Ask local residents for the best pubs in Brisbane and you will surely get enough names to set your head spinning. They’ll give you pubs they have visited or ones they have heard or read about. Eventually, some pub names do pop up more frequently. There is even less agreement about what makes a “best pub”.
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In our opinion, what defines a ‘best pub’ is its good food, a wide variety of beers, the entertainment it offers and its décor. Here’s our list of ‘Best Pubs’ in and around Brisbane.
• Best Pub for Food
Story Bridge Hotel – Kangaroo Point.
Choose between three dining styles – there’s one to suit every occasion. It’s their 2008 Winner of Queensland Hotels ‘Award for Excellence’, Deery’s Restaurant, that attracts most of this pub’s well-deserved reputation. The beautiful timber settings and polished wooden floors of the dining room provide an unexpected setting for the outstanding ala carte fine food that follows. Succulent steaks and culinary magic that features fresh Queensland produce, keep a legion of happy diners returning for more.
• Best Pubs for Steaks
Breakfast Creek Hotel – Breakfast Creek
Forty years ago, Breakfast Creek Hotel created a Spanish-style steakhouse that was to become an institution both locally and internationally. No visit to Brisbane is complete until you have sampled a tender, aged filled you selected from their chilled display cabinet then, if you wish, watch it being grilled to perfection on their outdoor kitchen. With sizes ranging from ‘just enough’ to ‘huge’, their steaks are served with simple side dishes to ensure nothing detracts from the main star on your plate.
Brekky Creek has been widening its dining appeal in recent years to win non-meat eaters with their barramundi and char-grilled chicken dishes and plump freshly shucked oysters.
• Best Pub for Beers
The Shelter at Story Bridge Hotel – Kangaroo Point
Fancy trying some different beers? With 18 Australian and imported beers on tap and its fridges overflowing with numerous other varieties of chilled amber, choosing your next beer at The Shelter can be quite a challenge. Do I go from left to right? Do I prefer a lager? Remember, always drink responsibly and know your limits.
The Shelter has a great range of wines and creates some marvelous cocktails, too.
The Shelter was always destined to be different. Located under the arches of the Story Bridge, it is a wonderful destination for a night out or lazy afternoon drinks.
• Best Pub for a Good Night Out
Irish Murphy’s Pub – in Brisbane’s CBD.
Like Irish pubs the world over, Irish Murphy’s Pub has charm and vitality. It could never be explained as quiet or stuffy – something’s on the go all the time. A great selection of well-priced ales (and Guinness, of course) on tap, and entertainment plus! The friendly staff and animated patrons complete the chemistry that makes Irish Murphy’s Pub our top selection for a Good Night Out.
Dance or soak up the fantastic musical talent including live bands that regularly perform at Irish Murphy’s Pub. Giveaways and promotion add to the fizz. This pub is a social meeting hub in central Brisbane. You never know who you will meet!
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