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Brisbane's Secret little bars

Recent years have seen an explosion of small bars in the Brisbane drinking scene, with cosy little dens, subterranean lounges and dive bars popping up everywhere.

While some are in prominent places, there are those that have no signs and some that are found only by word of mouth.

Here are 13 of Brisbane's top secret little bars that you possibly didn't know existed, until now: 

Mermaid Lounge

The Mermaid Lounge bar in Lefty's

A bar within a bar, Mermaid Lounge is found upstairs in Lefty's Old Time Music Hall - take the stairs to the left inside the entry and you'll find a secret rum bar that resembles an under sea grotto...more


Maker South Brisbane


Literally a hole in the wall in Fish Lane, this Euro chic little bar with its own charcuterie cabinet serves up some of Brisbane's most artistic cocktails...more

SW1 Tini

SW1 Tini Bar & Kitchen South Brisbane

Tucked away in a South Brisbane pedestrian thoroughfare is this quaint martini and wine bar with faux fireplace, where the signature cocktails are made with fresh herbs from the owner's garden...more


Unforgiven Paddington

Few people know that under Darling and Co at the Iceworks lurks this mysterious candlelit subterranean bar serving bespoke cocktails, boutique wine and spirits with hand-cut ice...more 

Socialites Bar

Cocktail in a champagne glass inside the Socialites Bar in Spring Hill

Within a landmark 1920s medical centre-turned boutique hotel in Spring Hill is this glamorous Gatsby-inspired bar with a signature cocktail named after the MD whose house originally stood here...more

Yorks Hollow

In a bit of a commercial no-man's land in Bowen Hills is a quaint 2-storey shop that is café downstairs by day and by night transforms into a funky nanna bar lounge with live music...more

Skukum Lounge

A bar within a secret suburban bar, the Skukum Lounge is a tiny retro alpine-themed room within Brisbane's first small bar, where on weekends intimate live shows include the odd music legend...more

Can You Keep a Secret?

Vintage lounge chairs and TV

Occupying one of the Gabba's oldest heritage buildings is a vintage boutique which is open for business and by night the cosy vintage lounge bar is the go-to for craft beer and wine. BYO food...more

John Mills Himself

Enter via a private CBD driveway to find this gem of a hidden bar in the base of a century old heritage-listed printing warehouse, with craft beer on tap and a Friday afternoon piano club...more


This historic dimlit dive bar with haunted basement is a local drop-in for craft beers and creative cocktails and it's the creation of 3 dads (padres) who met at the Mater maternity across the road...more

Alquimia Tequila Bar

A Valley corner has been transformed into a rustic candlelit bar with cacti-adorned tables, specializing in top shelf tequila and featuring a killer range of fruity tequila cocktails...more


BOSC Bar West End

This tiny convivial West End corner bar, whose name stands for Bar of Social Conscience, specializes in small batch gin, boutique wine and local craft beer, with profits going to worthy causes...more

Super Whatnot

People standing at downstaris bar inside Superwhatnot bar

An old beauty school in a city laneway is now one of the CBD's best little bars - a funky split level bolthole that serves up classic & creative cocktails, boutique beer & wine and US inspired bar snacks...more