Most people would say a hangover is best dealt with at home, in bed and with bottles of Powerade and burnt toast… I say forget that! Reclaim your weekend, put on your blackout sunnies and head along to one of Brisbane’s best hangover cafes.
Whether you want to forget you exist for a few hours, eat yourself to oblivion or quietly prep yourself for the day ahead – no judgments! This list has been devised to ensure you have a relaxed hangover experience, including venues with low lighting, chilled atmospheres and excellent coffee - devoid of whining children.
So the next time you find yourself waking to a horrendous hangover after hitting the booze a little too hard, I hope this list will make the next day slightly more bearable.
Lost Boys, the Valley
Sometimes waking up with a hangover makes us want to fly back to Never Land and never grow up… Lost Boys is the new, certified organic, Peter Pan themed café in the Valley that guarantees to bring back those nostalgic childhood memories. The interior of the venue is dimly lit and enchanting, with a giant indoor tree extending from the exposed brick wall, with a suspended roped bridge attached to the ceiling. Pick from their entirely organic menu and Montville coffee selection with their menus hidden with classic fairy tale books, while you sit back and listen to their ethereal childhood playlists.
694 Ann St, The Valley
When sitting with your shades on just won’t do, head underground! Hidden down an alleyway in the city awaits Brew, an underground café with moody lighting, comfortable and distressed furniture and a menu full of simple brunch delights. Brew also doubles as a bar, so if you’re the type who believes the hair of the dog will cure your hangover, order that Bloody Mary or one of their four boozy breakfast cocktails. Check out their promo video.
Lower Burnett Ln, City
Bunker Coffee, Milton
A literal hole in the wall cafe, Bunker Coffee is like the secret garden of caffeine goodness. Their specialty 5 Senses Coffee and boutique hand bottled iced coffee is hidden behind the greenery and vines a short stroll from the Milton train station. While the venue is only opened weekdays, I’m sure the quick takeaway service has serviced plenty of unexpected mid-week hangovers or those without regular weekday jobs… students and hospitality workers I’m looking at you.
21 Railway Tce, Milton
Shucked Coffee House, Newstead
Hidden in an old red brick warehouse in Newstead’s commercial back streets is a café, worthy of mention as a ‘Brisbane Must Do’ by The New York Times in 2013. Behind the industrial roller doors is a Melbourne inspired high-ceilinged warehouse coffee venue, with two separate dining areas. Pick your side… A 1970s inspired dining room or the indoor laneway inspired graffiti garage – both with waiter service! This venue can get a little busy, with lines at the door on certain mornings, but the wait is worth it.
9 Creswell St, Newstead
The Tiller, Alderley
So if it’s a weekend hangover you’ve got, then you’ll need to get in early for this one, as The Tiller is only open weekends on Saturdays from 7am to 12pm. If you’re game to soak up the sunshine with those big sunnies on, you can sit in the secluded raised café with gravel flooring and wooden stumps for seats and order from the counter at the shipping container? The venue is out of the way near the train line in Alderley and serves freshly baked treats and breakfast bits, including cheese on toast, croissants and ginger bircher muesli, to name a few. For those weekday hangovers, the venue is open 6am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.
81 Mina Pde, Alderley
Three Monkeys Cafe, West End
An oldie, but a goodie. This West End café has been around and servicing Brisbane for more than 20 years… that’s a lot of potential hangovers! The Three Monkeys Café is probably one of the most underrated cafes in Brisbane and its cozy, eclectic, hide-away charm creates the perfect atmosphere for the day after that BIG ONE. Forget about your troubles (and that splitting headache) and devour their large selection of sweet treats or hearty foods, while you sit back on a comfy couch or slip into a curtained booth.
85 Mollison St, West End
Foxy Bean, Woolloongabba
Keeping a welcoming ‘café on the corner’ vibe from the outside, the Foxy Bean wows from within, with an interior of impressive Fantastic Fox stencil art, a pressed metal bar, worn leather armchairs and comfortable leather window booths. There is also a sunny garden room courtyard reachable by a corridor from the dining room. Their breakfast menu is served from 6am and there are some definite hangover gems, including The Bushman’s Benedict (Chipotle braised beef cheeks and pork savory mince, poached eggs and bernaise on sourdough), Hello Haloumi (Crushed avocado, haloumi, sweet potato fritter, rocket and mignonette on sourdough) or the King Bagel (Truffle scrambled eggs, sautéed spinach, citrus labne).
896 Stanley Street East, Woolloongabba
Roost Coffee, Kelvin Grove
Feel like you’ve stumbled into a cabin home at Roost Coffee in Kelvin Grove. This boutique coffee bar offers a unique experience, much unlike the other venues within the Kelvin Grove Urban Village setting. Serving a five bean house blend and black blend on their machine, they also create their own natural blend of chai with iron bark honey and fresh cracked pepper. The retro interior and astro-turfed exterior provides a relaxed ambience, with live performances and cool jazz music heard within the venue. Word from the venue has it; Roost Coffee will be rebranding in January to become a bar as well. Get the hangover and treat it all in one place… Two birds, one stone.
22 Carraway St, Kelvin Grove
Death Before Decaf, New Farm
For some, the cure to a hangover is simply black and white… coffee that is. Death Before Decaf have you sorted if that’s the case. Now I can’t guarantee there will be soothing music (it’s predominately hardcore, metal, rap and hip hop), but it is dark, there is plenty of coffee and you’re probably guaranteed that the venue will be childfree. Another perk of the venue is that it is completely 24/7 – yep, you no longer have to wait until morning to nurse that hangover (or the soon to be one). There are even some seats on the sidewalk for people watching. Enjoy!
3/760 Brunswick St, New Farm
This is a living guide to Brisbane’s best hangover cafes – if we’ve missed one that’s worthy of inclusion, let us know!
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