Tomahawk Bar, South Brisbane

Tomahwk Bar is the second venture by the guys behind Tipplers Tap in Newstead, one of the favourite Brisbane haunts of both my friends and family. The similarities are numerous and I can guarantee you that if you like Tippler’s, you’ll like Tomahawk.

Tomahawk is the first craft beer bar in the Grey / Stanley Street strip in Southbank, which is slowly morphing into 500m of nothing but stylish bars, cafes and restaurants serving Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Australian cuisine from 6am til late 7 days a week.

Tomahawk has an impressive and tasty range of beers and ciders, with 13 circulating taps and a few nice Australian wines by the glass or bottle. Food is beer-inspired and mostly to share. between four of us we devoured smoky mushroom and goats cheese aranconi balls – different from arancini in that they use hopped grain not rice – sticky stout lamb ribs, spicy pork and fennel meatballs with some beer-related ingredient and hopped chicken with sticky caramel, which was the stand out dish. You don’t think it will work by damn it does. Four dishes for $45 filled four people, but we could have squeezed in another and everything was delicious.

I personally enjoyed the food a little more at Tomahawk than Tipplers, where the wings, sliders and onion rings are very tasty but can be a bit heavy after a while. Tomahawk, while certainly rich in taste, was a little lighter and not so American-style.

Decor is minimal and all the better for it. Tomahawk is unfussy but what it wants to do well – beer and food – it succeeds at most admirably. I would be happy to visit for a mid-week pint and sticky, smoky dinner any time.

There are no photos to compliment this post as we were sitting outside and while the light was perfectly sufficient to see by, it was not enough for me to take a decent photo. Plus, it’s nice to eat and not snap. I would also like to apologise for any slight inaccuracies in the menu I describe – no photo of the menu to remind myself. You can find Tomahawk on Facebook.

Tomahawk Bar on Urbanspoon


To make up for the lack of photos, here are a couple of QAGOMA’s Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth which we went to between work and Tomahawk and is entering it’s final week at the Gallery. If you haven’t been to see it yet, it is unlike anything you’ll see again and you should make the time to visit.

'Heritage' (2013) by Cai Guo-Qiang at GOMA

‘Heritage’ (2013) by Cai Guo-Qiang at GOMA



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