Let’s set the scene… You’ve become a little bit – shall we say – socially excited and consumed too much pinot than you probably should and are in desperate need of a good feed to soak up some of that lovely grape juice. Since it is after 10pm, your only option is trust Maccas, or some other fast food joint where you will inevitably break all of the sincere healthy eating promises you’ve made to your sober self… right? Wrong! Avoid the fast food vortex awash with greasy food, sore stomachs and regret and read on.
It may seem that Brisbane’s late night dining scene is far from enviable, but that’s just on the surface. Fear not, our foodie friends, because over here at Brisbane Threads, we have done the research (read: the pinot situation) and compiled a short but sweet list that will send you on the right path for late night foodie options for every taste, budget and level of intoxication.
Heya Bar – 367 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Heya Bar, where Brunswick Social once stood, takes the previous bar’s dumpling house to another level. With bar food of an Asian influence being served until late, it is everything you have ever wanted. It’s so hip that you will want to start and end your night here. #BTinsidertip – The mushroom and bacon gyozas are to die for.
Open Wed 6pm-midnight, Thurs-Sat 6pm-3am
Alfredo’s Pizzeria – 39 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
Pizza. The forever-favourite late night snack. But why settle and guzzle down a greasy $2 slice when Alfredo’s Pizzeria is open till late AND serves wood fired deliciousness for Brisbane folk. Neighboring Alfred and Constance, Alfredo’s Pizzeria is the place to get the best late night takeaway. And the best part? Alfredo’s Delivers until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays!
Open Sun-Thurs midday-1am, Fri & Sat midday-3am
Public – Level 1, 400 George Street, Brisbane
One word can explain a late night feed at Public – KFD. The Kentucky fried Duck will keep you and your drunken alter ego coming back again and again (and than maybe when you’re sober too!). This uber cool part-kitchen-part-bar combo is perched in a glass box on George St and has all the makings of a New York loft. Trust us, you will feel like the epitome of class (even if you might look otherwise…). With the kitchen closing at 11 pm you will have plenty of time to pop in and soothe your starving self after happy hour ends.
Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-midnight, Sat 5-midnight
Kwan Brothers – 43 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
Kwan Brothers, occupying the A&C corner that we have come to know and love, is a ripper for Asian street food and fresh fusion bites. The kitchen is open to 11pm, so Kwan Bro’s is not one for a spontaneous early morning feed, but rather drinks and a good belly of food before your big night. If you lay the foundations right, you won’t be cursing in the am* (*we can’t guarantee that).
Open Mon-Thurs 5-11pm, Fri-Sun midday-11pm
Gerard’s Bistro – 14/15 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Gerard’s is another one that must be planned in advance, otherwise you risk missing out on their famous fare and uber-cool vibes. If you’re jumping around the James Street precinct and starting late, start here and keep it classy before the night truly unfolds.
Open Mon-Sun until late
Riverbar & Kitchen – 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Picturesque views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River, tasty cocktails, delicious food and seats under the stars, Riverbar & Kitchen is not just a good breakfast and lunch spot – when the sun drops the party really starts. The good news is you can still grab a good bite to eat just before midnight pre-dancing.
Open Mon-Sun 7-11.30pm
Canvas – 16B Logan Road, Woolloongabba
If you want food that compliments the drinks menu, Canvas is where it’s at. Grab a late dinner dish or a round of rustic charcuterie and mezzo boards to keep you going all night long after the hunger pains set in a couple of hours before midnight. Did someone say boutique wines and craft beer?
Open Tues-Fri midday-midnight, Sat-Sun 8am-midnight
Jimmy’s On The Mall – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Did you know Jimmy’s On The Mall is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Me either, until now! Whether it’s dinner at 11pm, a quick snack on the way home at 3am or breakfast at 7am, you’ll find something tasty at Jimmy’s On The Mall without a doubt. Bonus – it’s recently been renovated and is now looking sparkling new and oh so shiny with fairy lights and greenery on every wall.
Open 24hrs, 7 days
The Sangria Bar, Ole Restaurant, 13/14 grey Street, South Bank
Tapas and sangria…. at midnight… in Brisbane. Is there anything better?! The Sangria Bar at Ole Restaurant operates in true Spanish style, open until late and serving dishes inspired by the motherland, made with fresh local product and authentic imported staple ingredients.
Open Mon-Sun 11am-late (food available until midnight Thurs-Sat)
Pancake Manor – 18 Charlotte Street, Brisbane
And finally an iconic Brisbane institution. Pancake Manor has the monopoly on late night dining in Brisbane for all age groups – tween, teen, vibrant 20’s, mid thirties…. everyone has either been there, is going there or is there! Though it might not be high on a foodie’s bucket list, it’s open all day and night, every day and night and when it’s 3am, fluffy pancakes with all of the toppings a really good idea. Just trust us on this one.
Open 24hrs, 7 days