While Brisbane may not be particularly renowned for its nightlife, things are finally looking up. Thanks to the arrival of a number of theme pubs, among which you will find those of the Irish, English and Australian variety, there is now more than enough to help you use up any energy you may have left over after the exertions of the day.
And as if the pubs were not enough to help tire you out, the city also has a thriving nightclub scene. The best and most popular clubs are to be found in and around the city centre but if it’s something a little more alternative that you’re after, check out the Fortitude Valley region of Brisbane. This is also where a lot of people head to on Friday and Saturday nights as the city centre is simply over run with revelers. Recently reinvented, the Valley is an excellent place to party.
The live music scene in the city has also taken off in recent years. Thanks to the international success of local bands such as Savage Garden, numerous bands from Brisbane and the surrounding areas playing in an increasing number of live venues throughout the city are combining to make Queensland’s capital one of the most popular live music cities in the country. For up to date information on live gigs you should try to get your hands on a copy of Rave, Time Off or The Scene. All are free and can be found at various locations throughout the city.
81 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Australia
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a mover on the dance floor, then this place will certainly make you reassess your opinions. With live Latin American music and dance, the atmosphere is excellent and you’ll even get a chance to test your skills too. You’ve been warned!
383 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Australia
One of the most popular clubs in the city and located right in the heart of where it all happens at night, Euphoria is a safe bet for an excellent evening out. Look out for flyers offering special promotions too.
Palace Backpackers, Cnr. Ann & Edward St., Brisbane, Australia
Located in the basement of one of the multitude of Brisbane hostels, Down Under is the best backpacker bar in the city. Cheap beer, nightly competitions, good food – do you really need to hear any more?
22 Market Street, Brisbane, Australia
Another popular city club which is open seven nights a week. Also features live music on a regular basis so keep your eye on the listings in the local newspapers for news of upcoming events.
142 Albert Street, Brisbane, Australia
Boasting a bar, restaurant and club under one roof as well as its own microbrewery, this is an extremely popular choice. With sixteen different types of beer on tap, it has the most extensive collection of ales and lagers in the city and that is certainly no mean feat.
2 Frew Street, Brisbane, Australia
A favourite venue among those of you who like to catch up with all the sporting news from your home country. With a big screen showing different games from all over the world, if you’re not a sports fan, steer clear.
711 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia
One of the many live music venues springing up in Fortitude Valley, the Zoo is also one of the best. With reasonable admission rates and regular promotions, you just need to know when to go. Again, check local listings for details.
209 Queen Street, Brisbane, Australia
One of a host of Irish pubs in the city, O’Malleys still manages to pack them in. With live music every other night and an excellent and reasonably priced selection of food and drink, it is easy to see why.
127 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, Australia
This traditional Irish pub has four distinct theme areas; Victorian, Irish Brewery, Country Cottage and Celtic Sounds, making it an extremely popular choice with visitors to the city. Of course the friendly atmosphere and excellent service help too.
230 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia
Part of Prince Consort Backpackers this is the perfect establishment to mingle with fellow travellers. Live music 3 nights per week, trivia nights and cheap food. What more could a backpacker possibly want?