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Bars proliferate, many of them large scale and impersonal although a recent showing of smaller quirky drinking holes has greatly enhanced the CBD after hours scene. Burnett Lane is the go-to for cosy micro bars – speakeasy style Super Whatnot, subterranean Brew and the glass-windowed front room of The Survey Co.

In the same end of the city The Treasury Hotel's premier bar Ryan's on the Park befits an Agatha Christie novel while up the road on George St The Villager, a multi level bar set between the narrow exposed brick walls of another old treasury building has on its top floor a late night supper bar. And just Off Elizabeth St tiny John Mills Himself bar is Brisbane's best Monday to Friday hangout.

Down in the riverside/gardens precinct Malt Bar is a fabulous cocktail retreat in the lower level of an 1860's market place and a stroll away down Spencer Lane uber cool Laneway Bar packs a discerning crowd into its cubical upstairs space. In the upstairs in the old Port Office the arcaded verandahs of Moo Moo Bar are Brisbane's answer to Raffles and diagonally oppostite in an old warehouse is vintage whisky lounge Nant.

On the waterfront Jellyfish Bar has great bar food and views and Mr & Mrs G's Riverbar has the royal box of seats while inland at midtown CBD the Brooklyn Standard is a rustic basement American style bar with live music, underground wine bar Grape Therapy channels Dean Martin and The Gresham in the heritage listed National Bank is like an old English gentleman's club. And another laneway bar worth a visit is 1980s dive bar Sonnys House of Blues.