More Than Standard Fare: Indulge in Fortitude Valley’s Creative Bar Snacks

Fortitude Valley is home to some of Brisbane’s best bars and restaurants. Whilst many spots in the Valley are known for upscale dining, the area also boasts excellent bar snacks to accompany your cocktail or beer. From Italian charcuterie to Asian-inspired small plates, here are five places in Fortitude Valley with bar snacks you won’t want to miss:

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Crunchy Schiaffoni at Stranded Bar

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In addition to excellent cocktails and live music, Stranded Bar offers shareable plates like their Large Rigatoni stuffed with Buffalo Ricotta, Mozzarella & Lemon Zest, served with a bright Tomato Chutney. Pair this crunchy, cheesy pasta with one of their craft cocktails for good times.

Charcuterie at Before + After

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As Brisbane’s first amaro bar, Before + After unsurprisingly excels at Italian-inspired bar bites. A standout is their charcuterie plate, featuring cured meats like black truffle salami and venison mortadella, accompanied by pickles, relishes, olive oil, and toast for dipping. Sip on an amaro cocktail whilst enjoying these artisanal meats and condiments.

Chicken Tikka at Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen

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With a massive selection of beers and spirits, Bloodhound Corner Bar pairs well with bar snacks like their char-grilled Chicken Tikka. The tender chicken breast is marinated in yogurt and spices, served with a cooling yoghurt and mint sauce.

Oysters at Exhibition Restaurant

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Attached to chef Tim Scott’s omakase restaurant is Exhibition’s walk-in wine bar, with creative bar snacks like their caviar waffles. Besides caviar, one of the highlights of their specially curated bar menu is the freshly shucked oysters, best paired with a glass of wine. Their freshly shucked Cool Water Pacific oysters are dressed in a vibrant mango and fig leaf dressing, accented with local yuzu and fingerlime.

Ma Hor Pork Relish at LOS

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For Thai flavours, try LOS’ Ma Hor, a pork relish with pineapple, chilli, and peanut. Served alongside a margarita, it’s a perfect combination of savoury, spicy, and sweet. LOS, meaning Land of Smiles, offers many satisfying Thai small plates alongside their cocktail menu.

From amaro to omakase, Fortitude Valley’s bars offer nibbles as diverse and crave-worthy as their drinks. Try these inventive bar snacks on your next night out in the Valley.

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Published 22-January-2024

An Inside Look at Altitude, Fortitude Valley’s Newest Rooftop Bar

On the sixth floor of the new Foresters Restaurant and Bar in Fortitude Valley, the Altitude Bar offers 180-degree views of Brisbane CBD including a panoramic vista of iconic landmarks, such as the Story Bridge and Walton’s building.

The stunning, 250-sqm rooftop bar welcomed the public for the first time in August 2019, taking over the heritage-listed Foresters Hall along Brunswick and Alfred Street.

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Altitude Bar is the product of an almost three-year journey for the Signature Hospitality Group, who are also behind the boutique South Melbourne eatery WJ Wills and the renowned sports bar brand, The Sporting Globe. The group lodged a development application and received an approval in 2016, they finally got to open the restaurant and bar this year. 

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Intricate detailing is found throughout the bar, with monochromatic palettes, timber tables, sleek black seating, and incorporated indoor planting, designed by Melbourne-based design firm Hot Black.

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This rooftop bar serves a lively cocktail menu, with popular picks like the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini and Amaretto Brulee as well as craft and standard beers. When hunger strikes, just order off a tasty bar menu featuring calamari, jalapeno poppers, club sandwich, cold meats, sweet potato crisps or various flavours of stone-baked pizza.

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Altitude Bar also welcomes events in the function areas and you may choose to have your drinks served in bar carts. Party under the stars or simply unwind on the rooftop for the best views in town.

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Altitude Bar is located at 209-211 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley and opens four days a week, Wednesday to Sunday from noon until late. For more information about their menus and functions, visit the Foresters restaurant and bar website.