OK, cards on the table! We’ve all craved a classic schnitzel, chips and gravy at least once. What about juicy ribs, rumps, or burgers to sink our teeth into? We’re talking classic pub-style food here, people!
The greatest pubs must have one or all of these things: a quirky personality either in décor or on the menu; a unique history just waiting to be told; specially-brewed beers that light up the tastebuds and go down so smoothly; and – perhaps most importantly – delicious meals that leave you feeling utterly content with food and life in general.
Whether you’re looking for some fancy gastro pub vibes or a down-and-dirty classic pub feed, we’ve got you covered with Brisbane’s best pub meals.
The Dalgety Public House is the newest addition to the Teneriffe Woolstore precinct and is set to be one of Brisbane’s trendiest gastro pubs. The venue’s atmosphere is all about inclusiveness, with huge concrete communal tables for people to get together and share good food and cocktails. The menu showcases simple, modern Australian pub meals, with grass-fed steak, lamb racks and pulled pork on offer.
The Boatshed restaurant is a symbol of stylish and relaxed gastro-pub dining. Admire The Boatshed’s stunning centrepiece, a two-metre long flame grill, while you relax and soak up the ambiance and enjoy the restaurant’s signature dry-aged steaks.
The Statler & Waldorf, Brisbane
Situated in Caxton Street, The Statler & Waldorf has the perfect pub set-up, with picnic tables out front, bar and dining room inside, and a beer garden out back. They make their own pasta, bake bread in-house, source honey from their rooftop hive (is that sweet or what?) and tap beers are on constant rotation. Every meal has a dash of personal flair – now that’s service!
The Charming Squire brings to life the story of Australia’s first brewer, James Squire. With a full range of James Squire craft beers and ciders on tap, this pub’s bustling atmosphere and history-inspired décor will impress your friends and quickly make it a go-to place to eat, drink and be merry.
Inspired by the classic British public houses of yesteryear, London Fields is a joyous and chilled-out venue perfect for all occasions, from after-work drinks with friends or a birthday dinner with the family. Indulge in delicious, hearty bistro fare paired with craft beers and boutique wines always on rotation.
The Caxton’s signature restaurant, The Char Grill & Terrace Bar, offers fresh, quality Australian produce served in an informal yet impressive setting with indoor and outdoor views to Suncorp Station. This venue is known for its juicy, top-notch steak dishes and fresh Queensland seafood. AND, whenever there’s a game or event at Suncorp Stadium, The Caxton alters its menus slightly to ensure you get there on time! How awesome is that?
Next time you’re in West End, head down a laneway on Boundary Street and check out the intimate and aesthetically-pleasing Brisbane Brewing Co. Experience fresh and stylish interior design, an airy, green beer garden, and a menu with snacking delicacies and a range of modern dishes to choose from. The highlight of Brisbane Brewing Co. is being able to watch and interact with the brewing process of their craft beer as it happens right in front of you.
What was once a rowdy sailors’ drinking den is now a stylish and relaxed gastro pub tucked away near the Goodwill Bridge in South Bank. The Ship Inn specialises in classic pub-style dishes with a snug dining room and a laidback beer garden, perfect for dinner with the family and Sunday arvo catch-ups with friends.
Soak up beautiful décor and relaxed ambiance with The Waterloo’s landmark Art Deco building. If you’re after hearty pub grub meals at a reasonable price, The Waterloo is the place to go.
With an American-inspired menu, Tippler’s Tap serves up flavoursome, filling and well-priced foods and sweet weekly deals including Taco Tuesdays (from 5pm), Rib Wednesdays (from 6pm) and tap tasting Paddle Sundays (all day).
For a casual after-work meal, you can’t go past The Outback Bar and Grill at The Story Bridge Hotel. Who could say no to lavishly topped pizzas and steaks with a side of tasty hot thick-cut chips? Every Sunday afternoon from 3pm, local jazz music will serenade you into lovely weekend bliss. Looking for something a tad fancier? Relax with the warm timber décor of Deery’s Restaurant and Smokehouse and choose from six signature Australian steaks, as well as a wide range of salad creations and seafood.
Named the Best Restaurant in Queensland two years running, The Alliance Hotel is a fantastic choice for pub food, boutique beers, fine wines and mouth-watering desserts you simply can’t say no to. With multiple venues inside to choose from, The Alliance Hotel is the perfect place for a nice night out with friends, or for your latest function.
Rustle up your partner in crime and sneak into the Guilty Rogue. Stashed in the centre of the CBD, this bar and restaurant is linked to Brisbane’s convict heritage. Surround yourself with tales of Brisbane’s convict beginnings, ghosts of rascals and rogues who built the foundations of the city, all the while dining on delicious pub meals.
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