If quality nightlife is your first priority, then you need to crumple up your world map or dropkick your nearest globe and succumb to an adventure in Brisbane. For those 18 and over, the madness doesn't stop until 3am anywhere in the city, although your best chance to find particularly great bars, pubs, or clubs would have to be in the Central Business District, the West End, and Fortitude Valley. Then again, Brisbane's calling card is its incredible support of live music, so you'll find venues everywhere.
With a variety of hotels, pubs, and clubs, most travelers will find themselves in “The City” (CBD) and not need to go anywhere else. There are plenty of establishments and they can be anywhere from classy to sleazy, cheap and loud to expensive and, well... probably loud. Take a walk along Edward Street for a good selection of establishments or set out in any direction from Brisbane Town Hall and you'll find a place you like within a few blocks.
Nowadays, the West End is the more hipster/bohemian place to be, where the creative sect of Brisbane feel most at home. It will be less crowded here, while it can be argued that the venues are more reasonably priced and the attitude is more laid back. If this is your style, then take a stroll along Boundary Street, where fixtures like Hi-Fi (live music), The Boundary Hotel, Lock n Load, and many more can be found.
Our final nightlife area is the crème de la crème of Australian nightlife and even has the distinction of being a “Special Entertainment Precinct,” the only of its kind on the continent. Fortitude Valley (“The Valley”) is the reason that most connoisseurs of live music and the club atmosphere gravitate toward this city. With the highest concentration of drinking establishments anywhere in Australia, The Valley is crowded, loud, and totally worth it for the high volume of great places to spend your night. Renowned spots like Family or The Zoo call this area home. We suggest you bring your dancing and sing-along skills to Brunswick, Anne, and Wickham Streets; let the rest become a fond memory.
For more on individual venues, check our listings. If you're lacking the inspiration; check for a pulse. Once you've confirmed that you're alive, start planning your trip to Brisbane.