Rian Howlett

21 Best Pubs in Brisbane You Need to Visit | Man of Many

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?

1. The Fox Hotel

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.

2. The Port Office

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 schooner or jug of ale. 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.

3. The Plough Inn

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.

4. The Lord Alfred Hotel

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.

5. The Prince Consort

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.

6. Regatta Hotel

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.

7. Hope and Anchor

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.

8. The Royal Exchange Hotel

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.

9. The Ship Inn

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.

10. The Alliance Hotel

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.

11. Tippler’s Tap

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.

12. The Wickham 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?

13. The Breakfast Creek Hotel

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.

14. The Norman

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.

15. The Caxton 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.

16. The Waterloo 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.

17. The Pineapple 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.

18. The Morrison Hotel

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.

19. Pig & Whistle

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.

20. Dalgety Public House

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.

21. The Boundary Hotel

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