As this post goes along we will be covering what drinking at the best bars in Brisbane is like in full detail. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way we will get you sorted out.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Brisbane. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. Drinking liquor in Australia is a topic we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Brisbane might just be:
- The Gresham Bar at 308 Queen St
- Mr & Mrs G Riverbar at 1 Eagle St
- Lychee Lounge at 2/94 Boundary St
- Cobbler at 7 Browning St
- Maker at 9 Fish Ln
- Grape Therapy at 471 Adelaide St
- Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill at Port Office Bldg, 39 Edward St
The Gresham Bar offers some of the best rums, wines, cocktails, craft beers, and whiskies in your area. Cobbler specializes in malted spirits such as scotch, bourbon, Japanese, Irish, Australian, Indian, Taiwanese, and American single malts. The bar is open from 5pm to 1am on Monday and from 4pm to 1am the rest of the week.
Grape Therapy is one of the finest wine bars and drinking establishments near you where friendships are formed and business is conducted over a bottle or two of wine. Their wine collection is varied including hard-to-find vintages, small-batch gems, and global imports.
If you want to have a private dining experience with your family or corporate dinner Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill is an excellent option. Cocktail classics, craft beers, and international spirits are all available to suit any pallet.
Brisbane Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Black Hops Brewing at 2/65 Manilla St
- Stone & Wood Brewery at 99 Bridge St
- Range Brewing at 4 Byres St
- Fat Angel Sports Bar & Grill at Eagle Ln
- Winghaus at 144 Edward St
- Buffalo Bar at 169 Mary St
- Southern Cross Sports Club at Corner of Klumpp & Logan Rd
Black Hops Brewing produces six major limited editions per year including a mix of fresh new local beers and fan favorites from prior releases. They also make small-batch beers that are only accessible in their taprooms and their online store.
Discover a superb core range of fresh on tap or a wild rotation of wonderful limited-release and experimental beers at Stone & Wood Brewery. They have everything from conventional IPA’s and pale ales to innovative ginger beers to satisfy any taste bud.
Fat Angel is one of the best sports bars near you to watch the big game. They have a wonderful meal menu that includes jalapeno poppers, burgers, and wings so you can eat while watching your favorite team and drinking some beer.
Buffalo Bar is an ideal spot to unwind after work with craft beer, whiskey, or cocktails in the beer garden. The venue has a high-definition big screen TV that shows sports and they can also accommodate your private events.
Local Drink Specials
If you know of any bars with great drink specials in your area please tell us in the comments, thanks.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- Shady Palms Cafe & Bar at 427 Logan Rd
- Netherworld at 186 Brunswick St
- Oche Fortitude Valley at 111 Constance St
Shady Palms hosts one of the top bar trivia nights in Brisbane while also serving food and beverages. Netherworld features vintage arcade games, pinball machines, consoles, and board games plus they have live bands regularly. Visit them daily between 4pm and 6pm for a cheeky couple of extra tokens with items from the bar.
Aside from delicious meals and beverages Oche Fortitude Valley covers a diverse range of games such as High Striker, Killer, 201, Shanghai, and Shufl. You can participate in a social game of classic darts that has been digitized to entertain everyone from beginners to experts.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Retro’s Fortitude Valley at 321 Brunswick St
- Cloud 8 Karaoke at Kessels Rd
- Fat Louie’s at 1/124 Albert St
- Brooklyn Standard at Eagle Ln
- Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar at 678 Ann St
Retro’s Fortitude Valley offers all-night retro fun with distinctive fish bowl cocktails, wacky LED light phrases, disco mirror balls, and classic throwbacks. The private rooms of Fat Louie’s are furnished with couches and tables of different sizes and are licensed for drinks. Their extensive local bar karaoke repertoire is updated every few months and live music is available on Saturdays starting at 8pm.
Brooklyn Standard is one of the top live music and party bars in your area with a well-curated beverage menu that includes superb wine, cold beer, and cocktails as well as delicious meals. Experience a Hawaiian-inspired boozer that’s less of a tiki-themed tiki bar and more of a grungy surf shack cracking good times at Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar. Five nights a week you can dance to live music while sipping wine, mixed beverages, or cocktails.
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Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Brisbane.