The Best New Bars in Brisbane

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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, updated monthly. Some could become your new favourite; others may just be good for one memorable night. Our tip? Come hungry. A lot of these bars have killer menus that deserve to be explored.

  • Lo-fi wines, smooth beats and a menu by an ex-Gerard’s Bistro executive chef. The spiritual successor to one of Brisbane’s favourite bars – inside the old Wandering Cooks space – is a win for West End.

  • Fans of dapper cocktail bar Death & Taxes should make a beeline for this Brisbane city spot. Inspired by the hole-in-the-wall bars of New York and Italy, it's where you can slink into a leather booth with a well-made cocktail and escape the everyday.

  • Alice is a rocker’s reverie. There are ’80s TVs, a lucky-dip machine, and a jukebox playing hair metal hits – and it’s open til 3am every night.

  • Range Brewing’s satellite venue looks like an old-fashioned pub with dark timber, vintage bar stools and antique Japanese speakers. And outside on the namesake patio you can sip crisp Range beers and eat pizza in the sun.

  • Sixty taps across three levels, capacity for 400 people, pinball machines and two shuffleboard tables. Plus a tight menu of hearty burgers, a generous variety of wings and vego options.

  • Tucked up a laneway and hidden behind an unmarked brass door, this 1970s-inspired bar serves up elevated bar snacks and signature cocktails. Go for its retro-themed share plates, which might be a caviar bump with a shot of iced Belvedere Vodka.

  • Unfussy wines and tinnies meet pescatarian, European-style eats at this wine bar set in a century-old space. Expect design that’s homey-yet-chic and laidback, friendly service.

  • A Palm Springs-inspired gin bar and pocket distillery flanked by six-metre palm trees. This 60-seat open air oasis highlights gins from Aussie gins by 79 Degrees and Seven Seasons. To eat, it's gin-friendly share plates and tacos by Los Felix.

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