Queenslanders now get to eat and drink on their own two feet.
Having crossed over from stage three to stage four of the COVID roadmap on October 1, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this morning that from 4pm, October 2, Queensland’s bars and restaurants would also be able to begin serving customers who are standing so long as they have a COVID-safe plan or checklist in place. (Featured image: @riverbarandkitchen)
But, how do you know which businesses have got a COVID-safe plan or checklist in place? We’d honestly like to imagine that all of them do because it would be the right thing to do as well as allowing them to continue to serve and expand their business opportunities.
To comply with the new regulations, though, businesses will need to display their Statement of Compliance which requires venues to take note of customers’ contact details for tracing purposes, ensure physical distancing measures remain in place, and a reminder that we all need to keep on washing our hands.
1. Riverbar and Kitchen, City
Located on the Brisbane River and sporting spectacular views right from breakfast through to lunch, dinner and evening drinks, Riverbar And Kitchen is one of Brisbane’s waterfront oases.
📍 71 Eagle Street
2. The Gresham Bar, City
With more than 200 whiskies on the wall from across the world as well as plenty of rums, gins and other spirits, this old-world charm bar also makes a mean cocktail. The Gresham Bar is also the last pub in Queensland to have a heritage licence, which makes it undoubtedly special.
📍 308 Queen Street
3. Newstead Brewing Co., Newstead
Beers, beers, beers. On tap or in a can. There’s food too, like burgers, pizzas and a bunch of mains, and they’re open for lunch from 10am and close at midnight. Oh, they’re also housed in an old steel warehouse that was later a bus depot in the 1940s. In other words, plenty of space to keep distant from other groups.
📍 85 Doggett Street
4. Felons Brewing Co., City
Pouring beers from Monday to Sunday, 11am till late, Felons Brewing Co. is proudly Brisbane. Located beneath the Story Bridge within Howard Smith Wharves, Felons is a great spot to catch up with your mates and keep some space between you and others doing the same.
📍 5 Boundary Street
5. The Terrace Rooftop Bar, South Bank
If a bit of fancy-schmancy is what you’re after, then look no further than The Terrace Rooftop Bar at the Emporium Hotel. Up on the 21st floor with 180-degree views of the city and views all the way out to Moreton Island, this is one bar where you will need to dress to impress.
📍 Level 21/267 Grey Street, Emporium Hotel
6. Xcargo, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane’s outdoor playground is opening its arms and welcoming in the people to its collection of distinct spaces made possible by its ex-cargo shipping containers. With a giant flamingo painted on one wall, astroturf laid out pretty much everywhere, and the cutesy pastel colours popular at the moment, this is Brisbane’s ultimate outdoor venue this summer.
📍 37 McLachlan St