It's hard to find the right venue for work drinks.

Chances are, you'll be rolling with a large group of diverse ages and tastes. You need a big bar with an egalitarian streak – one that offers Champagne alongside XXXX, without judging your office get-up.

Some of our choices are smaller or more specialised. But for the most part, we've gone for the true all-rounders, where everyone can find a seat and a drink they like. Go on, get that weekend started.

Sixteen Antlers

Watch the sun set while sipping cocktails and easy-drinking beers.

Corner Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane
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Communal Bar & Eat House

Plenty of outdoor seating and a shareable food menu make this one a winner.

266 George Street, Brisbane

The Montague Hotel

It's a bit of a trek from the CBD, but a 400-person capacity, TV screens for sport and plenty of beers on tap make it one of the strongest choices on this list.

363 Montague Road, West End

Buffalo Bar

Wings, whisky, beer and roomy courtyard suitable for big groups. Perfect.

169 Mary Street, Brisbane
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Super Whatnot

Brisbane’s original laneway bar dares to play proper hip-hop and disco for the post-work crowd.

48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane
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The Gresham

Queensland's only heritage-listed pub has a refined charm that's perfect if you're drinking with an older group.

308-322 Queen Street, Brisbane

Catchment Brewing Co.

Stay downstairs and graze all night, or score one of the two petite balconies and people-watch on Boundary Street.

150 Boundary Street, West End
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Newstead Brewing Milton

Like Aether, this one has plenty of everything – space, atmosphere, beer, food.

67 Castlemaine Street, Milton


Good beer and comfort food. Nothing more, nothing less. Just what you need after a hard day at work.

22 Caxton Street, Brisbane
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Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess

Gins galore and plentiful share plate options.

51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
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Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Drop into this pseudo German garden bar for Berlin summer ambience, craft beer and UNO.

Fish Lane, South Brisbane
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At Sixes and Sevens

Booze and salty, booze-friendly food in a relaxed setting.

67 James Street, Fortitude Valley
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Cru Bar & Cellar

Probably a bit uptight for most workplaces, but if you have a few co-workers who are into wine, this will be a hit.

1 22 James Street, New Farm