THE BEST CRAFT BEER BARS IN BRISBANE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Your search to impress a date over a finely crafted drop is now over.
While few would argue against the statement that beer is Australia’s national drink, it can ironically be a challenge at times to find a bar that serves exceptionally crafted beer full of flavour. Fortunately, this Valentine’s Day it is one challenge you do not have to tackle alone, because we dispatched a team of beer aficionados with instructions to leave no stone unturned to uncover the venues that rank as the best craft beer bars in this fair city. From small and quirky to big and bold, you’ll find our expertly curated list below to help you celebrate the international day of love in style. After all, what says ‘I love you’ better than a finely crafted beer? Enjoy!
Bitter Suite, New Farm
75 Welsby Street, New Farm, QLD 4005
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As a beer devotee, enjoying a chilled brew while relaxing by the river has to be one of life’s purest pleasures. Happily The Bitter Suite is a place that delivers both. This relatively new bar has local craft beers on tap as well as 25 bottled Australian beers. There’s a menu built around tasting plates, which take traditional pub food to a mouthwatering new level, with almost everything on the menu made in-house. When you’re eating and drinking in the beautiful outdoor seating area you’ll agree wholeheartedly with the bar’s motto: Beer is Life; and Life is Bitter Suite.
Archive Beer Boutique, West End
100 Boundary St, West End
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One of the longest running craft beer bars in Brisbane, Archive Beer Boutique has 22 rotating taps and more than 400 different bottled drinks. The sheer variety is enough to keep you coming back time and time again, and if you’re seeking a new local worth adding to your list, then your search ends here. Set in the West End of Brisbane, it delivers everything you need for a memorable night out with friends, including the buzz of live music. With flavoursome bar food, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and a breathtaking range of beers to choose from, Archive Beer Boutique might just become your new favourite .
Newstead Brewing Co., Newstead
85 Doggett Street, Newstead
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It might surprise you to learn that Brisbane has a thriving craft beer district, but what sounds like a beer lover’s dream is in fact an exciting reality that can be found in the riverside suburb of Newstead, a short distance from the CBD. Set in the heart of this craft beer nirvana is the Newstead Brewing Co, which has taken up residence inside a 1940s steel warehouse. Inside you’ll find a unique aesthetic which includes a quirky mixture of industrial and artistic, and beers brewed by two passionate gentlemen who possess a PhD in molecular science and an international, herbal palate. There’s a mixture of eight Newstead Brewing Co home-grown beers, plus time-sensitive seasonal brews (sample these while you can), along with a range of guest beers. With a comprehensive menu of bar snacks available, make plans to visit sooner rather than later this worthy addition to the best craft beer bars in Brisbane.
Super Whatnot, Spring Hill
48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane, 4000
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If you haven’t been to Super Whatnot, or indeed heard of it, you shouldn’t feel like you’re too far out of the loop, because it’s touted as one of the Brisbane’s best-kept secrets. It’s a hidden gem which only has 100 seats, but once inside you’ll appreciate the cool Americana theme and constantly rotating array of craft beers and gourmet delights. Their ethos is not about drinking a lot, but rather drinking well, from a combination of locally sourced, interstate and foreign craft beers. We’ll raise a finely brewed glass of beer to that!
Embassy Bar, Spring Hill
214 Elizabeth St, Brisbane
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The Embassy has always been one of those comfortable and reliable bars where your modest expectations were already set before the night had unfolded. That is until now. The craft beer revolution has arrived at this Brisbane stalwart and now you’ll find an almost bewildering array of beers on offer from all over the world. The novelty of the self-serve beer tap, a favourite of the serious beer drinker, will never fade. The menu is as well-crafted as the beer, with beer battered barramundi, beef brisket nachos and the fully loaded Rob’s burger just some of the temptations on offer. With 16 craft beer taps, more than 100 bottles in the fridge and Australian craft brewers well represented, this is a venue that continues to reward the more you visit.
Brewski Bar, Milton
22 Caxton St, Brisbane
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Described as a hip place with craft beer and American-style food, this venue easily earns its place on this list of the best craft beer bars. On any given visit, ensure you try more than one of the delicious beers on tap because they frequently change. But don’t be too concerned if your favourite isn’t available, because there are 120 bottled beers on offer throughout the year. If you’re new to craft beer and would like to build your knowledge, you’ll appreciate the Beerginners guides to craft beer and discovering what makes it so special. As with all excellent bars there’s a superb menu, focused around burgers and pizza, which pair particularly well with any of the craft beers on offer. If you’re having difficulty deciding what to order, try the double wagyu burger with beer candied bacon – it comes highly recommended!
Tippler’s Tap, South Bank
5/182 Grey Street, South Bank
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Upon entering Tippler’s Tap, what stands out immediately is the décor, with its timber and alpine wall murals, given a Victoriana twist. Once you’ve caught your bearings, it’s the dizzying range of craft beers on offer that will impress. There’s an entire wall dedicated to bottled craft beer and another with taps, and the friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you decide where to start. Although it’s tempting to sample everything on offer, the range is too vast to tackle in one evening. The Chicago born owner has worked hard to bring the best of the craft beer scene to Brisbane and between the variety of beers, unique décor and bar food (the sliders and moreish chicken wings need to be tasted to be believed), he’s exceeding his goal with ease.
Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Fortitude Valley
633 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
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While one of the first things you may notice in this cavernous beer hall of exposed brick is a stuffed woolly mammoth (among other extinct animals), you should turn your focus instead to the 23 expertly brewed craft beers on tap. They rotate in small batches, so if the striking design of the bar isn’t enough to pique your interest, then this reassuring fact certainly is. The kitchen has much to recommend a visit too, so while you’re sipping on a high quality craft brew, you should also indulge yourself with the crispy fried chicken for example, or perhaps the slow-cooked beef ribs.
Green Beacon Brewing Co., Teneriffe
26 Helen St, Teneriffe
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Is there anything more satisfying than skilfully crafted beer matched with a delicious snack? Not according to Green Beacon Brewing Co. They have a passionate focus on flavours and create an experience that offers the full taste sensation of their beers perfectly paired with an irresistible array of snacks. With different food trucks visiting every day, you can enjoy the full craft experience. There are currently 14 craft beers on offer, including a core group of regular brews, four seasonal beers and some special releases.
The Scratch, Milton
8/1 Park Rd, Milton
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“No pretension, no dress code & no pub cover bands. Just good drinkin’.” The philosophy of The Scratch will appeal to the beer purists among us, where a superbly crafted beer is the primary concern when deciding on the perfect bar for a memorable night out. As a small bar The Scratch is dedicated to independent breweries, which means it has a constantly rotating draught and bottled beer menu. If new flavours excite you, supporting great independent breweries and a unique BYO food policy, then we think you’re going to feel right at home here. Check back regularly to see what they have on tap.
Now that you have an insider’s knowledge on where to find the best craft beer bars in Brisbane this Valentine’s Day, the only thing left to do is start planning which one you’ll visit first - and of course decide on the special someone you plan to take!
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