Brisbane's Best Craft Beer Bars | Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s best craft beer bars

What makes a great craft beer bar? Great craft beer of course. While rooftop bars might need a stunning view, and dive bars aren’t dive bars without mismatched chairs and dim lighting, a craft beer bar just needs the right taps, good food and comfy seats are just a bonus.

Luckily, we live in a city that loves craft beer (or simple ‘beer’ if you’re a real afficianado) so much we have plenty to choose from, and good food and comfy seats are more than a bonus, they’re a necessity.

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe | South Brisbane

Sure it has a long and really hard to pronounce name (especially after 2 or 3 of their brews), but if you do as the locals do and just call it SBC, you’ll still be chanting it after you’ve worked through half of their 10 ever changing beer taps.

The Scratch | Milton

Milton locals itching for a brew no longer have to head to the CBD for answers – The Scratch is just around the corner with a line up of brews so obscure you’ll want to take advantage of the free tasters. Just be sure to BYO takeaway food.

The Stables | Ascot

Not only does The Stables pour an ever-changing line up of brews from the likes of Wolf of the Willows and Feral Brewing, but they dish up breakfast the next day to cure your hangover – talk about a great all rounder.

Bloodhound Bar | Fortitude Valley

Sure plenty of craft beer bars have comfy retro couches – but do they have balconies overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, scrumptious beer braised beef cheek tacos to pair with a cold one and regular tap takeovers from Aussie brewers? We think not. Brewski | Petrie Terrace Shakespeare’s probably feeling pretty silly about asking ‘what’s in a name?’ now! There’s no mystery surrounding what Brewski does best, so take a tall glass of whatever-the-heck you like from their 200+ long list of crafty ales, stouts and IPAs. It’s all good for what ales you!

Archive Beer Boutique | West End

You’ll want to add this one to the archives! There’s nothing stale about Archive’s approach to pub fare. With 23 independent beers on their tap and cask list (and more bottled numbers on top!), we’d be very, very surprised if you managed to work your way through the list this month. Or maybe concerned.

Mr Edward’s Alehouse & Kitchen | Brisbane

Been meaning to read a good book lately? Mr Edward’s has your back, with a three-page menu of beers (including some seriously crafty dessert beers) to pore over. And let’s not even go into the slow cooked meats that your frosty pale ale’s new BFF. Think they’d let us live there if we pay rent?

Tippler’s Tap | South Brisbane

13 taps and a fridge full of bottled brews? You’re bound to find your perfect match at Tippler’s Tap – even if your perfect match is something new each and every week. Sample your way through a hoppy selection of boutique Australian beers, and then soak them up with overload of wings, fries and onion rings.

Cribb Street Social | Milton

From Saisons and sours to stouts, Cribb Street Social has a list that reads like a beer bible. With ten rotating craft beers on tap and an extensive bottled selection, Cribb Street Social is all its hopped up to be.

Which Craft Beer | Albany Creek

With 30 craft beers on taps, as well as a list of local and imported beers and ciders, Which Craft Beer is the jewel of the north. Sip on a 3 Ravens Juicy IPA or a Slipstream Brewing Company Daytona Wheat and snack on locally made Bigwig Jerky Co. Want to drink straight from the source?

Check out our guide to the best breweries in Brisbane.

Don’t worry, beer hoppy! 

Words by Samantha Chariton