Your guide to fun, frivolity, flavour and festivities
The Ekka is fast approaching and with it, you have a decision to make. How to spend your public holiday - will it be an eventful night so you'll use your holiday to recover? Or, are you an early bird looking for a bite to eat before hitting the fairground?
We Aussies love our public holidays, and however you want to spend it, we’ve grabbed the best Brisbane has to offer during the Ekka, and it’s right here for you to decide.
An olde-worlde setting with nouveau brunch
Housed in Paddington’s former apothecary, this local institution serves up inventive, sustainably sourced dishes that are a far cry from your run-of-the-mill eggs on toast.
Rest, Relax, Reglam!
When was the last time you got some R&R? Some real me-time? Some high-quality pampering that you deserve? We’re way past halfway into the year and it sure has been a whirlwind! With the chilly weather and the days getting shorter, our schedules are heating up and become more fast-paced than ever – exhausting, much?! It’s time to take a break and lucky for you, we’ve got a list of the best places to get the rest and relaxation you deserve!
Fireworks, Frivolity and Fun
Now that our warm weather is starting to return (does Queensland actually even get Winter?) and Splendour in the Grass is sadly over (I’m not sobbing, you are), we have no doubt that your festival lovin’ heart is aching for more. There is no need to go into meltdown quite yet because Brisbane is bursting at the seams with festivals that are quite honestly, unmissable!
When in Brisbane..
Whether you love sipping on coffee or booze or, coffee mixed into booze, we've got the perfect hit just for you. Let your taste buds run wild this week as we try new menus, cocktails and heck, we'll even give Cuban cigars a crack. Boring is not a word Brisbane is familiar with. If you don't want to be a (boring) Betty this August, jump on the FUN train with us. First stop.. an espresso martini fest!
Underground but not out of sight
The sway of the crowd, the bass bouncing off the walls and into your bones, the smell of beer, the sweat, the passion. Welcome to Brisbane’s Underground Music Scene. Welcome to Sonic Masala Fest.
Let me tell you the story of how one drunken night lead to what’s become a safe haven for the underground punk rock scene of Brisbane.
Inspiring Tax Time Splurge Ideas
Tax time... Spend time!
Woohoo.. It’s tax return time and we don’t mind getting some moolah back at all, thanks tax man! Now that we are extra rich, what to do with all the spare cash? Here are some suggestions to inspire...
United Through Food
In the wake of the ravaging wildfire epidemic blazing across Greece’s coastline, The Greek Club, in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Community of St George has announced it will host an exclusive six-course Greek Banquet with matched wines to raise funds for those affected by the natural disaster.
99 Bottles of Beer on the wall
It comes in handy in a pinch, the giant retail liquor store with the flashing neon lights may be cheap, quick and easy to pop into on your way home but sometimes that’s not always the case. Often there are some drinks you can’t get at mainstream outlets, an itch you can’t quite scratch, some thirsts you cant just quench with just regular brands. Sometimes you need a unique bottle shop to track down that really hard to find wine or your favourite craft beer, or to discover that weird liquor that you are unsure if it is alcohol as long as it tastes good. These local bottle shops often do offer more than look pretty but offer a variety of beer and wine tastings where you get to meet the homegrown brewers who are experts in all manners of liquor and spirits.
Brisbane; the city that keeps on giving
Brisbane, as every month passes us by our love for you grows stronger and stronger. You never cease to amaze us with your glorious (not so wintery) weather and your ability to change so rapidly yet, still remain completely humble. You welcome people with arms wide open and know the way to everyone's heart, in one way or another. You keep a smile on our dial and our bellies, full. Good food and great vibes is what this place is all about. Whether you're here for a quick trip or this is the place you'll grow old and grey, we promise you - our beloved Brissy will continue to accommodate you, and keep you entertained with it's ever changing social scene. Read on for what's hot and happening in the next few weeks and let your love for our city flourish..
Luxury Is Just A Beauty Bar Away
Hello my fellow lovers of luxury! Lash it up with your besties at Brooklyn Beauty Bar and get styled up for the soirée season (all-year round right!). Grab your squad for a mani-pedi party and get pampered and preened like you're a New York Queen! Did we mention the complimentary bubbles? #timetogetpoppin
Mammoth Meals From Tusk Til Dawn
Welcome to the ice age baby. The majestic woolly mammoth may have not have survived it, but their favourite bar sure did. I give you the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse! As wickedly epic as the mammoth itself, this alehouse knows there’s nothing better than a frostbitten glass to keep your beer cold as ice, ice, baby! With the ability to transform any beer from an 8 to a 10, the Woolly Mammoth is the place you never knew you needed.
The MasterChef Generation
In the land of frozen meals and drive thru’s, when is the last time you stopped to smell a homemade moussaka?
A whole generation of people have grown up eating store bought frozen meals and it has become a norm for many families. But the winds are changing and with more cooking shows on Free to Air TV than frozen fish fingers in a packet (approximately 40), people are starting to cook for pleasure again, rather than turning to the fast food that is so readily available. Are you ready for the Masterchef Revolution?
Brisbane's Most Banging Coffee Joint
Putting the funk in funky and the class in classic is She Bangs Coffee. This devilish delight is one of Brisbane more unique cafes. Responsible for some of Brisbane’s best crema (a.k.a liquid gold), She Bangs gives even the most experienced coffee connoisseurs something to write home about. Smooth and subtle or bold and bite-y, whatever you fancy this little gem has your coffee fix sorted.
It must be love..
It's true what they say; love comes in all shapes and forms. Our greatest love is food (obviously) but, we also love being preened & pampered, we love giving our support to a good cause, we love music, socialising and trying new things and, most of all, we love LOVE. Whether your heart beats faster for another human or, a delicious bubbly beverage gives you the warm and fuzzies, we bet you'll find something lovely to do with someone you love in Brisbane over the next few weeks. Why not get the blood pumping at these exciting events...