Brisbane’s Best Sports Bars: 2018 Edit

Brisbane’s Best Sports Bars: 2018 Edit

Cheers to kick-ons, both on the field and off.

By Emma Duffy | 4th June 2018

Maybe you're a sporting fiend who knows a lay-up from a line-out. Or, maybe you're just someone who just enjoys the atmosphere of live sports. Either way, sports bars are perfect for hanging out with mates, knocking back a few beers and basking in an epic vibe you won't find elsewhere.

Alliance Hotel | Spring Hill

Built in the late ’80s, the quaint, rustic English-style interior and impressive menu have made the Alliance Hotel a Brissie institution. Housed over three levels, the focus is on the impressive bistro, which serves up fresh, seasonal gastronomic pub grub washed down with fine wines and craft beers.

The Bavarian Beerhaus | Bowen Hills

This Brisbane newcomer is hitting things of with a bang. With 40 beers on tap – ranging from German to local craft to limited releases – as well as plenty of massive screens, they are making it easier than ever to get a front-row seat to all the action.

The Breakfast Creek Hotel | Breakfast Creek

Premium steaks, a dedicated rum bar and “Beer off the Wood” are just some of the things that make the Brekky Creek a local fave. With a large selection of beers, spirits, an extensive wine list and an abundance of plasma TVs, the Staghorn Bar is the ideal spot to catch a game of sport.

Caxton Hotel | Brisbane

One of Brisbane’s oldest licensed premises, The Caxton Hotel is a go-to spot to watch any sporting events. No matter where you are in the venue, there’s a TV screen catering to your needs!

Charming Squire | South Brisbane

Inspired by the roguish convict-turned-brewer James Squire, The Charming Squire evokes a sense of history and storytelling. Boasting a range of James Squire’s award-winning beers, ciders and brews made on-site, the restaurant also features a wood-fired spit roast with a different animal every day.

Dalgety Public House | Teneriffe

Once home to a brewery and a pastoral company, Dalgety Public House now houses delicious gastro pub-style food and epic cocktails. Expect modern Australian grub paired with on-tap classic brews.

Darling & Co | Paddington

Formerly old Brisbane fave Iceworks, Darling & Co is the new darling of Paddington. Lauded far and wide for their creative drinks list and epic menu, this bar is quickly establishing itself as an ideal spot for a pre-rugby tipple.

The Defiant Duck | Newstead

Overlooking the skeletal steel framework of the Gasworks gasometer, the Defiant Duck is another venue jumping aboard the American bandwagon. Settle back with a chilli corndog or some Southern fried chicken while enjoying the live sports streaming on one of the flatscreens.

Eatons Hill Hotel | Eatons Hill

With nine bars under one roof, the Eatons Hill Hotel has plenty of variety for punters. Kick back and relax in the open-air beer garden where you can catch any major sporting event on the big screen.

Fat Angel Sports Bar | Brisbane

With flowing beer, some of the best damn screens in Brisbane, and Buck Hunter to boot, Fat Angel Sports Bar has cemented itself as a go-to destination for live sports of all kind in Brisbane. Grab some XXXX Gold, spicy wings and kickass burgers and you're set for everything from UFC to the State Of Origin.

Fox Hotel | South Brisbane

Not only does the Fox Hotel host their insanely popular ‘Soho Sundays’, they are also a pretty awesome venue to watch sporting events! Their massive 6-meter screen is the ultimate way to watch events such as UFC fights or State of Origin. With XXXX Summer buckets and killer bar snacks, they have everything taken care of.

Gambaro | Brisbane

Starting off as a tiny fish and chip shop back in the ’50s, this family-owned and -run business is still kicking goals. Gambaro dishes up sensational locally-sourced seafood but they also know their way around a steak!

The Hamilton Hotel | Hamilton

Affectionately dubbed “The Hammo”, The Hamilton Hotel has gained a reputation for being a complete entertainment destination with function spaces, kids’ entertainment, a games room, lounges and a steakhouse. Sports fans will love the comfy chairs and surround sound in the newly-refurbished Sports Bar.

The Lord Alfred | Brisbane

Nestled inside a heritage-listed building, The Lord Alfred is an unflinchingly Queenslander bar, with plenty of pokies machines and XXXX beer flowing. Its position at the top of Caxton Street makes it the ideal place to grab a pre- or post-match beer.

Melbourne Hotel | South Brisbane

With live sport played on more than 20 plasma screens, a visit to the Melbourne Hotel should be on every sports fan’s bucket list.

Newmarket Hotel | Newmarket

If sport is your religion, then the Newmarket Hotel is your temple. Boasting a dedicated sports bar with a number of obligatory wide-screen TVs, the Newmarket Hotel is a must-visit location for any sports nut.

Norman Hotel | Woolloongabba

Dubbed the worst vegetarian restaurant in Brisbane, The Norman Hotel knows good steak. Cheer on your favourite sports team at the Front Bar and kick back with a craft beer

The Normanby Hotel | Red Hill

No list of the best bars in Brisbane would be complete without the Normanby. Their outdoor projection screen (one of the biggest in Brisbane) keeps sport fanatics happy.

Pig ’n’ Whistle | Various locations

Offering a traditional English pub experience, Pig ’n’ Whistle is renowned as a champion of live sports coverage. Whether you’re into NRL, AFL, UFC, NBA and many more sports, you’ll find it here.

Pineapple Hotel | Kangaroo Point

You’ll barely notice you’ve left the Gabba if you head up the road to the Pineapple Hotel. This place calls out to sports fans after every big game with its flowing beers, cheap bites and seemingly endless number of TV screens.

QA | Fortitude Valley

With Jason Anderson taking over as head chef, the kitchen has undergone a welcome transformation. You can now treat yourself with a new menu focusing on fresh, traditional pub fare.

The Regatta Hotel | Toowong

The folks at the Regatta know how to party and they also know their way around live sports. With an enormous selection of wines, top-shelf liquor and craft beers as well as multiple dining options, you’ll be able to catch the sports no matter where you are in the venue.

Riverbar & Kitchen | Brisbane

As the name suggests, this bar’s position on the river and uninterrupted views makes it an absolute gem. With a menu focusing on seasonal produce and all their infusions and liqueurs made in-house by an expert mixologist, it’s easy to see why Riverbar is a fave. You can’t go past their Salty Sailor cocktail with a caramelised popcorn-adorned top!

The Shafston Hotel | East Brisbane

This iconic south-side venue is a top pick for those wanting to watch sporting matches with a hearty meal and pitcher of brew. The courtyard is the ultimate destination for live entertainment, and is a unique take on the classic beer-garden. Whereas can you indulge in a beer-garden rain or shine? Get your team together to watch The Money Fight: Mayweather vs. McGregor.

Sixes and Sevens | Fortitude Valley

Set in a cute little cottage, this stylish gastro pub is quickly becoming James Street’s trusty neighbourhood stop-off. Beautifully decked out with hip décor and cosy nooks, At Sixes and Sevens is the perfect place for a casual drink or light feed with friends.

South Bank Surf Club | South Bank

A surf club in the middle of the city? Genius! Boasting the best “ocean views” in the area, the South Bank Surf Club is a watering hole with a difference.

Stock Exchange Hotel | Brisbane

With wooden tables, hanging plants, fairy lights and seating for 350 people, this rooftop space will help you unwind over a few drinks before getting wound up barracking for your team. Take in Brisbane’s cityscape as you take advantage of the mega projector screen.

Stones Corner Hotel | Stones Corner

The heritage charm of The Stones Corner Hotel makes this pub a favourite venue for those who want to check out big sporting matches. In addition to Mayweather vs Mcgregor and State of Origin, they also showcase UFC fights, the Bledisloe Cup, and various open mic events. With sixteen beers on tap you can settle in for a big night.

Story Bridge Hotel | Kangaroo Point

This iconic Brisbane bar has gained a reputation over the years for its fine food and extensive range of spirits. For a unique experience, catch the rugby in the Corner Bar housed under the old WWII bomb shelter.

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