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Cheap Pots of Beer in Brisbane


Hovering somewhere between “I love you” and “You’ve won the lottery” sits one of the language’s most beautiful phrases. Cheap Beer.

Finding a place to drink is easy. Finding somewhere that serves beer at cheaper than normal prices can be harder.

A bit of leg work though will have you drinking like a king - even if you are still drinking beer. You'll have a few more dollars left in your pocket at nights end at these places.

Of course, like love and lotteries, cheap beer is fleeting. The three-dollar Corona deal at my local has long since been eclipsed by Cocktail Thursdays.  But, thanks to recent advancements in tech, we can now access the stuff of which brief poetry is made. There are any number of mobile phone apps specialising in happy hour info.

Find out when the pubs near you have a happy hour on. That's the first step.Generally speaking, happy hours occur between 4-7pm.

Try and drink only at those times. Not so easy.

Your Facebook account can also be a handy tool in the quest to build a better beer budget. At your desktop, make sure to include all of your closest pubs in your news feed for info on Four Dollar Peroni. (Yes! It does happen!) Or, when you use the mobile “check in” function on your phone, have a look at your closest pubs. You never know when that Cheap Beer will offer its amber poetry.

Sometimes there are drink and meal deals at your local. Makes sense to drink and eat at the same time.

When all the money at a bar has not been spent on the interior fit-out of the place the beer tends to be cheaper. That makes old school pubs and bowls club suddenly more attractive.

Many in my area were excited by Cocktail Thursday. But for me, there’s no greater Happy Hour than that which offer beer. Not all Manhattan cocktails are created equal and there’s an enormous difference between a martini made of Gordon’s and one wrought finely with Hendrick’s gin. Ditto for wine. “Red wine” can mean anything from Grange to vinegar.

But beer is beer. And thank all the poets and angels for that.

Happy cheap beer hunting!

What are you favourite places for cheap beer in Brisbane?

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Bars that tend to have some good happy hours

Jubilee Hotel

470 St Pauls Tce, Fortitude Valley

-27.45387 153.033692

A big and popular haunt with multiple bars, the Jubilee draws in the crowds

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Merthyr Bowls Club

60 Oxlade Drive, New Farm

Balls and beer go down a treat at Merthyr Bowls Club

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Hotel Orient

560 Queen St (Cnr Ann St), Brisbane

-27.485619 153.044958

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Port Office Hotel

40 Edward St (Cnr Margaret St), Brisbane

-27.462086 153.013461

The Port Office Hotel combines period detail with modern sensibilities and a broad range of glamorous bars

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Royal Exchange Hotel

10 High St, Toowong

-27.486499 152.99259

The Royal Exchange is a big old shed full of hormonal teens and cheap, cheap beer.

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Pig N Whistle Brisbane

Queen Street Mall, Queen St, Brisbane

-27.468984 153.026065

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Tinbilly Travellers Bar

466 George St, Brisbane

-27.467301 153.019411

It's cheap and cheerful and packed full of young globe-hoppers at the Tinbilly Traveller's back to basics bar.

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