10 Of Brisbane’s Best Espresso Martinis According To You

By Victoria Hunt
21st Jan 2022

two women hug while holding a cocktail

When it comes to an espresso martini—you either get it or you don’t. That familiar caffeinated boost mixed with the simple excitement a classic martini provides, it’s sweet and refreshing—like a comforting hug.

Here in Brisbane we love an espresso martini. Day or night, it's a cocktail staple and an essential menu item for any bar that wishes to reel in us cocktail-loving Aussies. Luckily for us, the bars of Brisbane have answered the call and stepped up with some of the best espresso martinis around. So if you’re on the prowl for the bitter-sweet drink of the summer, scroll on down and discover your next favourite spot for an espresso martini.

Mr Percival’s

Howard Smith Wharves

An instant Brisbane hotspot (the good kind, not the Covid kind), Mr Percival’s is not just an idyllic location, it also houses a strong list of classic cocktails, including the infamous, forementioned espresso martini. A classic espresso martini that never fails to impress, if you’re looking for the tried and true taste, look no further than Mr Percival’s.

Rogue Bar And Bistro

Newstead

Some people might say that an espresso martini is pretty much the same everywhere you go, but some people are wrong. With a salted caramel espresso martini on their house cocktails menu, Rogue Bar and Bistro are stepping up their espresso martini game and taking it one step further with the addition of everybody’s favourite sweet and salty ingredient. 

The Osbourne Hotel

Fortitude Valley

With the Lexington Hill Espresso Martini on tap, The Osbourne also features their very own ‘O’ Espresso Martini. Consisting of Wyborowa vodka and Kahula—shaken not stirred of course, with Little Drippa cold drip coffee for an extra hit. But here’s the real beauty, to top it off the drink rocks their very own, house made cinnamon syrup for an extra twist to the classic drink.

Madame Wu

Eagle Street

Here is one for the true chocolate lovers. What if we told you that Madame Wu features their very own, mouthwatering, sweet-tooth aching, Malteser Espresso Martini. Now you’re excited. The perfect blend of coffee, chocolate and of course Tia Maria, the irresistible concoction features Mozart gold and white chocolate liqueur to combine all the best flavours into one glorious drink.

Brisbane Distillery

West End

A modern and Aussie twist to the cocktail favourite, Brisbane Distillery has added the native pepperberry to their espresso martini for a little heat, a hypnotising nitro display to cool it down and then the pièce de résistance of this unique and enticing cocktail is the irresistible addition of marshmallow. You really can’t go wrong here with a combination of flavours to attract any cocktail connoisseur. 

Mrs. Brown’s Bar & Kitchen

Newstead

Raise your glass to another fan favourite— the salted caramel espresso martini. With vodka, cold pressed coffee, Borghetti Liquore al Caffe and the most important ingredient in our opinion, the glorious liquid gold that turns any food item from great to unbeatable, salted caramel. Mrs. Brown's Bar, we salute you. 

Iris Rooftop

Fortitude Valley

What skyrockets any cocktail to the top of a cocktail lover’s list? Well, nothing beats relaxing as the sun sets over another day on a rooftop bar with an espresso martini in hand. Iris Rooftop features an unbeatable list of house cocktails and if what your heart desires most is not on the menu, worry not, all of your cocktail favourites are available on request including your favourite espresso martini. 

Botany

Newstead 

There's nothing we love more than a salted caramel espresso martini, and that’s the truth. If you find yourself in the trendy gasworks area of Newstead, this is your cue to check out Botany Newstead and their irresistible salted caramel espresso martini. With the glorious aforementioned salted caramel on the inside, a salt rim on the outside, it will be love at first sip.

Ngon

Paddington

With an extensive and authentic Vietnamese menu, it is no surprise that the legends at Ngon have also put together their very own Vietnamese espresso martini. Made with Vietnamese coffee, you could be crossing the ocean with just one sip. Paired with vodka, coffee liquor and condensed milk, this is your chance to try something new.

Ciao Papi 

Howard Smith Wharves

Perched on the river with panoramic views of Brisbane, this is the perfect spot for your afternoon cocktail catch up with friends. But if going out is not on the agenda for you and your pals, why not order takeaway? Ciao Papi is serving you their favourite menu items, including cocktails to go. Why not try their signature takeaway espresso martini from the comfort and confines of your very own couch.

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Image Credit: Urban List 

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