Stressing over the cost of another commute into the city? Haven’t you heard? Bars in the suburbs are the latest trend. You can indulge in great food and drinks in venues that are practically outside your door, so swap those fluffy slides for heels and enjoy a night out that won’t break the bank.
1. Cardigan Bar | Sandgate
Live music four nights a week, monthly stand-up comedy and handcrafted beers – what more could you want? If you live in the area, don’t be a stranger. This is the perfect go-to for a night with your mates.
2. Sasquatch Bar | Chermside
If the name hasn’t already drawn you in, you might fall in love with the amazing live acoustic music that they have playing every weekend. This is a definite must from us!
3. Junk Bar | Ashgrove
As one of the first hole-in-the-wall bars in the suburbs, everything about Junk Bar screams retro, from the old vinyl to the velvet couches. Junk Bar is known for its delicious cocktails, and the Bloody Mary is said to be one of the best in Brisbane.
4. Eatons Hill Hotel | Eatons Hill
There’s something for everyone at the Eatons Hill Hotel. With nine bars under one roof, you can choose the one that works best for you. They also host heaps of events, from live music to comedy so there’s something for everyone.
5. All Inn Brewing Co | Banyo
Even if you’ve lived in Banyo your whole life, you might not have realised that the best boutique brewery in Brisbane is only a few streets away. All In Brewing Co features food trucks, live entertainment and great beer, so if you love a good brew, this place is a must.
6. The Bent Elbow | Stones Corner
Tucked away in the bustling hub that is Stones Corner, The Bent Elbow offers a vast selection of craft beers, great wine and delicious food to try. If you’re looking for something more homey on the bar scene, be sure to check it out.
7. The Retro Bar | Kenmore
If you’re over in Kenmore way and you’re looking for a new spot to hang, head to The Retro Bar. There’s an event on almost every night, from jazz and folk to rock and even some choir jams so you have the opportunity to have a sing as well!
8. The Bench Boutique Bar | Cleveland
The Bench is committed to providing the very best beer, wines and spirits in a friendly and relaxed environment. BYO food and enjoy special events including live music and open mic nights.
9. Bacchus Brewing Co. | Capalaba
This award-winning micro-brewery makes some top-notch brews, which you can enjoy at their Capalaba venue. Or, if you’re keen for a night in you can order their beers online and have them delivered right to your front door!
10. The Oxford Tap House | Bulimba
With so many amazing bars and restaurants in Bulimba, it can be hard to stand out. But The Oxford Tap House does a great job with a cosy atmosphere and ridiculously tasty beers on tap. And if you’re in the mood for a mid-week tipple, this place is open until 10pm Tuesday to Thursday!
11. Padre Bar | Woolloongabba
People are raving about Padre Bar’s funky décor and great range. Plus, their Facebook page advertises them as a “private haunted basement bar available for functions, séances, ghostbusting training, etc.” If that doesn’t sound like your kind of bar, then I’m sorry but we can’t be friends.
12. Fitz + Potts | Nundah
We LOVE this place. Not only do they have great food (cheesy jaffles – YUM!), they also sell a killer cider. And they were named Brisbane’s Best Bar in the 2016 Eat Drink Awards so you know you’re in good hands.
13. The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen | Ascot
Head over to The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen and be amazed by the vast variety of drinks to choose from. If you’re feeling peckish, you NEED to try their Philly cheese steak sandwich!
14. Hamilton Hotel | Hamilton
With three bars to choose from, Hamilton Hotel is sure to have something for everyone. Relax in the chic and intimate H Lounge, enjoy class and ambience at the Bistro Bar, or tune in for the big games in the Sports Bar.
15. Shady Palms Café & Bar | Stones Corner
Perfect for the south-siders, Shady Palms focuses on locally-sourced ingredients and tasty cold beverages. Pop in day or night for great vibes, and don’t miss out on their new addition: Musical Bingo, every Thursday night.
16. Elysium Restaurant & Bar | Victoria Point
Did someone say tapas and wine? Elysium Restaurant & Bar is a must-try Redlands venue, especially if you’re keen for an extensive range of craft and commercial beer, signature cocktails and a curated wine list.
17. The Scratch Bar | Milton
The Scratch Bar is here to provide you with “damn good drinkin’”. This venue supports independent business and has a constantly-rotating selection of draught and bottled beer. Enjoy a cheese platter or BYO food to suit your mood.
18. Phoenix Bar | Bracken Ridge
Love a good lounge bar? You’re in luck! The Phoenix bar is the perfect place for casual drinks with the girls, especially if you need a good feed – there are plenty of meal deals to enjoy with your tipple!
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