Drink it in at Brisbane’s best riverfront bars | Gourmand and Gourmet

Drink it in at Brisbane’s best riverfront bars

Today we’re talking booze and views.

There really isn’t anything better than knocking a few back by the beautiful brown snake. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new spot for a Sunday sesh or work drinks on a Friday arvo, why not head riverside? 

Bar Alto | New Farm

Sitting out on Bar Alto’s deck and soaking Brissy up with an Aperol spritz in hand is pure bliss. With beers on tap, great cocktail offerings and a menu of stunning modern Italian eats, Bar Alto is simply the place to be. 

And just quietly, the wine list is just as magnificent as the view…

Riverbar and KItchen | CBD

Sunset drinks on a Friday at Riverbar is a rite of passage for every Brisbanite. 

A menu of snacks, pizzas, salads and bigger bites will fuel you for a long day or night of sipping–bonus points if you and your crew score a picnic table and work through all the cocktail jugs on offer! 

Felons Brewing Co. | CBD

It’s criminal how good this place is.

In the grand scheme of things, Felons has only been around for a short while, but has well and truly established itself as a Brisbane icon. Come for beers and pizza and stay for the epic vibes, pristine view, and a few more beers. 

Byblos | Hamilton

When you’re done dreaming about a holiday in the Mediterranean, pop down to Portside and unwind at the gorgeous Byblos bar. 

There’s spirits, beers, and wines galore, and a cocktail menu with specialty drinks you’ll be dying to try, like the Spicy Boi Paloma (Herradura Plata tequila, vanilla, fresh chilli, lime, pink grapefruit juice, and soda) and the Passion of Portside (Zubrowka bison grass vodka, peach liqueur, passionfruit and apple juice). 

Rico | CBD

Did someone say sangria? Red, white and rose–she’s beautiful in every colour. 

Rico is Eagle Street Pier’s resident Spanish eatery dishing up fresh flavours, cold bevvies, and primo views. If sangria isn’t your thing (we’ll forgive you just this once), be sure to grab a Caipirinha!

Wet Deck | CBD

Look. Everywhere on this list is Insta-worthy. But W Hotel’s Wet Deck? Next level. 

A curated cocktail list, electric views right across to South Bank and out to Mt Cootha, and one of the coolest fit-outs in Brisbane is what the Wet Deck is all about, and we’re snapping it up. 

Mary Mae’s | New Farm

All-day dining and drinking on the sun-drenched terrace is exactly what you’re in for at Mary Mae’s. Relaxed yet elegant, this cutie sits under the iconic Powerhouse, with unobstructed views of the river. 

Mary Mae’s signature drink? Bloody Marys, of course! There’s three of them on offer, including a very special bacon-flavoured option. Do you dare? 

Mr Percival’s | CBD

We live for a sesh at Percy’s. 

You can’t get any closer to the water–Mr Percival’s is perched on it! Cocktails, seafood, and snacks is the name of the game, and we’d happily spend all day at this trendy spot. 

Brisbane… You beauty. 


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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- The gourmand who is all in for that bacon Bloody Mary.