Sometimes, beer and wine just don't cut it. In those times, you need cocktails. Be it a well-made Negroni, or a complex, multi-layered sipper, Brisbane has a wealth of places to partake.

These are our favourites, ranging from casual spots, to table service venues where the staff wear waistcoats. But without fail, they all know their spirits.

Death and Taxes

More than 600 bottles in heritage-listed digs on Brisbane’s oldest laneway.

36 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

The Cloakroom Bar

Enter via a back-alley fire escape to find this exacting, service-focused bar.

215 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City

Lychee Lounge

Fresh takes on the classics.

2/94 Boundary Street, West End

The Gresham

The only bar in Queensland with a heritage licence.

308-322 Queen Street, Brisbane

Gerard’s Bar

That front deck is unbeatable on fine days.

13A 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley


Bar, or spirits library? You decide.

7 Browning Street, West End

Savile Row

The sharp follow-up to Cobbler.

677 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Canvas Club

Seasonal cocktails with vintage furniture and Spanish food.

16b Logan Road, Woolloongabba

The End

Watch Instagram for the latest cocktails.

73 Vulture Street, West End

The Junk Bar

Great cocktails and live music.

215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove


Seasonal flavours paired with unusual ingredients and homemade liqueurs.

9 Fish Lane, South Brisbane

Finney Isles

A low-key, small bar with a focus on gin, natural wines and beers on tap.

702 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley