Coffee and cake has had its time as the go-to for catch-ups with your mates. Now there’s an after-dark option with dessert and drinks and it’s 10 times sweeter!
Whether you haven’t seen the friend in forever or you need to debrief your hectic week with your bestie over some ice-cream or a warm pudding, we’ve got the best venues to fill your fix. Plus, the calories don’t count when it’s a catch-up. Obviously.
1. Chester Street Bakery & Bar, Newstead
Seven days a week until late, Chester Street Bakery & Bar’s fairy light-strewn courtyard offers a great place to catch up over decadent desserts and cheeky drinks. Prepare to pace up and down, trying to choose something from the many fridges stocked with ice-cream sandwiches, cakes, brownies, cookies and tarts, and then order a wine, cocktail (or cocktail jug) or ale to wash it down. Cheers!
2. Cowch, South Bank
Cowch prides itself on being Brisbane’s first dessert cocktail bar, so you know you’ll have LOTS of options when you pop into their Grey Street location! They offer all things ice-cream, churros, Belgian waffles and even have a menu of dessert pizzas, alongside a list of 12 traditional and out-there cocktails.
3. Canvas Club, Woolloongabba
This rustic and modern-chic bar offers diners a cosy place for group dates with plenty of share plates to keep everyone satisfied. However, if you do want to skip the mains and go straight to dessert, they have five must-try items, including their poached apple, rhubarb and hazelnut crumble and their “drunk in love” chocolate mousse and white chocolate anglaise with Cointreau and Kahlua served with biscotti.
4. Bacchus, South Bank
For a truly unique and opulent dessert date, look no further than Bacchus’ dessert degustation with five courses of sweet treats paired with appropriate wines. These special degustations need to be booked in advance and are only available mid-week from 5.30pm and on Fridays and Saturdays after 9pm.
5. Alfred & Constance Late Night Dessert Café, Fortitude Valley
Whether you’ve got eyes for pies, cake or parfaits, Alfred & Constance offers five very different types of desserts all for $14.50 each. And you can totally burn off the desserts and cocktails later with a boogie on any of the venue’s three dance floors.
6. Next Door Kitchen, South Bank
Open until 10pm every night of the week, Next Door offers smart and sophisticated street-side dining on Little Stanley Street. A delectable 1920s-inspired cocktail list is divided into “those for the booze hounds”, “easy riders” and “something different”. And how could you go pass on their peanut butter parfait, caramel sauce popcorn, salted peanuts or wild honey panna cotta with compressed melon and apple foam? Spoiler: you can’t.
7. Eat Street Markets, Hamilton
For those friends who can’t decide on a single venue, heading to Eat Street Markets gives you all the options in one place! From churros, crepes and cruffins to ice-cream, funnel cake and doughnuts, separate to find your treats, and meet back in the communal area to watch some live music with a cold drink in hand.
8. Bourbon Street, South Bank
Is it time you tried a Bourbon Tea Party? Yes. Yes, it is. This cocktail is made with bourbon, fresh mint, apple juice, lemon and maple syrup, served in a teapot. It’s just one of the many house favourite cocktails on offer at Bourbon Street that you can order alongside your Eton mess, Beignet cinnamon doughnuts or poached calvados pear puff pastry. Yum!
9. Pancake Manor, Brisbane CBD
Who says you can’t have pancakes for dinner? Get them out of your life immediately. You don’t need that kind of talk. If it’s on the menu at Pancake Manor after dark then that’s good enough for us. Plus, the venue is open 24 hours, so you can have a late-late-late catch up if your heart and stomach so desires.
Or if you’re still holding on to those coffee and cake days, there’s always a high tea with sweet treats and sparkling!
Feature Image: Chester Street Bakery & Bar