Brisbane CBD


The girls in Brisbane are more friendly and less sophisticated than girls in Sydney or Melbourne. Weather here means girls are generally wearing less and are more tanned than in the south. Brisbane girls are very direct and you will know if they like you. Brisbane is not as racially diverse as Sydney and Melbourne but there are tourists and students from all over the world. Lots of South Ame ... .


Brisbane has liquor selling laws meaning that bars can't serve alcohol after 3am. There is no early lockout at the moment but the state government is trying to pass one. You will need ID everywhere after 10pm.

Charmy Food and Bottle Shop

A bottle shop. If you buy food here you can drink out the front. The food is cheap and good.

Down Under Bar and Grill

Grungy little bar beneath Nomads hostel. Lots of pretty young things here, generally backpackers but some locals. This is the only place in town to go on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as a great spot on the weekend.

The Victory Hotel

Packed on a Thursday night with great drink specials. The crowd here is not sophisticated but you will have a lot of fun if you can avoid getting in a fight.

Brooklyn Standard

Live music every night and nice beer.

Fat Louies

Pool hall with a cool crowd and cheap drinks especially between 5 and 7. Cool place to hang out with your friends. They have Karaoke as well.

Botanic Bar

Cheap beers at this student bar on campus at QUT Garden Point.


This is the place to see and be seen on the weekend. Lots of good looking girls here on the weekend. Expect to pay a cover around $10. There is a bit of a dress code here.

The Stock Exchange

Popular with the cool kids and the place to be in the CBD on a Sunday. Gets busy later in the night.

Conrad Treasury Casino

The casino is open all night and has a few different bars.

The Port Office Hotel

Cool bar with a dancefloor upstairs. Busy on Thursday.

Johnny Ringos

Country pub in the city. It gets pretty loose in here and they have a mechanical bull. Definitely worth a look in on the weekend.

The Caxton Hotel

Huge bar near the stadium. This is the place to be if there is a big sports event.

Leftys Old Time Music Hall

Great venue. Music every night, swing dancing, great bartenders & nice food. There is a "hidden bar" upstairs, The Mermaid Lounge.

The Normanby Hotel

Huge bar with a young crowd. Busy on Sunday.

City Botanic Gardens

Beautiful gardens by the river. Great spot to chill out. You can cross the river here at the Goodwill Bridge.

Riverside Markets

In the Botanic Gardens Every Sunday. Cool, laid back market.

Roma Street Parklands

Albert St Really quiet spot in the middle of town. Hedge maze and sculptures. This is a great place for a BBQ.

Brisbane City Hall and King George Square

Free tours up the clock tower run every 15 minutes. The square is a great place to hang out and is popular with buskers.

XXXX Brewery

Better to book online (

Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane is the best place in the country to catch a big sporting event. Lots of fun before and after on Caxton St.

Taros Ramen

Awesome food here. Aside from ramen they have great gyoza and salads. Not cheap but not expensive either.

Sushi DLite

Cheap Japanese curry, teriyaki and nice sushi.

Mr Curry Shop

Great Japanese curry place and green tea icecream. Good service and prices.

Miel Container

Great little place for burgers at good prices.

New Shanghai

Great dumpling spot.


Delicious vegan curries. All you can eat for $12.90.

Beach House

Pub food and daily specials.


Famous for their authentic Japanese curries.

John Mills Himself

Cool cafe next to a great bookshop.

Tibetan Kitchen

Delicious and cheap Tibetan food. BYO.

City Backpackers

Very clean and they have a pool. There is a bar here, The Fatt Wombat.

Banana Bender Backpackers

Quiet place a little walk from Roma St train station. Nice verandah and friendly staff.

Brisbane City YHA

Clean and sociable hostel. The pool here is great.

Summer House

Clean dorms and a great BBQ rooftop

Base Backpackers Brisbane Uptown

Big rooms and a bar on site. Across the road from Roma St station.

Nomads Brisbane Hostel

Big hostel with a very fun atmosphere. Down Under Bar is right below so this a good place to stay if you want to party.