The round-up: Brisbane’s best late-night dining spots
The sun set hours ago, most restaurants are closing but you still haven’t had dinner. A few years ago this situation would typically lead to some dire, regret-inducing fast food desperation, but no more. Now there are more and more eateries opening into the wee hours to ensure we never have to settle for something unsatisfactory. If your stomach is rumbling later than usual, cast your glance over this list of Brisbane’s best late-night dining spots to get your grub on after dark.
Greaser Bar: Craft beer and live music already go hand in hand, but throw in some late-night American-style bites and baby, you’ve got a party going! On Friday and Saturday nights Greaser Bar’s kitchen stays open until 2:00 am, pumping out buttermilk fried chicken, chilli dogs, crinkle-cut chips and cheeseburgers.
Cyber City: If you find yourself bleary eyed but with a hankering for a feed in the middle of Fortitude Valley, Cyber City will welcome you with open arms. The Cyber City kitchen whips up a range of Chinese eats until 2:00 am, so if you skipped dinner earlier in the night, you’ve still got a friend to rely on in the early hours.
Heya Bar: This subterranean bar is a great place to sip a cocktail or two or have a boogie, but did you know what it’s also a late-night eatery? The street eats menu offers snacks such as cheeseburger spring rolls, sticky pork ribs, pork dumplings and baos well into the night.
Farrier: Upon opening, this striking James Street spot immediately styled itself as Brisbane’s leading supper club – committing to keeping us feed until 2:00 am. The Asian-inspired, street-eat style menu features nibbles such as fried tofu, pan-fried gyoza, spicy eggplant chips, pork belly baos and honey pepper sticky ribs.
Doo-Bop Jazz Bar: One of the newcomers to the late-night dining scene does it until 3:00 am, guaranteed. If you are enjoying some live jazz in the downstairs bar, you can sample Doo-Bop’s Improv menu all night long, including barbeque chicken wings, duck and cashew spring rolls, charcuterie plates, mussels, and spiced corn fritters.
The Wickham: With a one of the best beer gardens in the entire entertainment district, The Wickham is a great place to spend most of your night out. If you get snacky later in the night, The Wickham’s kitchen is open until midnight on weekends. Burgers, pizzas, nachos, and fries – it’s all there for you if you get the munchies.
The Yiros Shop: Instead of settling for a dodgy early-morning kebab, treat yourself to something better at The Yiros Shop. From Thursday to Sunday the Brisbane City location stays open until 4:00 am, while the James Street spot operates until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
Sonny’s House of Blues: Live music, great drinks and a cool atmosphere already makes for a stellar nightspot, but Sonny’s House of Blues also adds late-night eats until close. That means you can snack on burgers, Buffalo wings, chicken tenders and grilled cauliflower until last call.
Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall: Caxton Street’s home of rollickin’ good times, velvet-covered vibes and delicious whisky apples is also a great spot to sit down for a bite late at night. Bretzel sticks, onion rings, chicken wings, po’ boys and cheeseburgers – this is perfect late-night feed material right here.
Jimmy’s on the Mall: It’s rare to find an inner-city eatery that is committed to serving up food 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but Jimmy’s on the Mall has been doing just that since 1982. The split-level venue has something for everyone, including burgers, charcuterie, salads, steaks, Asian-inspired dishes, crispy pork spare ribs and much more.
The Apo: If you’ve ever been wandering around The Valley at midnight and been struck by a sudden craving for ceviche kingfish, steak frites, puffed tendons and fresh oysters, we’ve got some news for you. The Apo dishes up all of this and more until 1:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights.
Kitchen at Treasury: After a night at the tables, it’s common to have worked up a ferocious appetite. If the hours have escaped you, there is one spot inside the Treasury that dishes up home-style fare until 2:00 am. Kitchen at Treasury cooks up some beefy burgers, stacked sandwiches, primo pizzas and more. There’s no gambling necessary – the nosh here is a sure thing.
Fat Noodle: Luke Nguyen’s acclaimed Asian-fusion dining hall is a sublime spot to get your slurp on well into the evening. On Friday and Saturday nights Fat Noodle is open until midnight, meaning that if you are struck by a craving for dim sum, fat pho noodles or Singapore chilli calamari you have a spot you can count on.
Winner Winner: Everyone is a winner at Paddington’s own fried-chicken joint, especially if you get the craving for a chook late on a Friday or Saturday. Winner Winner keeps the kitchens on until 11:30 pm on both nights without fail, so you won’t have to go without your desired chicken dinner.
Coyotito: Wander down Eagle Lane late on a Friday or Saturday night and you’ll find Coyotito’s kitchen open and serving up its signature range of tacos until midnight. If you are with company, tuck in to a share plate of carne asada, guisados, and Mexican-style whole grilled fish washed down with some delightful tequila.
Death Before Decaf: While it’s not technically an eatery, Death Before Decaf offers something just as nourishing as food. This java haunt is open 24 hours for night owls seeking a revitalising cup of coffee. If you need a pick-me-up at 1:00 am, these cool cats have got what you seek.
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