Turn a corner in Brisbane these days and you’re bound to stumble upon a hip haunt packed to the rafters with those in the know. The struggle is real when it comes to finding somewhere to sip, savour or sweat it out away from the crowds. Luckily, there are some shiny, new venues still flying under the radar… but not for long.

1. St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen

Bibs at the ready – Brisbane’s first dedicated crab shack has flung open its doors in Kangaroo Point. While crustaceans are undoubtedly the star, at St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen, there are plenty of shell-free options, all with a notable American swagger. Key lime pie, anyone?

2. Comuna Cantina

Latin-inspired street fare is the order of the day at Albert Lane’s newest (and sultriest) resident.

Expect more than your average taco at Comuna Cantina, with a fresh menu featuring the likes of chargrilled corn, plantain chips, and black-bun tortas.

3. Botero

Adelaide Street newcomer Botero is lifting the CBD’s cafe game by churning butter, smoking smallgoods, and perfecting peanut butter in-house.

With their own beans on the brew and tasty tapas served late in the week, Botero is fast becoming one of Brisbane’s best all-rounders.

4. Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Wrap your lips around Saccharomyces and their local brews from Newstead Brewing Co, Green Beacon Brewing Co, or one of their many rotating tipples.

This Fish Lane hideaway pairs their crafty brews with seasonal bar snacks and classic comfort food. Oh, and it’s pronounced sac-ar-o-my-sees.

5. Lucky Cat Cafe

Calling all cat lovers: Annerley’s Lucky Cat Cafe is ready to play matchmaker and pair you with a new furry friend.

Grab a matcha latte from the ground-floor cafe and head up to the ‘cattic’, or stretch out with a spot of cat yoga (downward dog at your own risk).

6. Ginger’s Diner

Craving a big bowl of bibimbap or kimchi crepes? Sidled up next to its older brother Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Ginger’s Diner is Brisbane’s new go-to for Korean eats.

Sip on a Klinger’s Closet and it finally clicks: the bar is actually a subtle nod to M*A*S*H. Cue the theme song…

7. Barbara

Sitting at the foot of the historic McWhirters building, Barbara is an ideal soft launch for a night on the town.

This pared-back bar boasts half a dozen craft beer taps, a thoughtful collection of wine, spirits, small bites and vinyl tunes, plus the option to pay it forward with a drinks board.