Some of the best bars in Brisbane can be found lurking behind discreet street frontages, basements beneath another establishment or hidden in laneway labyrinths. If you’ve got the evenings free and are looking for things to do in Brisbane at night, here’s a list of the best underground bars to get stuck into.
Farrier – 64 James Street, New Farm
Located in what was once the underground stables of New Farm’s Queens Arms Hotel, Farrier has been transformed into a sophisticated bar and late night supper club. Enjoy the quirky surrounds and great acoustics over a quality drink and a bite from the tempting supper menu – featuring the likes of baos (stuffed Chinese-style bread) and barbecued lamb ribs, available right through to closing at 2am.
Greaser Bar – 259A Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Hidden down a graffiti-lined alleyway, within a 130-year-old cellar in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Greaser Bar is as close as you can get to a secret drinking lair. You’ll feel like you’ve left Brisbane behind entirely thanks to the retro American-style interior and menu, complete with hot dogs, buttermilk fried chicken wings and burgers. Choose a spot in a booth or pull up a denim-covered stool and choose a drink from a wide selection of local and imported craft beers, Prohibition-style cocktails and a good range of whisky.
Brooklyn Standard – Eagle Lane, Brisbane City
If you’re on the hunt for live music, Brooklyn Standard is the place. Tucked away in Eagle Lane behind a secret laneway door just off the Eagle Street end of Queen Street, this cool basement bar serves up live music every night of the week from a variety of genres, including soul, funk, jazz and blues. There’s no food, except for the free bowl of pretzels that comes with your drink, but Brooklyn Standard makes up for it with a wide array of drinks including a thorough wine list and range of American beers.
Heya Bar – 351 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Step off the streets of Fortitude Valley and into the depths of the old Sun newspaper building and you’ll discover a bar straight out of the Golden Gai bar district of Tokyo’s Shinjuku. With its secret doorways and rooms, Heya Bar is like a mini city complete with five hidden bars, a kitchen serving Asian street food till 3am and even a faux Asian grocery store.
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Chalet Bar – Corner Boundary and Leichhardt Streets, Spring Hill
While it never snows in Brisbane, you can always play pretend in its only après-ski bar nestled deep in the cellar of the 150-year-old Alliance Hotel. Relax on the chesterfield lounges by the stone fireplace as you choose from the range of delicious cocktails, schnapps, beer, wine and spirits.
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