Drink by Numbers: The Bar Crawl

Drink by Numbers: The Bar Crawl

One drink, two drink, eleven… Here’s the ultimate 11-venue bar crawl for your next social get-together. Obviously, drink responsibly at these best bars in Brisbane in numerical order.

By Candice Jackson | 23rd July 2015

All cities have a great bar crawl, and while I don’t want to brag, this may be the Brisbane bar crawl to rule them all.

With the exciting unveiling of Brisbane's newest rooftop bar, Eleven, we have devised a bar crawl of the numerical best bars, complete from 1 to 11 ( within their address or name).

So why do I think this bar crawl is up there as one of the best bar crawls for Brisbane locals? Well, if a decent bar crawl is supposed to cover all of the following points, then I’m sure this fits the bill:

•    It gives you variety; because no one wants to be bored.
•    Each venue keeps you interested and each has a good vibe.
•    There needs to be a couple of spots where you can pig out (or sober up).
•    Well-priced drinks or unique drinks that you don’t mind splashing cash on.
•    Not too few or too many venues to remember; 11 being just one over the hand-counting method. Simples!
•    An awesome final location that will push your group to stay focused up until that very last ‘cheers’.

Here are the best bars in Brisbane to complete a bar crawl by numbers, from 1 to 11 (taxi or Uber highly between venues highly recommended):

ONE Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane CBD – Brew

The inside bar at Brew

Brew, Brisbane CBD

Your starting point should be relaxed, not over-hyped and have plenty of comfortable seating, because you know that ONE friend is definitely going to be running late, despite saying their “5 minutes away.” Brew is an underground café by day, bar by night and is sure to have something worthy of your first drink of the night.

1 Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane CBD
P 3211 4242 www.brewcafewinebar.com.au

TWO George Street, Brisbane CBD – QUT Botanic Bar

This student union bar is only open Monday to Friday, but it’s sure to bring back memories of your student bar-crawl days, with lively atmosphere, well-priced drinks and pool tables. If you’re looking for a second #2, perhaps try Restaurant Two in the City.

2 George Street, Brisbane CBD
P 3138 3392 www.qutguild.com

THREE/88 Creek Street, Brisbane CBD – Red Hook


Red Hook, Brisbane CBD

Red Hook is a new-york inspired eatery and bar tucked away in Gresham Lane. For stop three, why not try one of their signature spiked shakes or cocktails, including the Harlem Hard Shake (Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, peanut butter ice cream), Spiked Cream Soda (Vanilla vodka, vanilla ice cream and creaming soda) or a salted caramel Old Fashioned.

3/88 Creek Street, Brisbane CBD
P 3220 0462 www.red-hook.com.au

FOURth Wall, Fortitude Valley

Go from hidden laneway bar to cosy hole-in-the-wall bar, Fourth Wall. This venue knows how to make a killer cocktail (and they also sell craft beers), while serving it with witty banter and all-round good chats.

2/743 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Choose your own adventure here…

FIVE bars in one - Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley

The bar at Heya Bar Brisbane

Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley

You choose to carry on here, with Heya Bar's 5 hidden bars in the 1 venue. It’s only one stop, so only one bar is needed… But which will you choose? Amidst the venue’s five bars, the venue also hosts live music, pool tables, pinball machines and quirky Pan Asian street food (including cheeseburger spring rolls!). Have fun wandering around underground at Heya Bar, but don’t get lost in the bar-labyrinth!

Downstairs, 351 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
P 3252 3234 www.heyabar.com

FIVE Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley – Ben’s Burgers

burger and chips

Ben's Burgers, Fortitude Valley

You choose to refuel with a beer; good choice! If you’ve had a feed at Ben's Burgers, you’ll happily return here and if you haven’t then it’s time to join your burger aficionados and revel in their back-to-basic menu. There are just three permanent burgers available on the menu, and they won’t disappoint.

5 Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley

SIXES and SEVENS, Fortitude Valley

Patrons drinking in the outdoor section of Sixes and Sevens bar.

Sixes and Sevens, Fortitude Valley

Two numbers, one bar. Sixes and Sevens is a popular haunt on James St, and while I’m not a psychic, I know you will definitely bump into at least one person you know. So re-apply that lippy ladies or check your hair fellas. While you’re there, mingle outside where there’s more room to wander around. Maybe you’ll even recruit a few add-ons for the rest of the crawl?

67 James Street, Fortitude Valley
P 3358 6067 www.sixes.com.au

EIGHT McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley – Family Nightclub

It’s time to ramp things back up (assuming that it’s not past 10pm, and you don’t yet need to pay their cover. No one wants that) and get your crazy, and most likely embarrassing, dance moves out. You might even burn off that burger with a killer house track.

8 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
P 3852 5000 www.thefamily.com.au

NINE Stratton Street, Newstead – The Triffid

The Triffid, Newstead

The Triffid, Newstead

Head back towards the river to experience a different sort of music venue. While The Triffid is a live music venue, with gigs and events held regularly in one of Newstead’s historic WWII hangers converted concert space, they also have a beer garden that’s open to the public at all times. Whether you have a ticket to a gig or not, you can enjoy a cheeky beverage and some delicious food in a relaxed outdoor setting til late.

9 Stratton Street, Newstead
P 3171 3001 www.thetriffid.com.au

TEN Emporium, Fortitude Valley – Nant Whiskey Bar

Nearly there! For #10 head to The Emporium for a whisky, straight up, shaken or stirred with one of Nant Whisky Bar's signature cocktails. If you need a pick-me-up, you should try their Black Ray Whisky Espresso Martini.

10/ 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley (Emporium)
P 3160 2633 www.nant.com.au/whisky-bars

ELEVEN Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley

Eleven Bar's interior

Eleven Bar's interior

Your last location is Brisbane’s newest rooftop bar, eleven floors up! To discover Eleven, just look for the blue neon lights and head up to the rooftop to the sophisticated rooftop venue, with the best unrestricted bar view in the whole-wide Valley!

Level 11, 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
P 3666 0775 www.elevenrooftopbar.com.au

If you’re keen to try out ELEVEN, we’ve got 2 x $100 drink vouchers up for grabs. Click here to enter via our WIN page.


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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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