Brisbane city, Brooklyn Standard is about a secret as they come. Mosey down Eagle Lane, spot the burly guy on the door, and take the two flights down and…Boom! You’re in Brooklyn. With all the paraphernalia you’d expect in a legit’ American sports bar slash live music venue, Brooklyn has a drinks list that’s quickly become one of our favourites. Plus, free popcorn!

Want more of the best secret bars in Brisbane? Here’s our handy guide to Brisbane best hidden bars.

Image credit: Esteban Rivera

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