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.
Maeve Wine, South Brisbane: South Bank’s cultural precinct is a hive of activity, from thrilling theatre to evening gallery visits. Thankfully, there’s a place you can count on for late-night eats post-event – Maeve Wine. The kitchen serves diners from 4:00 pm right up until close at midnight, which means you can sip on an exquisite drop while snacking on sourdough crumpets with honey duck ham, hazelnut mustard and thyme, black-garlic waffles with gelatine de vino and blue-cheese parfait, and much more.
Beirne Lane, Fortitude Valley: Brunswick Street welcomed a 24-hour gastropub to its midst in 2018 in the form of Beirne Lane, and late-night dining scene hasn’t been the same since. If you need to rest your feet after some frenetic revelry, refuel at Beirne Lane with the likes of katsu sandos, fare from the charcoal oven, karaage quail, baked cob loaf with beer cheese, cheesy Japanese curry sauce-covered chips and fried fish wings.
Pochana, Brisbane City: Elizabeth Street’s Pochana typically lures in diners with its iridescent neon signs, but it’s the food that keeps them there. Stay as long as 1:00 am feasting on duck pancakes, gyoza, papaya salad, Hainan chicken, orange duck in plum sauce, crispy whole barramundi, and sizzling beef dishes, alongside massive cocktails, beers, soju, ciders, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.
Greaser Bar, Fortitude Valley: 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.
Funny Funny, Brisbane City: Burnett Lane’s popular den of Korean cuisine keeps the good times rolling into the early morning, with its kitchen open to 1:30 am most nights. The menu has a huge range of morsels for late-night feasting, including piles of fried chicken, bulgogi pancakes, kimchi and pork hot-pots, Korean barbecue sets and tasty bibimbap.
Little Valley, Fortitude Valley: It’s never too late to indulge in a dim sum fix, and Little Valley on Warner Street is well known for its mouth-watering modern-Chinese morsels. If the craving strikes late on Friday and Saturday, Little Valley takes orders for dim sum up until midnight.
Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane City: One of the most reliable members of the late-night dining scene does it until 1:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and until 3:00 am on Friday and Saturday. If you are enjoying some live jazz in the downstairs bar, you can sample Doo-Bop’s Improv menu all night long, including barbecue chicken wings, arancini balls with smoked-tomato relish, charcuterie plates and succulent steaks.
Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley: 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 pan-Asian street-eats menu offers snacks such as spring rolls, duck and pork bone-broth ramen, pork dumplings and baos well into the night.
Momo Chicken & Beer, Brisbane City and Runcorn: Nothing helps line the stomach after a few knock-off beverages like a serving of crispy fried chicken. Cluckin’ good dispensary Momo has two locations – one in Runcorn and one in The City, and both open until midnight.
Farrier, Fortitude Valley: 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.
The Boom Boom Room, Brisbane City: In between swaying to live jazz ensembles and sipping on The Boom Boom Room’s exquisite cocktails, you might forget to eat. Fear not – the bar’s kitchen has a great menu of late-night bar snacks including Olasagasti anchovies with buttered rye, prosciutto cotto and Swiss cheese toastie, pulled beef short-rib bun and The Boom Boom vegan burger.
The Wickham, Fortitude Valley: 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.
Maru, Brisbane City: This Elizabeth Street locale is a go-to destination for those seeking authentic Korean fare, especially anyone hankering for some flavoursome barbecue, stone-bowl bibimbap, sharing hot pots, Korean-style fried chicken and more. It’s open until midnight every day of the week, which makes it a reliable option if you’re ever caught out needed a late-night feed.
Jimmy’s on the Mall, Brisbane City: 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.
Kitchen at Treasury, Brisbane City: 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, Brisbane City: 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.
Death Before Decaf, New Farm: 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.
Coffee Head Co., South Brisbane: South Brisbane night owls have a place to to roost when a caffeine fix is needed – Coffee Head Co. is open and brewing until midnight, seven days a week.
Hot Shot Espresso Bar, Geebung: If you need a jolt of energy in the early hours of the morning, then make tracks for Hot Shot Espresso Bar, where coffee is pouring all day and all night. The hotspot has also got board games and gaming consoles if you’re also seeking a relaxed spot to hang out with friends.
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