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21 Best Pubs in Brisbane You Need to Visit

‘Pub?’ A simply formulated text, almost as ripe with possibility as the 2 am ‘u up?’

While the answer, at least for us, is almost always a yes (to both), the follow up can be difficult. What is the best pub near me going to be? To help you out here we’ve built a list of the 20 Brisbane pubs. All that’s left is to work out how close you are to one, if you want a beer garden, and what time it shuts.

Get frothy, here is a list of the 20 best pubs in Brisbane.

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Best Pubs in Brisbane The Fox Hotel

1. The Fox Hotel

The Fox is a mammoth testament to Public Houses worldwide. Ten function rooms, dining areas, bars on bars on bars, an art gallery and incredible city views. It has as close to it all as any Brisbane pub does. Where else can your pint help support the local art scene?

Address: 71-73 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone: (07) 3844 2883
Hours: Sun – Thurs 12-10pm, Fri – Sat 12pm – 12am

The Fox Hotel

The Port Office

2. The Port Office

One of the more upscale establishments on offer, The Port Office Hotel is everything you want in a Brisbane pub and more. Good food, good drinks and good times, the heritage-listed icon is the perfect place to drop in after work, or to put on your fancy pants and impress a special someone.

Address: 40 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 12am
Phone: (07) 3003 4700

The Port Office

The Plough Inn

3. The Plough Inn

With a name like that, you can’t really go past it. The Plough Inn is one of those venues that Brisbane pub fans relish. Built way back in 1885, the iconic landmark is situated right in the heart of Southbank Parklands, meaning you can take in the best of Bris-Vegas’ scenery while knocking back a few schooners. If pub grub is on your mind, you’re also in luck. The Plough Inn is well-known for its big servings and delicious meals.

Located in: South Bank Visitor Information Centre
Address: 29 Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am – 11pm, Sat: 11am – 1am, Sun: 11am – 11pm
Phone: (07) 3844 7777

The Plough Inn

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Lord Alfred Hotel

4. The Lord Alfred Hotel

The Lord Alfred is a big beast of a pub. Multi-levelled,  multi-bar’d and more than enough space to fit you and every childhood mates misso and girlfriends. Don’t believe us? Take a virtual tour and see for yourselves to imagine exactly where you’ll be parking yourself every Saturday from now on.

Address: 68 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone:  (07) 3166 2477
Hours: Thurs – Sat 4pm – 2am

The Lord Alfred

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Prince Consort

5. The Prince Consort

Bang in the middle of the Valley, The Prince Consort is a lovely pub in the streets and a dancefloor freak in the sheets. For fighting, feeding or fu…lfilling your late-night dreams, they’re able to fit it all in.

Address: 230 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: (07) 3252 4136
Hours: Mon – Sun 11 – 5am

The Prince Consort

Best Pubs in Brisbane Regatta Hotel

6. Regatta Hotel

Everything about The Regatta fits the classic name and heritage-listed facade. A three-tier corner pub with river views, you’re bound to be tipping your hat as much as the mascot up top does. Combined with a thoroughly modern approach to food, there’s not much to be left wanting.

Address: 543 Coronation Dr, Toowong QLD 4066
Phone: (07) 3051 7617
Hours: Mon – Tues 1o – 2am, Wed – Sun 6:30 – 2am

The Regatta

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Hope and Anchor

7. Hope and Anchor

An absolute classic of a pub, everything from the decor to carpet screams memories. The Hope and Anchor throws back to its 1807 founding in a gorgeous way. The food backs up the view with a no-nonsense approach to good pub grub.

Address: 267 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064
Phone:  (07) 3367 8300″>3367 8300
Hours: Sun – Thurs 5:30am – 10pm, Fri – Sat 5:30 – 12am

Hope & Anchor

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Royal Exchange Hotel

8. The Royal Exchange Hotel

An ant’s piss from Toowong station, The Royal Exchange is the sort of spot you can get away with leaving the car at home for. With screens galore and a big ol’ beer garden you’ll be kicking yourself for keeping your keys on you when that third schooner is calling at half time.

Address: 10 High St, Toowong QLD 4066
Phone: (07) 3371 2555
Hours: 
Mon – Sun 1o – 4am

The Royal Exchange

The Ship Inn

9. The Ship Inn

Another old-school pub in Brisbane, The Ship Inn is a mainstay for locals. The relaxed gastropub specialises in local lamb, with a solid dining room and a laid-back beer garden for those wanting to get sauced in the sun. Framed in the setting of an old Queenslander-style house, Th Ship Inn is about as Brisbane as it gets.

Located in: Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, South Bank Campus
Address: Sidon St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:30am – 10:30pm, Sun: 12pm – 3pm
Phone: (07) 3844 8000

The Ship Inn

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Alliance Hotel

10. The Alliance Hotel

The Alliance is an institution, established in 1864 but the family that (reportedly) still runs it now. They want to bring you into the fold of the family and do so in a delightful manner. Everything from the warm, kitschy, lighting, to the exposed brick walls, to the excellent service remind you that a Public House is just that. A house for when you want to feel at home.

Address: 320 Boundary St, Spring Hill QLD 4000
Phone:  (07) 3839 0169
Hours: Tues – Fri 12 – 8:30pm

The Alliance Hotel

Best Pubs in Brisbane Tippler's Tap

11. Tippler’s Tap

Love a craft beer? Tired of hearing a neckbeard talk to you about ‘Mouthfeel’? Tippler’s Tap provides the goods without feeling the need to be pretentious about it. Rustic and welcoming, with rotating taps, you’re just as likely to find a friend as you are your next favourite DIPA.

Address: Shop 5, 182 Grey Street, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia 4101
Phone: (07) 3846 4200
Hours: Tues – Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri – Sat 11 – 12am, Sun 11am – 9pm

Tippler’s Tap

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Wickham Hotel

12. The Wickham Hotel

Home of Big Gay Day, a delightfully raunchy trivia night, and more weekly drag shows then you can shake your dick wick at. The Wickham prides itself on being proud of its patrons, and the good times it provides. No chance of finding style without substance here.

Address: 308 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: (07) 3051 7621
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11 – 1am, Fri – Sat 11am – 3am

The Wickham

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Breakfast Creek Hotel

13. The Breakfast Creek Hotel

The Breakfast Creek has the unique honour of offering a truly famous steak. Situated just close enough to the airport for a mad dash and back on a layover, the BSC holds it’s heritage status close to its heart. When eating her puts you in the same ranks as Russell Crowe, Powderfinger and… Mikhael Gorbachev, what’s holding you back?

Address: 2 Kingsford Smith Dr, Albion QLD 4010
Phone: (07) 3262 5988
Hours: Mon – Sun 10 – 3am

The Breakfast Creek Hotel

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Norman

14. The Norman

Hoisting its meat flag high, The Norman is Brisbane’s self-proclaimed worst vegetarian restaurant. With 16 cuts of steak on offer and the venue centred around a huge open grill, this claim has some legs to it. Carnivores; be sure to catch their 1kg steak challenge next time it rolls around.

Address: 102 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Phone: (07) 3391 5022
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 11pm

The Norman

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Caxton Hotel

15. The Caxton Hotel

The Caxton provides great food and space for excellent times. Particularly eye-catching were the mouthwatering Kilpatricks. Any place that nails its seafood offerings is doing something right. The Caxton backs this up with The Cauldron, a party space bubbling with possibility. Dip in for the seafood, stay for the ocean of potential that a night here offers.

Address: 38 Caxton St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone:  (07) 3369 5544
Hours: Sun – Thurs 10 – 2am, Fri – Sat 10 – 3am

The Caxton

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Waterloo Hotel

16. The Waterloo Hotel

Waterloo, couldn’t escape if you wanted to. Incredibly fitting for this lovely at deco spot with seats you’ll sink into. Pop yourself in for ‘just an after-work schooner’ and see where that goes. The Waterloo withstood the test of time in the Valley’s urban progression, it’ll withstand your attempts to reject its persuasion to stay.

Address: Ann St &, Commercial Rd, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone: (07) 3051 7623
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 – 4am, Sun 10 – 2:30am

The Waterloo

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Pineapple Hotel

17. The Pineapple Hotel

The Pineapple is a classic establishment. Everything from the lawn bowls to the glasshouse beer garden is dialled in to provide you with the best Brisbane can offer. Sunshine, laughter, food + drink. It has it all.

Address: 706 Main St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169
Phone:  (07) 3393 1111
Hours: Mon – Sun 10 – 1am

The Pineapple Hotel

Best Pubs in Brisbane The Morrison Hotel

18. The Morrison Hotel

The Morrison rose from the ashes of a prior establishment in the same space. In its almost 100-year reign it’s jumped the hoops that time throws with ease. Now it’s an excellent steakhouse and whisky bar. 22 beers on tap, 50 wines and 300+ whiskies, you’re bound to find what you’re after.

Address: 640 Stanley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Phone:  (07) 3391 1413
Hours: Sun – Thurs 10am – 10pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 11pm

The Morrison Hotel

Best Pubs in Brisbane Pig & Whistle

19. Pig & Whistle

One of the youngest pubs on this list, and one of Brisbane’s only pubs established in the 2000’s. The Pig & Whistle is an excellent CBD riverside option. Playing to the expat crowd as well as Brisbane home growns, they’ll slap English and Scottish Premier League, UEFA, World Cup and Local A-League games onto their big screen. For the adventurous, they’ll also hunt down Gaelic Football games and the 6 nations. Good sport, great bevs.

Address: Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone: 3832 9099
Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 – 12am, Fri – Sat 10 – 3am, Sun 10am – 10pm

Pig & Whistle

Best Pubs in Brisbane Dalgety Public House

20. Dalgety Public House

Stepping firmly into their own sense of self-control the Dalgety was reopened in July 2020. A move with balls it’s hard not to respect. Fans of the old will be satiated as the pub has kept much of the old gastropub sensibilities. New taps have been added, screens have been installed, and they’ve hunted local musical talent to bring to their stage. Just like the old, but better.

Address: 6a/110 Macquarie St, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Phone:  (07) 3252 0840
Hours: Mon – Thurs 12pm – 12am, Fri – Sun 11 – 12am

Dalgety Public House

The Boundary

21. The Boundary Hotel

Multiple rooms, live music, a beer garden that is the envy of every pub in Brisbane, The Boundary Hotel has got it all. If you’re looking to get your hands around an ice-cold beer, this is the place to do it, with the pub’s massive assortment of beverages on tap.

Address: 137 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 7am – 12am, Sat – Sun: 10am – 2am
Phone: (07) 3844 6504

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General FAQs

Where's Brisbane's best pub feed?

The Pub that's closest to you. There's gastropubs galore in Brisbane. Have a look at our list to suss where's the right fit.

Are there any pubs in Brisbane's CBD?

Yes. Of course there are pubs in Brisbane's CBD! There's a selection of gorgeous spots by the river, as well as lining the paths out of the CBD to home, or your next party.

What's Brisbane's best beer garden?

The beer garden that you find your friends in. Brisbane has beer gardens all over the shop, to claim best would be indecent. The one you have the greatest of times in will always be best.