Word On The Street #123
The winds of change..
Brisbane is like a fine bottle of wine; over time the quality improves, and each sip is greatly appreciated. Our city is continually evolving and maturing, producing breathtaking venues that never cease to amaze us. If it's not an entirely new concept, it's a renovation or re-brand. Let's just say, if Bris were a TV series it would either be Packed to the Rafters or Keeping Up With The Kardashians - wouldn't you agree? No month is the same in this town and we wouldn't have it any other way!
Insane Brisbane River and Story Bridge views, luxe interiors and a paddock to plate dining experience - what more could you want?! Customs House's lavish new restaurant, Patina, has sent us in a foodie spiral with their fresh to death menu, insta-worthy cocktails and decor (hello $40, 000 light installation). The menu is designed to be 'share-friendly' and boasts dishes like pan-fried gnocchi with roasted pine nuts, smoked raisins, kale and ricotta, and a one-kilogram OP rib from the Darling Downs served with chimichurri sauce #drool. Bring your appetite (and your camera's), Patina opens this Thursday, August 23.
It's out with the old and in with the new - well, sort of. South Bank's Stoke Bar will be closing their doors August 26 and will be re-opening them September 14, as Q. The renamed and renovated watering hole will combine the old and the new, with it's original breathtaking views and bangin' weekend beats remaining the same, it'll rock a whole new design, menu and beverage selection. The spruce up will see the space boasting epic water-adjacent seating, including booths, a wrap-around lounge and additional private sitting areas. Change is as good as a holiday and we can't wait to see South Bank's sexy (old but new) bar, Q.
If you thought King Street couldn't get any trendier, think again. Come October, food shopping as we know it will change, with the opening of Australia's newest food shopping concept, Mercado. Open from dawn until dusk, the world-class marketplace will boast 1500 square meters of unimaginable food experiences including seafood, meats, cheeses, breads, & pastries, chocolates, fruits & vegetables, along with everyday convenience items like teas, bottles and more. Mercado puts a contemporary, luxury spin on day-to-day food shopping and we cannot wait to stock up on all the fresh AF goodies they'll have on offer!
Ballistic Beer | Dogs Go Ballistic
Ballistic Beer is a community focused brewery located in the heart of Salisbury and every quarter, the team at BB host an extended event beyond regular engagements to welcome friends and families of Brisbane to indulge in good food, beer, and entertainment. Dogs Go Ballistic is a day of community, craft beer, food trucks, dogs, family, competitions, dogs, live music, and did we mention, DOGS?! The event also allows the team to raise money and awareness of the Happy Tails Animal Rescue Inc. - a not-for-profit, no-kill animal rescue charity based in South-East QLD. Sounds like a pawfect day to us!
Did we mention one of their own is nominated for best brewer of the year? If you love beer just as much as we do, head over to The Beeries website and show Head Brewer, Lachy Crothers your support and vote for him! By the way - The Beeries is a big party thrown to celebrate the good beer and cider community. It also doubles as an awards night at which we recognise individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to our beer and cider industry. The bash is held Sept 20 and tickets are on sale now!
Brewhouse | Sniff & Sip - The SA Sesh
Brewhouse's Sniff & Sip night is back August 30, and this month they'll be showcasing the best of what South Australia has to offer. As per usual, the night will consist of four amazing courses (designed by the Brewhouse Head Chef) paired with 5 Big Shed brews - inc 1 x BBCo. collab. These sessions sure are brew-tastic.
About the Author
Coffee addict, blogger and full-time foodie, Christie Smith is an amateur photographer, lover of wine and social butterfly. Her creativity came at a young age but really started to bloom whilst living abroad.
Desperately trying to escape the chilly conditions of London, Christie found herself seeking refuge in many unique, bars and cafes hidden throughout 'foggy town'. As the camera roll started to fill, so did her desire to share her experiences with the world, thus leading to blogging. Christie is never one to decline happy hour invitations, brunch dates or Saturday morning market-hopping with the girls!