Beat the heat with a cool, summery drink at one of Fortitude Valley’s chic watering holes. Here are our suggestions for sampling the best fruity fermentations, sassy spritzes and crafty cocktails the Valley has to offer.

Cindy Chow’s Theatre and Cocktail Bar
If it’s time for a drink, why not step back in time to Shanghai of the 1920s, known as the Paris of the East and pay a visit to Cindy Chow’s? Revel in the intrigue and mystery of an underworld icon while sipping on their selection of cocktails.

Cielo Rooftop
Escape the summer slog and while away the daylight hours at Cielo Rooftop above Brunswick Street. Serving modern cocktails paired with a delicious seafood menu, it’s always summertime at Cielo.

Finney Isles
Definitely not an Irish pub, Finney Isles is a great summer getaway to enjoy an elegant cocktail and some charcuterie. Nestled on the private corner of Ann and Warner Streets, Finney Isles offers a slice of summer seclusion.

Giardenetto Italian Restaurant
Home of the classic spritz, Giardenetto Italian Restaurant serves Italy’s favourite Aperitivo, Aperol. Say “Buongiorno” to homestyle Italian fare and take your taste buds on a world tour of deliciousness. 

Hey Chica!
Hey Chica! have a great selection of classic and contemporary cocktails to slake your summer thirst. The signature cocktails are ideally paired with the Latin-inspired street food to make your summer evenings shine.

Hotel Carrington
On the corner of Wickham and Gipps Streets, Hotel Carrington is a touch of old-world charm. Specialising in feel-good food, it also houses a stunning cocktail menu all mixed with top-shelf liquor by expert bartenders.

Mr Mista!
An LA-inspired cocktail bar serving Asian-influenced cuisine. Mr Mista cocktails are all named after Hollywood celebrities, meaning it’s easier than ever to get your lips around Brad Pitt. Shaken or stirred, the choice is yours.

Suzie Wongs Good Time Bar
Nothing says hot summer nights like a Hawaiian dive bar serving tropical libations. Rock out to live music while enjoying the fresh selections of refreshing cocktails.

The Sound Garden
The Sound Garden is a summer sanctuary where you can chill in the greenery and slurp on a delightfully playful range of classic and modern cocktails, like the Smells Like Martini Spirit or Bohemian Raspberry.

Osbourne Hotel
The Osbourne Hotel has been slinging beers since 1864 but it’s also kept up with the times. Swing by for a fresh summer ale, crisp cider or one of The Osbourne’s signature handcrafted cocktails and soak in the history of one Brisbane’s oldest drinking establishments. 

Cheers.

- December 2021