Have you ever fancied a midnight snack and not known where on Earth you could get something to eat at that time of night? The struggle is over night owls. Here's the best Late Night Eating that Queensland has to offer.
Ramped up flavours and eye-popping cocktails set the scene at this lively space - we're talking a disco balls and Chinese lanterns kind of mash-up. This bright spark sits on the same little old corner of Fortitude Valley that got a glam new lease on life when the eclectic Alfred & Constance/Alfredos spread emerged on the scene.
43 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley, 3251 6588, Mon-Sat noon–11pm, kwanbros.com.au
Stylish but edgy Noosa candidate Gaston bar and bistro takes out number two spot with flying Coladas armed with efficient and friendly service, occasional performers, blackboards and a creative European menu with the occasional Asian spice. With a great location across the road from the beach, Gaston has the perfect formula for a great, late night.
5/50 Hastings Street, Noosa, 5447 4566, Daily 7am-midnight, gastonnoosa.com.au
3. Bistro Lamp
Winner of a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence, Bistro Lamp is our late night hot spot in Surfer's Paradise for its tasty Japanese cuisine (with vegan friendly options) and great list of wine, beer and sake. On top of this, a lot of dishes only range from $8-$12 so Bistro Lamp is perfectly affordable for that last bit of cash sitting in your wallet.
5/3303 Surfers Paradise Boulevade, Surfers Paradise, 5538 4377, Daily 5.30pm-11.30pm, bistrolamp.com.au
4. Mezze Bar
With the current trend in Australia, our list wouldn't be complete without a tapas bar. We have chosen Mezze Bar Mooloolaba not only because the name is fun to say, but because who wouldn't want late night pork belly, haloumi prosciutto or char grilled octopus? Seriously one of the best tapas bars in town.
197 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, 5478 4932, Tue-Sun 4pm-midnight, mezzebar.com.au
Red Hook is a diner, take out and bar all at the same time. It serves New York style street food, bringing the city's iconic taste to Brisbane. Their menu items range from hot dogs, to shrimp rolls, to burgers, to waffles with peanut butter and jelly on them. If you find yourself craving the flavour of NYC late at night, Red Hook is for you.
3/88 Creek Street (Gresham Lane) Brisbane, 3220 0462, Mon-Wed 7am-midnight; Thu-Fri 7am-midnight; Sat apm-midnight, red-hook.com.au
6. Little Vegas Burger and Bar
This new, funky burger bar in Airlie Beach with its American theme and flavours has climbed its way up our list on 50's Vegas vibes alone. The quality burgers and cocktails, great service, vibrant prints and burger phones may have also contributed. Put on your blue suede shoes and check it out.
3/259 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, 4948 1089, Wed-Mon noon-10pm, littlevegasburgerbar.com.au
7. Statler and Waldorf
Not the disagreeable old pair of Muppets of the same name (but almost as fun), Statler and Waldorf gastronomy pub on Caxton Street offers a heart-warming selection of rustic foods and bar snacks until late. Its charm is almost on par with its taste. Oh, and you can add bacon to anything. Seriously, it's on the menu.
25 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, 3368 1932, Wed-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat-Syn 8am-midnight, statlerandwaldorf.co
8. Black Coffee Lyrics
Black Coffee Lyrics offers a fun and cosy late night venture. Their food is varied in terms of cuisine, and ranges from the simple staples like pizza, salad, pasta, and steak, to the rarer delicacies such as octopus and moonfish. As their name suggests, it's also an amazing place to grab a coffee in the evening. Can't sleep? Pulling an all nighter? Black Coffee Lyrics sounds like your kind of place.
3131 Surfers Paradise Boulevade (upstairs), Surfers Paradise, 04 0218 9437, Tue-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 8am-midnight, blackcoffeelyrics.com.au
Here as a testament to the fact that we aren't all about the burgers, Liquefy Juice Co at Mt Gravatt offers a late night snack that's actually good for you (and your conscience). It serves fresh, cold-pressed juice, along with serving raw foods and superfoods, and has become so popular that it has expanded to several other locations across Queensland.
22-24 Carrara Street, Mt Gravatt, 3343 9962, open 24 hours, seven days, liquefyjuiceco.com.au
10. Pancake Manor
Didn't think we would forget this famous joint did you? In its old church setting, this 24/7 diner is always bustling and has to be the only place in town that will let you get pancakes at 2am. For all those late night cravings, these guys have pancakes of every variety, as well as all sorts of other meals.
18 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, 3221 6433, open 24 hours, seven days,