With almost 300 days of sunshine per year, Brisbane’s beer gardens are in frequent use. Big or small, city or suburban, busy or quiet; there’s a Brisbane beer garden tailored to your specific needs. We’ve matched up the perfect outdoor drinking spots for occasions and moods.
Beers with a view – Sandstone Point Hotel
Picture this: you, a sea breeze, panoramic ocean views, a cold beer, and a dozen fresh oysters. This is how you can pass an afternoon at the Sandstone Point Hotel, one of Brisbane’s finest seaside pubs.
Try some of the wild-caught local seafood – such as sand crab and scallop lasagne, or the fresh mussels in tomato sauce – in the outdoor terrace. Then, beer in hand, walk the green lawns of the vast garden, which rolls into Pumicestone Passage, the channel dividing Bribie Island and the mainland.
Quiet pint with friends – Canvas Club
Small but mighty, Woolloongabba’s Canvas is known for its creative drinks menu and intimate lounge area, but it also has a cosy beer garden – perfect for a one-on-one catch up with a mate or a date – and a solid list of brews behind the bar. The food menu is also creative, filled with what it calls “Spanish-inspired southern cuisine”. On Thursdays there’s a $30 special that gets you a pizza and two beers.
Fun in the sun – Riverbar Kitchen
Set beside the Brisbane River on Eagle Street Pier, Riverbar – with its fairy lights; yellow-and-white umbrellas; and hanging plants – has atmosphere down pat. It serves food and drinks from breakfast until late; there’s a focus on pizzas, burgers and shared snack plates, and specialty beers and wines. With prime views over the water to the Story Bridge, the outdoor beer garden can get busy on warm days, particularly Friday nights as city workers stream in.
Beers with a side of live music – The Triffid
Owned by John Collins, former Powderfinger bassist and stalwart of the Australian music scene, Newstead’s The Triffid is a converted World War Two aircraft hangar enjoying a second life as one of Brisbane’s coolest hangouts, complete with a large, sunny beer garden.
Grab a burger or hot dog and choose from a range of craft beers – including James Squire One fifty Lashes Pale Ale and Swindler Summer Ale – cocktails or Australian and New Zealand wines. If there’s nothing special on in the hangar space, The Triffid often schedules free live music. So if you can afford beer, you can afford music.
After-work drinks – Stock Exchange Rooftop
An inner-city oasis in the sky with city views and pub prices? You’ve got it. Sitting above a historic pub, the Stock Exchange is one of the cheapest rooftops in town, with happy-hour specials to help ease the pain after a long working week.
Craft beer is well represented with premium brews and bottled favourites, and sports fans will be happy to see the screens built into the walls showing live matches.
Group get-together – Pig N Whistle, Brunswick Street
This British-themed Pig N Whistle in Fortitude Valley took over the space where fine diner Ortiga once lived and expanded in every direction. The result is a stack of nooks and spaces to host a group get-together or birthday party of any size. There is a choice of two beer gardens, and the bar is stocked with craft beer, British ales, and even wine on tap. Sunday sessions are notorious – perfect for a large group that can scale in size whatever the occasion.
This article produced by Broadsheet in partnership with James Squire.