Our favourite new restaurants of 2020
I.e. the only positives of a dud year.
If there’s even been a year to need a drink, 2020 was it.
Luckily, in the face of plenty of obstacles this year, a host of new wine bars, cocktail dens and breweries emerged—here are our favourite Brisbane bars of 2020!
A recent newcomer to the scene, Cielo (and downstairs sibling La Costa) comes with a beverage menu by Australia’s best (and the world’s eleventh best) bar, Maybe Sammy. Stop by for sweeping views, a cocktail list to tempt and transport, and light Italian-inspired snacks.
Sometimes heralded as the leader’s of the craft beer movement of the 21st century, Scottish beer barons BrewDog popped up in Murarrie, brewing their core range and some small-batch brews featuring local ingredients, plus a menu loaded with beer’s best friends.
One of Brisbane’s most unique bar spaces, this little sister to immensely popular Southside Restaurant is a true urban oasis. Swing by after midday to enjoy a tidy list of cocktails, wines and beers, and enjoy the stunning leafy surroundings.
Adding to Brisbane’s overwater bar scene, Will & Flow is a glamorous extension of Treasury Brisbane. Offering up a seafood-heavy menu on the food front, it’s a perfect spot to kick back, enjoy some water views, and make your way through the cocktail menu.
As if Howard Smith Wharves’ Felons Brewing Co wasn’t already big enough, they turned the neighbouring functions space into a pumping barrel hall inspired by a classic German beer hall (so, basically, it’s Oktoberfest vibes all year round)! Park yourself at a table for brews, wines, spritzes, and perfect Queensland bites.
Another suburban gem to emerge this year, Honour Ave is the passion project of owner and chef Chris Siktars. Siktars’ personal wine picks from old world classics to funky local drops are on offer to enjoy on-site with cheese and charcuterie, or take home.
Bowery is dead, long live Suzie Wong’s! Suzie’s is a smashing place to spend an evening with a few tropically-influenced bevs in hand, with live music five nights a week!
A sibling for Julius Pizzeria, Brutus is another stunning addition to the Fish Lane precinct. A brief menu of spritzes, cocktails, wines and beers is on offer alongside small spuntini to whet your appetite for what’s to come at your next stop along the lane.
This mammoth reno of The Elephant is a true drab to fab story! The Prince is a fresh, fun and flippin’ tasty collective of a classic pub, La La Land bar/disco, 400 Rabbits taco/tequila bar and long-standing dive bar Greaser.
It might be a pop-up, but we’re hoping this sweet CBD nook stays around as long as she can! Swing by for wine flights, wine and cheese pairings and special group experiences, or just to sample a drop of something new.
Everyone needs a local, and this new bar certainly hits the spot! Pull up a seat on the patio and enjoy a selection of beers, wines and cocktails, and look to the casual menu when it comes time to nibble!
From the Gold Coast to Sherwood, Lost Palms brought their signature pastel goodness to Brissie with 11 taps of rotating beers and the slim but delicious menu for which the OG location is known and loved.
So… who’s ready for a drink?