Where to enjoy the latest beverages is at the top of our priorities come summertime. Forget the mortgage, push that meeting back a bit, we have more important things to think about.

Brisbane’s newest watering holes are everything from moody, lush interiors to al fresco rooftop experiences. Each bar offers something new and exciting to Brisbane, establishing a presence of high-end bars that see alcohol as an art more than a way to get a little too tipsy. Splash out and treat yourself to some of the best drinks to pop up around town in 2018, with the 14 best bars that have just opened in the River City.

Beirne Lane

Salsa Wednesdays are mixing up our hump day plans. This new drinking spot is located in the heritage-listed TC Beirne Building, serving up lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. Did we mention they’re open 24-hours?! Let the all-nighter begin.

 

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B. Lucky + Sons

Every visit to B. Lucky & Sons is fortunate. Especially when bubble tea cocktails with panda straws are circulating on the regular. This hub of arcade games and pawn shops is the ultimate adult playground for letting off some steam.

 

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Finney Isles

Finney Isles boasts one seriously epic bar range sourced from around the globe. They aren’t your usual Irish Pub. This luxe high-class drinking experience is smooth, it’s moody and it’s soulful. Take our money!

 

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Felons Brewing Co.

Experience Brisbane from an entirely new vantage point at Felon’s Brewing Co. Situated under the Storey Bridge, they brew seriously epic beer and aren’t hiding the brewing process, five meters from the bar. Could it get any fresher?

 

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Mr Percival’s

With a DJ that cranks tunes and defies gravity, Mr Percival’s is turning heads. Newly opened, their location alongside Felons Brewing Co is more than optimal, literally over the Brisbane River and directly underneath the Storey Bridge.

 

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The Charles’

The new Aviation Jazz inspired bar to grace the Westin is seriously tempting. Curated cocktails, craft beers, boutique wines and seasonal sharing plates are giving this bar on Mary Lane a serious name amidst its competitors.

 

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Boom Boom Room

This basement bar born into the bones of a bank is serving serious cocktails alongside live rhythm and blues. Red velvet and black leather make up the interior, with secretive rooms, private encloses and an intimate ambience.

 

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X Cargo

X Cargo is home to a little pink rooftop pig, an iconic pink flamingo and bulk fairy lights. In the middle of Fortitude Valley, this is the newest social hub, brought together with several shipping containers and enchanting cocktails on tap. Saturday nights just got way better.

 

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The Bavarian Beerhaus

Where could you find over 40 beers on tap AND free nibbles for royal snack hour? Pork knuckles, pretzels, ping pong battles, foosball tournaments… we can keep going? Germany is where, but also here in Bowen Hills.

 

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Welcome to Bowen Hills

Cocktails, ever-changing food trucks and games can be found at Welcome to Bowen Hills. Brisbane’s biggest laneway bar is a guaranteed good time. You can even join the gin club, tasting and testing local international gin.

 

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Swill

This prohibition-styled gin bar is settling in nicely to its home on King Street. They are pouring more than 120 gins from Australia and beyond in this converted old cattle shed, quickly becoming Brisbane’s leading source of gin.

 

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The Terrace, Emporium Southbank

South Bank’s only rooftop bar is a pretty extraordinary location. It is one of the few spots in Brisbane where you don’t need to look up when gazing over our newest high-rises and you need to look down to see our winding river. Lush cocktails and landscaping with a retractable roof enhance the subtropical vibes. Get your heels on and get yourself up there!

 

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Blackmarket Bar & Grill

Locally sourced ingredients are their key to success. Blackmarket Grill offers a casual dining option in Brisbane, serving ingredients from around Queensland. A heritage of farmers and fisherman have inspired this breakfast, lunch and bar menu.

 

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Super Fly Funk Eye

This Japanese bar serves a variety of small, inexpensive dishes accompanying alcoholic beverages. This is the dining tradition with Izakaya, and it’s our kind of place. Drinks are finally seen with equal importance as food.

 

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