Where to grab dinner and a drink in Ipswich Central

Looking for a place where you can grab dinner and a drink at a restaurant in Ipswich Central, check out this list.
07 Nov 2022
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

If you’re out and about attending events in the Heritage City or just looking for somewhere to grab dinner and a drink with friends and family, here’s a handy list of the best places that are open at night in Ipswich Central.

The Rusty Nail

Ipswich’s newest tapas bar is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and nights for bites and brews.  The Rusty Nail specialises in creating custom cocktails and delicious morsels of food and are open 4pm-10pm Thursdays, 2pm-10pm Sundays and 4pm-midnight Fridays and Saturdays.  They also have a DJ playing Friday nights and live music on Sunday afternoons.

Indian Mehfil

Indian Mehfil

Indian Mehfil is an authentic Indian restaurant set inside a heritage building that used to be a bank.  They also whip up some great cocktails!

Open for dinner from 5pm-9.30pm seven days a week.

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery | Ipswich

The Pumpyard Bar and Brewery is the local place to be with its funky industrial décor and onsite-brewed craft beers.

Open from 12pm-9pm Wednesday and Thursday, until 10pm Friday and Saturday nights.

Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant

Fourthchild beef lasagne

Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant is a great café for breakfast, lunch and dinner, fully licenced with craft beer, wines and spirits.  

Fourthchild are open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights until 9.30pm.

Heisenberg Haus

Heisenberg Haus

Located in the Top of Town Ipswich Heisenberg Haus offers German inspired cuisine in a beautiful contemporary environment.  They also have great German beers available.

Open for dinner from 5pm-8pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Banshees Bar and Art Space

Banshees Bar and Art Space is a great spot for a pre or post-event drink and while you can’t get a meal here, you can watch live gigs on the weekends.  In fact they’ve single handedly brought over 500 bands to Ipswich since they started operations five years ago.

And recently they were a nominated in the Queensland Music Awards Metro Venue of the Year awards category.

The bar opens 5pm – 12am on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7pm-12am Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm-8pm Sundays.

Memories of India

Memories of India

Memories of India offers authentic Indian delicacies inside one of Ipswich’s beautiful old corner pubs.

Open from 11am-9pm seven days a week.

UB’s Milk Bar

UB's Milk Bar (Ungermann Brothers) classic burger, stay loaded fries and strawberry milkshake

UB’s Milk Bar offers Masterchef created ice cream flavours, burgers, fries, house-made waffles, breakfast, loaded fries, milkshakes and gourmet desserts.  The brie and caramelised onion burger has a wheel of deep fried brie and a wagyu beef patty – a must try!

Open from 10am-8pm Monday – Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday, 8am-9pm Saturday and 8am-3pm Sunday.

The Retro Diner

Burgers are on the menu at The Retro Diner

The Retro Diner has a fun energetic vibe and a retro theme which extends from the decor to the food!

Open for dinner until 6pm on Saturdays.

Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes

Ruby Chews burger tower

Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes offers a modern twist on a classic American Burger Bar.

Open from 5pm-8pm for dinner Monday- Wednesday and 11am-8pm every other day.

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Assiette of pear

The Cottage Restaurant is a fine dining venue set inside a charming heritage Queenslander offering modern Australian cuisine.

Open for dinner from 6pm-9pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Essence of Indya

Essence of Indya

Essence of Indya offers tapas and small plates as well as traditional and fusion Indian.

Open for dinner from 5pm – 9pm seven days a week.

Bakehouse Steakhouse

This contemporary steak restaurant, set inside a century-old bakery, was named the best informal steak restaurant in Queensland in the 2020 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.

Bakehouse Steakhouse is open for dinner from 5pm-9pm Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Club Services Ipswich

Club Services Ipswich dining options

At Club Services Ipswich you can order a selection of great dishes for dinner from the Longhorn Bar and Grill.

They’ve also got your favourite beers and cider on tap.

Open for dinner from 5pm-8.30pm seven days a week.

Ipswich Jets Leagues Club

Jets' new bar

A family friendly spot with a great restaurant and bar, Ipswich Jets, is a great place to enjoy a meal or a drink.

Open for dinner from 5.30pm-8.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and until 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

La Parrilla

La Parrilla, which simply means “the grill” in Spanish, is a South American restaurant offering takeaway and dining in options.

Open for lunch and dinner from 11am until 8pm Wednesday to Sundays.

Montezuma’s Ipswich

Chilli Verde from Montezumas

If you’re in the mood for authentic and delicious Mexican then head to Montezuma’s!

Open for dinner 5pm – 8.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and until 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Prince Alfred Hotel

Prince Alfred Hotel

With the largest numbers of craft beers on tap in the Southern Hemisphere, the award-winning Prince Alfred Hotel isn’t only hanging it’s hat on it’s beer offerings.

The restaurant also offers fresh red claw transported directly from Gympie every week, delicious steaks and more!

Open for dining from 10am until 9pm seven days a week.

Other places to eat

While Ipswich Central has a whole range of restaurants, there’s also a few outside the CBD worth a mention.

Just outside of Ipswich Central you can head to The Racehorse Hotel, The Barn Family Restaurant, Casa Mia Restaurant and Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich.

A bit further away at Grandchester you can find the award-winning Homage Restaurant.  Famous for it’s paddock to plate dishes the hatted restaurant sits inside the Spicers Hidden Vale resort.

Up the Warrego Highway heading towards Toowoomba at Marburg you can find the Marburg Hotel open for dinner offering great pub fare and a deck area to enjoy a few drinks.  There’s also a fine dining restaurant at the Woodlands of Marburg estate.  The Sugarmill Restaurant is set inside the mansion, bookings essential.

At Springfield you can find Indian Tadka and Ballistic Springfield – a craft beer brewery and restaurant open for dinner and if you’re out Redbank way don’t go past The Commercial Hotel Redbank.

For more places to eat including cafes see our Eat and Drink page.


Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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