While other cities might get more press, we locals know Brisbane has a whole lot to offer. With its mix of attractive residents and adventure-seeking visitors, it’s a great city for casual flings. At any given time, there’s a huge slice of its 2.5 million locals seeking Brisbane hookups. You should be one of them.
Are you high-rolling in Kenmore or hanging with the hipsters in Fortitude Valley? Either way, nightlife options are plentiful. We are a city that loves our bars. Sadly, not every pub or lounge actually serves up a great night. You have to be picky if you want to meet someone good. The same can be said of the many Brisbane hookup apps and sites. You would think if they were designed for hooking up, they’d all work equally well. That’s not the case.
The truth is, you have to know where to look or you might as well be living in Biarra. That’s why we did the research for you. With the help of locals, we compiled this list of the best Brisbane hookup apps, sites and bars. Whether you’re a CQU student or a working stiff, there’s something here for you.
Keep on reading and you’ll soon be falling in lust with Brisbane all over again. Comment below to let us know how our recommendations worked out for you.
Some people don’t mind spending their nights alone. For the rest of us, these are the must-try Brisbane hookup sites, apps and bars.
The seductive intimacy of a dimly lit lounge is exactly what we’re looking for in Brisbane hookup bars. Cocktail bars aren’t the only place to meet beautiful women but they tend to be the best. Lychee Lounge in the West End makes its presence felt with sensual red lighting and superb cocktails. There’s a reason it’s stuck around so long.
Over its almost two decades, Lychee Lounge has watched plenty of other cocktail bars come and go. That’s because, while other spots try to jump on the latest trend, Lychee goes for a timeless appeal. The drinks are classic, the décor is exotic and the company is tantalizing. You better believe Brisbane hookups are always on the menu here.
We’re proud to say we are always on the hunt for a good hookup site. We take it very seriously, even assembling a yearly list of our favourite hookup apps and sites. We try to cover the spectrum, but at the end of the day, there’s one site that always stands out. In cities all across the world, Adult FriendFinder is the most popular hookup site for the most people.
AFF consistently delivers for a variety of reasons. First, there’s the fact that it isn’t trying to be more than one thing. While its competitors attempt to also be relationships sites, AFF is exclusively for hooking up. That’s the reason it has more than 90 million global users. When people sign up, they know what they’re getting.
Secondly, it helps that AFF has been around for far longer than other sites and apps. Originally created in the 90s, it’s been the most reliable site of its kind since the mid-00s. Newer apps and sites have come in with fancy designs but they still pale in comparison. AFF has worked on ensuring its browser experience is top-notch on phones and computers.
The huge user base means that you can pretty much find anything you want on AFF. Search by cup size, kink or location, among many other options. You’ll also encounter a wide range of ages. It’s especially useful if you’re in your 30s and looking for someone your age. While other sites and apps will make you feel old, at AFF, you’ll be among sexy company.
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No matter what you look like, no matter your preferences, connections await you on Adult FriendFinder. If the other Brisbane hookup sites have disappointed you, get the best of the best. You’ll understand why most people would choose AFF over any other site or app.
Located on the Brisbane River, the Shadow Lounge offers three flavours of sexy fun. The main lounge is a classic cocktail haven with comfortable couches and smooth, pulsing music setting the mood. Beyond the bar is the Shadow Room. This is generally reserved for parties or intimate get-togethers. It has a private bar with private service and views of the city.
Of course, the biggest draw is the Shadow Lounge Deck. Its 180-degree views of the river are some of the best in the city. On warm evenings, this is the ideal spot to bring a date and get to know each other over cocktails. Whether it’s a serious date or a one-time rendezvous, you’ll be rewarded handsomely for your good taste.
For anyone who has been paying attention, it’s impossible not to notice all the gorgeous older women in Brisbane. It would be hard to miss them. They’re frequenting bars, walking their dogs and seductively strutting by on the street. If you’ve been wondering how in the world you can meet these stunning women, the answer is simple: Cougar Life.
While there are many apps for meeting cougars, the highest quality is by far Cougar Life. It has seven million active users and is the easiest way for men to meet women 35 and up. You’ll find Cougar Life at the top of our annual review of cougar apps and sites almost every year. Even if you’re no longer in your 20s, this is the best way for men to meet sexually adventurous women.
These women are definitely out there but they’re not always easy to find. While there are some cougar bars in the city, most older women don’t like to waste hours at such places. They’ve got busy lives and people judge them if they approach younger guys. At the same time, so many guys are too intimidated to approach, so nobody wins. Cougar Life allows these men and women to connect without rejection or disappointment.
If you have a fear of approaching a cougar, try our course on dating women over 30. You’ll immediately feel more confident. Afterward, you can try Cougar Life and see why it’s popular in cities all over the country. You can meet someone tonight, and the app will alert you when your profile’s been viewed. Like we said, it’s easy. So why are you waiting?
As we said above, there is no shortage of decent bars in this city. You might not always be in the mood for an alcoholic drink, though. When you’ve got the social bug but not the urge to drink, we recommend coffee houses (though they aren't at the top of the list if you want an instant hookup). Cafés and coffee shops are excellent places to get to know a stranger, day or night.
Coffee Iconic in the CBD is one of our favourite cafés in all of Brisbane. Their coffee is fantastic, the sandwiches are top-notch and the atmosphere is supremely inviting. We’ve spent whole afternoons there on more than one occasion. Its laid-back vibe makes for a perfect backdrop for casually chatting up a new friend. If you end up having a late night after that, you’ll be glad you had the caffeine.
The cocktail lounge will always be an obvious choice for dates or meeting a stranger. But that setting can be a little confining and dull, especially in the daytime. Sometimes you want to meet up with friends in an open space and enjoy a beer among a fun-loving crowd. On those occasions, your best bet is ordering a craft beer at X Cargo, Brisbane’s coolest beer garden.
Though it only opened in 2018, X Cargo has quickly established itself as the go-to beer garden for day drinking. Its Fortitude Valley location puts it right in the heart of the up-and-coming scene in the city, where it belongs. Fun crowds come here in droves. There’s always someone around who’s looking for a way to keep the party rolling well after closing time.
The great thing about this city is you have never actually seen all it has to offer. For more Brisbane hookups, check out a few more of our favourite bars and apps.
One of four notable establishments in a single Central Business District building, The Laneway is worth finding. You can either enter from Spencer Street or through The Euro, but once you’re in, you’ll be home. Like so many cocktail bars in Brisbane, The Laneway takes mixology seriously. It also happens to make them fun in the process.
With locally-sourced ingredients and an eye for creativity, the bartenders make experiences more than drinks. (Okay, that’s what they say, but it’s true; the drinks are something special.) With tasty bar eats and an unpretentious atmosphere, The Laneway offers a casual alternative to the usual cocktail lounge. If you want a different type of date, try coming down for one of their cocktail-making classes.
Anyone who’s spent time at the University of Queensland or Griffith University knows all about Tinder. If there’s a single university student in all of Brisbane that isn’t on this app, we’d be shocked. Among the 18 to 28 set, there is no more popular hookup app (or, really, any type of app). There’s a reason everyone has heard of it.
When Tinder launched in 2012, it was impossible for Millennials to avoid it. Everyone had it on their phone. As the years have passed, the user base has stayed young and the options for older Millennials have dwindled. It’s just a fact that Tinder is a young man’s (and woman’s) game. Once you hit your 30s, you’ll be better off with the other Brisbane hookup apps.
Tinder is by far the shallowest of the apps. Its emphasis on profile pictures means that, in addition to being young, you better be very sexy. For men, if you’re not in the top 10-15% of users in terms of looks, you’ll not get many matches. Women have greater success in general but it still helps to be good looking.
If you do happen to connect with a drop-dead gorgeous Tinderella, don’t get too excited. Most of the most beautiful users are just there for the compliments and ego stroking. They rarely, if ever, respond to messages. If you’ve got Brad-Pitt-in-Fight-Club looks, then maybe you have a chance. Otherwise, keep swiping.
Like so many other apps, the people behind Tinder want to expand the app’s focus toward dating and relationships. Maybe that will work for them, but honestly, it’s already found its perfect niche. If you’re hot, sexy and young, there is no better source of Brisbane hookups.
The Gresham has only been open since 2013 but they want you to know they’re a part of Brisbane history. The website proudly announces that the bar has the only Heritage Bar License in the entire state of Queensland. The wood panelling and leather seating add to the sense that this is a bar out of time. In a good way.
In fact, for all its nods to history, The Gresham is one of the most forward-looking bars in the city. They’re open to all patrons (they have “an attitude policy not a dress policy”) and they’ll make whatever you like. Unlike so many other bars, they don’t specialise in one type of drink. It’s the kind of place where everyone feels welcome, and that’s a mighty aphrodisiac.
Let’s face it: The bar scene can get a little old. The crowds. The fighting for the bartender’s attention. The overpriced drinks. We’re not saying we’re through with the bars. Never. But we are saying it’s nice to take a break from time to time. After all, when we’re looking for Brisbane hookups, they’re hardly the only game in town.
The Petrie Terrace Coles at the Barracks Shopping Centre is not just a great grocery store. It’s also a place where you can meet someone new. Starting up a conversation with a fellow shopper is easy and doesn’t have to be intrusive. Suggest a brand or ask for recipe advice. However you break the ice, once you’re talking, the limits of the conversation are up to your imagination.
While we love rooftop bars, too many are expensive and overcrowded with tourists. We’re not saying Elixir doesn’t sometimes get tourist-heavy, but it makes up for it with exquisite style. In fact, this Ann Street rooftop bar is surprisingly calming for such a busy area. On a nice evening, it’s one of the coolest places to bring a date or hang with friends.
Up above hectic Brisbane, you’ll find yourself soothed by the warm, wooden décor and the cornucopia of plants. And if those don’t do the trick, the drinks surely will. If you’re looking for a spot to meet one of your app matches, we highly recommend Elixir. It will automatically make any date that much sexier.