As the mercury rises in Brisbane, so does our desire for a thirst-quenching cocktail or two. Our subtropical climate lends itself to sipping delicious drinks whilst chilling out in beer gardens or taking in the scenery from rooftops. So, what are you waiting for? Get out of that aircon and work your way through this list of bars old and new that are serving up cocktail concoctions perfect for long Brisbane summer afternoons.
Jahh Tiger Rum & Jerk Shack
Jahh Tiger is a recent addition to the melting pot of bars and restaurants in Park Road, Milton. This Caribbean beachside shack inspired bar specialises in authentic flavours of Jamaica and its surrounds. If you like your cocktails rum-based and packed with fresh fruit, this is the place for you –the pineapple aged Negroni with fresh orange is a standout, while after downing a Blue Lagoon (a delicious blend of Bundaberg old-fashioned lemonade, lemon, Finlandia, Falernum and Blue Curacoa) you will practically feel the beat of the steel drums coursing through you.
3/1 Park Road, Milton
Hanging lights and pot plants aplenty, Ex-Trash Video nook The End has a bucket loads of charm, but most importantly – a cocktail list to die for. Try the Indian Summer, a light and refreshing mix of Aperol, Cointreau liqueur, Rose’s English Breakfast Marmalade and fresh thyme, while listening to DJs spinning tunes on vinyl.
73 Vulture Street, West End
Twig and Berry
Whether you’re after a classic made to perfection, or something more left of field, the ‘booze enthusiasts’ at Twig and Berry have crafted a cocktail list that will suit all manner of taste buds. Chill out in the sun-drenched beer garden with the house signature cocktail – Hayman’s Gin, Campari and black pepper topped with orange, raspberries and red wine vinegar shrub.
92 Commercial Road, Newstead
Up on Constance
There’s no denying it – Brisbane folk love their rooftop bars. And there is more reason to love Up on Constance as this airy inner city oasis boasts cocktails with creative flavour combinations. Inspired by the extravagant margaritas served in Miami’s Ocean Drive, The Pelican Hotel is a delicious blend of Don Julio Blanco, fresh watermelon, and fig and grapefruit shrub with a pinch of salt. Or for something a little more indulgent try their mix of Ron Zacapa 23, D.O.M Benedictine, Canadian maple syrup and clear apple – just sit back and soak in the killer view!
20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Since receiving a re-vamp by old school friends Dan Rodriguez and Bodie Schofield, Canvas has become a Mecca for cocktail enthusiasts. Their range is broad and innovative and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Shaking up a blend of gin, grape, mint, elderflower and cloudy apple juice, The Great Escape is light and summery, or for something with extra kick go for the Saint Cilantro – French agricole rum from the Caribbean, fresh coriander and kaffir lime with a Riesling reduction.
6b Logan Road, Wooloongabba
Kettle and Tin
Take a seat at the picket fence outside this quintessential old Queenslander and enjoy one of the many mouth-watering, tiki-inspired cocktails – and not to mention some great people watching. The Stowaways By The Sea is a blend of coconut rum, pineapple, orange, orgeat, lime and bitters, topped with ginger beer, fresh mint and orange slices – yum!
215 Given Terrace, Paddington
The Statler & Waldorf
This stylish addition to the Caxton Street strip has a cocktail list that changes regularly with the harvest. One thing that stays however, is their in house branded fresh young coconuts served with white rum and lime – grab a spoon and scoop out the flesh!
25 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
Since its inception in 2007, Sling Lounge has been a long-standing favourite for Brisbanites to get their cocktail fix. The home of mixological delights, the cocktail menu of this West End haunt is as long as a novel, but worth wading through. Perfect for warm nights is the Watermelon Mojito – white rum, mint, sugar, lime, and watermelon topped with soda. Or for a failsafe alternative there’s the house special with gin, lemon juice, maraschino liquor, Crème de Violette, peach bitters, sugar syrup and kaffir lime leaves foam.
153 Boundary St, West End