There’s no doubt that Brisbane’s bar scene is bustling, with new haunts popping up faster than you can say ‘If you like Pina Coladas!’
It was a tough gig, but we’ve done some research to bring you some of Brisbane’s best and newest bars on the block.
Sitting pretty on the 12th floor of The Point Hotel in Kangaroo Point is Eagles Nest rooftop bar. The views of Brisbane’s skyline are as breathtaking as the food and cocktails on offer. Eagles Nest opens on Fridays and Sundays, making it the perfect place to kick start or wind down the weekend.
21 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point
1800 088 388
Enjoying a brew outdoors would not have been this easy in the days of prohibition, when alcohol was illegal. This forced bars and pubs to move underground away from the eyes of authorities. In an ode to prohibition, Legends Speakeasy Bar in Brisbane’s CBD will only gain entry to those who are in the know…let us explain!
Every Thursday, Legends release a passcode on their Instagram page (@legends_speakeasybar) which will gain you access into the bar! And let’s just say, this hidden treasure is well worth the search – with swing dancing, flaming cocktails (literally) and delicious food that delights the senses.
Legends Speakeasy Bar
find the secret address online
passcode uploaded to Instagram @legends_speakeasybar every Thursday
There are plenty of other gems to be discovered around Brisbane. The Pineapple Hotel in Kangaroo Point has been quenching the thirst of locals for over 150 years and although there’s a wealth of history held within its walls, it has recently welcomed a new addition – Helby’s Ale House. Helsby’s is a craft beer bar that boasts 16 on tap varieties so you’ll never be short of options!
The Pineapple Hotel – Helsby’s Ale House
706 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
The Grand Central Hotel first opened in 1901 as Central Station’s refreshment room. Over a century later, this piece of Brisbane history has been brought back into the 21st century, whilst retaining its old charm. The newly renovated Platform Bar pays homage to the hotel’s rail history, with an impressive mural by local contemporary artist, Matt Stewart.
Grand Central Hotel
270 Ann Street, Brisbane Central Station
From Central Station to Brisbane’s centre for a great night out. Fortitude Valley was Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district and it continues to be a hive of activity. One of the new kids on the block is the Osbourne Hotel, but don’t let the fresh paint fool you – it’s actually one of the city’s oldest pub. The Osbourne Hotel first opened in 1864 and since then has had many faces and names – from The Rat and Parrot, to more recently The Fringe Bar and Kerbside. But in a nod to its history, this recent renovation has seen the hotel take on its original name, whilst giving it a new feel and flavour!
Corner Ann & Constance Street, Fortitude Valley