Long gone are the days of a bowl of soggy wedges with lashings of lumpy tomato sauce and fake sour cream to soak up a beer-filled belly. Brisbane's pub scene has upped the ante with meals and menus rivaling some of our city's best. To help you stray from the cooked-to-death $5 roast and veggies, we've made a short-list of Brisbane pub meals we think are worth shouting about… From the good ol' steakhouses, to the more flashy digs, eat your heart out!
Norman Hotel | Woolloongabba
Brisbane's worst vegetarian restaurant, The Norman serves up a mean steak. Enjoy your rump with a choice of a baked potato or chips; salad or slaw; mushroom, pepper or chilli sauce and a soft bap roll. For those with a hefty appetite, or just having one of those really hungry days, the Norman will definitely hit the spot.
Where: Norman Hotel | 102 Ipswich Road in Woolloongabba
Contact: 07 3391 5022
Breakfast Creek Hotel | Breakfast Creek
Ask Brisbanites which pub serves the best steak in town and you'll get a dozen different answers; but the best known has to be the historic Brekky Creek. As one of the few remaining pubs in Australia serving beer "off the wood', you have the choice of lining up to select your cut from their steak cabinet, or enjoy table service in their famous Spanish Garden. For those who aren't so keen on the cow, the Brekky Creek offers a great range of seafood too.
Where: Breakfast Creek Hotel | 2 Kingsford Smith Drive in Breakfast Creek
Contact: 07 3262 5988
Merthyr Bowls Club | New Farm
The perfect pozzie for a Sunday afternoon lunch, Merthyr bowls is one of Brisbane's most scenic pubs. Situated along the river in New Farm, it's always packed to the rafters with hungry and thirsty locals. We suggest calling ahead to book a table or you'll more than likely miss out. With good quality pub food and drinks at 1980's prices, you won't be complaining.
Where: Merthyr Bowls Club | 60 Oxlade Drive in New Farm
Contact: 07 3358 1291
Queens Arms Hotel | Fortitude Valley
The Queens Arm offers the traditional pub grub fare, but a little more dressed up. Instead of your standard BBQ sausie, expect wagyu sausages with potato foam and caramelised onion jus. With a brand new menu, highlights include their red duck curry and crispy Asian pork belly.
Where: Queens Arms Hotel | 64 James Street in Fortitude Valley
Contact: 07 3358 2799
Fix Restaurant and Wine Bar at The Port Office Hotel | Brisbane CBD
Fix is definitely your posh pub. In fact, it's often easily forgotten that it's even part of The Port Office Hotel. With starched white tablecloths and a menu that sits amongst Brisbane's best, expect dishes such as Hervey Bay scallops with green pea puree and maple roasted bacon and Moreton Bay Bug with pappardelle, chilli, garlic and taragon butter. Our suggestion – leave room for dessert. Unlike other pubs, Fix's desserts are just as good as their mains.
Where: Fix @ The Port Office Hotel | Corner of Margaret and Edward Street in Brisbane CBD
Contact: 07 3221 0072
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