Don’t get us wrong, we love elegant degustations with matched wines and bespoke cocktail bars as much as the next foodie – but we can’t deny that sometimes all we want is a pint of XXXX and a pub-grade parmy. We’ve rounded up Brisbane’s best classic pubs for when you’re taste is more schnitty than steak tartare.
Waterloo Hotel | Fortitude Valley
Not satisfied with your usual pub fare? Turn to the grand dame of the valley – Waterloo Hotel. Try melt in your mouth 12hr slow braised beef brisket with charred corn and chipotle BBQ or mouth-watering twice cooked pork belly with gingered greens and steamed jasmine rice. Don’t get us wrong, we love a t-bone or a cheeky schnitty- but this is next level! Check out the game on the big screens and settle in with a beer for the afternoon.
Regatta Hotel | Toowong
She survived the Brisbane floods and came out looking better than ever, Regatta Hotel is the Grand Lady of the Brisbane River. Relax over breakfast at the Street Café, throw back a schooner at the main bar, or smash into a good old-fashioned counter meal of rump steak and chips. For those with finer tastes -craft beer, creative cocktails and delicious wood-fired pizzas are also available, and if you can find it, there’s even a hidden basement bar, The Walrus Club, below – but don’t tell them we sent you.
The Caxton Hotel | Brisbane City
It wouldn’t be a trip to Suncorp without sinking a few Milton mangos at the Cacko before kick-off. Fuel up to cheer on the boys with their legendary Tomahawk steak – 950g of pure protein, served with shoe string fries, garlic butter and a sweet tomato relish, it’s made for sharing but we won’t judge if you keep it all to yourself.
The Fox Hotel | South Brisbane
With a huge menu, cold beer on tap and one of Brisbane’s best rooftop bars – we’re forever grateful The Fox is walking distance to our office because we almost roll out after every meal. All the usual pub favourites are available, but if you’re feeling especially foxy (and a little bit thrifty) we can’t look past Happy Pizza Hour. Choose from classic toppings like Margherita or Putanesca, or get funky with the Quincy Jones – blue cheese, prosciutto, quince and tater tots.
Pineapple Hotel | Kangaroo Point
Whether you’re an AFL fanatic, a beer enthusiast or just partial to a good pub meal – the Piney is home. With $10 lunch specials available daily in the Park Bar including steak burgers, prime rump steak and roast of the day, there’s no excuse not to indulge when your hungers at stake. Wash it down with one of their fifteen beers on tap – or pop into the new Helsby’s Ale House to try some of their local craft beers. Who said pubs weren’t classy?
The Story Bridge Hotel | Kangaroo Point
Infamous for its Australia Day Cockroach Races, The Story Bridge Hotel is a Brisbane treasure. With four restaurants including a smokehouse and an outback bar & grill, the Story Bridge’s menu varies from mains like braised goat pappardelle to signature steaks. Grab a cold one and relax overlooking the river.
The Normanby Hotel | Red Hill
Venture down from Caxton Street to the Fiveways you’ll find the pride of Red Hill – The Normanby. With its enormous beer garden, unbeatable meal specials and cold beer on tap, the Broncos favourite pub is perfect for anything from pre-game beers to epic Sunday Sessions.
Breakfast Creek Hotel | Breakfast Creek
Do you really live in Brisbane if you’ve never been to Breakfast Creek Hotel? One of the best loved pubs in Brisbane is also one of our most beautiful. With five bars, including a cheeky rum bar, a steakhouse, and a beer garden – there’s no questioning why this is a Brissy institution. With classics pub meals like rosemary and red wine lamb shanks, chicken parmigiana and an extensive steak list there’s no question that Breakfast Creek will be around for another 128 years.
Save us a seat in the beer garden, we’ll see you for a schooner soon!
Words by Emma Callaghan