Any visit to Brisbane would be incomplete without sampling the city at night. There is much to do and see in the city during the day, but at night the city comes alive with so many choices for those who want to experience the nightlife. From Fortitude Valley to the central business district through to the South Bank, Toowong and even in the suburbs, there is something for whatever your preference is.
Before you go out for the night make sure you bring along proof of age. It’s also time to ditch the thongs and togs (i.e. thongs and swimwear) in favour of smart wear. That’s to make sure there’s no hassle getting into any of the night spots. It might also be good to know which day of the week it is because Thursday to Sunday are usually the best nights to go.
The most popular night spot is Fortitude Valley with its collection of cool clubs, bars and live music. It’s Australia’s first ever designated entertainment precinct. There’s plenty to choose from at the Valley. The more popular venues are outdoor bars like Elixir on Ann Street because of its fresh holiday feel and amazing rooftop location. Alfred & Constance is also a favourite among locals and tourists with its three themed bars connected by decks.
The younger set is often found at Ric’s Bar for that grungier feel with alternative music and cheap drinks where the key feature is the big backyard that makes you feel like you’re just visiting a friend’s home.
Of course a night out in the Valley is a great time to experience it’s world famous clubs. Cloudland offers four levels with so many chill-out choices such as booths, incredible bars. And then there’s The Family, arguably the most famous club in Brisbane, where international, superstar DJs do regular performances. It’s also famous for its ice bar, one among five bars throughout the four floors of the club.
Around the CBD, night spots aren’t lacking either. The Eagle Street Pier precinct also has a goodly collection of restaurants, bars and cafes for you. Fridays and Riverbar are a good start. Burnett Lane is also a good place with favourites like Brew, Super Whatnot, and Survey Co. Since you’re in the area you can also sample Embassy for some fine craft beer or a few specialist bars like Gilhooleys, Mick O’Malley’s and The Gresham.
South Brisbane and the West End are also popular nightspots. 5th Element would be good choice to sample the best selection of wine in the Southern Hemisphere with awesome tappas and other bistro food. Archive serves world-class craft beer while Sling Lounge can take you through its list of more than 250 cocktails.
A night out isn’t just for clubbing, partying, drinking, and dancing. Right smack in the centre of Brisbane’s art precinct is the Queensland Conservatorium that features opera, jazz, and world music concerts throughout the year. Opera Queensland and the Queensland Orchestra are also regular performers.
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (i.e. QPAC) is also popular. It’s where you can watch and experience plays, ballet, operas, and music concerts. There are four different theatres here: The Concert Hall, The Cremorne Theatre, the Lyric Theatre, and The Playhouse.