Sip On This: Brisbane’s Best Cocktail Itinerary

Have you ever just wanted to spend an entire day drinking cocktails? Actually, what a silly question. Of course you have! Well, now you can make that dream reality. Read on for the best day ever.

Breakfast/Brunch

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Image credit: Harvey’s Bar Facebook

Harveys Bar & Bistro

Fortitude Valley

You’ll often hear that eggs are the perfect way to start any day, and we certainly won’t argue with that. Especially when they come in the form of Harveys’ Amaretto Sour, with Luxardo amaretto, citrus, sugary syrup and egg whites. It’s just the thing to kick off this little cocktail extravaganza of ours, and Harveys itself is a beautifully modern and inviting place to spend the late morning.

“Totally loved the breakfast here with a friend. Loved the wild mushroom and lentils on toast with haloumi… was very different to the usual offerings, would highly recommend it. Great serving staff. Managed to snag a park out front too, which can be tricky.” –  Amanda Cassar

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Lunch

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Image credit: Public Facebook

Public

Brisbane

From the big blue bar seats to the rippling black walls to the cracking cityscape views, Public is one of the coolest cocktail joints ever to grace the Brisbane CBD. Which, quite naturally, makes it an excellent spot to migrate to for a little lunchtime libation and a bite to eat (salt ‘n’ vinegar fries, anyone?). The beverage of choice here is most definitely the Pacific Storm, made of Bacardi 8, lime, ginger, lavender and smooth, nut-brown ale.

“Had a good meal and drinks here with a friend travelling to Brisbane and didn’t disappoint. Good food and service and a great atmosphere inside.” – PCBrisbane

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Afternoon

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Image credit: Gerards Bar Facebook

Gerard’s Bar

Fortitude Valley

Brought to you by the genius minds behind Gerard’s Bistro (go figure), Gerard’s Bar is a hip, comfy spot known for tasty tapas and masterful mixology. In regards to the latter, we’d highly recommend the Rhine Daiquiri to keep your buzz afloat. That’s Gerard’s fortified strawberry riesling with lime, vanilla and lavender. Lovely stuff, and perfect for whiling away the afternoon in the leafy outdoor seating area.

“Omg the cheeseburger!!! Get yourself a cocktail jug and a burger and stare in awe at the fairy light tree. Absolutely killer venue with a beautiful fit out and exceptional service. Worth the cash!” – Dayemm

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Dinner

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Image credit: Libertine Facebook

Libertine Bar

Paddington

Time to line the old stomach! If you want the perfect fusion of dinner and cocktails, you can’t look past Libertine. It’s a striking venue with bold reds, baroque wallpaper and elegant wooden fixtures, and does a lovely watermelon margarita. It’s made with Olmeca tequila, watermelon liqueur, puree and lime juice, and cleanses the palate beautifully after devouring the angus beef and mash croquettes.

“Delectable dishes with the perfect fusion of Vietnamese and French inspired dishes! Wagyu dish is the star favourite when we go there and the happy hour cocktails are always a great way of spending the afternoon between 4-6pm. They have great lunch banquet specials too and affordable and good variety makes it a must go and must eat!” – Eataholic

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Late Night

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Image credit: Dutch Courage Officers Mess Facebook

Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess

Fortitude Valley

We shall now proceed to round things off the only way we know how: with a jolly old splash of Dutch Courage. This gorgeous, sweeping bar draws it visual cues from the decadence of the plantation era, and it’s two whole storeys of pure cocktail bliss. Settle in for a late-night libation in the form of a “Werther’s Original”, with Wyborowa vodka, salted caramel, passionfruit, Sailor Jerry and egg white.

“A solid little bar that really holds its own amongst the Valley’s offerings. Just outside the main strip, Dutch Courage has managed to secure a quiet little spot, set away from the drunken crowds at the clubs. The bar does some really ingenius cocktails (some of which are served from teapots) the food is delicious and the space is open and spacious. Highly recommended.” – PeeCeeLark

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