Bars & Pubs

Fave 4 Underground Brisbane Bars

By Sophia McMeekin
7th Jul 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 4s. There’s a whole year of eating, drinking and discovering to be done…


If you’ll allow us to generalise like hell for a second, you’ll find that Brisbane bar scene is broken up into two types of drinkers: those who like rooftops, and those who like bunkers. 

The rooftop crowd have shiny hair, like bright colours and soft fabrics, and enjoy their beverages with adorbs accessories. The underground bar people, on the other hand, are a completely different breed. 

Shunning bright lights and Vitamin D, you’ll find them slinking down alleyways and knocking on secret doors, unlocking Brisbane’s coolest subterranean hang outs. Join the underground set and work your way through Brisbane’s best underground bars.


Fortitude Valley

Finding underground Brisbane bar, Greaser is half the fun. The other half comes courtesy of the greasy American eats—cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and crinkle cut fries, heck yeah—the ‘90s dive bar vibe, and the copious amounts of whisky you’re likely to consume.

Sonny’s House of Blues

Brisbane CBD

With a character that feel legit’ ‘80’s LA, this underground live music venue brings the beats and the booze, and it’s a good mix. Mexican bar food, a dance floor that won’t quit, and frozen margaritas mean you’re in for a stinkin’ good time at Sonny’s.


New Farm

Supper, once the domain of old people and boarding school students, had become the hippest meal around, and new Brisbane bar, Farrier, is rocking the meal like no tomorrow. With a cosy Game of Thrones vibe thanks to the stone walls and warm, glowing lighting, this new Brisbane supper club is all about the late night feeds and moody ambience, open late seven days a week. 

Brooklyn Standard

Brisbane CBD

Scoot on downstairs to Brooklyn Standard where a bowl of pretzels and one of Brisbane’s coolest little drinks lists awaits you. Themed live music nights seven days a week, including, funk, blues, and Mad Mariachi Mondays mean your weekday hangover just got serious. 

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, Esteban Rivera, Daniel Maddock

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