While there’s no kidding yourself that pub grub and glug is on the less fancy side of the foodie scale, our pubs have come a long way. While they’re still serving up the classics like schnittys, parmies and fish and chips, they’re tastier than they’ve ever been before and deserve some attention from the inner food snobs found in us all.
So, in celebration of the ever growing and ever evolving Brissie pub scene, we’ve compiled a list of the best joints you need to try – if you haven’t already!
Copperface Jacks | West End
Continuing the universal Irish tradition of a great bar and kitchen coming together, West End favourite Copperface Jacks offers locals a venue that embraces the laid back and welcoming pub culture we know and love. By offering three different bars in one place, Copperface Jacks seamlessly blends heritage brews and chews with modern flair to create a venue that bridges the divide between old and new. Expect to find a menu that boasts a little bit of everything from pork ribs and pizzas to Guinness pies and Kilkenny beer battered barramundi and chips. As a casual bar and kitchen venue that pays tribute to an Irish Lord from the 1700’s that loved a drink, it would be rude not to wash your meal down with an Irish Whiskey or a Magners Irish Cider.
The Morrison Hotel | Woolloongabba
Trading since 1927, Monty’s claim to be a baby in the family of traditional Brisbane pubs, but their reputation with local pub-crawlers says otherwise. While Fiasco Steakhouse, inside the pub, is known for their tender, juicy steaks, the real showstopper is their creamy mushroom sauce – make sure to add an extra pot to your order.
Regatta Hotel | Toowong
Established in 1874, gutted by the 2011 floods and reimagined and rebuilt thereafter, standing tall and proud along the Brisbane River is the Regatta Hotel. Offering an array of dining options the pub has come a long way from its modest single story pub roots. With 4 totally different dining options, patrons can go from the pub counter to eating by the riverside in style.
The Flying Cock | Fortitude Valley
Known to be a popular spot on the Valley’s nightclub scene, during the day The Flying Cock transforms into your ordinary pub serving up dishes that are anything but. Take for instance their crispy chicken parmy served alongside mum’s classic slaw and fries. Oh and they’re two for one on Wednesdays.
James Squire The Charming Squire | South Brisbane
In honour of Australia’s first brewer, James Squire, The Charming Squire have devoted themselves to crafting beers fit for any thirsty soul that may wander into their pub. Using traditional brewing methods, like brewing smaller batches in copper kettles, you’ll find your thirst easily and delightfully quenched at The Charming Squire.
Ship Inn | Southbank
Built as a rowdy sailor’s drinking den back in the day, Ship Inn has come a long way being transformed into a gastropub providing delicious dishes for the masses. Whilst they have great steak they also have great lamb and in fact specialise in it. Every day 4 special lamb dishes are created and made available for your salivating palettes to devour.
The Fox Hotel | South Brisbane
If a pub that offers inside, outdoor and rooftop seating sounds like a pub you could get down with, check out the Fox Hotel. Offering different dining experiences depending on which level you choose to sit, you can enjoy classic pub meals done right downstairs or chargrilled platters, pizzas and cocktail jugs upstairs.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle | Various locations around Brisbane
Bringing classic British pub style food to Australian shores is the local spot we all know and love, Pig ‘N’ Whistle. Whether you’re looking for a bangin’ bangers and mash or truly British fish and chips you know Pig ‘N’ Whistle will deliver. Oh and did we mention you can get yorkshire pudding with onion gravy on the side?
Brisbane Brewing Co. | West End
Tucked away in a laneway off West End’s Boundary Street you’ll find Brisbane Brewing Co. and maybe a few tradies who’ve clocked off for the day. The pub combines all the best elements of a beer garden, restaurant and open-plan brewery to serve up a laid back dining experience to end the workday in. With specials almost every day, you can enjoy experiences like the Sunday Sharing session equipped with a brewers, deli or cheese platter along with a jug of their house made beer.
Embassy Bar | Brisbane CBD
Established in 1928, Embassy Bar gives you an Aussie pub with an American twist. Just like your average pub you’ll get lamb, chicken, beef and pork but just in burger form. Along with classic American bites like southern fried chicken, Buffalo wings and smoked BBQ brisket, you can enjoy all your favourite wines, brews, spirits and cocktail concoctions.
Port Office Hotel | Brisbane CBD
If classy pubs are even a thing, we’re sure they come in the form of the Port Office Hotel. Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining, cocktail and tapas or delicious gastropub menu options, the Port Office Hotel can provide a bit of everything, with different dining rooms for each. Serving up the best in local produce why not try their Hervey Bay scallops with beetroot puree, candied bacon and smoked spec.
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Criterion Tavern | Brisbane CBD
The Cri is their name and beer, wine, hearty food and sport is their game. Offering a cracking meal and a bev alongside a great view of the footy what more could you want? No matter what the big sporting event is, you can bet they’ll have a super screen and cold one devoted to it.
Bavarian Bier Café | Eagle Street Pier
Beer and burgers turn into stein and hotdogs at the Bavarian Bier Café alongside Brisbane River. For Oktoberfest bites all year round Bavarian Bier Café turn your ordinary pub into a German feast suitable for any after work drinks, family dinners or date lunches.
The Plough Inn | Southbank
Aptly named The Plough Inn, their mouth-watering meals that come in sizes L, XL and XXL will actually make you want to plough in. They’re a fair dinkum Aussie pub through and through but have added a modern twist with their newly built deck and beer garden – appropriate for soaking in the Brisbane sun.
The Transcontinental Hotel | Brisbane CBD
As far as QLD pubs go there aren’t many that come as old and lived in as the Transcontinental Hotel. Even though the pub underwent a face-lift in 2014, you can bet there’s no shortage of hungry punters that head over for a good feed and a great time. With state of the art audio and visual equipment alongside the pub food and drink classics you know and love you’re sure to have a blast too.
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