Summer has once again greeted Brisbane with open arms, bringing with it an endless string of steamy days. With Brisbane riverfront’s ever-expanding restaurant and bar scene, there is no better way to enjoy your two fruit for the day than in a highball by the water. We have compiled a list of the top five stand-out riverfront bars, offering you shaken (or stirred) relief from the heat.
Mr & Mrs G
Mr & Mrs G is a bar that will make you feel more at home than your own living room. The riverside bar offers you a one-of-a-kind viewing experience of Brisbane, complemented by the lights from the Story Bridge reflecting off the water. The bar’s assortment of tapas options, elegant selection of cocktails and vibrant atmosphere will no doubt leave you wanting more as you cling on to your memorable experience at Mr & Mrs G.
Tucked away in Portside lays an authentic Mediterranean bar like no other. The location – which sees the bar bathed in natural afternoon light – is just part of Byblòs’ alluring appeal. With a carefully crafted cocktail menu that perfectly fits the sensual atmosphere, this bar is definitely a must-visit. The cocktails boast a vast array of flavours including ‘Guava Lava,’ made with fresh mint leaves and watermelon slices and ‘Spice Boi Poloma,’ infused with chilli flakes. And remember, their cocktails list is seasonal, so make sure you pop back in the spring-time for a fresh experience.
When it comes to wining and dining, few get close to the reputation Black Bird has achieved in its time. Known as one of Brisbane’s most iconic bars, the view alone is worth raising a glass to. People may know the Bar & Grill for its eccentric food menu, serving up extraordinary dishes from quail to kangaroo. The stunning view of Brisbane river, Kangaroo Point and the Story Bridge acts as a backdrop to the polished black bar staffed with some of Brisbane’s finest mixologists. Simply mention a flavour you’re after and they will no doubt create something remarkable.
Mr Percival’s is one of Brisbane’s most popular bars and there’s no questioning as to why – with stunning views and an eccentric experience beginning the moment you step inside. The bar rises in the centre of the room, covered with mirrors that bounce around the afternoon rays of sunlight, while the DJ sits comfortably at the top playing exactly what you want to hear. The cocktail menu offers a selection of spritz-based drinks that perfectly complement the atmosphere only Mr Percival’s knows how to craft. From their house G&T to the Tropico Spritz, this flavoursome cocktail menu will not disappoint.
Tucked away at the far end of South Bank, Stokebar Q takes pride in its position on the riverfront with greenery framing the picturesque view of Brisbane city. The bar’s open deck and retractable panel glass doors allows for the summer breeze to sweep through. The mixologists at Stokebar Q have carefully created a drinks menu of note, using all organic materials. Your time here will be one to remember – we are sure of it.