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Brisbane South Bank & West End Tour original

Explore Brisbane’s Southbank and West End areas with a short brewery and bar tour.

Our Brisbane South Bank & West End Tour takes you to two breweries and three craft beer bars.

The breweries are:

The bars are:

The tour starts on Tribune Street in the Southbank precinct.

 Hoo Ha Bar

Hoo Ha Bar, BrisbaneThe single room Hoo Ha Bar, with its range of seating options, offers four taps of rotating beers, together with a large range of bottled beer.

The beers are complemented by locally sourced food and independent coffee.  A warm welcome is always guaranteed with the venue full of a mix of eclectic locals from the nearby education campuses and other local small businesses.

A short 5 minute walk along Grey Street brings you to the next bar.

Tomahawk Kitchen & Bar

DSC_5419v2The Tomahawk Kitchen & Bar on Grey Street is sister to Tipplers Tap in Newstead and offers the same high quality range of craft beer.

It’s simple layout makes it easy to choose from the 13 taps of a wide range of beer styles.  Even more beer is available from the two large bottled beer fridges at the sides of the bar.

Most of the seating is outside this small bar, which gives plenty of opportunity to watch the passing crowds. Whilst the food menu may be small, it’s all high quality food and it’s hard not to try the wonderful popcorn chicken.

A short walk along Grey Street brings you to the first brewery.

James Squire Brewhouse at The Charming Squire

The Charming Squire is the largest of the James Squire Brewhouses. Finding a seat shouldn’t be a problem in this massive bar and restaurant, with an added mezzanine and outdoor seating.

DSC_3312v2On tap are all nine of the James Squire beers brewed at the main brewery in Sydney together with at least one beer brewed on site in the small brewery which is immediately visible high above you as you enter the bar area.

The menu features locally sourced produce including items from the owners nearby speciality farm.

Moving on, turn left out of The Charming Squire, past the railway station and left onto Melbourne Street, and a 10 minute walk into the West End area and onto Boundary Street will bring you to another of Brisbane’s older and established craft beer bars.

Archive Beer Boutique

DSC_5427v2Located opposite Jane Street, in the heart of trendy West End is Archive Beer Boutique.

The small entrance leads you into a large two roomed bar.  As one of the largest craft beer bars in the city theres always room to find a seat, and if you can’t, then check out the cartoon wallpaper.

Also on the eclectic side, you’ll find over 20 draught beers, with one served on a handpump.  There is also a huge selection of bottled beers served over the book end bar.  In the adjacent room is an excellent bottle shop featuring a wide range of national and global beers.

Just up Boundary Street is the second of the breweries and the last stop on the tour.

Brisbane Brewing Company

Newly opened, the Brisbane Brewing Company site is now the brewhouse that serves this venue, and it’s sister site, Brewhouse Brisbane (which doesn’t brew!).

DSC_5422v2Echoeing a laneway bar, the entrance is easy to miss unless you look up.  The wrought iron name sign above your head signals the entrance.

Inside, past the range of outdoor seating, are various seating options with clear views to the brewing eqipment through glass panels.

The bar area at the rear, bookended by fermenting vessels, serves the latest range of their beers, plus a couple of guest beers, one of which is usually served through one of the rarer handpumps.

DSC_5489v2The open kitchen serves a wide range of quality food making this the perfect place to stay a while, enjoy the food and work your way through a tasting paddle of the beers.

Opening times:

Hoo Ha Bar: Mon to Fri 7am to late, Sat and Sun 10am to late
Tomahawk Kitchen & Bar: Tues-Sun 12pm to 10pm
The Charming Squire: Mon to Sun 10am to late
Archive Beer Boutique: Everyday 11am to late
Brisbane Brewing Company:  Wed-Sun 10am to 12am