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.

Gerard’s Bar


That front deck is unbeatable on fine days.

13A 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley

The Gresham


The only bar in Queensland with a heritage licence.

308-322 Queen Street, Brisbane

Death and Taxes


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

36 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

Za Za Ta


A gorgeous restaurant and bar at the centre of Brisbane's Middle Eastern moment.

1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
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Hello Gorgeous


Seafood and spritzers in a down-to-earth bar that is definitely not a “speakeasy”.

32A Chester Street, Newstead

The Malecón


Bringing a dash of Cuba to Castlemaine Street.

1/47 Castlemaine Street, Milton

Lychee Lounge


Fresh takes on the classics.

2/94 Boundary Street, West End

Alba Bar and Deli


A slick, understated laneway boozer and pintxos joint from a former Masterchef star.

34 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess


More than 550 ways to take your gin and tonic.

51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
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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



Bar, or spirits library? You decide.

7 Browning Street, West End

The Boom Boom Room


Cocktails and dim sum in an old, underground bank vault.

171 George Street, Brisbane

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


It may be small, but this bar can lay claim to having its very own exclusive beers.

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

Red Hook


Get a taste of Brooklyn’s multicultural street food scene.

3 88 Creek Street, Brisbane

John Mills Himself


Coffee grotto by day, bar by night. In a city famous for neglecting its heritage, John Mills Himself is a glowing tribute to Brisbane’s past and present.

40 Charlotte Street, Brisbane



Modern coffee and food served in one of Adelaide Street’s oldest buildings.

258 Adelaide Street, Brisbane

Brooklyn Standard


Enjoy live music and free pretzels six nights a week at this laneway bar.

Eagle Lane, Brisbane



While rooftop bar Eleven takes a break, we have this Mexican pop-up. There's ninety seats, a local-produce driven menu and a shedload of tequila, all set to those jaw-dropping views.

Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Cielo Rooftop Bar


A Fortitude Valley rooftop bar from the Salt Meats Cheese and Eterna crew. Come for small plates, stunning views and cocktails designed by Maybe Sammy – one of the world's best bars.

209 Brunswick 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