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Best New Bars 2017

Brisbane is now home to plenty of top class bars as well as some sneaky in-the-know bars. Each of these 19 new bars that opened in 2017 are highly recommended venues for an excellent night (or afternoon) out.

The Cloakroom Bar

Access to The Cloakroom Bar is via a sneaky fire escape behind The Cloakroom menswear boutique. Once inside, each drink is individually prepared to guests liking, so there's no room for disappointment here...more

Jack Rabbits

Step back to the 1920s at Jack Rabbits via Electric Avenue's secret hidden wardrobe. This speakeasy style jazz bar pours tempting cocktails alongside an international selection of whiskey...more

Doo Bop Jazz Bar

This New York style jazz bar oozes art-deco charm. Doo Bop Jazz bar features a piano bar as well as a basement venue fit for Miles Davis, with a host of talented live performers lined up year round...more

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a botanical themed gin house inspired by its namesake London's West End. This tropical oasis provides the ideal opportunity to sample a wide range of authentic Australian crafted gin...more

Savile Row

This vintage lounge bar hides behind an unassuming orange door in Fortitude Valley. Be impressed by the floor to ceiling bar displaying 400 whiskeys, 60 rums, 40 gins and 50 tequilas...more

Little Big House

A landmark Queenslander has been given new life as a Matt Moran-driven gastropub, with stunning fitout, mouth-watering menu and a wrought iron wraparound verandah to drink on...more


Deathproof New Farm

The murals change monthly at Deathproof, in order to match the beverage and menu of the month. This unique New Farm cocktail bar brings a refreshing twist to Brisbane's creative arts scene...more

Holey Moley

Holey Moley Golf Club Fortitude Valley

Guaranteed hours of retro laughter await all who visit this Brisbane favorite. Combine a few rounds of mini golf with some unique cocktails from Holey Moley's The Caddyshack bar...more 


Fortitude Valley's very own vintage arcade bar, Netherworld is the perfect place to play a wide range of retro games while drinking craft beer and eating dinner at the same time...more


An outdoor champagne garden opened this year behind Baedeker Bar which lies hidden beneath the Old Mill in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy a glass of bubbles here especially on a sunny Sunday afternoon...more

Palace Supper Club

This luxe lounge bar and elegant supper club sits within Chinatown's former Palace Restaurant. It is possible to sip upon a selection top shelf champagne, wine and spirits in these stunning surroundings...more


This historic hotel now boasts a light-filled courtyard which is a welcoming space to spend an afternoon or evening. The Osbourne Hotel has 94 taps serving local and international craft beers galore...more

Jessie's Girl

Euro-style dining and drinks can be found at Jessie's Girl on Petrie Terrace. They serve classic Italian cocktails alongside craft beers and international wines, with a boozy brunch worth sampling...more

King Tea

King Tea's rustic tapas bar brings a taste of Spain to Paddington. Look out for Pintxos Hour (5-6pm Fridays) when they serve delicious pintxos to balance out the excellent wines, beers and cocktails on offer...more


Brisbane's first shipping container beer garden on the riverfront has opened in prime position in the CND with views across to the Story Bridge, featuring an 80ft bar and a Tropicana vibe...more

Bar Jardin

Bar Jardin Petrie Terrace

Opened just in time for summer is this chic garden bar located adjacent to sibling Libertine at The Barracks, serving French-Vietnamese bar food, luscious fruity cocktails, wine and ice cold beer...more 

Legends Bar

An antique telephone holds the key to this speakeasy steampunk-themed bar hidden away in the CBD, with entrance via a secret pin code which changes weekly. Must try are the black cocktails...more


Pincadia Woolloongabba

A landmark heritage building in the Gabba antique precinct has been transformed into a gorgeous upstairs downstairs arcade game-themed bar with an 80's vibe and top notch food as well...more

Silver Fox

This glamorous vintage-inspired bar took up residence the base of a century old warehouse, serving premium wines from around the globe and cocktails such as the must try chocolate chilli espresso martini...more 

By Lucy Hordern