Rooftops are to summer what fireplaces are to winter. And although there are far fewer bars and restaurants in the city with fireplaces compared to rooftops (or courtyards), Brisbane does have a handful of bars and restaurants with fireplaces that are perfect for mid-winter hangs with friends.
Pull up a chair, feel the heat and hear the crackle. Just don’t lean in too close because fire is fire and it isn’t to be messed with.
Scout Café, Petrie Terrace
Bagels, bagels and more bagels. That’s three reasons why Scout Café needs to be on anyone’s must-try café list in Brisbane, but come winter, you can add fireplace hangs onto that essential list because Scout’s backroom fireplace adds an even more cosy, cottage kind of feel to this local.
Add homemade cakes and Supreme coffee into the mix and you’ve got the perfect start to chilly mornings.
Find Scout Café at 190 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace
Alfred & Constance, Fortitude Valley
When it comes to bars, it’s hard to beat two houses joined together to create an epic offering of bars, good times and hearty pub food. Mosey on through and find yourself a spot on one of the comfy couches in the Tunes Bar kitted out with retro speakers, mismatched furniture, and, of course, a crackling fireplace.
If you can’t find a seat by the fire, order one of the wood-fired pizzas to warm you up from the inside out.
Find Alfred & Constance on the corner of Constance and Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
Cowch, South Bank
Ice cream fiends don’t take a break in winter. Rather, they hit up Cowch in South Bank where they can get their sugar hit while staying warm thanks to the centrepiece fireplace. From churros to pancakes, waffles to pizzas and sundae bowls plus the sweetest of cocktails, Cowch has got you covered.
Find Cowch at 2/179 Grey Street, South Bank
The Gresham, Brisbane
There are few bars more iconic or historical than The Gresham in Brisbane. The heritage-listed bar is a favourite for beers, whiskies and cocktails plus so many more drinks, but make your way past the main bar and you’ll find a cosy room with a fireplace that’s just begging you to sit down in front of it.
Find The Gresham at 308 Queen Street, Brisbane City
Sixes And Sevens, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane’s architecture is great in summer, but winter poses a few chills. However, Sixes and Sevens on the corner of James and Arthur Streets have not only got a modern renovation but have also kept the working fireplace. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is delicious. There are beers on tap, ciders to warm you up and wine in carafes plus cocktail pitchers perfect for sharing.
Find Sixes and Sevens at 67 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Hope & Anchor, Paddington
Another heritage-listed cottage makes the list but this time in Paddo where Hope & Anchor has been serving up good times to locals for a while now. The English-style gastro pub has got a selection of small plates and more substantial meals you can tuck into while the fireplace keeps you warm in winter.
Find Hope & Anchor at 267 Given Terrace, Paddington