The round-up: Brisbane’s best sunny beer gardens and outdoor bars to visit this summer
It’s almost a scientific fact that the best way to enjoy the sizzling summer months is to embrace it and find a comfortable perch to blow the froth off a cold beverage or two in one of Brisbane’s many beer gardens. Our winter hibernation has ended – now it’s the time to get our dishevelled selves some sun. Here are some of the best beer gardens and outdoor bars to seek out this summer.
Brewhouse: The revamped Brewhouse in Woollooongabba has plenty of corners to settle in on a sunny weekend, but the beer garden has been upgraded with a new roof, pool table and sliding gates for extra breeze. Brewhouse complements the killer atmosphere with a seriously impressive food and drink selection to keep you fed and watered all day and night.
Riverbar & Kitchen: Relax by the river with a delicious cocktail and soak in some impressive views of the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point at Eagle Street’s Riverbar & Kitchen. While you are there, why not order a few snack plates to share? We hear good things about the RBK board, which boasts duck liver pate, tapenade, smoked cod, pickled cucumber and radish.
The Brightside: Most live music fans will be familiar with the set up at The Brightside, but let’s break it down for the uninitiated. Heaps of sturdy outdoor seating offers prime position to catch up with mates over a beer or two. With a killer music selection and the extra benefit of having Lucky Egg on hand, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more convenient hangout spot in The Valley.
Remy’s: This Paddington joint is a cosy spot to meet up with some friends for a cheeky Sunday afternoon tipple. We recommend ordering one of the quality cheeseburgers with a jug of sangria to share. On second thought, make that two jugs on sangria!
Pig & Whistle: Fortitude Valley’s Pig & Whistle is a popular hub for nighttime revelry, but come earlier in the day and you’ll be able to soak up some rays in one of two beer gardens. Ornate fairy lights, shade sail lines and plenty of greenery offers a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy craft beer, wine or a cocktail or two. Also of note, Pig & Whistle on Brunswick Street is a lively spot for a great Sunday session.
The Triffid: Although known as a great spot to catch some big name musicians on a weekend, The Triffid’s beer garden is worth visiting even if you aren’t there to see a show. The canteen offers some delicious fare, while the bar has the drinks situation sorted. The Triffid’s beer garden recently received some extensions, such as a new deck that offers a prime people-watching vantage point.
Fitz & Potts: Nundah locals rave about the atmosphere at Fitz & Potts, which allows patrons to relax above the hubbub of the street below on its expansive, wrap-around deck. Craft beers, jaffles, charcuterie boards and some comfy, kitschy furniture to park your caboose – Fitz & Potts ticks all the boxes.
UP on Constance: Perched atop of TRYP Fortitude Valley is UP on Constance, a chic rooftop bar that offers incredible views of the entertainment district and beyond. Relax in refined comfort and enjoy impressive cocktails, sparkling or tap beer while picking at assorted share plates such as fried chicken baos, kingfish ceviche tacos and lamb ribs.
Canvas: Woolloongabba’s Canvas is so much more than a cocktail haunt, now boasting a renovated courtyard with a private bar, murals from Frank & Mimi and an automatic retractable roof. Locals can now enjoy a boozy brunch in the comfy surrounds, lingering over some share plates, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s until the late afternoon.
Shady Palms: Stones Corner is home to Shady Palms, the perfect name for a bar that offers excellent summery vibes. Grab a drink and order a some choice morsels off the menu, then head to the beer garden at the back and spend an afternoon snacking and sipping to your heart’s content.
At Sixes and Sevens: On a Friday night, you can expect this James Street locale to be bursting at the seams with post-work revelry, but throughout the daytime hours on the weekend At Sixes and Sevens is a tranquil and welcoming respite for shoppers and locals to kick back with a drink and a nibble.
Yard Bird: Although many know it as the home of the ferocious Death Sentence Wing Challenge, Yard Bird in Fortitude Valley is actually a remarkably chilled spot to enjoy some sun-soaked bites, beers and banter. The menu offers a huge range of grub to gobble and some craft beer to wash it down, plus you have the choice of inside and outside seating.
The Catchment Brewing Co.: West End’s Catchment Brewing Co. boasts a beer garden at the venue’s rear that gives patrons the ability to sit amongst street art and various brewing apparatus. Enjoy one of Catchment’s own brews while the next batch is being made right beside you – it’s almost serendipitous.
Death Valley: Morningside is home to a charming dual venue operation from the members of The Grates – Southside Tea Room and Death Valley. The latter boasts a large outdoor area for patrons to retreat to, with a great range of street eats available from the Red Robin Supper Truck, which is permanently parked at the venue’s rear.
Alfred & Constance: This renowned corner hotspot recently underwent a bit of a sprucing, with a new coat of paint and menu offering giving Alfred & Constance an almost-new feel. It’s safe to assume that this haunt will be extremely popular this summer, with the addition of frosé to the drinks menu in addition to the excellent cocktails already on offer.
Kettle & Tin: On any weekend afternoon Paddington’s Kettle & Tin goes from hip brunch hangout into a chic cocktail bar in the blink of an eye. Eggs benedict and waffles are replaced with sriracha hot wings and duck nachitos, while coffee and juice is supplanted by craft beer, cider and rosé. Enjoy the leisurely vibe and watch the traffic pass along Given Terrace and pretend the new work week isn’t around the corner.
Eleven Rooftop Bar: With 270-degree views of Brisbane, Eleven Rooftop Bar probably boasts the best Sunday session view in town. Located high above the busy streets of Fortitude Valley, Eleven’s lounge vibe is reminiscent of getaways to Indonesia and Bali. Order a drink at one of two bars, nibble on grazing plates and while away the balmy afternoon.
Hello Please: Fish Lane’s Vietnamese street-food eatery features an expansive eating and drinking area behind the shipping container kitchen. Picnic tables allow patrons to kick back with a bite and a wine, Asian-inspired cocktail or local or Vietnamese beer.
The Wickham: The Wickham underwent a serious transformation a few years back, resulting in the creation of one of the Valley’s best beer gardens. The Garden Bar courtyard now boasts plenty of shady spots to enjoy a drink with friends, container lounges to relax in, working gardens and even a large Jenga set to play with. As if this wasn’t appealing enough, The Wickham’s kitchen also pumps out some scrumptious fare made from locally sourced ingredients.
Ballistic Beer Co.: There’s something so wholesome about the notion of sitting on your front lawn in a deck chair and knocking back a few frothies, which is the sort of vibe that goes down at Ballistic Beer Co. This Salisbury brewery has a huge grassy patch out peppered with tables and chairs for you to soak up the sun, which goes very well with the exceptional range of craft brews and regular food truck visitors.
Beach Burrito: Hola amigos, we’re here to let you in on a little secret – both Beach Burrito’s West End and Fortitude Valley locations boast absolutely awesome outdoor drinking areas that exude retro cool. Try to resist the combination of fish tacos and frozen margaritas while you laze about in the sun … it’s California dreaming in action.
The Osbourne Hotel: The Osbourne Hotel is pretty much the personification of that Old El Paso ad with the little girl who says ‘why can’t we have both?’ Whether you’re chasing a beer garden vibe or some lounge-bar action, this destination pub has got you covered. The outdoor areas offer ample seating to spread out on while you sample the impressive menu and make your way through the 94 beer taps.
Buffalo Bar: If you like your beer gardens with a little American influence, it’s hard to top Buffalo Bar. The USA-style bar and eatery has an outdoor area decked out with greenery, festoon lights, murals and neon that provide the perfect background for Insta snaps. Pair the atmosphere with mouth-watering Southern-style eats (hello, brisket hoagie) and a great range of American craft beer and you’ve got a recipe for a nice time.
The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Brisbane dining guide with more than 1800 places to eat, drink, shop and play.