Do as the Bartenders do in Brisbane | G&G

Do as the Bartenders do in Brisbane

It’s no secret that we at the G&G have been known to frequent a bar or two, but we’ve never actually claimed to be professionals.

 Luckily, with a little help from our bartending friends, we’ve discovered the ins and outs of the Brisbane bar scene. Have we experienced more hangovers than Regatta dinners? Yes. Are we grateful? Absolutely. But where do bartenders drink when they’re not slinging beers for us? Wonder no more friends, we’ve got the scoop.

Maker | South Brisbane

Tucked away in South Brisbane’s Fish Lane (almost too conveniently close to our office) is the little bar that could – Maker. It might be small but it has a massive focus on cocktails and unique wines, we recommend stopping by after dinner at our other Fish Lane favourites, Hello Please and Julius.

The Gresham | CBD

With more than 200 types of whisky behind the heritage listed bar, and an award-winning team standing proudly in front, it’s no wonder that The Gresham is frequented by bartenders and barflies alike. They won’t let you leave thirsty either with an impressive menu of cocktails, beers, ciders, wines, rums and tequilas. Order a cocktail off the menu or ask them to shake something special up for you – you won’t be disappointed. Looking for something extra special? How about barception? ‘The Drawing Room’ is the exclusive old-world cocktail bar Brisbane has been waiting for. Get intrigued…

Cobbler | West End

West End’s favourite whisky haunt is no stranger to bartenders, or us, and with over 400 whiskies from around the world it’s no surprise. You don’t have to worry about drinking on an empty stomach either, the crew at Cobbler won’t blink an eye if you bring in a feast to accompany one of their signature cocktails.

Savile Row | Fortitude Valley

Cobbler’s little sister has the same sophisticated, chilled atmosphere – rare for a bar in the middle of the infamous Fortitude Valley. Step behind the orange door (there’s no sign, just 667) and find yourself transported far away from the usual chaos of the Valley. Order from their extensive cocktail menu or try some of the wide whisky range whilst you relax under giant chandeliers.

Seymour’s Cocktails and Oysters | Petrie Terrace

Next door to one of our other favourite haunts, Lefty’s Old Time Musical Hall, Seymour’s is an escape from the sport loving crowd of Caxton Street. It might be quieter than its rowdy neighbour – but the drinks are just as delicious. We can’t look past their Irish coffees, but their wine and cocktail list is as extensive as it is delicious. Order one of their massive charcuterie platters, some oysters and a gimlet and sit back, you’ll feel a million miles away from Suncorp Stadium.

So whether you’re a glassie, a world class bartender or just a booze enthusiast we’ve got the scoop.

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who is a professional booze hound