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.

Related Pages
Best New Restaurants in Brisbane
Best New Cafes in Brisbane

Stranded

Bar

Inspired by everything from a classic Venetian restaurant to an iconic New York club, this nostalgic drinking hole next to The Zoo serves up late-night Italian eats, hard-to-find agave spirits and plenty of vintage vinyl tunes.

3 Winn Street, Fortitude Valley

Nota

Restaurant

In May, this Paddington gem expanded to the tenancy next door, and the additional space means it’s equally suited to casual drinks and European-inflected snacks as it is to long and intimate dinners. However you treat it, it’s never been easier to get across the 90-bottle list of small producer wines from Australia, Italy and France.

224 Given Terrace, Paddington

Valley Hops Brewing

Bar

A Green Beacon veteran oversees 36 beer taps at this lush rooftop brewery. But that’s only half the story – the sizeable food offering involves woodfired pizza and beer-friendly snacks to pair with those ice-cold beers and city views.

641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Stratton Bar & Kitchen

Bar

The suave sibling to cocktail bar Mrs Brown’s is housed inside two World War II-era hangers in one of Brisbane’s most buzzing suburbs. Inside you’ll find a lofty arched glasshouse, 35 cocktails and a cuisine-crossing menu of snacks and share plates.

3-5 Stratton Street, Newstead

Frog's Hollow Saloon

Bar

A team of bartending veterans is behind this approachable cocktail den, mixing an imaginative signature drinks list alongside comforting eats by Alba Bar & Deli a few blocks over. It’s all housed behind a heritage brick-and-timber facade in the city centre.

26 Charlotte Street, Brisbane City

Lina Rooftop

Bar

Every day feels like a holiday at this beach club-inspired rooftop bar and restaurant. Have rosé, lobster thermidor and tropical cocktails delivered to your cabana, or take a dip in the 30-metre infinity pool with sweeping views across the city.

74-80 Tribune Street, South Brisbane
Book a Table

Parched

Bar

Open, airy and laid-back, this three-storey brewpub pours everything from Mexican-style lagers to experimental IPAs. Tacos, pizzas and beer-friendly snacks with a spicy kick round out the food offering.

391 Montague Road, West End

Bar Tano

Bar

This beautiful marble and mirrored aperitivo bar complements Gemelli next door with a breezier, more laid-back energy. The open street-facing window is an excellent perch for Italian snacks, washed down with a Negroni or a spritz.

15 James Street, Fortitude Valley

The Tailors

Bar

Behind an assuming shopfront, this clandestine cocktail lounge is inspired by the hidden, music-driven boozers found throughout South America. Rotating, rum-heavy drinks are the specialty, plus there's a short menu of snacks courtesy of the Canvas Club next door.

16 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Dr Gimlette

Bar

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

Mr Badger's

Restaurant

A casual all-day diner that’s equally inspired by Brisbane’s locomotive history and New York’s delicatessens. Visit for Detroit-style pizza and bottled cocktails by The Canvas Club.

24 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Kings

Bar

The bright and airy counterpart to Queens around the corner is a tropical-style bar where music, colour and cocktails are king. To eat, you might find Po boys and tacos stuffed with fried chicken, prawn or roasted cauliflower on the menu.

California Lane, Fortitude Valley

Queens

Bar

Housed inside an ex-barber’s shop, this Brunswick Street boozer serves low-intervention drops and snacky, wine-friendly plates of burrata, patatas fritas and sardines in grungy, low-lit surrounds.

368 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Wandering Cooks

Restaurant

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

Noir

Bar

Inside a former clothing store, this modern and airy boozer serves plates of grilled haloumi with fresh honeycomb; squid ink and truffle salumi; and low-intervention, cult and classic wines from a stacked underground cellar.

26 Given Terrace, Paddington

Ooh La La

Bar

C’est Bon’s snazzy rooftop bar is the best place for a spritz either side of dinner downstairs. Graze on French snacks such as duck liver parfait eclairs and twice-baked soufflés, washed down by vintage champagne against the city skyline.

609 611 Stanley Street, Woollongabba
false