What are the best bars in Brisbane?

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Kerry Heaney

Brisbane has a vibrant bar life with everything from small and cozy haunts to large, well-loved pubs.

For a traditional Brisbane pub experience, prop yourself at the bar at the Normanby or The Breakfast Creek Hotel.

If you prefer your cocktails stirred, not shaken, head to some of Brisbane’s new small bars. Seek out Canvas at Woolloongabba, Junk Bar at Ashgrove or The Lark in Paddington. Meanwhile, Cabiria at Petrie Terrace has a focus on freshly shucked oysters and European wines with many available in four-ounce pours.

For a premium beer boutique experience, try Scratch at Milton, Bitter Suite at New Farm, or Archive at West End.

You’ll feel the wind blowing through your hair at Lime’s Rooftop Bar which, as the name might suggest, is located on the rooftop of the small Limes Hotel in Fortitude Valley. 

Hip Brissy cafe Brew in Burnett Lane, which is known for its great coffee and oh-so-cool aesthetic, also turns into a bar at night. Don’t let the dishevelled exterior of Super Whatnot, located on the other side of Burnett Lane, fool you — this cool inner city bar offers craft beer, gourmet snacks and an eclectic sound track.

Here’s more on Brisbane’s small bars.

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