Brisbane’s Best Pub Crawls To Plan For

Brisbane’s Best Pub Crawls To Plan For

No better way to boost Brisbane’s hospitality economy!

By Tai Johnston | 25th June 2020

Looking for a way to escape the COVID-clouds and link up with your mates? Now you can have ultimate pal-time while checking out the best of Brisbane’s nightlife as we’ve rounded up four of the best and most unique pub crawl routes in and around the Brown Snake. Not to worry, we’ve sorted using the City Cat ferries, City Cycle bikes as well as the traditional walking method to get from A to B safely.

Give ‘em a go and feel free to add or minus some pubs and bars on your travels! Be sure to check all pubs are open and in business before the crawl kick-off.

1. Brisbane City/Valley Pub Crawl

Discover 13 of Brisbane’s best pubs and bars in the party sector of Brisbane.

Suburbs: Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley

Distance: Approximately 2.3km

  • Meet up with the gang at Fiume Bar overlooking Howard Smith Wharves
  • Head downstairs to the overwater bar, Mr Percival’s
  • Next, pivot to Felons Brewing for some locally brewed frothy’s
  • Now head up the elevator out of Howard Smith Wharves and down the road towards Pig ’N’ Whistle
  • Walk around the corner and head inside the epic open-air venue, X CARGO
  • Back on Brunswick St, check out the groovy boutique bar, Press Club
  • Next on the list is Woolly Mammoth on Ann St
  • Head down the road and up the elevator towards Maya rooftop bar (formerly known as Eleven Rooftop Bar) for some Mexican madness before you…
  • Cross the road (with care) and check out one of Style’s favourites, The Osbourne Hotel
  • Now onto Wickham St, head towards the iconic Brisbane pub, The Elephant Hotel
  • Sink a pint of Guinness at Finn McCool’s in the heart of Fortitude Valley
  • If you make it this far we commend you, now finish it off at Ric’s Bar two doors down.

2. City Cycle Pub Crawl

You need to ride before you crawl – you’ll need to purchase a City Cycle casual pass ($2 for 24 hours access). You’ll be winding your way through the city with your pals on two wheels and refuelling along the way!

Notice disclaimer: Style Magazines does not endorse excessive intoxication and recommends not to use City Cycle if heavily under the influence. We want everyone to be safe and happy! Catch a ride-share service if in doubt!

Suburbs: New Farm, Fortitude Valley, Teneriffe

Distance: Approximately 4.5km

3. Milton/Petrie Terrace Pub Crawl

Around the iconic Suncorp Stadium and up the famous Caxton Street, this one is the perfect pub crawl route for you and your mates. If you’re giving this one a crack, we’d recommend NOT doing it at the same time as a Broncos game as most pubs will be packed out. Enjoy!

Suburbs: Paddington, Milton, Petrie Terrace, Red Hill

Distance: Approximately 3km

  • Gather at the well-known pub, The Paddo Tavern
  • Finish your schooner and make your way to the Cuban inspired cocktail and rum bar, The Malecón Bar
  • Wash down the rum with some of the finest craft beer at Newstead Brewing Co.
  • Make your way past Suncorp Stadium, past Wally’s statue and keep walking ‘till you run into the iconic Caxton Hotel
  • Head a few doors down and check out Brewski Bar for great beer, great food and event better times
  • Keep heading up Caxton St to discover the StreetSide Bar
  • If you’re a fan of locally brewed beer you’re in luck at the next spot, Fritzenberger
  • Located in heritage building with a 600-seater German-themed beer hall, next on the list is The Bavarian
  • Head back to Caxton St and take a seat at Lefty’s Music Hall
  • Gather the squad and head next door to one Brisbane’s buzzing pubs, The Lord Alfred
  • Last stop: Jump in a few Ubers or take on the walk down Petrie Tce and finish the crawl at the infamous Normanby Hotel

4. The CityCat Pub Crawl

This is for the advanced pub crawlers. This route is the hardest and longest of the four but easily the most rewarding. You’ll be enjoying a schooner at the biggest pubs while passing the most iconic suburbs on Brisbane’s CityCat.

Note: You will need to pay for the CityCat services with a Go Card or prepaid.

Suburbs: Toowong, Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, East Brisbane, Bulimba

Distance: Approximately 19km

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Article by Tai Johnston

Tai is the mastermind behind Style’s digital content. His favourite things in life are sports, music and hanging out with friends and fam. On weekends he's either out exploring the Queensland coastline for some surfing, or he’s hitting up the Brisbane nightlife, followed by feeling sorry for himself Sunday morning.