It turns out we’re not the only ones making the ‘new year, new me’ statement this year. Brisbane is kicking off 2019 in the most brilliant way possible: with a bunch of newbies on the block! We’ve found Brisbane’s best new hot spots for you to check out this month – because let’s face it, trying to cancel our cocktail and coffee consumption is so last year.

Soapbox Beer | Fortitude Valley

You just can’t say no to beers and burgers! Two Brisbane blokes have recently opened up the Soapbox Beer Brewery in the Valley, where they share their passion for independent, fresh and great tasting craft beer with the rest of us. The brewery itself and the BrewBar are adjoined in an open plan space, so you can chat with the team to learn all about the brewing process while enjoying a drink and a meal at the very same time! Whether it’s a snack to share, steak for dinner, or a cheeky brownie with your beverage, Soapbox Beer Brewery have all the options sorted.

P.S Love beer? Here are 9 Brisbane breweries you should have cracked a cold one at already.


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Greca | Howard Smith Wharves Precinct

Nestled beneath the Story Bridge inside the Howard Smith Wharf Precinct, Greca is the Greek-influenced taverna that you need to check off your dining bucket-list. Inspired by the Mediterranean style of living, Greca embraces our sunshine state with spacious outdoor seating and share-style plates to enjoy the pleasure of eating together with all your foodie friends! But the fun doesn’t stop there: the bar has a large selection of spritzes, twists and cocktail jugs on offer, as well as Greek beers and wines available for the perfect sunset, riverside drink.


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Three Brews Bar & Kitchen | Holland Park

Three Brews has recently opened in Holland Park West, offering a brand-new neighbourhood hang-out location for locals to enjoy. The idea for the bar & kitchen is to make it the primary weekend go-to, with a modern, industrial design providing the optimal inner-city vibe for a range of patrons to enjoy. Whether you’re on your first date, celebrating your kid’s fifth birthday, or just enjoying a Saturday night with mates – Three Brews Bar & Kitchen has a diverse range of food and drinks to please anyone and everyone! The fresh produce is sourced locally, and the screen above the eight beers offered on tap shows how far each brewery is located from the bar itself – demonstrating how supporting the locals is at the heart of this venue’s vision.


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Mary Mae’s Brisbane Powerhouse | New Farm

Brisbane Riverside? Check. Live music every weekend? Check. Warm summer nights with a drink in hand? Check, check, check. Mary Mae’s at Brisbane Powerhouse is offering all of that, and so much more! Their goal is to have customers connect with friends while disconnecting from the daily grind, because relaxing, celebrating, experiencing and dreaming is the motivation for everything Proud Mary produces. Plus, did we mention the bottomless brunches? The Queen Mary Long Brunch seems like the perfect way to spend your next sunny summer Saturday!


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Sea Legs Brewing Co. | Kangaroo Point

Only metres away from the iconic Story Bridge sits Brisbane’s newest brewery: Sea Legs Brewing Co. The 15-hectolitre brewery hosts a 9000-litre fermenting capacity, where the five core beers are brewed on site – being the Tropical Lager, Dr Swift’s Golden Ale, Sea Legs Pale Ale, Breakaway IPA, and a Milk Stout. Yet, there’s much more than beer on offer at this family-friendly location. There’s an extensive wine list available, as well as a range of food options to keep your hunger at bay – including vegetarian and gluten-free options to ensure every member of your crew is left happy!


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The Stand | Fortitude Valley

We’ve covered dinner and we’ve covered drinks, so you’re surely wondering whether you need to save room for the sweets. Thanks to The Stand Dessert Bar that’s recently opened up in California Lane, you certainly do! The Stand is the perfect location, day or night, to indulge in some deconstructed desserts – they even have vegan-friendly desserts and treats so no one misses out! What even better news is that if you’re not quite finished with your drinking for the evening, there are plenty of local craft beers and wine on offer – and, of course, dessert-drink hybrids such as candy-infused vodka jellies topped with fairy floss. Yum!


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Snackman | Fortitude Valley

After the soft-opening of their doors in late December, Snackman is quickly becoming a much-adored wine bar and eatery with an oriental influence. In an effort to live up to its name, the food consists of snack-sized Chinese eats – including crispy chicken ribs, barbecue chicken cha siu bao, and seasonal dumplings. By late January the full menu will be available, yet the small plate-centric ideal will continue – allowing patrons to delve through 20-30 bite-sized Chinese snacks while enjoying the similarly extensive choice of drinks.

Hello Gorgeous | Newstead

From the same minds that contributed to Bar Alto, Laruche and Brooklyn Standard, a local hospitality legend is transforming the old Chester Street Bakery into your new favourite bar. Justinn DeBeer is creating a gorgeously pink and playful spot that offers a respite from the speakeasy-bars of the moment. With a charming fit-out, private dining spaces, an impressive share plate menu (with a focus on seafood), and killer wine and cocktail menu, we’re excited for long afternoons at Hello Gorgeous.


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Death & Taxes Bar | Brisbane CBD

Set to open in the last week of February 2019, Death and Taxes Bar is the newest child of the Brisbane-based, bar-building-mastermind Martin Lange (the man behind Cobbler in West End, as well as Saville Row and Finney Isles in Fortitude Valley). Now, Lange has decided to bring his creations to the city: with the new space set to be a 100-person capacity bar in the historic Burnett Lane of Brisbane’s CBD. A cocktail list of around 30 drinks will be an offer, and while no food is available, the brilliant location means you’ll be able to wander over to any of the neighbouring eateries for a post-drink snack!


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Stone & Wood | Fortitude Valley

Early this year, this Byron Bay-based brewery will be opening the doors to a Brisbane outpost in none other than the Valley. The small brewery will craft a range of beers to be consumed onsite, as well as a delegated tasting room for indulging in the beverages. Stone & Wood want to develop people’s education and appreciation of good beer, so we can expect the staff to always be willing to share their knowledge just as they are at the Byron Bay location!


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