Best Bars for People Watching | G&G | Gourmand and Gourmet

Best Bars for People Watching

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Beer/Craft
  • Cocktails
  • Day drinking
  • Wine

People watching is one of life’s little pleasures. Whether it’s having a sneaky eavesdrop on the bus (don’t judge – we all do it) or just trying to figure out who is on their first tinder date at a bar, it’s a legitimate hobby. We’ve rounded up the best places to spend an evening taking in the sites with a cheeky bev.

MAKER | SOUTH BRISBANE

What it lacks in size it makes up with in character, flavour and sasssss. Perch on one of the stools, order a glass of Grenache or a martini, chow down on a gourmet toastie and watch the people of Fish Lane make their way to dinner.

BETTY’S ESPRESSO & BAR | WEST END

You can never be sure who you’ll meet at Betty’s, but you can be assured that they’ll be interesting. Located on eclectic Browning Street, the Fempire boasts a tattoo studio and hairdresser as well as the popular bar. Grab an ice-cold tinnie or a rosé and perch up on the bench – we guarantee you’ve never been anywhere like it.

NETHERWORLD | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Attracting a crowd as diverse and odd as the Valley itself, Netherworld is an oasis for everyone. From suits sipping on G&Ts to arcade game and board game enthusiasts fighting for high scores – this super cool Valley watering hole attracts all kinds. Order some loaded fries, a pint from one of their rotating taps and let the games begin.

CATCHMENT BREWING CO | WEST END

Boundary Street is one of the prime people watching locations of Brisbane, so it’s no wonder that one of our faves features a bird’s eye view of the busy West End street. Take a seat on the balcony, New World Bright Ale in hand and watch the good people go about their day.

THE END | WEST END

A former trash video store, music venue and occasional cinema – The End is as quirky as the suburb itself. With craft beers, artisanal cocktails, expert bartenders and some of Brisbane’s edgiest bands and DJs gracing the tiny makeshift stage, The End is perfect for people watching.

JIMMY’S ON THE MALL | CBD

The OG king of the mall, Jimmy’s has been around since 1982, but he doesn’t look a day over 21. Take a seat upstairs at the main deck and enjoy slow cooked lamb burgers, fresh Viet mint salads and pizzas over beers whilst looking down on the plebs of the city. Scuttle ants, scuttle. Just don’t make it weird kids. 

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who doesn’t actually have working headphones.