We’re the first to admit that some days, work leaves you lusting after a hard-earned beverage. And yes, we also have our regulars that we frequent to quench our thirst, but why not shake things up a little and suss out some other local gems?
Whatever you and your colleagues are looking for in a post-work drinks session, we’ve found a few new spots where the drinks list will keep everyone from the boss to the intern happy. Check out these winners we uncovered around Brisbane.
676 Ann St
A Fortitude Valley native, The Bowery has a sort of old school charm to it that makes it a big hit with Brisbane locals, looking to blow off steam once the work day is done. Taking its name from the New York street where dimly lit dive bars are a dime a dozen, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Big Apple as soon as you step inside.
If you and your colleagues are cocktail fans, this will be your go-to, as the folk at The Bowery take their drinks very seriously, plus it’s the perfect place to listen to live jazz bands and mash-up DJs.
1-5 Ashgrove Ave
Wedged in between a fish and chip shop and a Chinese takeaway, Junk Bar is one of Brisbane’s original ‘hole in the wall’ suburban bars, and a great place to kick back for some after-work drinks. The Junk Bar is big on live music, and serves some cracking 70s inspired cocktails in its cosy lounge setting.
And if you’re feeling peckish, their food menu runs til midnight, with everything from homemade dips, cheese platters, dessert bagels, and a selection of Thai and Chinese options, courtesy of their neighbours.
142 Constance St
It wouldn’t be an after-work drinks list if there weren’t mention of a rooftop bar, where you can soak in the sunset and grab a cold beer with colleagues. And Limes Hotel is the perfect spot.
Sitting atop a funky boutique hotel, this bar packs a vibrant punch, with its cocktail jugs, frosé, popcorn chicken and baked Camembert treats! And if that’s not enough, depending on the night, the bar turns into a rooftop cinema, showing all your favourite flicks.
16B Logan Rd
For after-work drinks with a small bar twist, Canvas is your place! They’ve got a cosy rustic atmosphere, walls decked out with local art, and some of the friendliest staff you’re likely to meet.
Canvas also has a reputation for being the ideal post-work venue, with its long list of cocktails, boutique wine and craft beer, inviting booths and no fuss charcuterie and mezze boards. There’s something for everyone!
32 Burnett Lane
More restaurant than bar, this place is great if you and your colleagues feel like something more substantial than just bar food. The hip restaurant is tucked away down a little laneway, but don’t let the dimly lit street deter you.
Inside The Survey Co. – named after British surveyor and explorer James Charles Burnett – you’ll find an array of incredible food combos, but you can’t go past their to-die-for pork belly. They’ve also got a decent list of wines, beers, digestifs and cocktails, so you definitely won’t be thirsty!