We're drinking well right now. This month some great openings have arrived. While there's always room for a drink at one of Brisbane's best bars, it's always fun to try somewhere new, too.

This is our edit of Brisbane's best new bars from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some could become your new favourite; others may just be good for one memorable night. All are worth a try.

Here's a tip: come hungry. A lot of these bars have killer menus that deserve to be explored.

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Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar

The Bowery was one of the best cocktail bars in Australia. The place was an icon, and in its 17 years of operation it managed to win just about every major industry award it went up for. But it closed in January 2020, leaving some big shoes to fill. Perhaps wisely, its new owners have taken the space in a very different direction. Suzie Wong’s is a good-times Hawaiian-themed dive. It comes courtesy of the team behind the nearby Brooklyn Standard, so there’s a similar focus on live music. Suzie’s is loud, colourful and crowd-pleasing. It should go down well with Valley regulars.

678 Ann Street, Brisbane

Bar Brutus

The team behind Julius Pizzeria and Beccofino opened its third venue, a tiny Italian-style spritz and wine bar, inside the brand new Town Square development in Fish Lane in November. Long-term Julius barman Stefan Angelovski joined as a co-owner; you’ll find him behind the bar serving a small, curated selection of aperitivi, spuntini and digestivi. There’s five different spritzes, five classic cocktails – such as a Negroni, Americano and Bellini – and five signature cocktails. Spuntini includes toasted salted pepitas and almonds, crostini with Cantabrian anchovies and tomato salsa, and house-baked focaccia.

Town Square 2/49 Melbourne Street (enter via Fish Lane), South Brisbane

Lost Palms

In November, the star Gold Coast craft brewer traveled up the Pacific Motorway to open in Sherwood. It’s the latest in a neat series of brewpubs and taprooms – Ballistic, All Inn, Slipstream, the list goes on – setting up in Brisbane’s outer suburbs. The bar is running 11 taps, with between seven and nine of them typically dedicated to Lost Palms’ popular brews, including its XPA, Gold Coast Bitter and 300 Days mid-strength ale. For food, there’s a straightforward burger and snack menu, with future plans to branch out into more experimental pub grub.

671 Sherwood Road, Sherwood

Easy Times Brewing Co

After two years in development, Easy Times Brewing Co finally opened in Woolloongabba at the end of October 2020. Owners David Ferguson and Anita Boettger teamed up with Ryan Lane of Proof BBQ & Booze, who’s turning out a menu of Kentucky-style barbeque from his giant smoker upstairs. Brisket and ribs are the specialty, but there’s also whole blackened fish and vegetarian options. The brewpub, which is housed in a 100-year-old refurbished former violin repair shop, blends old with new – throughout are polished ironbark hardwood floors, vintage incandescent light bulbs and television screens that showcase the 20 different beers on tap.

20 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Tetto Rooftop Bar

Mediterranean arches, white stucco walls, orange and coral fabrics – this isn’t the Amalfi Coast, it’s a new rooftop bar in Everton Park. After several Euro holidays, Tetto owner Tim Johnson wanted to bring a slice of summer back home with him. There’s a breeziness here (sometimes literally – most of the bar is al fresco) which bleeds through to the food and drinks on offer. Spritzes and approachable cocktails dominate, with blockbuster snacks such as bolognese arancini and house-made meatballs making up the bulk of the food side of things.

1/807 Stafford Road, Everton Park

The Prince Consort

With eight different venues, 89 beer taps and capacity for over 2000 people, The Prince Consort was one of 2020’s most ambitious openings. The gastropub is bright and spacious, featuring lots of white paint and different shades of green. The Naughty Corner is a semi-private booth inside the pub which can be booked separately and The Garden Bar out the back of the pub features lots of natural light, plants and pastels. The menu is based around a coal-fired rotisserie and woodfired pizza oven, and drinks feature a short wine list and range of cocktails. Other venues inside The Prince Consort include Cabos-inspired tequila and taco restaurant 400 Rabbits Cantina, luxe supper club and live-music venue La La Land, cocktail bar The Bowie Rooms, upstairs studios The Yorke Suites, and the pre-existing Greaser Bar.

288 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

Stone & Wood

Expectations were high, but Stone & Wood’s first tap room outside of Byron Bay doesn’t disappoint. This 150-seat, eight-hectolitre brewpub is in a heritage-listed warehouse on Bridge Street. The industrial atmosphere is complemented by the fit-out: exposed brickwork, steel and timber beams. There are 24 taps pouring the core range of beers as well as a number of limited releases brewed on-site. They’re joined by a couple of wines and a cider, too. The food offering from the canteen here changes every few months, but it’s always crowd-pleasing and very beer-friendly.

99 Bridge Street, Fortitude Valley

Brewdog Dogtap

Brewdog’s huge new Brisbane brewery isn’t just the lynchpin for the Scottish craft beer giant’s Australian distribution plans, it’s also a damn fine place for a drink and a meal in its own right. The handsome, well-thought out space is defined by rough-hewed timber, banks of blue leather booths and an enormous keg feature wall. Outside, communal tables provide riverside views. The food menu is accommodating, ranging from Korean-style chicken wings and burgers, right through to barramundi fritters and tomahawk steaks. The beer selection is a mix of Brewdog favourites and guest brewers.

77 Metroplex Avenue, Murarrie

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

Uh Oh Spaghettio

A new late-night dining spot in the Valley featuring $15 serves of house-made pasta, $13 glasses of wine and late-night beats – till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

690 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley