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Brisbane's Best Bars And Where To Find Them

In Brisbane and looking for a great hang-out? Your whiskey might be sour but your night surely won’t be after reading the guide below. Be a hero to your friends and show them Brisbane’s bar scene at its best!

1. Lefty's Old Time Music Hall

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So you’ve had a fantastic time at the Rooftop Bar, but it’s getting late and you’re ready to experience everything else Brisbane has to offer! No worries, we’ve got you covered! Head over to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, where honky-tonk saloon meets From Dusk till Dawn’s Titty Twister. What looks from the outset like a Western movie bordello from 19th century deep south America, is actually one of the best places in town to enjoy live music and freshly pressed apple juice and rum - or whiskey. Your choice!

2. Brooklyn Standard

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 Live music always provides great entertainment, and no one knows and does it better than Brooklyn Standard. Hidden at Eagle Lane, down a sneaky side street, you’ll find this little gem of an underground bar – iiif you are lucky! Immerse yourself in that famous NYC lifestyle, check out that Brooklyn Lager people around you rave about, and snack salty pretzels, while listening to great tunes produced right in front of you!

3. Down Under Bar & Grill Brisbane

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 As the night continues and classiness blurs in shabby shadows, it's time for you to migrate to the infamous Down Under Bar & Grill, where backpacker meets student and single meets ... whoever single wants to meet, we guess! This, for sure, is not a place you would visit for its look, but there's a party every night and you're invited!

4. Retro's Fortitude Valley

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By now, you’ve already had one of the best nights of your life, and you stand at a crossroads: will you quit while you’re ahead and head back to the hostel, or are you kicking on? Kicking on? We throught so! Take your night to the next level and head over to the nightlife heaven that is Fortitude Valley and check out Retro’s! Retro’s throws you back to those carefree good old days your parents have told you so much about.  The best thing about Retro’s is Retro’s, and the second best thing? Well, all the other clubs around! Congratulations, you arrived. Enjoy the rest of your night…and you’re welcome!

What we can't wait to re-open.. our Brisbane City YHA Rooftop Bar

As a wise backpacker once said: “Don’t stay far from the bar!”. Celebrate the start of a great night right at your doorstep and sip your drinks with a view! Brisbane City YHA Rooftop Bar is the newest addition to Brisbane’s bar scene with priceless views of the river and city skyline. Due to COVID restrictions, it remains closed at the moment, but trust us, it’s the best place in the city to watch the sun go down and to start a perfect night. Rumour has it, people sometimes drift away and don’t end up going out. We understand No need to find another bar, if you’re already having the perfect night! And it’s always good to know your bed is just a few floors down, when you book Brisbane City YHA!

    Brisbane City YHA
    Brisbane City YHA
    An award winning travellers' hostel, Brisbane City YHA is close to Suncorp Stadium, Roma St Transit Centre, South Bank, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Museum. Oh, and did we mention that we have a pool overlooking the Brisbane River?
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