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Must-try bars and restaurants in Fortitude Valley

A local's guide to some of the best restaurants & bars in Fortitude Valley.


By Anwyn Howarth

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink in Fortitude Valley. Also known as, The Valley, this area is one of Brisbane’s liveliest hubs with a bustling nightlife. Here are some of the best places to grab a drink and a bite from a local’s perspective.

DUTCH COURAGE OFFICER’S MESS

Dutch Courage Officers' Mess, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

Set in a two storey building, Dutch Courage's lower level is kitted out with vintage campaign furniture, hessian curtains and authentic safari touches. Here, the Main Bar offers a comprehensive and innovative cocktail menu and boasts an impressive 240+ strong, beer, wine and spirit collection, including over 100 different gins. Upstairs is a unique plantation-style mezzanine, complete with its own dedicated bar and ideal for dining in larger groups or function bookings. Open until the early hours on Fridays and Saturdays and midnight during the week, this is also the ultimate late-night hot spot for nocturnal explorers who love live music and resident DJs spinning house, funk & disco.

 

LIMES HOTEL

Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

Looking for a classy bar in Brisbane's metropolitan hub? How about a classy rooftop bar? How about a classy rooftop bar with life-sized white steel palm trees and a spa? Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar is next level, quite literally. Catch it during golden hour to sip a cocktail while the sun goes down, or drop in later for a sweet view of the city lights. This is a spot you won't want to miss.

 

ALFREDO’S PIZZERIA

Alfredo's Pizzeria, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

If you’ve had a few drinks and you're on the hunt for a good, old-fashioned pizza, hunt no further. Alfredo's Pizzeria is the closest thing to a backstreet Italian diner you'll find this side of the Mediterranean, complete with red and white checked table cloths, wood fire pizza oven and moped. These guys understand your relationship with pizza, and with an exceptionally well-stocked bar, you can pick up where you left off with a G&T or two.

 

KWAN BROS

Kwan Bros, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

Inspired by Asia’s street food culture, Kwan Brothers is a late-night hot spot in Fortitude Valley. Delicious Asian small plates and shared platters with a wide range of cocktails and beers served in a funky and lively atmosphere. The specialty of the house is the, Pork Bao Bao Yippie Yo Yippie Yay, which you would be remiss to have missed this dish.

 

THE MILL ON CONSTANCE

The Mill on Constance, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

The Mill on Constance is a new addition to Fortitude Valley's burgeoning bar scene. Set inside the iconic old flour mill, The Mill offers a wide range of delicious cocktails, wine, and an extensive beer menu at cheery pub prices. Settle in on their comfortable chesterfield couches and enjoy a little piece of Brisbane history.

 

GREEN BEACON BREWING CO.

Green Beacon Brewing Co., Newstead, Queensland

Green Beacon Brewing Co is an award winning craft beer brewer. This brewery and bar is housed in a large heritage warehouse with impressive beer-brewing facilities all the way along the back wall. This is one of the best ways to spend a warm Saturday afternoon. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is well chilled, just like the beer.