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 hookups in Brisbane. 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.
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Our favorite spots to find Brisbane hookups
We'll start off with a couple of our absolute favorite recommendations to find a hook up in Brisbane.
Shadow Lounge is one of the best spots to find hookups in Brisbane
Located on the Brisbane River, the Shadow Lounge offers three flavors 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.
AFF has become the best hookup app in Brisbane (try it free)
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 been standing out as the best hookup app in Brisbane lately, AFF.
There are a lot of hookup apps out there but only a couple have a lot of people actually using it, Tinder and AFF. Tinder used to be great but now it's mostly about relationships. That leaves AFF as the only TRUE hookup app out there that's actually worth using.
There just isn't a more proven way for most guys to actually find hookups that we've found.
We've seen single guys have the most success using AFF and it's usually the first app we recommend you try. Check out their free trial below and see why more than half of hookups are starting online these days.
The best Brisbane pickup bars we've tried
Here are our favorite bars to find hot girls in Brisbane. In this section, you’ll find the trendiest pubs and cocktail bars in the city that are popular among ladies in their early 20s.
Bar Alto - Meet with cool Brisbane hookups (Night and day)
Want to meet sophisticated Brisbane girls who know and love fine wine? You’ll find lots of them at Bar Alto, where the chef Sajith serves mouth-watering Italian dishes. Plus, the bar has excellent Italian wines and beers. We recommend the espresso martini--while it seems odd, it's one of the bar's must-try drinks!
Once someone catches your eye, invite her to the balcony, which offers a breathtaking view of Brisbane. It’s a great way to really amp up the sexual chemistry!
Elixir Rooftop Bar where you can float over your troubles and find the best hookups in Brisbane
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.
Lychee Lounge serves a sensual evening out that will help you get laid in Brisbane
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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.
The best clubs for finding hookups in Brisbane
We tried several clubs in Brisbane and here are the ones where we had more success at picking up attractive girls who love to party.
Show off your best old-school dance moves at Retro’s
If you like retro music and want to meet some seriously hot Brisbane girls, then you should check out Retro’s! The ladies here are dressed to impress, so you should be too! Skip the joggers and running shoes.
In case you’re worried that you’ll end up in a club with a bunch of other dudes, you should know that the security staff typically tries to keep the gender ratio even in the club. That just increases your odds of meeting girls. So pre-game with their signature fishbowl cocktails and get ready to dance!
The Triffid hosts the trendiest live music events in Brisbane
While The Triffid isn’t your typical dance club, it does attract its fair share of girls who are looking for a good time. This live music venue has a casual, laidback atmosphere combined with some great music acts. Every week is different, so you can meet all sorts of girls here who might have the same taste in music as you.
So the next time you feel like checking out a new band or watching your favourite local act live, head to The Triffid. This spot didn’t win the National Live Music Award for nothing!
Best places to meet sexy Brisbane girls during the day
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 favorite cafes and daygame venues.
X Cargo is a great place to find day and night hookups in Brisbane
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.
Coffee Iconic Is the perfect place to collect phone number and get laid in Brisbane
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.
Other great spots to get laid in Brisbane
Online dating apps can also help you get laid in Brisbane...and that's why we love Tinder
For the sexy and the young, there’s always Tinder
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.
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.
Map of the hookup spots we recommend
Having a plan before you go out to find a hookup in Brisbane is really important if you want to find success. Use the map below to make sure you can try several different options each night and find the spot that has the most single girls.