Brisbane’s hip and happening West End and the adjoining South Bank area in South Brisbane boasts a popular dining and live-music scene. In fact West and South Bank after dark bring a wonderful blend of international cuisine in their restaurants and cafes, trendy bars, craft beer breweries and night clubs.
West End is the destination for nightlife in Brisbane, with cinemas, bars, clubs, and restaurants all condensed into this area. There are plenty of sleek and chic watering holes that are worthy of a visit from out-of-towners.
Boundary Street is the pulsing hub of the suburb, with its high concentration of bars, pubs and cafes. From grungy retro-styling to modern furnishings, these bars will satisfy all needs, from cool cocktails to craft beer.
Craft Beer & Pubs
Try Archive Beer Boutique, Catchment Brewing Co and Brisbane Brewing Co
Those after a classic pub needn’t look far. The Boundary Hotel, Lock ’n’ Load Bistro and Melbourne Hotel provide a solid atmosphere with better-than-average bistro food.
Cocktail bars in West End
For those who like to savour a more sophisticated beverage, there are small cocktail bars of all flavours. Bar hop between or get cosy at The End, Jungle Bar, The Rumpus Room, Bosc, Cobbler and Lychee Lounge.
Where to see live music
The Bearded Lady punches above its weight with fine live music acts and Lock ’n’ Load Bistro also features a solid line up of live music.
Head to Max Watt’s to experience the hottest international acts, home-grown artists, and an exciting mix of specialty performances.
But then there’s more! Try the Motor Room (a converted warehouse within the Boundary Street Markets).
Weave your way through the streets of South Bank and enjoy a cool drink or two at one of its buzzing bars.
River Quay, right at the south end of South Bank, is the place to indulge in flashy nights out. Splurge at Stokehouse Q, Aquitaine Brasserie, Popolo, The Jetty South Bank and River Quay Fish.
Stretching from one end of South Bank to the other Grey Street also has some great watering holes. Some highlights include The Ship Inn, The Manhattan Line, Tippler’s Tap, Cowch Dessert & Cocktail Bar, Junk, Bacchus and The Charming Squire.
Little Stanley Street
Like Grey Street, Little Stanley Street is packed. Check out Mado Turkish, Manhattan Line, Hop and Pickle, Zeus Street Greek and Brooklyn Depot for starters.
Southbank Beer Garden offers quality pub dining located in the heart of the South Bank Parklands with picturesque views of Streets Beach and the CBD.
Soleil Pool Bar in Glenelg St, wraps around the Rydges South Bank Brisbane pool and is a swanky venue for after sundown and a romantic venue for tapas style dinner and drinks.
Located in between the two suburbs, Fish Lane embraces everything wonderful and magical about laneway culture. It has taken everything you thought Melbourne would be good at and does it better. Explore Gauge, Julius Pizzeria, the exclusive Maker bar, Saccharomyces Beer Cafe and Wandering Cooks.
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