Brisbane might not see the mercury drop the way some other places do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get into the winter spirit. If that means drinking glass after glass of cider and mulled wine, then who are we to complain?
Let’s kick things off with a hearty dose of German hospitality. Zum Kaiser is a merry hall of Bavarian flavour, with steins, sauerkraut and lederhosen as far as the eye can see. In the wintertime, they make a huge batch of “gluhwein”, which is a rich and fragrant German mulled wine, and it’s completely delicious. Protip: it goes incredibly well with a large plate of crispy pork knuckles.
“German Schweinshaxe – Crispy, tender pork knuckle served with Sauerkraut, fried potatoes and beer gravy. Accompanied by a German stein, it’s perfect!” – Enticemebrisbane
Super Whatnot is two whole levels of craft ale, killer cocktails and swanky modern vibes, and it’s an awesome place to kick back and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Brisbane CBD. The interior is a kind of industrial, bare-brick elegance (with a healthy sprinkle of decorative skulls), and you should definitely sample a glass or two of Dr Pilkingtons Miracle Cider.
“Really great place for drinks in the city. I’ve always felt the CBD was a bit lacking for cool bars, but Super Whatnot is a great option if you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy some really good cocktails. Best of all, you can perch upstairs and while the night away watching the bartenders do their thing down at the bar.” – Pee Cee Lark
With comfy seats, top-notch service, and an ever-changing line-up of tasty beers on tap, Escobar is the kind of joint you could quite happily hang around in forever. The food is amazing, with a great mix of balanced nutrition and pure, indulgent bliss (give the Haloumi Cigars a go – trust us). Grab a Kopparberg Elderflower & Lime Cider, or check out the mulled wine they serve seasonally.
“Enjoyed a lovely private function at Escobar. The food started with two dips and tortillas with champagne on arrival and was followed by gnocchi & mushrooms and crispy chicken bites for an entree. Mains were beef cheeks with chickpea salad and lamb. Food allergies and intolerances in the group were easily catered for. Friendly staff, great food and lovely service. Highly recommended.” – Amanda Cassar
From the cute picket fence to the rich and varied menu, Kettle and Tin is a thoroughly lovely cafe to wind up in at any time of the day. It’s open from 7am to 11pm six days a week, so there’s plenty of time to swing by for a warming mug of mulled wine. They make it with triple sec, brandy, chai spice, cloves and orange juice, and it’s not to be missed.
“Gorgeous little cafe to sip a cup of tea in and enjoy a light snack. Loved the atmosphere!” – localvibe
Newstead Brewing is a wonderful place. They whip up some of the finest beers and ciders in Queensland, and there’s no better place to enjoy them that right at the source. Order up a fresh, wood-fired pizza, and wash it down with a large glass of dry Johnno Cider. This stuff strikes the perfect balance between sweet and bitter, and it’s gorgeously refreshing.
“Fantastic atmosphere, charming staff and a great location! Great for any occasion.” – AlouiseD