In 2013 the walls of this historic pub on Elizabeth Street were stripped back to its original brick, and the bar filled with 16 craft beers on tap and more than 100 bottles. Once you’ve perused the tap brews – which include drops from Little Creatures, Young Henrys and Balter Brewing Company – you can choose between potato (or sweet potato) fries topped with cheese and chilli mince, beef brisket or peri-peri smoked pork.
This Brisbane arcade games bar was born from two absolutes: a love of drinking beer and playing pinball. Add to that a serve of hot chips from the pub’s American and Japanese-influenced vegan diner Hellmouth, and you have the ingredients for a perfect night out. Sharing is nice in theory, but these crisp, hand-cut fries tossed in a Japanese togarashi seasoning with a side of house-made Sriracha mayo are too good to pass around. Pair them with a range of the 15 craft beers on tap.
Three Little Pigs
This easy-going, modern tavern in Stafford has one of the more intriguing menus around. It specialises in chicken parmas from “around the world” – including Nepalese, Japanese and Mexican versions. What holds this blend of cuisines together? Chips of course. Choose from beer-battered chips with aioli or chilli cheese fries, featuring beer-battered chips with chilli con carne and chilli sauce. Wash it down with one of the many craft beer options, including White Rabbit, Little Creatures and James Squire on tap.
Port Office Hotel
CBD mainstay the Port Office Hotel has recently been returned to its former glory by the team behind award-winning pub The Alliance Hotel. Find a spot along the long, wooden front bar for a chinwag over an ice-cold brew from one of the bar’s 42 taps and a bowl of chef Graham Waddell’s hot chips with malt-vinegar mayo.
Bird’s Nest Yakitori
This Fortitude Valley yakitori bar is the city’s second Bird’s Nest, and has a distinctly different vibe from the original in West End. The space is more intimate, the drinks list longer, and the snacks more bite-size. Pull up a stool and pair your beer with an order of the pirikara fries, sprinkled with Japanese seven-spice and mayo.
Fritzenberger is about three things and three things only: burgers, frites and beer. After fronting up to the bar, order a beer and some fries, and head to the salt station where you can spice-up your snack with fancy-flavoured salts including, roast chicken, shiitake mushroom and Vegemite.
This article produced by Broadsheet in partnership with James Squire.