Top 10 sport pubs in Brisbane to get your game face on
No matter what sporting code your getting ready to spectate, get into the sporting spirit and get your game face on at these top Brisbane pubs.
The Caxton Hotel
If there’s a one goal in mind for football fans, it’s got to be Caxton Street - home of a handful of pubs including the Caxton hotel. Locals here call it ‘The Cacko’ and it’s been laughing all the way to the bank since it was built in 1884, making it one of Brisbane’s oldest licensed premises. These days the old girl springs to life whenever any game is on at nearby Suncorp Stadium.
The Stock Exchange Hotel
Want to drink up Brisbane’s cityscape while cheering on your team? The newly refurbished Stock Exchange Hotel, located on Edward Street, houses a large rooftop garden on the second floor with a view of the city. Boasting a mega projector screen and a seating capacity for 350 people, the roaring atmosphere here will match that of the stadium. This is a great spot for Friday night footy if you are working or visiting the city!
The Story Bridge Hotel
One of the oldest watering holes in Brisbane, the Story Bridge Hotel is rich with history that dates back to 1886 when it was called the Kangaroo Point Hotel. In 1940 it was renamed The Story Bridge Hotel to honour the opening of The Story Bridge. Sports fans are spoilt for choice with four bars to quench their thirst – the Shelter Bar and Outback Bar are popular choices. For some of the major sporting events, the hotel provides complementary shuttle bus services to and from Suncorp Stadium.
The Breakfast Creek Hotel (The ‘Brekky Creek’)
What do Mikhail Gorbachev, Russell Crowe and Greg Norman have in common? Come on, give it a go. Well if you haven’t already guessed it, they’ve all visited The Breakfast Creek Hotel. Known to locals endearingly as the ‘Brekky Creek’ since 1889, it’s one of Queensland’s most iconic watering holes and famous for ‘Beer off the wood’ (beer straight out wooden casks) and their steaks. With three bars to choose from and a plasma TV in every nook and cranny, it’s hard not to get stuck into the sporting spirit here.
The Normanby Hotel
Perched up at Brisbane’s Red Hill at the Fiveways, the Victorian-style Normanby Hotel was built in 1889. It’s said to channel Queen Anne style with its red brick finish, bay and oriel windows and a timber shingle roof with gables. Here, you’ll find entertainment 52 weeks a year. We just wonder what the Queen would have had to say about that.
The Chalk Hotel
This hotel is a mixed bag of treats with Stick’s Wine and Bar Restaurant, Stumps Bar and Kitchen, and Dust and Powder Cocktail Room all under the one roof. Located just 200 metres from the Gabba and open for up to 22 hours a day, The ‘Chalkie’ is the perfect spot for pre- or post-game celebrations (or commiserations).
The Regatta Hotel
Instantly recognisable for its yawning white lattice verandas, The Regatta Hotel on the riverside at Toowong has been entertaining Brisbane since 1874. She’s survived her fair share of floods and, most notably, made the headlines in 1965 when local feminists Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner chained themselves to the public bar in protest against women not being able to drink there. This led to the women’s liberation movement in Brisbane. You’ll find plenty of women and men enjoying live sports telecasts at The Regatta these days.
The Norman Hotel
It’s Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant – serving up sizzling steaks seven days a week in one of Brisbane’s oldest buildings. Translation? It’s a great spot to knock back a few cold ones and enjoy a steak while cheering your team to glory on the big screen. You can also learn how to fire up the barbie in cooking classes at the Norman Hotel which channel 20 years of meat flipping experience in a two-hour class.
Pig ‘n’ Whistle
This small chain with four Brisbane locations touts itself as a British pub and plays plenty of British football on the big screen TVs. Dine on an English pork pie, a Cornish pastie and homemade Lincolnshire sausages with creamy mash, followed by an Eton Mess for dessert. The new Brunswick Pig ‘N’ Whistle with its soaring cathedral ceilings and alfresco beer garden also serves up fried calamari and crispy chicken wings – perfect bar food to go with the game.
The Pineapple Hotel (The Piney)
Just down the road from the “Gabba” and dubbed one of Queensland’s treasures, the Pineapple Hotel was established in 1864 – named after the pineapple plantations around Kangaroo Point in the 1900s. This heritage-listed hotel houses four bars and one of them is the 5th Quarter Bar – a stylish sports bar with lounge seating, beers on tap and plasma screens as wallpaper.
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