Brisbane Clubbing Guide

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Queensland might have earned the title of the Sunshine State, but its charms continue after dark. Whether you’re visiting Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you won’t be short of options.

Of course, the much-publicised lockouts make it difficult to club-hop in the wee hours of the morning, so it’s best to pick your destination and settle in. Brisbane’s night-life options in particular run the spectrum from custom-built super-clubs to small bars with niche soundtracks, and the locals like to party hardily.

Alhambra Lounge

Located in – you guessed it – Fortitude Valley, Alhambra Lounge consistently plays it cool. In contrast to the larger-scale clubs around town, Alhambra covers a wide spectrum of music, including jazz, funk, hip hop and deep house. The key word here is ‘boutique’.

There’s also a strong focus on live music, the intimate stage having hosted Muscles, Art Vs Science, PVT and other local luminaries. If you dig ‘proper’ house, you’ll find much to love about Alhambra too, as the club leans towards names like Darshan Jesrani, Mark Farina, Chuck Love and James Curd.

WHERE: 12 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley


One of Brisbane’s intimate nightspots, alloneword has the added advantage of an outdoor bar where you can wile the night away under the stars. The soundtrack falls under what you could simply call ‘good music’, with house, disco and funk the staple ingredients. In 2011, alloneword has hosted the likes of Slam, Shit Robot and Scuba, which should tell you that a night spent here isn’t the clichéd Valley experience.

WHERE: 188 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley


It’s not hard to see why Brisbane’s dance music connoisseurs sing the praises of barsoma. “Hidden away on the edge” of Fortitude Valley, as the club’s website puts it, barsoma is a classy presence on the city’s nightlife map. In addition to enticing food and cocktails, the music policy favours, well, the good stuff. On New Years Eve 2010, the guest of honour was Claude von Stroke, while 2011 has seen visits from Space Invadas, DJ Harvey and Mount Kimbie. Long may barsoma reign.

WHERE: 4/22 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley

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