Explore Hidden Alleyways in Search for These Brisbane Secret Bars
Brisbane is known for its vibrant nightlife with its plethora of bars and restaurants, but down dark alleys, through barber shops, mysterious wardrobes and fridges, are a handful of hidden bars, perfect for those in search of adventure.
From retro speakeasies to underground dancefloors—join us as we uncover some of the top hidden bars Brisbane has to offer.
Cindy Chows Theatre & Cocktail Bar
This sultry subterranean bar will transport you back to 1920s Shanghai. Enter the sliding door of what appears to be a commercial fridge at late-night eatery Ling Ling's and enter the world of Cindy Chows, a hidden Fortitude Valley bar featuring vintage decor, dim lighting and killer cocktails.
The share-style menu is a showcase of Asian-inspired tapas, including honey hoisin karaage chicken, freshly steamed dumplings, cheeseburger spring rolls and BBQ pork buns. Just drinks? Cindy Chows serves up an array of signature cocktails, wine, beers and premium bottle service for VIP guests. The bar's famous cocktail fountain, 'Lady Absinthe', made with absinthe, citrus, natural syrup and cucumber, is a must.
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Mrs J Rabbits
Located in Woolloongabba restaurant, Electric Avenue, Mrs J Rabbits is a hidden speakeasy perfect for a pre or post-dinner tipple. Climb through a password-locked wardrobe and escape into a low-lit Narnia-style wonderland with grandfather clocks lining the walls and plants hanging from the ceiling.
This whimsical secret bar boasts an impressive selection of whiskies, gins, tonics and botanicals, with over 150 spirits on offer. The menu also features delicious share boards and bar snacks with bespoke cocktails inspired by literary classics from Peter Pan and Cinderella to Alice in Wonderland.
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Next Episode Brisbane
For hip-hop lovers, Next Episode is the ultimate secret bar in Brisbane. The trendy speakeasy, located on South Brisbane's Fish Lane, can be accessed by dialling a secret code into a red telephone on the wall of an empty, neon-lit barber shop.
Pushing open the secret mirrored door, visitors will discover a New York-inspired bar, with a handful of cosy booths, stools lining a mosaic-tiled bar and an unmissable mural of The Notorious B.I.G. Sit back as the DJ spins your favourite hip-hop classics while sampling a unique cocktail menu featuring true-to-theme tipples, including 99 Problems But A Drink Ain't One, Wu-Tang Slam and Mo Money Mo Jitos.
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Suzie Wong's Good Time Bar
Another Fortitude Valley haunt to add to your secret bar list is Suzie Wong's Good Time Bar, a Hawaiian surf shack accessed via a retro fridge on Ann Street. The good times roll five nights a week at Suzie Wong’s with live music and cocktails served up Wednesday through Sunday.
The upbeat bar features exposed brick walls adorned with vintage posters, cosy nooks, and a festive dance floor to party the night away. Open till 3 am, Suzie Wong's is a favourite amongst late-night revellers, serving up a selection of beers on tap, boutique wines, frozen jugs and signature cocktails.
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