Round up the mates and settle in for a chilled-out Australia Day weekend at your new favourite beer garden. We’ve got the lowdown on the Valley’s best courtyards, gardens and pocket oases for kicking back and soaking up the sun.
Inspired by a 1970s Miami aesthetic, enjoy a bevvie beside the pink flamingo feature wall with a soundtrack provided by some of Brisbane’s best DJs. The menu is perfect for sharing and caters to both vegans and vegetarians. It’s a great place to spruce up your Australia Day and make it a little bit fancy.
The Wickham is Fortitude Valley’s fabulous rainbow oasis, proudly creating a modern and safe space for all patrons. The sprawling garden bar is perfect for large and small groups. Find a cosy spot under a sun umbrella and make the most of Brisbane’s balmy weather.
Pig ’N’ Whistle
Already establishing itself in Fortitude Valley’s bustling precinct, The Pig ‘N’ Whistle has widespread appeal. British ales and local craft beers are on the menu alongside wine and cocktails, and the ornate fairy-lit beer garden will take you well into the evening.
The Elephant Hotel
A stalwart of Brisbane’s iconic pub scene, having first opened as the Prince Consort Hotel in 1888, The Elephant offers a large casual bar and dining area as well as a cool beer garden. Perfect for a lazy Australia Day with your most laidback mates.
The Royal George Hotel
RGs is home to four separate bar areas and lays claim to having the Valley’s largest beer garden. Sprawling across the top of Brunswick Street Mall, the alfresco space places punters smack-bang in the middle of the party precinct.
Ric’s Bar is an icon of the Brisbane music community with a beer garden out the back. It’s Aussie as, complete with a Hills Hoist clothesline. Ric’s shares a kitchen with RGs so you can grab a spot of sustenance to fuel your gig-catching and people-watching.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Ditch the kicks and throw on something a little bit nice for Eleven Rooftop Bar. This sophisticated and relaxed open-air cocktail bar overlooks Brisbane’s city skyline and turns into a bustling nightclub at night with a delightful drinks list.
Yard Doggs specialises in craft beers and tasty Southern American and Mexican-inspired bar food. Hidden away in Brunswick Central, Yard Doggs is a quaint outdoor spot to share a huge plate of buffalo wings and take in the chilled vibes.
The newly renovated Osbourne Hotel is a favourite for mid-week office lunches and functions, offering traditional pub fare in a relaxed environment. The renovated beer garden is suited to groups of all sizes and stocks a huge array of drink options for even the fussiest members of your team.
Hotel Carrington serves up coldies in its two secret garden areas joined by a cool exposed brick alleyway. The pub’s combination of old-world charm with modern touches complements what it terms “feel-good food” and its extensive range of local, imported and craft beers, wines, 45-strong whisky list and a stunning cocktail menu.
For one day only, Finn McCool's is taking it to the streets and turning Brunswick Street Mall into the valley’s biggest beer garden. The Irish pub is embracing its Aussie home with an open-air party in the mall across the Australia Day long weekend.
The Sound Garden
Expected to open any week now, The Sound Garden is the new kid on the block and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Fortitude Music Hall in Brunswick Street Mall. More than just a clever play on words, The Sound Garden will specialise in great music and chilled garden vibes.
– January 2020