We’re hurtling into summer (seriously, did spring call in sick?) and it’s sent us all flocking outside to drink beers in the sunshine. The humble beer garden has come a long way from the cigarette butt covered smoker’s area down the back of the pub – it’s a bar destination within itself. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, so slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat because you’re officially outdoorsy.
BRISBANE BREWING CO. | WEST END
A laneway bar, a beer garden and they brew their own beer? All our hipster fantasies are coming true at Brisbane Brewing Co. Sit back with the brewer’s platter: slow cooked braised brisket, pulled pork shoulder, pickles, vintage cheddar, baguette and corn bread and enjoy a pony of their locally brewed beers.
THE TRIFFID | NEWSTEAD
The Triffid may be best known as a music venue but you don’t need tickets to enjoy their huge outdoor beer garden. With epic amounts of space for all your friends and the strangest assortment of people you’ll ever see, it’s the perfect spot to meet up for burgers and pints, any night of the week. Your only problem will be finding enough hands to handle a beer and their mammoth signature beef burger all at once.
OSBOURNE HOTEL | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Occupying the old Fringe bar space is the brand new and super-impressive Osbourne Hotel. Its huge outdoor area feels like an urban oasis, lush with greenery, comfortable seating, a stunning vaulted glass roof ceiling and colourful street art. Add to that 92 beer taps and a banging cocktail list – we feel like we’re going to be spending a lot of our summer afternoons and evenings here, for research of course.
THE WICKHAM | FORTITUDE VALLEY
We might be mourning the loss of $3 happy hours schooners, but The Wickham has gone and gotten itself an uber cool makeover, turning their outdoor area into a seriously good-looking spot for catch up drinks. Fairy lights, shipping containers, hanging plants, board games – they’ve got it all, not to mention some great drinking food. And Donut Boyz doughnuts, which frankly is what every other beer garden is missing.
THE BRIGHTSIDE | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Housed within one of Brisbane’s best live venues, the beer garden at Brightside is music to our ears! With artwork from local Brisbane artists adorning the walls, cold beer on tap and some of Brisbane’s best fried chicken from Lucky Egg – The Brightside is the place to be.
SHADY PALMS | STONES CORNER
The best thing about Shady Palms is turning boozy brunch into boozy lunch and dinner. You won’t want to leave the sun-kissed patio as you while away the afternoon with cocktail jugs, boutique beers and ciders. Grab one of their aPORKalypse burgers and some dirty fries (beef brisket, bacon bitz and cheese) or snack away on wings, fried squid and skewers. We recommend calling into their Sunday Sesh from 2pm with DJs to ease you back into the working week.
FITZ + POTTS | NUNDAH
The eclectic north-side favourite’s outside area is technically a wrap-around balcony, but we’re such big fans we couldn’t leave it off our hit list, after all, astro-turf is turf people! It’s not surprising this little slice of heaven was the winner of Brisbane’s best bar in 2016, with a focus on Australian beers and wines and an all-day grazing menu featuring everything from bar snacks to cheeky, cheezy jaffles. Sip on a mojito or cold beer in the sunshine and thank your lucky stars it’s summer for 80% of the year.
DEATH VALLEY | MORNINGSIDE
Located next to G&G favourite Southside Tea House is the other brainchild of Brisbane music icons The Grates, Death Valley. With its huge outdoor area, ten rotating taps and a great range of street eats available from the permanent food truck Red Robin Supper Truck, you’ll forget you’re in Brisbane in no time.
Shed that winter skin and slip into something more summery, the warm weather is here and we want beer!
Words by Emma Callaghan