18 super-suave Brisbane bars for the business traveller
From the long flight to corporate meetings and all the dull transit happenings in between, Brisbane has what you need to transform your business trip into a totally luxe experience.
If ever there were an opportunity to dip into a city's most lavish offerings, it's when you're visiting on business. And because work and conferences can be such tiresome work, why not pop on to your indulgent itinerary a trip to one of Brisbane's most high-end bars?
Soleil is a fabulous bar at Rydges South Bank Hotel and just a short stroll from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. It boasts a bubbly atmosphere and some of the best espresso martinis going around. Choose to stay a little later and this bar picks up speed.
Not only are these guys serious wine connoisseurs but they also know the importance of pairing a vintage glass with a sophisticated cheese platter. Simply follow the stairs down to Grape Therapy to escape your work worries and relax.
Sitting on the corner of Spencer Lane is award-winning Laneway Bar. A quirky space where classic films are projected onto the wall of the lane, you'll enjoy its happening vibe while sipping on crafty cocktails and snacking on gourmet food.
With award-winning cocktails and old-school vibes, The Gresham is the right spot to be for a cheeky nightcap after a hard day of business. Particularly happening on a Friday night - should you be in town on this day be sure to stop by.
5. Cru Bar, Fortitude Valley
Hop down to the Valley's leafy green James St for a beverage while the sun goes down. As well as cool craft beer, this trendy locale has a great list of mouth-watering share plates for those larger (and sometimes rowdier) business dinners.
6. Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Exaggerated grandeur and luscious furnishings mark this bar a high-end must-visit destination during your business stay. Find a small booth upstairs for an intimate setting or head downstairs to groove among the crowds on the dancefloor.
Join the corporate crowd as they flock to this rooftop hangout perched atop Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. It's a ritzy locale with appetising drinks and a killer view of the sparkling city skyline.
8. Maker, South Brisbane
A small hole in the wall found down South Bank's Fish Lane, bask in Maker's dark and moody surrounds while sipping on flavoursome creations. Maker is also conveniently just up the road from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (delegates, take note) and a stone's throw from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (for the perfect after-show drink).
Emporium is a particularly glamorous bar filled with custom-designed furnishings and antiques sourced from the far-reaching corners of the globe. But the award-winning cocktails are by far its standout offering (we recommend the spiced pumpkin latte for a totally unique drink).
Want to fill those hours of downtime between business meetings or conference commitments? The Bowery has you covered. It has a heap of cool and cosy corners ready for you to unwind with a drink in hand, and rest assured it will be a delicious one as this bar holds a collection of impressive awards.
We know doing business can be tiresome work so we suggest refuelling with a Black Ray Whisky Espresso Martini at swish whisky bar Nant. Find yourself a big old chesterfield lounge, make yourself known to the bartender (they'll look after you incredibly well) and sink in for the long haul.
Eleven is a slick rooftop bar with stunning panoramic views of Brisbane City. Come at dusk for sunset drinks and relaxed dining.
13. The Apo, Fortitude Valley
A sophisticated haunt with an extensive drinks list (grab the Velvet Underground cocktail - it's delightful) complemented by intricate dishes (order the kangaroo tartare, fermented muntries with green chilli). We pick these guys as a suitable spot for those long dinners to talk serious business.
Saunter down Burnett Lane to this thriving petite bar for a gourmet American inspired snack and craft beer. Super Whatnot's cool charms make it a refreshing sanctuary for post-business happenings, so bring your business mates and order up.
15. Alchemy, Brisbane City
Prime positioning along Brisbane's river overlooking the iconic Story Bridge makes the perfect backdrop for elegant French cuisine paired with a classic drinks list. Looking to woo some business partners? Book a table.
16. Baedeker, Fortitude Valley
Step off the street and into the past at Baedeker, a champagne, wine and whiskey bar along Constance St. Step inside and you'll find yourself in an underground bar a la Paris in the 1920s or 1930s. There's also a secret door, behind which you will find a space ideal for a business dinner.
If you've got work to catch up on but don't want to be a recluse to your hotel room, tapping away on your laptop with a chardonnay in hand is an acceptable feat at Sofitel's the Cuvee Lounge. It's also got incredible views overlooking the city so it will barely feel like work.
18. Aria, Brisbane City
Where sinking a smooth brew and sealing serious business deals go hand-in-hand, Aria Restaurant is your go-to restaurant and bar. Top-shelf spirits and an impressive a la carte menu will set the scene for a decadent corporate meeting.