The sun is setting, the temperatures are dropping and moods are mellowing; it’s knock-off time! Chances are you’ve probably been slogging away at the office since the crack of dawn and have barely made it to wine o’clock. Let us show you around the finest places to ‘wine down’ in Fortitude Valley for after work drinks.
Our first stop is The Bowery, named after iconic street of the same name in New York City. Nestled in amongst romping and raging nightclubs, this dimly-lit bar is sexy meets sophisticated. Despite its laidback, cosy atmosphere, The Bowery packs a punch with the perfect pairing of delicious cocktails and live jazz music, which you’ll be pleased to find occurs even on weekdays. Mid-week wind-down sorted!
Seeking spectacular skylines with delectable drinks to match? UP on Constance is the socialite’s dream. With panoramic views of beautiful Brisbane, UP is the best place to observe the city from above and perfect for an after work drink. Chic and charming, UP is always down for a celebration; rain, hail or shine with their retractable roof and bi-folding windows ensuring you’ll be sheltered from the elements. Grab your besties and indulge in the Clockwork Orange Cocktail; Tanqueray Gin, Briottet creme de peche Liquer, lemon and passionfruit pulp, garnished with a flamed orange peel. Peckish? Go for the steamed pork belly bao with fried pork belly, plum and hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber and spring onions. Delish!
Seeking a change of scenery but not wanting to skimp on the views? Venture to Eleven, another rooftop bar you just have to visit. Named after the number of stories the bar is perched upon, you’ll be stunned by the 270 degree views of the Valley and surrounding suburbs. Here, casual sophistication is the key, whether it’s share plates or the full dinner experience you’re after, your dining desires will be catered for. With Eleven’s laid-back vibe by day and transforming into a cultured dinner party by night, you’ll feel relaxed as you escape the hustle and bustle with one of the best views in town for after work drinks. Be sure to sip on the Eleven Bar Cocktail, a fruity concoction of beefeater gin, passionfruit, ginger and citrus.
Another haunt for the rooftop devotee is Elixir. Inspired by the Valley’s rich Asian culture, this bar was coined to give life to the Chinese folklore of the ‘Moon Rabbit’ who searches for the Elixir of Life. With just one sip of their tasty concoctions, you’ll feel as if you’ve unlocked the secret to living the good life. Thursdays at Elixir are the best way to bid the workday farewell. For just $20 you can bond with buddies over a humble glass of red while chowing down on ribs.
For those with a fear of heights, the ground-level bars are just as exciting. With a name like Laruche (French for ‘the beehive’), you can expect that when you enter this venue it’ll be going off like a frog in a sock. Boasting a hosting history of the finest in national and international DJs, Laruche is definitely the place to rub shoulders with the ‘in-crowd’. Alcohol aficionados rejoice- Laruche are the pioneers of poison. Don’t believe us? Just wait ‘til you try the ‘Last Word’- a cocktail of Gin, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime…. Your tastebuds will be jumping with joy!
On to the Press Club - a venue so hot that yes, the press will be there! Swing by with the office squad on a Thursday and enter into the realm of swing! Not so confident in your dancing ability? Nothing a little liquid courage can’t fix! The ‘Clockwork Orange’ cocktail is a crowd favourite - with Beefeater Gin, Aperol, peach, lemon, orange and passionfruit, garnished with flamed orange zest. Now you’re talking!
Need to refuel after dancing the night away? Dutch Courage Officers' Mess offers an array of bites that will satisfy even the fussiest of diners. It’s probably best to insert a warning at this point- your salivary glands will be dripping with desire when you hear of the delicacies on display Dutch Courage. Crispy fried duck with orange, mint and radish salad, shaved fennel with blood orange, radish, ruby grapefruit and raising, seared scallops with almond crust, olive and orange….. okay, we’ll stop before the cravings become too much.
Housed in a two storey 19th Century brick building, Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen is a funky establishment you need to check out. With their standout craft beer selections and moreish share plates, you’ll be kicking yourself that you haven’t visited earlier! When it comes to their food, think a fusion of South, Central and Northern American cuisines, and each day you can expect a different food special; Tuesdays are 2-for-1 tacos! Options include delicious soft-corn tortilla tacos stuffed with assorted fillings from pulled pork, to flavoursome chicken, smoky beef or hearty vegetarian. If you’re after a larger plate, you can’t go wrong with one of Bloodhound Bar’s epic burgers, all of which come with a side of fries and sauce! Wash down your meal with a selection of 10 taps with local, national and international craft beers or check out the extensive wine, spirits and cocktail menu. Kicking on for a night out? Head to the Nightjar upstairs and take in the Valley night-life from their wrap-around balcony.
With such a smorgasbord of after-work-watering-holes, you just can’t go past Fortitude Valley.