Things to do in Brisbane at Night

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There’s so much to see and do across Brisbane during the day and this certainly doesn’t change once the sun has set. From rooftop bars and great restaurants through to live music and a huge range of entertainment, there’s plenty to discover and experience across the Queensland capital.

Here are our picks of the best things to do in Brisbane at night:

Catch some live music

From local acts through to the big names in music, Brisbane’s live music venues play host to a great lineup of acts throughout the year. Take your pick from live music bars such as Black Bear Lodge and Brooklyn Standard or stop by one of the other dedicated live music venues scattered throughout the city, including The Foundry and The Brightside.

Take in the view from Brisbane Lookout

Offering spectacular views across the city during the day, Brisbane Lookout, situated at the summit of Mount Coot-tha, is also the perfect spot to soak up the sights of the Queensland capital after the sun has set. Step onto the observation deck and spot Brisbane’s iconic buildings, marvel in the starlit sky or simply watch on as the city lights twinkle below. Whether you’re a local or are visiting from out of town, the panoramic views are sure to leave you in awe of the city.

Brisbane, Australia from Brisbane Lookout
Brisbane, Australia from Brisbane Lookout. Image Credit: Lachlan Fearnley.

Tantalise your tastebuds

Whether you’re on the hunt for a classic pub meal, sensational international flavours or a fine dining experience, there’s certainly no shortage of great dining options to choose from across Brisbane. Indulge your senses with Modern Australian flavours at Bacchus or Aria Brisbane, enjoy a taste of Italy at 1989 Enoteca or opt to sample Asian fusion cuisine at Madame Wu. From budget friendly eats through to dining spots perfect for celebrating a special occasion, Brisbane’s dining scene is home to a broad spectrum of eateries that are well worth exploring.

Spend time browsing market stalls

Several of Brisbane’s regular markets operate in the evening, including the Eat Street Markets, Twilight Makers Market and The Collective Markets. Stocking food, fashion and just about everything in between, the market stalls provide a great opportunity to sample local produce, shop handmade items and find a souvenir to remember your time in the state capital.

Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, Australia
Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, Australia. Image Credit: Eat Street Markets.

Enjoy a performance at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre

From live music and theatre through to comedy and dance, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, also known as QPAC, plays host to an impressive lineup of entertainment throughout the year. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a night out with the whole family, or just a special someone, there are more than enough fantastic shows from world renowned, local, and up and coming performers to choose from.

Take a step back in time

Once the sun has set on Brisbane, there are so many ways to discover the people, events and places that have helped to shape the city. See the colonial fortifications of Fort Lytton brought to life during a performance of Fort Lytton at Night, learn about the purported haunted heritage of the city with Brisbane Ghost Tours, or simply set out on foot and admire the beautiful heritage building peppered throughout Brisbane’s streets.

Brisbane Town Hall, Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane Town Hall, Brisbane, Australia. Image Credit: Lenny K Photography.

Head to the drive-in

An icon of the 1950s, Brisbane is home to a number of drive-in cinemas that are perfect for a night out with friends, a family outing or a date night with a difference. Take your pick from outdoor theatres including the Yatala Drive-In in Stapylton and the Eat Street Drive-In in Hamilton, and enjoy the latest release films, great American diner-style food and a unique cinema experience.

Stop by Brisbane’s rooftop bars

When the weather warms up, head up high above street level and make the most of the city’s scenic rooftop bars. Watch on as the sun sets and nightfall descends on the city at popular drinking spots such as the Eleven Rooftop Bar, The Rooftop at the Stock Exchange Hotel or Dandys Rooftop Bar at The Fox Hotel. From fruity cocktails through to crisp beers, each bar offers a great menu of drinks to accompany their stunning city views.

Eleven Rooftop Bar, Brisbane, Australia
Eleven Rooftop Bar, Brisbane, Australia. Image Credit: Eleven Rooftop Bar.

Looking to experience Brisbane at night for yourself? Find and compare cheap flights to Brisbane, as well as plenty of great hotels across the city with Webjet.

Feature Image Credit: Fergus Tuomey.

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