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
- Back up Ann St, find The Brightside for some live music and an open beer garden
- 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
- Start off at QA Hotel with the crew
- Head across the road to At Sixes and Sevens for a relaxed and casual atmosphere
- Make your way to the City Cycle location #1 to unlock your bike before taking off for a ride down James St and stop at City Cycle location #2
- Cross the road (cautiously) towards Cru Bar and grab a drink from their wide menu selection
- Grab the gang and get back on the bikes at City Cycle location #2 and make your way to City Cycle location #3 on the corner of Ann St and Murri Way
- Cross the road and head inside the iconic Waterloo Hotel
- Find yourself back at City Cycle location #3 and head towards City Cycle location #4 on Skyring Terrace
- From there, walk down to Range Brewing for a fresh and juicy ale
- Next up is The Defiant Duck located in Gasworks
- Hold off on the bike, we’re going on another walk to the amazing Newstead Brewing Co.
- Finally head back to City Cycle location #4, jump on the City Cycle and ride down Skyring Terrace to City Cycle location #5
- It’s a bit of a walk but it’s worth it when the next pub on the list is Green Beacon Brewing Co.
- Round up everyone and get back on the bike at City Cycle location #5, ride 250m down the road and stop off at City Cycle location #6
- For the last stop at Zero Fox, celebrate with all the soldiers that made it through Le Tour de Beer!
3. Milton/Petrie Terrace Pub Crawl
Around the iconic Suncorp Stadium and up 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 on the same day 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 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
- Start your crawl at the Regatta Hotel
- Head across the road to the Regatta Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #1) jump on the ferry and hop off at North Quay Terminal (CityCat location #2)
- Make your way down Elizabeth St towards Brisbane’s biggest Irish pub, Irish Murphy’s, for a pint of Guinness
- Grab your pals and head down the laneway to find Bean Cafe + Bar
- Next up, head to John Mills Himself by foot for a quick brew
- Hike back to North Quay Terminal (CityCat location #2), jump on the ferry to the south side and hop off at South Bank 2 Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #3)
- Jog on towards The Charming Squire to find a wide range of delicious James Squire craft beer
- Guide your crawl crew into the heart of South Bank for a pot at The Plough Inn
- Before you hop on the ferry, enter South Bank Beer Garden and chill out on their breezy outdoor deck
- Head back to South Bank 2 Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #3), and let the ferry guide you around the Brown Snake before hopping off at Thornton St Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #4)
- One of Brisbane’s most iconic pubs is waiting for you down the road under the bridge; that’d be the Story Bridge Hotel
- After your Story Bridge sesh, jump back on the ferry at Thornton St Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #4) and cross the river to Eagle Street Pier Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #5)
- Party on Eagle St at The Bavarian
- Up next, make your way to one of Brisbane’s best sports bars, Fat Angel Sports Bar & Grill
- From there, off to the local Pig ’N’ Whistle for a buzzing vibe
- A 50 metre walk later, find yourself at Blackbird Bar & Grill, boasting a stunning view with a 1920’s style
- Last stop on Eagle St is the laid-back waterfront venue, Riverland
- Still standing? If so head to the Riverside Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #6) and hop off at Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #7)
- Head up Park Ave towards the Shafston Hotel for live music, delicious food and great vibes
- Back on the ferry at Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #7) for the longest ferry ride yet (which will also be great to sober up), for the last stop at Bulimba Ferry Terminal (CityCat location #8)
- Now, head up the jetty for the last time to discover Il Molo for a drink and possibly taste some Italian flavours if you so feel like it
- Drunkenly walk your way to the last stop at Revel Brewing Co. and there ya go! You’ve now completed Brisbane’s biggest and most unique pub crawls, we hope you enjoyed!