Uncovering Brisbane’s Hidden Bars
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Gettin’ swiggy with it.
As a kid, breakfast juice taught us that mixing flavours together wasn’t limited to food. As adults, cocktails taught us that we were right… but that mixing booze is much more fun.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cocktail bars (and their highlights) from across Brisbane to make your life a little easier when you’re faced with a plethora of mixes and mashups.
Drink in your Maker. Fish Lane’s hole-in-the-wall cocktail house has an ever-changing menu you’ll want to lap up, with one of our past favourite concoctions being watermelon, wasabi and dill whiskey. That being said, you can always grab a consistently slick Sazerac if you can’t stray from the classics (we don’t blame you, change is terrifying).
The Sherbet Temple will have you dancing in your seat. One of our personal Bowery favourites, this cocktail packs a punch thanks to a mix of gin, maraschino liqueur, dry Curacao, orgeat, grapefruit, mango and passionfruit sherbet. Gee fizz.
If you’re a fan of drinkable breakfasts, you might want to swap the Up ’n’ Go for this Scandinavian bad boy. Mr and Mrs G’s Nordic Breakfast cocktail will wake you up with a hit of Finlandia grapefruit vodka, Fair. Kumquat liqueur, Campari, fresh mandarin, lemon, thyme, and bitters. Good morning and goodnight.
Honestly, it’s hard to narrow it down to one. With Canvas knee-slappers such as The Bogan on Logan and Espresso Patronum, it’s all good my dude. If we HAD to drop just one name (which is kind of what we’re going for here) we’ll go the Saturday Disney, which evokes childhood memories with a glass of Maker’s Mark, Coco Pops, milk punch and Angostura bitters.
One good looking woman that won’t reject you at the bar is Mrs G – Hello Gorgeous’s signature sip. Curl up with a cocktail full of Belvedere vodka, lemon, blue Curacao, blueberry shrub and cranberry, realising that this might just be the love of your life.
If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the Valley, make tracks for Savile Row. Savile’s signature piña colada is everything you know and love, done better than ever, from the first drop of coconut cream to the literal cherry on top of a 10/10 sip. Where are our Hawaiian shirts?
Head to the top of Emporium for the peak of all cocktail adventures. The Terrace’s signature spritz is a little bit fancy, and a lot of Nusa Cana tropical island rum, passionfruit liqueur, fresh lime, topped with nitro charged coconut foam and sweet candied mango. Living large on a Homebrand budget is fine. Totally fine.
Boom, boom, boom, boom! You’ll want to spend the night in this room where sustainability and creativity take the crown of king and queen. You’ll get a real kick out of their Frank Sinatra inspired I get a kick out of you sultry number, created with raisin bread Barcadi Ocho, Rittenhouse rye, five berry syrup and bitters. With blues and jazz musical legends lining the menu, it’s no wonder the bar staff also exude legendary status: everything behind the bar is either reused or recycled, to the point of turning unused flat champagne into syrup to use in other drinks! All the more reason to go back for seconds…and then thirds.
Turning looks, stunting pretty, she’s the sip from Brisbane city. Sip on the femme fatale of cocktails with Little Red, made with Brookies Sloe Gin, fresh lemon sugar, rooibos Tea & watermelon. No wolves in sheep’s clothing here—it’s just tens across the board for us.
Hidden behind a men’s fashion retailer, The Cloakroom Bar brings chic design elements to their sips. We’re all for the Flaming Citrus Twist, a zesty little number that’s set on fire before you get to tuck in (also reminiscent of a fancier Flamin’ Homer for all our Simpsons fans).
Bit better than breakfast juice aye?