An indisputable stop on your Australian adventure, Brisbane is one of the most chilled cities in the country. Whether it’s a flying visit, or you’ve set up a home here for the next few months, a night out in Brisbane will not disappoint. Here is a little overview of the best Brisbane nightlife secrets for a great night out – from dining to the dance floor.
To be honest, Australia doesn’t really have a signature dish – instead, you will find flavours from all over the world here.
Regardless of where you’re dining out in Australia, all the districts are alike, you’ll find pavilions and the main street with all the necessary shops and restaurants. Here is a quick overview of the best places to go out in Brisbane to eat.
The Central Business District is the heart of the city and where you’ll find the main shopping centres and offices. Due to the influx of city workers, there are many food courts in the city. The Food courts are essentially a full floor in a shopping center where there is a multitude of restaurants such as fast food, sandwich shops, salads, Asian and Mexican options. In particular, if in the CBD try the Myer Center or 400 Food.
South Bank is a relaxed district of Brisbane with the famous lagoon. Just behind this little corner of paradise is a large shopping street with various restaurants – most with an open terrace. It is an excellent area for an outing with friends, colleagues or family.
Not to mention, for a memorable (and budget-friendly) evening, there are many barbecues available for free along the river.
West End – New Farm
A little further from CBD, the West End and New Farm areas are other trendy areas of the city with many restaurants at reasonable prices.
Here are the most popular restaurant chains that you will likely find in each neighbourhood:
- Grill’d: Home of the burger in Australia.
- Guzman y Gomez :Looking for a Mexican meal? this is the address you need!
- Zeus Street Greek: A must try, especially the famous Pita in particular.
- Nando’s: A little more refined than fast food and a firm favourite with all ages (and budgets!)
- Vapiano: The home of Italian specialties.
If you are looking for somewhere unique in Brisbane, there are 2 typically French restaurants – Le Lutèce and C’est Bon . You will find all the flavors you need for a memorable meal – terrine, snails, quality meat and bouillabaisse (for the more adventurous). Above all, you will find good cheeses if you fancy a treat.
Whether in the CBD or around town, you will not struggle to find bars in Brisbane. You will soon learn Australians are very fond of a beer or two. Here are some chill addresses to enjoy a beer and authentic Brisbane nightlife:
- Sixteen Antlers Rooftop bar: Level 16 Pullman & Mercure Hotel Cnr Ann &, Roma St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Located in the heart of the CBD, this bar is perfect for a cozy moment on a beautiful rooftop. Named after its unique roof which looks like antlers, this bar serves cocktails, beer and delicious food.
- Southbank Beer Garden: 30ba Stanley St Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
The perfect place to escape the chaos of city life. Open weekdays until 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. on weekends, this bar offers grand decor and great drinks to match. It is located just above the lagoon beach with a breathtaking view of the Brisbane River and the buildings of the CBD.
- Jimmy’s On the Mall: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
We did promise secrets, and it’s likely you’d actually pass by this two-storey bar, located on the pedestrian streets in the heart of the CBD. Expect a musical atmosphere with musicians in the early evening with food served also. Prices are not the lowest in Brisbane but they are still affordable on a backpacking budget. This is a hot tip to enjoy the nightlife in Brisbane.
Regarding nightclubs, there will be something for everyone however, one neighbourhood to remember is Fortitude Valley. It is THE trendy neighbourhood to enjoy the nightlife in Brisbane with all the trendy bars and nightclubs of the city. Here are the best places to spend memorable evenings:
- Prohibition: 206 Wicham Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
Prohibition is one of the biggest clubs in the city where Hip Hop / RnB reigns on the dance floor. Very popular with young foreigners but also Australian locals so arrive early to avoid the queues at weekends. Once inside, a huge room awaits you with the bar in the middle and the dancefloor just behind, not forgetting a large outdoor terrace for smokers. Entrance is free during the week but you have to pay $10 on weekends (although it’s definitely worth it!)
- GPO: 740 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
The GPO is just as much fun and although the club is a little smaller than Prohibition it has the advantage of “2 rooms with atmospheres.” The largest room, with the bar, focuses on pop hits guaranteed to get you moving. The second room, on the other side of the stairs, will surround you with electro. Or enjoy a short break on the terrace / balcony, located between the 2 rooms. The prices are the same as at Prohibition.
- Famous : 299 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
Located in the main pedestrian street of the district, with everything you need to satisfy a great night out. The Famous is a bar come nightclub renowned for its Latina music. If you like to dance , this is the perfect place. It’s also fun to watch other people dance to this kind of music.
- The met: McWhirter’s Farmers Market, T28 Wickham St &, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
For lovers of electro music, there is only one address to know – The MET. It is a large dance hall with 2 balconies on each side of the 1st floor to enjoy the music. The atmosphere is amazing here, but unfortunately, on Friday and Saturdays it is very crowded and they do not accept everyone so arrive early if you’re ready to dance the night away.
- The Down Under Bar : 308 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
If you are a backpacker, this bar/nightclub is a must during your visit to Brisbane. You will not find many Australians but instead mainly foreigners like you from all over the world ready to party. Just below is the Nomads hostel. Entrance is free all week and you can go there from Tuesday to Saturday and be guaranteed fun people ready to party! Expect a mix of genres from Pop to RnB, electro to 80s – there will be something for everyone, which promises an epic atmosphere! Also, note that Wednesday is evening wet t-shirts (men and women) if you want a night to remember (or one you’d rather forget!). Have a go and enjoy the Brisbane nightlife there.
A cool eating out idea?
Our final location in Brisbane, is the Eat Street Market (Eat Street Northshore) open every weekend from Friday to Sunday evening. To get there, you can take the bus but also a special ferry that will allow you to get there in 1 hour. Entrance to the market costs $3.
It is a huge open-air market with stalls from all over the world offering budget food that’s truly delicious. In the evening, there are several open-air stages accessible to everyone to enjoy the music and dance in a relaxed atmosphere.
Now you have our tips, you’re ready to dip into the nightlife of Brisbane!