Drowned Rat Espresso Bar

    Do you have a desire to drink espresso in a funky set up with a relaxing environment? The Drowned Rat Espresso Bar is a boutique coffee shop near Brisbane, sitting on the beautiful esplanade running through Clontarf. With picturesque sea views complete with a refreshing sea breeze, this café near Brisbane offers books, magazines and Wi-Fi to go with your hot coffee or cold drink – plus water bowls for your dog if you happen to bring your furry friend along!

    The Name…

    ‘Drowned Rat’ is not a usual name you’d associate with a coffee shop near Brisbane, so how did the name come about? Well, take one look at the chihuahua on the logo and you’ll understand! The Drowned Rat Espresso Bar was named after how the owner's dog looked after taking a swim at the local beach.

    As you can imagine of a coffee shop named after how the owner’s dog looks from swimming, The Drowned Rat Espresso Bar is a pet-friendly café near Brisbane offering three different sized water bowls for their canine patrons! These spoilt pooches even get a fluffy mat in the shape of a paw to rest on.

    Best Coffee Café near Brisbane

    Get your energy boost from a range of hot coffees including short black, doppio, piccolo, short mac, flat white, cappuccino, latte, long black, long mac, mocha, and chai. If you don’t want to wait in line or you’re in a rush for takeaway, you can text ahead with your order! Alternatively, you can take advantage of the beautifully acquainted outdoor seating area of pull up a rustic bar stool inside the vintage-esque setting of the bar. The plain, navy blue walls of the café are beautifully complemented with brightly coloured furniture including a wooden yellow piano! If you plan on sticking around for a while, take advantage of the books and magazines available as well as Wi-Fi for paying customers (you just have to ask the staff for the password!)

    Other hot beverages include origin teas such as English breakfast, earl grey, orange pekoe, peppermint, forest berry, lemongrass and ginger. If caffeine isn't your thing, they also have 'grounded pleasures' options, including dark chocolate, dark infused chocolates, and Sri Lankan 7 spiced chai.

    Not feeling like a hot coffee in the sweltering Queensland weather? Cold drinks such as milkshakes, iced chocolates and tea, soft drinks and cold brew coffees are also available in store!

    Being an espresso bar, the Drowned Rat doesn’t offer your expected café menu. However, they do have a range of food items available including toasties, grilled paninis, sweet and savoury muffins, banana loaf, fruit toast, yoghurts. These products may vary from day to day, so check out the counter for the day's offerings!

    Kee Bar

    Also on the premises is the Kee Bar. These two businesses are cutting costs and maximising income by using the same premises at different times of the day. Once The Drowned Rat closes, Kee Bar opens for the remainder of the day!

    For a dog-friendly café near Brisbane, with fabulous bayside views, head to The Drowned Rat.


    80 Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf QLD 4019

    0426 483 761

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    Opening Hours

    S 7:00am - 2:00pm
    M 6:00am - 2:00pm
    T 6:00am - 2:00pm
    W 6:00am - 2:00pm
    T 6:00am - 2:00pm
    F 6:00am - 2:00pm
    S 7:00am - 2:00pm

    Public holidays may vary


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