“Are you going to wear heels? Should I wear a dress? What wine do you want?”
Sarah just moved back home from London, Dani’s finally engaged, Lou got a promotion, and Jenny has sent the kids off to her grandparents for the weekend – this can only mean one thing: girls’ night out! But before you can discuss what to wear (“heels or no heels?”) you’ve got to choose what you’re doing, which is arguably the worst part about a girls’ night out. Avoid a torturous group chat trying to work out what to do – just read on for our pick of the best ways to spend a girls’ night out in Brisbane!
Cloudland | Fortitude Valley
If you’re after something a little less dive bar and a little more Beverly Hills, you can’t go past this iconic nightlife venue. Cloudland is a uniquely beautiful venue, with draping greenery, sparkling water features, and intricate décor. With some of Brisbane’s most delicious Italian fare and indulgent, handcrafted cocktails, Cloudland is the ultimate venue for post-work drinks or a Saturday night out with the girls. Not to mention, the decadent VIP booths are perfect if you’re keen to kick on.
Cocktail Class at Cowch | South Bank
Get creative (and tipsy) with Cowch’s popular cocktail making class! If you’ve ever wanted to get behind the bar and learn to build a cocktail like a pro mixologist, now’s your chance and you can enjoy the spoils of your experience. Yes, you can make your cocktail and drink it too! Whether you’re celebrating a special birthday, looking for a classy yet boozy bachelorette party, or just keen to learn some new skills with the girls, Cowch is the ultimate venue.
Cork & Chroma | West End
There’s no better way to bond with friends than with a bottle (or two) of wine, a painter’s palette, and a clear canvas. The talented team at Cork & Chroma will walk you through and help you create your very own masterpiece – one you’d actually love to hang in your home. Popular sessions include a Frida Kahlo portrait, Starry Night by Van Gogh, The Kiss by Klimt, and others. Suitable for novices and artists alike, this is an easy and fun night out with the girls.
Bacchus | Southbank
We can’t think why you wouldn’t want to spend a girl’s night out at Bacchus! Weekly wine tasting sessions (complimentary, of course), an unbeatable fine dining menu, a wine list that will knock your socks off, and deep arm chairs you can sink into while eating your way into a food coma. Bacchus is the perfect option for anything from a fancy high tea to a decadent dinner before hitting the town. Have we convinced you yet?
Soleil Pool Bar | Southbank
If you’re after a night out that will be the envy of all your Instagram followers, Soleil Pool Bar should be your first stop. This open-air bar is a summertime dream, with a huge pool deck for parties, sun chairs for lounging, and a killer drinks list for drinking. While the warmer months absolutely beg for a punch bowl or two (how could you not?!) the cooler months are perfect for working your way through their extensive cocktail list and dancing under the stars – the best way to keep warm.
Brooklyn Standard | Fortitude Valley
Brooklyn Standard is bassicalllyyyy a budding Brisbane nightlife institution and a favourite bar of this seasoned drinker. A killer live music venue, Brooklyn Standard is the best bar if you’re keen to boogie and groove, with live music every night of the week! Whether you’re after rhythm and blues, jazz, mariachi, or funk and soul, Brooklyn has you sorted.
Brooklyn Beauty Bar | Fortitude Valley
Located in the illustrious James St precinct, this inclusion might be a little different from your usual girls’ night out. A self-dubbed “gentlewoman’s club”, Brooklyn Beauty Bar is home to luxury beauty treatments, indulgent experiences, and a stellar champagne and gin bar. Escape the sweaty and sticky late-night venues of your youth, and instead treat yourself and the girls to an unforgettable experience, perfect for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, birthdays, and everything in between. Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?!
Karaoke at Wagaya | Fortitude Valley
Because it’s not really a girls’ night out until someone is drunk on stage singing Cyndi Lauper. With their full Japanese restaurant, a fully stocked bar (sake for everyone!) and private karaoke booths, you can enjoy the entire beginning-to-end experience at Wagaya. Free drinks for whoever knows all the words to Gold Digger and can execute a flawless performance.
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