Getting down and loud in Brisbane | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Getting down and loud in Brisbane

If battling a thousand sweaty youths dancing to EDM or swaying awkwardly next a sixty-year old man who keeps insisting ‘if he was twenty years younger’ isn’t your idea of good Friday night we don’t blame you.

Given the choice, Netflix and the sweet embrace of your three-seater couch wins every time. We’ve heard your pleas for a music venue where you can actually lift your feet off the dancefloor (hello twenty years of spilled drinks) and the drinks list reaches somewhat higher than double blacks – welcome to the G&Gs guide to live music.

Greaser | Fortitude Valley

If the T-Birds were a bar, they would be Greaser. Weave your way through a back alley, past the commercial kitchen and into the dimly lit basement bar. The walls are covered in vintage photos, the spirits are flowing and the classic diner fare is some of Brisbane’s best. Get down and dirty with swing, rockabilly and blues bands before you retire to a booth. Cheeseburgers or chicken? It’s a (fried) pickle you’re going to want to find yourself in.

Black Bear Lodge | Fortitude Valley

Tucked away from the grime and chaos of the Valley mall (and stumbling distance from McDonalds – praise) is cocktail and live music venue Black Bear Lodge. The dimly lit, speakeasy style bar is perfect whether you want to lurk in the corner with an expertly made negroni, or sweat up a storm on the d-floor, VB in hand. With a rotating list of local and interstate bands, Black Bear Lodge is a guaranteed great night out.

Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall | Petrie Terrace

At Lefty’s they’ve got both kinds of music, country AND western…as well as healthy dose of blues and rock and roll. Famous for their colourful bar staff, whisky apples and an ability to have a damn good time – strap on your cowboy boots because you’re in for a big one! If whisky isn’t enough to sate your appetite, get stuck into their late-night menu with chilli fries, po’boys and cheeseburgers.

Brooklyn Standard | CBD

If it wasn’t for the neon ‘BAR’ sign out the front you’d be mistaken for completely missing one of our favourite hidden city venues. Descend the stairs and leave Brisbane behind, you’re in Brooklyn now baby! With live music from 7.30pm 6 days a week and some of the best hotdogs this side of the big apple – Brooklyn Standard is one venue we want to take a bite out of!

Doo Bop | CBD

With an appreciation for food as fine as the jazz they play – you can’t look past Doo Wop for a night that’ll transport you back to the Jazz age. Kick back upstairs at the piano bar with duck & cashew spring rolls, tempura fish bites and baby larb whilst you’re serenaded by the 1955 Steinway piano. Or settle in for the evening with confit chicken Maryland, and a bottle of wine in the basement jazz bar.

Crowbar | Fortitude Valley

Brisbane’s home of heavy, Crowbar showcases the best in local, national and international punk, hardcore and metal music.With two stages, a huge range of craft and tap beers, whisky and cocktails, you’re sure to have a banger of a night.

The Triffid | Newstead

Once a World War 2 air hanger, The Triffid is now home to one of Brisbane’s best live music venues. It has the capacity to fit 800 music fiends and STILL have enough room to throw your hands in the air like you just do not care. Need a breather from getting down? Check out the enormous beer garden, or try some of burgers and sides on offer at the Feedback Café. Just feeling snacky? Settle in with some Triffid Kaarage Chicken and a cheeky beer.

The Bearded Lady | West End

If triple j was a bar, it would be The Bearded Lady. With a focus on up and coming performers, The Bearded Lady is a tiny – but vibrant space. With artwork from local artists covering the walls and an extensive beer selection, it’s no wonder this place packs out quickly. The crowd is as varied as the bands that grace the stage and they encourage BYO food, so grab some and tuck in!

Woolly Mammoth | Fortitude Valley

With one of Queensland’s largest selections of craft beers, rustic eats, an epic beer garden and some of the best entertainment in Brisbane, you’d be making a mammoth mistake in not checking this Valley treasure. Woolly Mammoth has established itself as not only a great place to knock back a few frothy ones and dig into some saucy wings, but also as a place to catch some of the best local and international bands travelling through Brisbane. With two stages and enough charm to fill the Entertainment Centre, you’ll be blown back to the prehistoric era.

Milk Factory | West End

Whether you’re eating your way through their tempting snack menu, which includes fried tortilla chips with maple bacon and pork bits, or digging into a hefty main, such as slow braised cocoa and chilli beef ribs, you’ll be to busy eating to even stand up an applaud when the bands take the stage at The Milk Factory. This laidback venue is host to tonnes of talent, so check out their gig guide to see who you can catch this weekend.

Put on your dancing shoes and kiss your mama good night, you’ll be home late because tonight we’re jiving all over Brisbane! 

Words by Emma Callaghan