The best after-work watering holes close to Bowen Hills
Living in Bowen Hills ensures you’re never too far away from a bar or two (or 20) when the work clock chimes after five. Whether you duck home quickly to freshen up before meeting friends, or head straight from the office with colleagues in tow, here are our top picks of neighbourhood watering holes to wet your whistle.
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess
Huddled beside Kwan Brothers on Alfred Street is Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess, a cocktail bar offering an extensive line-up of spirits and share plates. We’re not talking a few bottles gracing the shelves – this venue boasts more than 80 gins and 240 different spirits and liqueurs. Inspired by the British colonial outposts of the late 19th century and the officers who stuck to the rules by day, but got wild in the mess halls by night, the venue encourages local comrades to hang up their pith helmets and unwind with a premium gin and house tonic.
Alfred & Constance
Just a few doors down is the acclaimed Alfred & Constance, combining six themed nooks under two adjoining heritage-home roofs. Set on the corner of Alfred and Constance Streets in Fortitude Valley, and aptly named after its location, the venue was designed by Alexander Lotersztain, who also executed the Limes Hotel fit-out. It sees White Lightning Tiki Bar, The Vanguard Beer Garden, Alfred’s Cafe, The Hidden Bar, Hemingway Room and Tunes Bar comingling within, combining bespoke pieces with vintage furniture and knick knacks from around the world. Make sure to check out the eclectic beer tap handles in each room at the opening this weekend.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Launching with much hype in early August and perched 11 storeys high on Ann Street diagonally opposite Fringe Bar, is Eleven Rooftop Bar. By the creators of The Jetty South Bank and The Jetty on Oxford, Eleven offers 270-degree views across Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City and beyond. Cosy seating invites guests to take in the spectacular setting while nibbling on a share plate or sipping a cocktail. Soak up the laidback vibe by day from the comfort of a sun-drenched sofa or enjoy the party in the evening parked in a semi-private booth with bottle service.
Push through the red door at 259A Brunswick Street and follow the twists and turns of Greaser to reach an underground bar offering up American-style comfort food, craft beer and whisky-based cocktails. Plush booths and denim-covered bar stools are dotted through the venue’s maze of hidden nooks and crannies, as exposed brick and industrial piping sprawls above. The bluesy rock’n’roll concept bar nods to the speakeasies of NYC’s East Village, offering a grungy underground hideout for the Fortitude Valley drinking crowd.
At Sixes and Sevens
At Sixes and Sevens on James Street draws its name from its location as well as the age-old phrase ‘at Sixes and Sevens’, which means to be in a state of confusion or disarray. There is no disarray here though, with a perfectly run ship forever expanding its territory into the adjoining lot to cater to the burgeoning crowds who flock there day and night. Nodding to the simplicity of a home-cooked meal, At Sixes and Sevens serves up bar snacks, share plates and hearty pub meals that remain clever in flavour pairings. Combined with a diverse beers and ciders on tap and in the bottle, along with wines served by the glass or carafe, At Sixes and Sevens is perfect for just a drink for two or a group of plenty.
This article was created for our friends at lendlease for the opening of The Green apartments, Bowen Hills
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