Bars & Pubs

Fave 5 Best New Brisbane Bars

By Catherine Blake
4th Aug 2015

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: When we love something we really, truly LOVE something! And that’s exactly how we feel about our new relationship! Some things just go together. Like cookies and cream, Brandon and Brenda… The Urban List and MINI! Our two families have collaborated to bring discerning readers and drivers a new fortnightly series – MINI Fave 5s. The must-try guide to Brisbane, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch! So, Urban Listers, clear the diary and get excited for our Fave 5s. There’s a whole year of eating, drinking and discovering to be done…


Anyone frolicking under the impression that Brisbane’s bar scene has hit a wall prepare to find yourself much mistaken. In just a few short months we’ve welcomed the arrival of a gastronomical titan, an America/Mexico fusion, a shard of London speakeasy and even a cheeky skyscraper to Brisbane’s already spectacular barscape.

We know you love your ‘usual’ spots, but kindle that sense of adventure and we promise you’ll reanimate that vibrant barhopping youngster you used to be.

Here are the top five newest bars in Brisbane to set you frothing:

Eleven Rooftop Bar

Fortitude Valley

No one ever had a great night by getting off at the seventh floor, for this brand spanking new bar we’re going straight to the rooftop. The golden glow from the illuminated bar top at Eleven has punters flocking like moths to fight their vertigo with vermouth before a dizzying view of the city lights.


South Brisbane

Very secretive and easy to miss, make sure you keep you eyes peeled for Gauge’s sister venue, lurking in an unsigned corner on Fish lane. This all black broom cupboard of wonders is kind of like the Narnia-esque world you’d find in the back of a closet at Hogwarts. Maker's cocktails are nothing less than pure artistry; beautiful from every facet and exquisite to the last drop.

California Native


Here I was thinking that the dream of an American-Mexican bar in the suburbs was all but lost. Together with their sigil (a bear wearing a sombrero) California Native has gone about wooing locals with their warming spirits and leather-worn surrounds. As for eats, their menu is a veritable gold mine of tacos, nachos, and salads with no lettuce, further proof that while the East Coast is nice and everything, the West Coast is totally where it’s at.

Mr. Edward’s Alehouse

Brisbane CBD

He popped up without us seeing, but now Mr. Edward’s Alehouse is pulling crowds like Federer at Wimbledon. When we caught the rumblings of European charcuterie, slow cooked meats and overflowing support from Coopers brewery, it didn’t take long for us to figure out what the crafty devil was up to and now we’re hooked. Smooth service and dappery in abundance makes this latest ale house fresh turf for after work drinkers and mid week lunchers the city over.

London Fields

West End

The wizards behind PUBLIC, Coppa Spuntino and Red Hook are proud to welcome the arrival of a bouncing baby bistro. In this latest venture, the city of ice and smog meets the land of sun and pineapples in the form of London Fields, a bar and bistro spouting all the suavity befitting the homeland of Prince Harry and 007. Those with a penchant for warm winters and stiff upper lips can get their rocks off at this shiny, new gastropub, nestled in West End’s verdant wilderness. Gin and Jacobean hijinks ensue…

We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Brisbane. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!

Image credits: Ariana Gillrie

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