Best Things to Do in South Brisbane

The vibrant inner city suburb of South Brisbane is a cultural and culinary mecca, with world class galleries, theatre, library, heritage trail and museum to one of Brisbane's funkiest laneways with its pocket-sized and hidden bars, cutting edge restaurants, bakery and beer hall. Elsewhere there's a cafe in a bomb shelter, a gin distillery, bespoke Japanese dining room, rooftop bar and heritage-listed pub turned retro live music bar, all in the same neighbourhood. Here's 40 of the best things to explore and do:

During its relatively short existence has quickly established itself as the proverbial jewel in Brisbane’s visual arts crown.
An exquisite 1970's style vintage bar occupying the ground floor of 130 year old heritage-listed Coronation Hotel
Maeve Wine Bar is an art deco Euro-style bar diner occupying the top floor of a heritage-listed bank at South Brisbane
Hello Please is a Vietnamese-inspired street food restaurant and bar that has its home in Fish Lane
Julius Pizzeria is an uber slick addition to the coolest laneway this side of the river, Fish Lane.
Chu the Phat is Brisbane’s coolest Asian restaurant and bar – a stunning glass-enclosed 2-storey affair with an exotic menu
From the time of acquiring its first art work in 1895, the Qld Art Gallery has moved buildings five times and amassed a collection of more than 14,000 Australian and International artworks
Eleven Bridges is Brisbane's latest gin bar and distillery, offering over 100 boutique botanicals
Taro’s Ramen is changing the way we do ramen – with big bowls of MSG-free broth that’s customised to suit your taste
Saccharomyces Beer Café is a cool designer beer hall tucked away in Fish Lane, South Brisbane, serving a daily breakfast, followed by craft beers and eats until midnight
Amongst the many charms of the art deco Fox Hotel is Dandys Rooftop, a quirky vintage terrace bar that is themed on a 1970s tennis club.
South Brisbane was originally slated to be Brisbane's CBD, with some grand commercial buildings being established on the south side of the river, until the 1893 flood changed all that.
The renowned Melbourne bakery has brought the 'finest croissants in the world'* to South Brisbane
This multi-story award-winning architectural landmark building on the riverfront between the art galleries is home to the main archival collections of Queensland’s history.
Greenhouse Canteen + Bar is serving bespoke, plant-based dishes and colourful cocktails in their South Brisbane eatery
Maker is a chic and intimate hole-in-the-wall bar reminiscent of those found in Barcelona’s back alleys, tucked away in Fish Lane, South Brisbane.
Riverside Dog Park is one of South Brisbane’s hidden gems - a long narrow offleash park that stretches along the riverfront
This multi-level Pan Asian urban oasis is tucked away under the South Brisbane railway bridge in Fish Lane
Next Episode is a secret laneway hip hop bar with a concealed entrance inside a barber’s shop
Gelato Messina in South Brisbane is a sibling of the famous Sydney outfit and a go-to for some of Australia's best gelato.
The Paladar is a cosy coffee nook and boho book shop perched on the corner of Fish Lane and Merivale Street
Sandwiched between the evergreen Paul’s milk factory, William Jolly Bridge and GOMA is a tiny pocket park where fisherman drop a line and through which the riverside bike and pedestrian track passes on its way to Kurilpa Bridge.
Big Roddy is serving up his secret recipe, prime-cut ribs in South Brisbane’s hottest dining precinct, Fish Lane.
Phuc Deli Viet is a cool contemporary Vietnamese street food bar tucked away in South Brisbane’s bustling SW1 laneway.
South Brisbane's The Fox Hotel is a splendid 1920’s style pub (whose beginnings date back to its original incarnation as the Terminus in the 1880’s) that is almost a stand-alone attraction.
La Lune Wine Co is a classy little French-style wine bar tucked away in South Brisbane's Fish Lane
Found tucked away in a tiny pocket of shops near the south east freeway, this little gem of a coffee house is the sibling of South Brisbane's groovy laneway establishment Five Sisters Art House Cafe.
This cool coffee kiosk by day, cocktail bar by night can be found nestled in a leafy urban oasis underneath a rail bridge
Under the Clock is a secret café steeped in historic charm, found tucked away under the landmark heritage-listed South Brisbane Municipal Hall that is now part of Somerville House.
This pocket-sized Japanese fusion eatery is the new go-to for delectable bao
This tiny 8-seater laneway bar brings an elegant touch of Italy to Fish Lane
Ginger and Green is South Brisbane’s secret go to for great coffee, serving Seven Seeds espresso alongside house made sweets and an all-day menu.

Queensland Theatre has its home in South Brisbane, with their Bille Brown Theatre a fantastic intimate place to watch a play

Barbossa Bar & Bottle Shop is shaking up Caribbean-inspired cocktails and cooking up island-vibed tapas
Grassfed Vegan is a cool pocket-sized vegan burger and ice-cream bar tucked away in South Brisbane’s Fish Lane
A splendid and exclusive Japanese omakase, whiskey and sake bar tucked away under the Emporium Hotel
A visit to Nostimo Greek Restaurant at the Greek Club, South Brisbane, is the next best thing to visiting Greece
Ariake on Grey in South Brisbane is a slick little Japanese Izakaya style eatery where the focus is on quality fresh seafood
It may be a little far from the South Bank action but Bamboo Basket offers its own flurry of activity
Built in the early 1890’s on the site of and to replace the original wooden Catholic church of 1865, St Mary’s is today a landmark in this area of South Brisbane.

Image credit: Queensland Theatre, courtesy of Queensland Theatre website.

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