Brisbane’s Doorstop Dining GuideWhether you’re visiting Brisbane for an overnight business trip, or a few leisurely days of shopping, and sight-seeing, navigating the River City’s grid of one-way streets and hidden laneways can seem a little puzzling when it comes to hunting down that early morning caffeine fix, a grab-and-go bite, or late night tapas and martinis on foot.
But armed with a few helpful suggestions from some of our local insiders, you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect cup of coffee (or cocktail) in minutes… literally.So cancel your Uber and take advantage of these Brisbane hot spots that are located within an easy 200 metres of your hotel:
A hop, skip and a jump from Oaks Aurora Tower (420 Queen Street, Brisbane), Brooklyn Standard sets the tone for an evening of loud and live music, and American brews, underpinned by a cool, underground vibe. Fashioned on a New-York-style basement bar, patrons can enjoy a bevy of international and craft lagers and ales whilst snacking on free pretzels and listening to a rotating line-up of local musicians and bands six nights a week.
For a more glamorous affair, BlackBird Bar & Grill – just 150 metres from Oaks Aurora Tower – is high on any Brisbaneites’ list of favourite cocktail haunts. Choose from The Gatsby Bar and SpeakEasy Bar (the Roaring Twenties is the obvious theme here so dress to impress) and peruse the impressive line up of classic and contemporary cocktails, fine wines and whiskeys.
When it comes to Insta-worthy cheese platters, The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar on Oaks Charlotte Towers’ doorstep (128 Charlotte Street, Brisbane) has carved out a glowing reputation for its ‘charcuterie’ boards. Featuring cellar-aged meats perfectly paired with sharp, delicate and rustic cheese varieties from the world over, settle in for an afternoon of indulgence. Hashtag yum.
Also an easy stroll from Oaks Charlotte Towers is legendary coffee hot spot Strauss, where caffeine connoisseurs can sip on a signature blend of Guatemalan and Honduran flavours, and tuck into a drool-worthy list of breaky and lunchtime favourites.
Those staying in Milton and are also in search for the perfect brew will relish the sight of Bunker – one of Brisbane’s most unique hole-in-the-wall cafes and just 200 metres from The Milton Brisbane (55 Railway Terrace, Milton). An old war bunker that has been transformed into a popular caffeine stop in this vibrant, inner-city suburb, Bunker serves up a top-notch cup of coffee and hot chocolate with a side of history in a charming, leafy setting.
And if you’re looking for somewhere in stumbling distance from The Milton Brisbane to wine and dine (on cheese), stop by Brisbane’s first fromagerie – Fromage, The Cow – and sample over 80 types of cheeses from the walk-in-cheese-room, accompanied by an impressive list of local and international wines.
Oaks Hotels & Resorts offers the choice of 11 apartment-style properties located throughout Brisbane, including the CBD, Bowen Hills, Woolloongabba and Milton. Rooms start from $129* per night.