Brisbane's Best Underground Bars

This is our Must Do guide to Brisbane’s best underground bars. Hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of the city you can find a selection of secret subterranean watering holes - the finest ‘off the beaten track’ hotspots in Brisbane. 

Ling Ling's

This lively subterranean late night Asian bar and eatery is located in the basement of the old Sun newspaper building in Fortitude Valley. Follow the green steps down to a bustling lantern and neon lit place where you'll find soup bowl cocktails, Pan Asian street food, craft beer towers and premium wines, as well as DJs, karaoke, arcade games, pool tables...more

Brooklyn Standard

Like all good underground bars, Brooklyn Standard is hard to find, with a blink-and-you-miss-it doorway tucked away in Eagle Lane. Take the stairs down to a funky brick American bar-styled basement heaving with punters who are there for the great live music every night of the week, the American beers, cracking wine and cocktails, the free pretzels and to nab a cool pistol-lamplit booth...more

Greaser Bar

Deep in the cracks of the fortitude valley, disguised behind double red gates and down an alleyway you’ll find Brisbane’s newest bluesy basement bar. Transport yourself to an American dive bar where you’re surrounded by old school USA, graffiti covered walls and the sweet smell of American comfort food. Sip on cocktails, craft beer and - if you’re feeling patriotic - an American pickle back shot...more 

Grape Therapy Merchants & Drinking Den

Life truly should be about fine wine and good conversation. Make your way to the no-mans end of the Brisbane CBD, where if you walk through a small doorway you’ll find Brisbane’s very own underground wine shop and bar. Picture an old fashion gentleman’s club with a mixture of fine wine, chesterfields, old cigars and a classic Dean Martin sort of feel; there is no better way to immerse yourself in the variety of wines this place has to offer...more

The Walrus Club

This is one of Brisbane’s best kept suburban secrets. Take yourself back in time to the prohibition days, where if you wander down the back of a laneway and down a staircase you will stumble across Brisbane’s very own take on a speakeasy. Hidden beneath the historical Regatta Hotel this rustic, war bunker style space specialises in rum, serving up more than 300 kinds...more 


Venture down the art-signed dead end of Burnett Lane and turn right into the bunker style lounge which by day is a café and a happening bar by night. Brew wears the distinction of being Brisbane city’s first laneway bar and has become a stayer as others come and go – a retreat from the busy streets above. Come here for Craft Beer & Cider Wednesdays, spectacular cocktails or just a quiet glass of wine with friends for, no matter what the weather above ground, Brew is a bar for all seasons...more

Miss Demeanour

Tucked away down a CBD laneway underneath the iconic Rowes and Rothwells heritage-listed building is this moody subterranean bar with sandstone walls and curved leather booths where you can hang until the wee hours with cocktails, wine, coffee, DJs and some of Brisbane's best late night bar food...more

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