Brisbane G20: German leader Angela Merkel pops out for beer with locals

(Sarah Keayes/The Courier Mail)

The German chancellor has paused for a selfie with a bearded local while out for a beer in Brisbane ahead of the G20.

In keeping with the Germans' well-known love of beer, Chancellor Angela Merkel has been snapped at a pub on her first night in Brisbane for the G20.

The German leader was photographed with a bearded local while out for a beer at the Caxton Street entertainment precinct on Friday night.

Assistant Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says the security teams that accompany world leaders are well versed in how to keep them safe, and she expected more leaders to get out and about while they are in the city.

"I gather that will happen quite a bit in the next few days. Leaders do want to get out there and talk to the public," she said.

On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was happy to mingle on the sidelines of his visit to Queensland University of Technology.

And the International Monetary Fund's managing director, Christine Lagarde, has been spotted strolling in parts of Brisbane and dining at South Bank.

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