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23 Brisbane Bars That Are Perfect For Warm Weather Drinking

The best places to beat the heat with a drink in your hand.

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1. Maker, South Brisbane

One of Brisbane's very best hidden gems, Maker is the place to go for locally-sourced drinks. An amazing array of Australian craft beer, wine, and spirits is on offer, and the friendly staff whip up some very inventive cocktails that will definitely cool you down.

2. Eagles Nest, Kangaroo Point

If you like to get out of the CBD to relax, just hop across the river and head to the top floor of The Point Hotel. Champagne is the focus here, and you'll find Moet in plentiful supply. Between the fast-flowing bubbly and the oysters, it's almost too easy to spoil yourself.

3. Fitz & Potts, Nundah

This fun suburban hangout is the perfect place to enjoy a craft beer on a lazy Brisbane afternoon. Grab a local brew and a homemade jaffle on the eclectically furnished deck, or head inside and try some Australian craft spirits.


4. Dandy's Rooftop Bar, South Brisbane

The Fox Hotel now boasts one of the hippest rooftops south of the river. Dandy's has pizza, cocktails, coloured birdcages, fluro lights, and an unbeatable view.

5. Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley

One of Brisbane's first rooftop bars, Limes does more than just serve drinks in the sky. Wednesday and Thursday nights see the bar become an open air cinema. Hop into one of the plunge pools and enjoy the show.

6. The Twig & Berry, Newstead

A quirky cocktail place with a beautiful courtyard, The Twig & Berry is the kind of bar that's always a little surprising. Grab a table out of the back, and get excited about the ever-changing specials menu.

7. The Gresham, CBD

It's impossible to list Brisbane bars without mentioning The Gresham, because it's really ~that~ good. This bar has an amazing collection of whiskey, but the bartenders are also known for their refreshing summer cocktails.


8. Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

In hot weather, the best thing to do is go down to the river. And nothing is closer to the river than the deck at the Brisbane Jazz Club. Enjoy a cold drink and some smooth jazz as you gaze over the water at the CBD.

9. Canvas, Woolloongabba

As the weather warms up, the back garden at Canvas becomes more and more popular. Come in on a Sunday afternoon to snag the best seats and enjoy $10 classic cocktails. And keep an eye out for the backyard movie nights.

10. Bloodhound Bar, Fortitude Valley

Bloodhound Bar loves two things: intricate artwork and interesting beer. The converted corner store building makes this place an ideal escape from the heat, with plenty of windows that let in just the right amount of sunshine and fresh air.

11. Bar Pacino, CBD

Nothing quite says "cool" quite like the giant picture of Al Pacino which welcomes you to this very slick city establishment. Sipping a chilled glass of vino on the deck is a sure-fire way to cool off.


12. London Fields, West End

This recent addition to West End is a British-influenced gastropub. The space is light and breezy, with a drinks list to match. Bring some friends, sit by the windows, and share a London Fields punch.

13. Brisbane Brewing Co, West End

Plenty of craft beer bars have opened up around the city lately, but few have their own on-site brewery. Whether you want to get your beer geek on with the head brewer or just kick back with a drink, Brisbane Brewing Co is heaven for those who can't cool off without a nice cold beer.

14. Dutch Courage Officer's Mess, Fortitude Valley

If you think gin and tonic are practically synonymous with hot weather, then Dutch Courage is the place for you. The bar has the most extensive gin list in town and bartenders who can help you navigate it.

15. Stokehouse, Southbank

Right on the water in Southbank's trendy River Quay precinct, Stokehouse is certainly well located. Add a quality wine list and some sweet summer cocktails, and you've got a very attractive bar.


16. Sixes & Sevens, Fortitude Valley

On James Street, away from the hustle and bustle of the Valley, is a bar which looks like it used to be a house. Sixes & Sevens combines the open, relaxed feeling of an old Queenslander with the cocktail list of a top-notch bar.

17. Eleven, Fortitude Valley

This top floor venue feels more like a penthouse than a rooftop bar. With all that polished wood and the stunning view, it can be easy to forget to order a drink.

18. Loft, West End

A glass of wine on a deck covered with ferns is just one of the options at Loft. Inside, the seriously comfy armchairs are the best place to enjoy some addictive bar food.

19. Lennon's Pool Terrace & Bar, CBD

If an icy drink can't cool you down, it might be time for a swim. Located in the recently revamped Next Hotel, Lennon's Pool Terrace sits up above busy Queen Street Mall. It's the perfect place for people watching, or kicking back after some retail therapy.


20. The Oxford Tap House, Bulimba

One of the best suburban beer bars Brisbane has to offer, The Oxford Tap House is a welcome addition to the food hub of Oxford Street. Its six beer taps rotate regularly, showing off the liquid achievements of different Australian craft brewers.

21. Blackbird Bar & Grill, CBD

Going to Blackbird is like stepping into Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby - all the revelry of the '20s, but with the mod cons of today. Order a Melbourne Sour and try to avoid meeting anyone called Daisy.

22. Up On Constance, Fortitude Valley

A rooftop bar with a champagne theme and a playful sense of humour, Up On Constance is at the top of 20 Constance Street, above Chur Burger. Grab some food on your way in, so you won't have to leave the comfort of your rooftop couch for anything.

23. Elixir Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley

This hidden oasis above X & Y Bar on Ann Street makes you forget about all the noise down below. Order some tapas, choose a cocktail, and put your feet up.