South Bank’s new beach side beer garden | The Gourmand & Gourmet

South Bank’s new beach side beer garden

Always wished there was a Brisbane bar with beachside views where you could relax with an ice cold beer and tuck into some seriously good gastropub fare? Wish no longer, because the Southbank Beer Garden has arrived, bringing all of the above and more to the South Bank parklands. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, the new beer garden is a breezy, open venue with some pretty sweet views of the river and city beyond, perfect for a sunny Sunday sesh or just a few post-work drinks at beer-thirty. You can even get boozy at breakfast (kind of), with morning feeds like damper beer scones and a flap jack banana stack with a rum infused foster sauce and maple bacon ice cream. Not to mention the breakfast cocktails. It’s 5.30pm somewhere in the world, right? If getting up before noon is a little too hard on the weekends (we understand), just head in for a leisurely lunch or evening feed instead. There’s no shortage of options for any time of day, with bar bites to pair with drinks or hefty meals from the grill or smoker. Beer cheese fondue with charcuterie, vegetable crudités and bread sticks had us drooling from the moment we saw it on the menu, but you might prefer the meaty pork riblettes with apple and bourbon BBQ sauce and a big side of BBQ corn. south bank bars beer garden 2If you can’t help but think about your summer body as you take in the Streets Beach in front of you, perhaps a lighter option like the spring pea salad or chickpea burger might be more to your tastes. Then you can save all your calories for the craft beer and cocktail list. The new venue is also the ultimate function venue, with upstairs verandahs and bars available for exclusive events. We can totally imagine a summer function on the deck, taking in the sunset, beer in hand and a cool breeze slipping by. You’ll find Southbank Beer Garden in the Stanley Street Plaza in the South Bank Parklands, open 10am-late Monday to Friday, and 8am-late on weekends. Words by Ranyhyn Akui