Hidden laneways are popping up all across Brisbane, packed with secret bars and cosy cafes. It’s time you uncovered the city’s most interesting laneways, and the drinking holes and eateries that lie within.
A stone’s throw from Queensland museums, galleries and performing art centres, Fish Lane is popular for pre-show dining and post museum browsing drinks. Stretching six blocks, this eclectic laneway offers refuge from the hustle and bustle of South Bank.
There is no way you can visit Fish Lane without stopping by Julius Pizzeria, who serve some of Brisbane’s most loved Napoli-style pizzas and Italian dishes. Don’t worry if there is a bit of a queue, it’s a good excuse to pop into gastronomic cocktail bar, Maker or Saccharomyces Beer Café for a pre-dinner drink.
Want to catch the last of the afternoon sunlight? Head to Hello Please, a Vietnamese street food vendor serving fried chicken wings, bao and crispy pork belly, out of a shipping container.
Bakery Lane has all the makings of a cracking laneway – exposed bricks, alfresco dining with strings of fairy lights and boutique shops that stock one-of-a-kind products.
By day, Johnny's Pizzeria and Nom Nom Korean serve up fresh bites to eat which fill the laneway with delicious, mouth-watering scents. Their communal dining tables spill into the central space, so there are plenty of opportunities to bask in that glorious Brisbane whether.
Bakery Lane is just as equally as impressive by night. Laruche serves up some of Brisbane’s tastiest cocktails alongside late night jam sessions. Head down on Wednesdays for a night of live jazz, or Thursdays for their blues session.
If you love wandering around weekend markets, then you’re sure to love Win Lane in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The top spot for independent, boutique shopping, this lane is a hive of activity on weekends, attracting Brisbane’s creative community. These pocket-sized stores are often on rotation as pop-ups, so stay tuned with Winn Lane’s Facebook page to see what’s on. This unique community space even attracts events like Laneway theatre, yard sales and product launches so there is sure to be something interesting on when you visit.
Worked up an appetite? The laneway’s top eatery Ben Burgers, serves up, you guessed it… burgers! Along with some pretty hard to resist sides and drinks - we’re talking Chilli Cheese Fries and brownies with ice cream.
Brisbane’s oldest and most-loved laneway has come a long way from its colonial days where it once served as the exercise yard for prisoners. This funky lane still pays homage to its past with historical facts and quotes scrawled across its walls as well as neon street art painted along its asphalt surface.
This lane is scattered with hole in the wall cafes, fancy feeds and late-night drinking holes. Pop in for an after work tipple at Super Whatnot. Or grab a bite to eat at the laneway’s always popular Felix For Goodness. We can’t go past the green pappardelle with lamb ragu, peas, cherry tomatoes, pecorino and mint.
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