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

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

Super Whatnot


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

48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

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

Gerard’s Bar


Arrive early, nab a table on the front deck and share charcuterie and cocktails.

13A 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley

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

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

Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess


Gins galore and plentiful share plate options.

51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
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Wandering Cooks


This long-running institution exercises its sustainable ethos in a former supplements warehouse in the West End. The industrial interiors and a carpark-turned-beer garden are the backdrop for colourful, inventive dishes highlighting local fresh produce.

63 Vulture Street, West End

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe


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

Fish Lane, South Brisbane

At Sixes and Sevens


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

67 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Dr Gimlette


A boundary-pushing cocktail bar from the team behind CBD laneway bar Death and Taxes. It takes service to a whole new level, with roving Martini carts delivering expertly made seasonal drinks to luxurious leather booths.

109 Edward Street, Brisbane

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