Brisbane City bars with cheap eats

What’s better than a great bar? A great bar with cheap food. Drinking responsibly involves eating, and let’s face it, you’ve got to eat anyway. From American-style sports bars to underground bunker bars, these inner-city watering holes have the best combos of atmosphere and affordable eats.

Brew Cafe and Wine Bar


Little Burnett Lane’s hidden bar is a hit with city locals all week round. The bar menu has you covered with bagels from $13, and heaps of bar snacks to share (like chicken and chili meatballs) from $11 each. Happy hour is the time to go.


The new kid on Eagle Street Pier (and super close to Student One – yay for us!) is Riverland – an epic setup over the Brisbane River with a stellar view of the Story Bridge. There’s plenty of room for friends here and the food-truck-slash-street-market is perfect for evening eats. Choose your poison between Carolina Kitchen, Phat Boys or Kraut N About (brats and schnitzels) all serving eats at street food prices.

Super Whatnot

Head down Burnett Lane to find the multi storey Super Whatnot. This place is always packed and has an American-inspired menu that’s designed for sharing and grazing – featuring hot dawgs, gourmet toasties and apparently, the best nachos in town (we’ll let you be the judge).

Felix for Goodness

Another laneway gem and neighbour to Super Whatnot is Felix for Goodness. This little bar is an escape from the busyness of the mall, and the perfect place for arvo bevvies and eats. It’s all about the cheese, olives and bread here, like the seed and nut loaf with truffle mushroom pate for $14. Mmmmm.

River Bar


Bar with a view? Yes please. Riverbar is a popular Eagle Street Pier venue, filling with a city crowd on weekday afternoons. Fridays are by far the busiest but go in the afternoon for drinks in the sun with the breeze. Snacks like buffalo halloumi sliders, crumbed chicken tenders and polenta fritters are all around $15.

Brooklyn Standard

With a place like Brooklyn in its name, you’d expect Brooklyn eats, and that’s exactly what they’ve got. $12 cheeseburgers, $5 yankee hot dogs, $9 buffalo wings. What more could you want?

Fat Angel

This Eagle Lane American sports bar is also serving up the goods alongside round-the-clock sport. Start with house-made onion rings and mozzarella sticks for $8 each and then move on to loaded fries and finish off with philly cheese steaks. *Drool* We’d go just for the food.

Red Hook

This American-inspired laneway bar behind The Gresham on Queen Street is known for its big, juicy, delicious burgers. And, they’re cheap, starting at $12. Go during happy hour (4-6pm daily), and make sure you add fries, or battered pickles, or mac n cheese squares.

Hellcat Maggie

Every student needs student-friendly drinks and affordable eats nearby, day and night. This atmospheric restaurant and bar dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus coffee and alcoholic beverages. Tuck in to burgers, salads, wings and fries, or home-style favourites like lasagne, meatballs and spag bol. The best part? Most eats are under $15. They also have their own beer on tap designed just for students (ie. it’s cheap!). This is the perfect spot to hang out with friends, in style.

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