Bars & Pubs

Sips and Snacks | Brisbane’s Best Bar Menus

By Lauren Kavanagh - 08 May 2014

Covent Garden
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Yard Bird Ale House
Fortitude Valley, QLD 1 Image
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Little Brew | Paddington
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Jamie’s Espresso Bar
Fortitude Valley, QLD 1 Image
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Super Whatnot
Brisbane, QLD 1 Image
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At Sixes and Sevens
Fortitude Valley, QLD 1 Image
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Newstead Brewing Co.
Newstead, QLD 1 Image
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Green Beacon Brewing Company
Teneriffe, QLD 8 Images
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The Laneway
Brisbane, QLD 5 Images
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Alfred & Constance
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Ok, we all like to enjoy a few beverages after work and on weekends, yes? (Yes, yes we do). And we all like snacks, right? (Do we even need to ask?) With Brisbane's bar scene overflowing with chic and sophisticated bars, all supplying exceptional drinks and really good chow, we decided it was time to talk about our favourite Brisbane bar menus.

So, as to not cut into your precious chill time, we've compiled a handy dandy list of Brisbane's best bar menus for you. Check it out!

Lock'n'Load

Located in the heart of Brisbane's vibrant West End, Lock'n'Load caters to the discerning palate, in a way chilled back environment. With a tropical courtyard to escape the city streets, eclectic beats from local musicians, and cocktails to get you dancing, there is no restaurant or pub quite like it.

LnL's bar menu is quite diverse and caters for any occasion. The 'Sharing is Caring' section of the menu is perfect for a mid-week catch up with the girls (or boys), or a light dinner and drinks. Think along the lines of beef cheek croquettes, tofu and shitake mushroom spring rolls (yum!), and roast mushroom arancini with goats cherve and pistachio pesto.

Yard Bird Ale House

You'll find chicken wings galore at Yard Bird on Brunswick Street, including their infamous Death Wings, as well as burgers, chilli fries, and other American-style bar eats, making this easily one of our fave Brisbane bar menus. And their outdoor seating is perfect for relaxing with a crew, a few brews, and a bite to eat.

Port Office Hotel

Renowned for its versatility, the Port Office consists of several individual and unique areas: an award winning Restaurant — Fix — and several bars, including Fix Wine Bar & Cellar, Marble Bar, and Liber Lounge upstairs on level one.

When it comes to food, the Port Office bar menu is one for the record books. Try choosing between a char-grilled wagyu burger from the Marble Bar menu, or the seafood board from the Fix Restaurant and Wine Bar. We're hungry already!

Francie Mays

Picture a unique, Asian inspired bar/restaurant unlike anything you've ever experienced, and you've got Francie Mays! Francie Mays New Farm is an extension of Francie's own dining room — which means home-style fare, but with more room to eat, drink and be happy!

The menu at Francie Mays is both traditional, yet diverse. The Asian-fusion fare on offer is the perfect accompaniment to a crisp cold beer or cocktail. Our favourites include oven-baked crispy-skinned pork belly, poached chicken and herb dumplings, and char-grilled tamarind and tumeric prawns.

Little Brew

Nestled amongst the buzz of Latrobe Terrace, you'll find Little Brew. She may be the baby sister to Brew in fun-ky Burnett Lane, but don't underestimate the quality of the food and beverages at this little sibling. Whether it's breakfast, main meals, or tapas you're after, Little Brew caters for all appetites. Their bar menu includes delicious snacks like shoestring fries with chipotle aioli (delish), and grilled haloumi with lemon and Ligurian olives marinated in lime, chilli and coriander. Absolutely superb with a vino!

Iceworks

Iceworks bar food is second to none, and their location is hard to beat (they're just at the top of Caxton Street — perfectly placed for a casual bar stroll), making this spot a no brainer for a drinks and nibbles session. The bar menu includes a sage-crumbed schnitzel burger (we know you want this), and lemon pepper calamari with garlic aioli.

And then there's the tapas menu. Think along the lines of Spanish spiced lamb ribs, pan seared tiger prawns, and baby squid and Morcilla sausage. Whichever dish you choose (when you do finally make a decision), we guarantee it will go down a treat!

Jamie's Espresso Bar

Perfectly uncomplicated. That's honestly the best way to describe the little hole in the wall that is Jamie's Espresso Bar. Situated on the corner of James and Robertson Streets, Jamie's simple comfort food, accompanied by their cocktail list, craft beer selection and fab wines, has attracted devoted followers for over 13 years. With an unpretentious menu that uses cheese boards, antipasto tasting plates, haloumi, and bar nuts to great effect, Jamie's is the perfect little hang out, and one of our fave casual after-work drink spots.

Papa Jack's

Tucked into the M&A precinct (at the nice end of The Valley!), Papa Jack's is a cosy little slice of New Orleans, and has a suitably down-south style, late-night bar menu — think salt cod croquettes, gumbo with corn bread and fried with cheese fondue — that is the ideal accompaniment to a couple of sazeracs or hurricanes. Pair this with the live music they have pumping until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays and the chilled atmosphere (seriously, this spot is perfect Valley retreat when you're tired of the Brunswick Street strip), and you've got one of Brisbane's coolest new bars. If you haven't met Papa J yet, it's high time you checked this one out!

Super Whatnot

A little laneway bar in the CBD, Super Whatnot has a style and personality all of its own. If you can put aside their awesome beverage menu for a moment, you'll see that, yes, they also do have food. And yes, it's equally as awesome as their beverages Their menu takes inspiration from 'The Americas', meaning its all about hot dawgs (yes, I did say dawg!), gourmet toasties and some of the best nachos in town! The menu is ever changing, working with seasonal produce — which is a great excuse to go back again soon. Not that we need one.

Sixes and Sevens

Perfectly situated on the edge of the James Street shopping precinct, Sixes and Sevens is our go-to after a hard day's work (or a hard day's shopping!). Depending on your level of hunger, the Sixes and Sevens' menu is sure to satisfy. Think of quesadilla's with avocado, cheddar cheese and jalapeno, smokey eggplant with white bean and feta dip on warm sourdough, and Brooklyn battered barra with chips. Hungry Yet?

Newstead Brewing Co.

Beer is the name of the game at Newstead Brewing Co., but if you also want some — largely carnivorous — sustenance with your frothie, they have you covered. Serving up dishes such as Peter Rabbit pie, jalapeno poppers with cream cheese, buffalo wings, jerky,  and really great sweet potato fries, among other delights that go well with the amber stuff.

Green Beacon

The team at Green Beacon are known for producing a range of local and seasonal craft beers, served alongside the best of Queensland's seafood. Their beer is made in the on-site brewery, which conveniently runs directly to the bar, showcasing the natural craft of the business. Their menu is based around the unrivalled quality of Queensland seafood, offering up fresh oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, spanner crab, and Mooloolaba ocean king prawns. However, if seafood isn't your thing, think along the lines of the 'Ploughman's Plate', a dish that includes Pacdon pork pie served with leg ham, farmhouse cheddar, pickle, hot English mustard and freshly baked artisanal bread.

Laneway Bar

The Laneway Bar brings cosmopolitan bar culture to Brisbane, with freshly squeezed citrus juices and an extensive range of back bar and first pour spirits that will make you go weak at the knees. Laneway also has a light, yet delicious menu on offer, including tagliatelle with exotic mushrooms and parmesan (amazing!), pork belly, apple ginger puree, pickled seasonal vegetables, and a to-die-for veggie burger! Make Laneway your new spot for drinks, and you'll leave with a full tum.

Alfred & Constance

Ah, A&C... this perfectly positioned little oasis may be a sardine tin on a Friday and Saturday night (and even a Sunday), but we think this place absolutely rocks! Their extensive cocktail menu is the talk of Brisbane, and their food is superb. How could you possibly say no to the likes of eggplant croquettes, Josper grilled scallops, flame grilled lamb cutlets or wood-baked garlic flat bread and dips? And that's just the starters menu! If you are yet to experience Alfred and Constance, make it your business to pay them a visit, asap!

Depo

Situated apart from the main precinct of West End, you'll find uber-cool Depo, whose fit-out and moody lighting are ideal for a few intimate beverages. The European-influenced dinner menu at Depo changes daily, so head to their website or Facebook page for the latest on what's on offer, or simply ask for the chef's selection of cheese or charcuterie to go with your cocktail.

Image credits: Daniel Maddock

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