If you’re 18 and over and residing in Brisbane or looking to experience nightlife in the ‘Big Smoke’ we have you covered.
We’ve collated a list of some of the best bars and nightclubs in the Brisbane area perfect for everyone.
While many clubs have come and gone over the years, there is still a staple core that have formed the foundation of many reliable nights out of alcohol-and-dancing-fuelled entertainment.
Concentrated mainly around the nightlife hub or Fortitude Valley and the CBD, many of the clubs are in close proximity to one another, making navigation from one to the next a breeze.
But with such a wide array of nightclubs in Brisbane, how is the first-timer supposed to make the best choice? We aim to break down each venue – including their music, atmosphere, pricing, and general target demographics – to make your decision-making process easier.
The following list highlights our top 5 nightclub and bar picks in Brisbane.
Location: 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
Entry Fee: $10
Best night to go: Friday & Saturday night
Demographic: Older business crowd throughout the week, younger university-level crowds mixed in on the weekends.
Food: Terrace Grill & The Waterline Restaurant separated from the club
One of the most popular locations in Brisbane, Fridays does it right every weekend. Catering to an older, business crowd for after-work drinks during the week, the scenic bar/club transforms into a great bar scene on the weekends. Frequented by university students on the odd Thursday nights, Friday and Saturday nights are when it is at its peak.
Enjoy a classy cocktail or two (or three) looking out over the Brisbane river or go for a dance with the DJ on the dance floor. Despite the dance floor area being quite small, the entire club makes for the perfect dance floor. So no matter where you have set yourself up for the evening, on a table under the sky, in a booth inside or at a stool by the bar, it is more than okay to make your own dance floor.
Entry to the club is for a small fee on the weekend (around $10) but there are various places around town that offer free entry with their membership.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Location: Level 11, 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Best night to go: Friday – Sunday
Demographic: 25 – 40 (approximately)
Food: Shared plates served until 10 pm
With views sweeping the city, Eleven Rooftop Bar is a scenic, classy way to spend your evening. Perched eleven stories above Ann Street (hence the name) guests are treated to 270-degree views of the Valley, CBD and surrounds. Aiming to offer a relaxing space away from the hustle and bustle of life, Eleven succeeds in offering a simple approach to food and drinks.
Dinner and nibbles are served until 10pm Tuesday to Sundays and their share plates are the perfect way to ease into the night. Share a few plates with friends as you watch the Friday or Saturday sun go down and the lights come up as the bar starts to fill up with likeminded people.
Eleven serves the nightlife needs of bar-dwellers of all ages, however, if you visit on any given Friday or Sunday the average attendee will be in the 25 to 40-age bracket.
With a pumping evening atmosphere you can party the night away with some of the best views in the city. The bar is open throughout the day if you would prefer to start early and continue into the night already warmed to the space. There are two different bars on the rooftop to accommodate for the large crowds and serve guests as quickly as possible.
There is a strict dress code for the bar; smart casual/cocktail is expected of both men and women. Men, that means a button up shirt (or T-shirt with a jacket) and dress shoes.
Alfred & Constance
Location: Corner Alfred & Constance Streets, Fortitude Valley
Best Night to go: Friday & Saturday night
Demographic: Mix of ages
Food: The Vanguard Beer Garden
Alfred & Constance is a night time mecca boasting a range of different bars, eateries and atmospheres. So let’s just start from the top.
The Vanguard Beer Garden and Restaurant is a popular choice for those looking to drink and eat with friends as they indulge on a range of share and individual foods. The menu features share plates including BBQ Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps and Crispy Calamari and main meals such as freshly carved Roast Pork with crackling and the A&C Wagyu Cheeseburger. The Vanguard also has a range of beers on tap and bottled as well as white and red wines and cocktail jugs.
The White Lightning Tiki Bar is exactly what you imagined, a tropical themed bar giving leis to all patrons and shaking up a great range of cocktails. Set to some of the best songs by their resident DJ, the Tiki cocktails are sure to get you in the mood for a good night. Serving up some of the classics, such as Pina Coladas as well as some favourite with a twist; Salted Caramel Colada, A&C Hurricane and the big and strong 1956 Zombie. You’ll have to visit to see what’s in these magic makers (or you could just check their website).
Finally, their newest club, The Fever Club is taking the disco downstairs. Dance away that Saturday Night Fever with their exciting DJ and even more exciting bar. The magical hands behind the bar are creating some amazingly delicious (yet classic) cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan, Espresso Martini and Long Island Iced Tea as well as some popular shots; Melon shot, Kamikaze and Alabama Slammer.
Location: 206 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
Entry Fee: $10 on Thursday night
Best night to go: Thursday to Saturday
Demographic: Mixed ages
Jump back in time with entry into Prohibition, one of the busy hotspots in Fortitude Valley. Modelled off the romanticised era of flappers, bootleggers and suffragettes, Prohibition celebrates the legacy of the speakeasy. With a grand entrance, stylish bars and an adulterous and clandestine atmosphere, Prohibition provides the perfect setting for a night out with friends.
In terms of music, Thursday nights are for the best party tunes as part of their Manhattan Nights event. Manhattan Nights is held every Thursday and with a $10 cover charge is Ladies Treat Night. From 8pm ladies will be treated with complimentary hair and make-up in the bathrooms, delicious shared cocktail kettles and some of the best party tunes.
With two separate areas inside Prohibition; The Blind Tiger Bar and main hall, you will be treated with different types of music on the weekend. On Fridays and Saturdays The Blind Tiger bar plays a variety of live tunes from including jazz, funk, vintage blues and rock. In the main hall, these nights are reserved for house music all through the night.
So lace up your dancing shoes and prepare for a night travelling back in time to the sophisticated, rebellious nightlife of the prohibition era.
The Flying Cock
Location: 388 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Best night to go: Friday & Saturday
Demographic: 18 to 25 (approximately)
Food: Gourmet pub grub from The Cock House
Formerly known as Tempo, The Flying Cock is now one of THE places to be over the weekend. Begin your evening with a delicious feed from The Cock House, serving up American and Australian pub classics accompanied by fresh juice cocktails. The venue has indoor and outdoor seating catering for small and large groups, making it easy to share a few drinks over an enjoyable meal with mates. They regularly hold trivia nights and stream live sporting games for your enjoyment.
However, despite the deliciousness coming out of the kitchen, the real party is over in the Smugglers Bar. The bar has been self-described as Coyote Ugly meets Pirates of the Caribbean meets Dirty Dancing, a strange combination that just works. The entire space was built from the concept of ‘escapism’ the seemingly classy joint soon turns into a monsoon of sweaty bodies enjoying the live music. The fully stocked bar will have an ice cold drink in your hand as quick as they can.
In the way of entertainment, Friday night brings with it hip-hop and pop tunes while their resident band, Birdman Randy, brings down the house on a Saturday night. So fly over to The Flying Cock this weekend to mingle with some friendly faces and rip apart their concrete dance floor.
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