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Brisbane Nightlife

Cool clubs, chic bars and an excellent live music scene make Brisbane really spring to life at night. Fortitude Valley is packed with bars, clubs and live music venues but the West End is also making a name for itself for great nights out. Thursday to Sunday are the key nights of the week for heading out and it's advisable to carry proof of age and leave the flip-flops at home, as smart attire will assist entry into most venues.

Bars in Brisbane

Elixir Rooftop Bar

In contrast to many of the bars that surround it, Elixer Rooftop Bar offers the chance to relax on a rooftop terrace covered in fairy lights in the heart of Fortitude Valley. This sophisticated spot delivers a Manhattan vibe, offering a wide variety of cocktails best-enjoyed at sunset.

Address: Fortitude Valley, Level 1, 646-648 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4006
Telephone: +61 7 3363 5599.
Website: http://www.elixirrooftop.com.au

Lefty's Old Time Music Hall

Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall is a 19th century American salon style Bar with live music. Lefty’s wouldn’t be out of place in an Old Western, with the dark leather and timber fittings, mounted animals and candle lit tables. Their massive selection of whisky is also not to be argued with and most defiantly adds to the atmosphere.

Address: , 15 Caxton Stree, Brisbane, 4000
Telephone: +61 5 5594 7539
Website: https://www.leftysoldtimemusichall.com

Lychee Lounge

A night out at the well-heeled Lychee Lounge in the West End offers the chance to relax in an exotic oriental styled lounge after ordering some truly inspired cocktails from what has to be one of the best drinks menus in Queensland. It’s the perfect blend of the magic east in the heart of the West End and possibly one of the few places outside Japan where you can drink at a samurai-inspired bar.

Address: , 2/94 Boundary Street, Brisbane, 4101
Telephone: +61 4 1824 4644
Website: http://www.lycheelounge.com.au

Walrus Club

Harking back to the prohibition era of the 1920s and 30s, this speakeasy-style bar is named after the SS Walrus, a floating distillery that trawled the Logan River in the 19th century. The atmospheric venue features exposed brick walls, archways, rum crates, candelabras and comfy leather couches; all befitting ladies and dapper gentlemen on a mission to sample some of the best cocktails in the city.

Address: Toowong, 543 Coronation Drive, Brisbane, 4066
Telephone: +61 7 3871 9595.
Website: http://www.thewalrusclub.com.au

Clubs in Brisbane


Brisbane's incredible superclub Cloudland in Fortitude Valley offers four levels of cutting-edge design, including a retractable glass roof, a waterfall and thousands of plants. With a sumptuous array of booths to chill out in, and a range of spectacular bars to sidle up to, its reputation as an urban oasis is well deserved.

Address: Fortitude Valley, 641 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4006
Telephone: +61 7 3872 6600
Website: http://www.cloudland.tv


Get acquainted with the nightclub that has put Brisbane on the dance music map and has led to superstar DJs including Carl Cox announcing this Fortitude Valley venue to be among the best there is. Choose from five bars, including an ice bar, and four floors featuring international and local DJs and acts, for a night out like few others.

Address: Fortitude Valley, 8 Maclachlan Street, Brisbane, 4000
Telephone: +61 7 3852 5000
Website: http://www.venue8.tv

The Met

With five bars and three main rooms dedicated to getting you moving, The Met is a premier league nightclub. Choose from RnB in the Bamboo room, funky house in the Coco room, or big name DJs in the main Met room - which comes equipped with a vast LED screen. With cutting edge sound and lighting, and hypnotic dance floor grooves packing in the crowds, don't expect to get to bed much before sunrise.

Address: Fortitude Valley, 256 Wickham Street, Brisbane, 4006
Telephone: +61 7 3257 2557.
Website: http://www.themet.com.au

The Triffid

The Tiffid is home to an amazing live room, where great talents and bands can be found performing live music all night long, 3-5 nights a week. There is also a pre-gig beer garden for you and your friends chill out and get a few drinks before the main event.

Address: , 7-9 Stratton Street, Brisbane, 4006
Telephone: +61 7 3171 3001
Website: http://thetriffid.com.au

Live music in Brisbane


The Bowery is one of the best cocktail bars in town and features live jazz during the week and DJ sets on the weekends. The Bowery burst onto the scene in 2003, but takes its name and influences from the gin joints and speakeasy bars of early 20th century America. It's home to some of the best mixologists in Brisbane, so don't forget to sample at least one of their innovative cocktails.

Address: , 676 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4006
Telephone: +61 7 3252 0202.
Website: http://www.thebowery.com.au


Lock'n'Load has for more than a decade now hosted the best live music in Brisbane, from up-and-coming local talent to seasoned touring artists. Whether dinner and jazz on a Tuesday night, big party hits later in the week, or a relaxed acoustic session on Sunday, this bistro offers something for all. It's also popular spot to grab after work drinks.

Address: West End, 142 Boundary Street, Brisbane, 4101
Telephone: +61 7 3844 0142.
Website: http://www.locknloadbistro.com.au

The Zoo

The Zoo is an icon of the local indie music scene, and the place to go for good, brash Australian music. From beats and hip hop to jazz and folk, The Zoo's eclectic mix of music is as impressive as the venue's feel good community vibe. The Zoo turns 24 in 2016 and names lined up to play at the venue this year include Tiki Taane, Black Milk and Screamfeeder.

Address: Fortitude Valley, Winn Lane, 711 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4006
Telephone: +61 7 3854 1381
Website: http://www.thezoo.com.au


This intimate bar, under Paddington’s Iceworks describes itself as an experiment in drinks, décor, music and art, where young songwriters can cut their teeth and try out their tunes. Bespoke cocktails and boutique beers are the order of the day here, with tapas and pizza also on the menu.

Address: Paddington, 157 Given Terrace, Brisbane, 4064
Telephone: +61 7 3367 9800
Website: http://Website http://darlingpaddington.com.au

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Rydges South Bank Brisbane

With a South Bank postcode, this modern hotel is ideally placed for art aficionados and culture buffs. Rooms are elegant without being fussy and the high-end options feature private balconies with views over the Brisbane River and city skyline. There are 304 rooms, including 64 one-bedroom suites. A gymnasium, spa and sauna are among the in-house attractions.

George Williams Hotel

In the heart of the CBD, this 103-room hotel makes the ideal base from which to explore the city. Following an extensive A $2.5 million dollar revamp, the minimalist rooms feature colourful artworks, flat-screen TVs and coffee-making facilities. The on-site restaurant, 325 on George, dishes up international fare in a casual outdoor setting.

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Situated in the heart of Queensland Business District, this hotel provides easy access to all parts of the city, with free Spring Hill and City loop buses that depart from outside the hotel. The building overlooks Wickham Park and its heritage-listed Old Windmill Tower. Standard rooms offer private balconies and free Wifi, among other modern amenities.

Spicers Balfour Hotel

Spicers Balfour hotel is an Art Deco style boutique hotel, situated in the historic suburb of New Farm but still central enough to get around the city. The hotel also has a rooftop bar for the evenings and does high tea over brunch or in the afternoon. Check the Spicers Balfour website for the best days to book and save some money.

Summer House Brisbane

Summer House is a great accommodation option for those looking to save on hotel rooms, and it's just a 10-minute walk from the Central Business District. Fabulous graffiti style murals adorn the walls and the atmosphere is warm and lively - the perfect place to meet new people to explore the city with. With laundry facilities, free wifi, a rooftop terrace and a TV room, this hostel has all you need during your stay in Brisbane.