18 Of The Best Things To Do In Woolloongabba

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By Natalie McGowan | 2nd May 2024

What was once known predominantly as the stomping ground for footy fanatics and cricket enthusiasts, this happening Southside neighbourhood is now considered one of Brisbane’s coolest suburbs.

Packed to the rafters with foodie hotspots, lively entertainment hubs, and enough hidden bars to keep you on your toes, Woolloongabba is full of great things to do. Wanna check it out for yourself? Find our foolproof guide to Woolloongabba below!


Can You Keep A Secret?

Ever wanted a bar that feels just like stepping into your grandma’s living room? Probably not, but hear us out. This eclectic and inviting lounge bar complete with live music, vinyl DJs, and a vintage shop is one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets…it’s even in the name. 

Canvas Club

Step back in time at this intimate, vintage-inspired cocktail and tapas bar. Located inside a Heritage-listed building, Canvas Club is the perfect spot for a tipple and taste of nostalgia.

The Tailors 

Next door to Canvas Club is where you’ll find its sibling venue, The Tailors – a small but mighty cocktail lounge inspired by the owner’s South American travels. With an unassuming shopfront disguised as a men’s tailoring shop, The Tailors is a hidden bar with heaps of swagger.

Brisbane Brewing Co.

Where better to kick off the weekend than at the pub? An icon of Woolloongabba, Brisbane Brewing Co. has been brewing quality craft beer since 1863. Great for big groups and well-deserved pub grubs, Friday nights taste better here. 

Electric Avenue & Mrs J. Rabbits

Lying in the heart of Woolloongabba, Electric Avenue is a hotspot for antique lovers and theatre folks. Serving up delicious pub food and drinks, enjoy the ambience downstairs before venturing up the stairs into Mrs J. Rabbits, a charming, speakeasy bar hidden within the space.

Barrels & Stills

Why wait ‘til you get home to enjoy your bottle of wine? Simply pay a visit to this boutique bottle shop and wine bar, pick up a vino and take to the outdoor seating area to enjoy a self-service drop with friends. Want the full wine bar experience? No worries, the Ampersand Bar upstairs has different opening times and operates as a full-service bar with food options available.


D.Vino Bistro & Vinoteca

This hidden gem inspired by the wine bars of Northern Italy is a must-visit on your next date night or friend catch-up. An intimate, 40-seater space dishing up innovative a la carte options and tapas-style plates, expect delectable food and top-notch wine paired with impeccable vibes.


Offering a predominantly gluten-free menu split into two sections – herbivore and omnivore – Detour is a unique, share-style dining experience that caters to everyone, regardless of dietary requirements. Serving up dishes that are thought-provoking, conversation-starting, and oh-so-tasty, this restaurant is a must-visit.

Little g

If you’re in the mood for something a little indulgent, this Italian joint will be right up your alley. Serving up delectable pizzas seven days a week, the Little g team isn’t afraid of a unique flavour combination. Big Mac pizzas? Bolognese-filled spring rolls? Sign us up. 

1889 Enoteca

An institution in the Brisbane foodie scene, 1889 Enoteca has been impressing guests with their authentic Roman cuisine and Italian wine since 2008. With its mood lighting and sophisticated ambience, date nights here are always a good idea.

Pawpaw Cafe

Whether you’re visiting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this Asian-inspired cafe and restaurant never disappoints. Operating out of their chic space on Stanley St E, Pawpaw Cafe is well-known for delivering a delectable fusion of flavours every time.


Ben’s Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by their lack of a social media presence; this Asian restaurant gets packed – especially on a weekend. We draw it up to the tasty, authentic Vietnamese and Chinese dishes they serve up, and, of course, the offering of karaoke every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Dinner and a show, anyone?

Rose Soiree

Chuck on your old dungarees – things are about to get crafty. But seriously, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty because this twist on a paint-and-sip gets messy. Located inside The Canvas Art Factory, this paint splatter room is the first of its kind in Brisbane and is as fun as it is stress-relieving.


This charming arcade and bar is a haven for retro lovers and gamers alike. Find craft beer and cider, wines, cocktails, and pinball machines on the street level, while the basement level hosts another bar and a myriad of classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders.

The Princess Theatre

On the hunt for weekend plans? Why not catch a gig at The Princess Theatre? Queensland’s oldest-standing theatre, this historic venue hosts live music, performances, and events every single week – just check out their website to see what’s coming up!

The Gabba

The crown jewel of Woolloongabba, The Gabba is Brisbane’s home of AFL and cricket. Cheer on your fave team at a sports match and feel the vibrant atmosphere – whether you’re a die-hard supporter or just there for the vibes, it’s a guaranteed good time.


Soja Studios

If you view beauty appointments as a full-on experience rather than mere upkeep, then this dreamy spot is for you. The ultimate self-care hub, this hair salon with freelance suites combines luxury with hair, beauty, and wellness. From scalp spas to makeup services, find all your pampering needs in one place.

Evergreen Spa Bathhouse & Massage

Treat yourself to a pamper day at this boutique spa in the heart of the ‘Gabba. Take a dip in the magnesium hot and cold pools, sweat it out in the sauna, or book yourself in for a relaxing massage. No matter what you decide, Evergreen Spa Bathhouse & Massage is the ideal spot to unwind after a long day.

Club Vitality

Combining fitness with wellness, Club Vitality is your one-stop shop for a healthy mind and body. From yoga classes to an infrared sauna, put yourself first with the help of this 24/7 gym.

Imagery: @canvasbrisbane / @1889enoteca / @theprincessbrisbane

By Natalie McGowan Office DJ and serial online shopper, Natalie’s idea of self care is watching reality TV and getting a spontaneous tattoo.




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