Brisbane's best beer gardens
We’re hurtling into summer (seriously, did spring call in sick?) and it’s sent us flocking outside to drink beers in the sunshine.
The humble beer garden has come a long way from the cigarette butt-covered area down the back of the pub – it’s now a bar destination within itself. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, so slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat because you’re officially outdoorsy.
BRISBANE BREWING CO. | WEST END
A laneway bar, a beer garden and they brew their own beer? All our hipster fantasies are coming true at Brisbane Brewing Co! Sit back and enjoy the haven with a brewer’s platter of slow cooked braised brisket, pulled pork shoulder, pickles, vintage cheddar, baguette and cornbread, and of course pair it with a house-brewed beer!
THE TRIFFID | NEWSTEAD
The Triffid may be best known as a music venue, but you don’t need tickets to enjoy their huge outdoor beer garden. With epic amounts of space for all your friends, and a rad feature wall highlighting Brissie’s best acts, it’s the perfect spot to meet up for burgers and pints any night of the week. Your only problem will be finding enough hands to handle a beer and their mammoth signature beef burger all at once.
Revel Brewing Co. | BULIMBA
Tucked away in a former industrial block at the end of Oxford Street lies Revel – a contemporary brewery serving up great wood-fired pizzas and even greater house-brewed beers! Their IPA took out the gold at the “Indies” Independent Brewers Association Awards, and we reckon their salsiccia pizza deserves some kind of award too. Open Wednesdays-Sundays, Revel is a classy suburban fave with plenty of good vibes to go around.
OSBOURNE HOTEL | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Occupying the old Fringe bar space is the brand new and super-impressive Osbourne Hotel. Its huge outdoor area feels like an urban oasis, lush with greenery, comfortable seating, a stunning vaulted glass ceiling and colourful street art. Add to that 92 beer taps and a banging cocktail list – we feel like we’re going to be spending a lot of our summer afternoons and evenings here (for research of course).
Ballistic Beer Co. | SALISBURY
This suburban fave has been a hit since it opened, and it’s not hard to see why! The brewery, with grassy green space outside, churns out some great beers, perfect for sprawling out and enjoying an afternoon. With live music, lawn games, and regular visits from food trucks, Ballistic is the must-visit beer garden that we wish was in our ‘burb.
THE WICKHAM | FORTITUDE VALLEY
We might be mourning the loss of $3 happy hours schooners, but The Wickham has gone and gotten itself a makeover, turning their outdoor area into a seriously good-looking spot for catch-up drinks. Fairy lights, shipping containers, hanging plants, board games – they’ve got it all, not to mention some great drinking food like grilled haloumi chips, Szechuan squid, and vegetarian loaded chips!
SHADY PALMS | STONES CORNER
The best thing about Shady Palms is turning your boozy brunch into boozy lunch… and dinner. You won’t want to leave the sun-kissed patio as you while away the afternoon with cocktail jugs, and boutique beers and ciders. Grab one of their aPORKalypse burgers and some dirty fries (beef brisket, bacon bits and cheese) or snack away on wings, fried squid and honey Sriracha chicken skewers.
XCargo | FORTITUDE VALLEY
This multi-level hotspot in the Valley has a hell of a lot more than beer, churning out great cocktails and wine, and a top-notch food offering from their series of shipping containers. Think salmon ceviche, pork belly bao, soft shell crab burgers, cauliflower nuggets, and great charcuterie and cheese boards to accompany your bevs. With a maze of spaces to park yourself, XCargo is the hanging beer garden of Babylon.
Warmer weather is officially upon us, so what are you waiting for? The beer gardens are calling your name.