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South Bank's Little Big House is your new summer house-party destination
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South Bank’s Little Big House is your new summer house-party destination

There's no denying that house parties are an absolute ball, but the effort needed throw them (and clean up after them) can make ‘em a real chore. Well, what if we told you that there is a new venue in town that is bringing the house party vibes and is taking care of the hosting duties? Brisbane, allow us to introduce you to your new favourite hang – Little Big House. This Southpoint-based venue is a cheeky and charming chateau brought to us from the team behind Riverbar & Kitchen and Aria. Little Big House promises quintessential Queensland quirkiness, far-out feasts, cocktails in cans and sun-soaked fun all party season long, so stop putting fairy lights and goon sacks on your Hills Hoist – summer party hosting duties have been sorted. more

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Lunch ahoy! Banter Bar & Seafood makes landfall in Kangaroo Point
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Lunch ahoy! Banter Bar & Seafood makes landfall in Kangaroo Point

The neighbourhood fish and chip joint is a staple of Queensland summer snacking. Let’s be real, there’s nothing like picking your way through a freshly cooked batch of goodness, wrapped tightly in butcher’s paper on a sunny afternoon. These days it’s rare that you’d encounter a fish and chippery with a bar attached, but if that’s the way of the future then we’re not complaining. Banter Bar & Seafood in Kangaroo Point is a new breed of venue that blends a sumptuous range of fresh and locally sourced seafood with a short and sharp selection of boutique wine and craft beer, and a coastal vibe that has us dreaming of sea breezes. more

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The round-up: The best spots to watch Brisbane light up on New Year’s Eve
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The round-up: The best spots to watch Brisbane light up on New Year’s Eve

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over? It feels like only yesterday we were farewelling the year that was 2016 – time is flying! If there is any silver lining to this situation, it’s that the biggest party night of the year is back again. New Year’s Eve is always a cause for celebration – a night of endings and beginnings, so you really should get it right. If you are looking to paint the town red on the evening of December 31, have a squiz at this handy list of Brisbane’s must-attend parties and ring in 2018 in style. more

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Views, brews and chews – Eagle Street’s Riverland opens to the public
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Views, brews and chews – Eagle Street’s Riverland opens to the public

While not completely certain, we’re fairly sure that there’s a scientific correlation between the taste of a cool beverage and your proximity to a killer vista. Our hypothesis – everything tastes better with a great view. Just when you thought all of Eagle Street’s riverside real estate had been snatched up, a new venue arrives to give us another option for peeping a ripper sunset over the Brown Snake and the Story Bridge – just in time for summer sessions. Riverland is a brand-new dynamo drinking and dining destination that will offer something different each visit. Except for the view, of course. That will always be primo. more

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Shake, rattle and roll on in to The Valley’s new beer and cocktail bar The Rattler
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Shake, rattle and roll on in to The Valley’s new beer and cocktail bar The Rattler

If you’ve heard a ruckus emanating from a new watering hole on the corner of Ann and Warner Streets in The Valley, we have some info as to what the deal is. The Rattler is a new (and aptly named) saloon that imbues late-90s rock'n'roll-bar aesthetics with a killer selection of beer, cocktails and eats. The Rattler quietly opened its doors to the public last week, but now the crew is kicking out the jams and proclaiming its arrival on the scene loudly, for everyone to hear. more

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Junk
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It’s hip to be square – Coorparoo Square unveils its first wave of openings

Folks, it’s here! It’s finally here! One of the most highly anticipated developments has come to life after some perspiration-soaked anticipation. Coorparoo Square has gradually ascended above Cavendish Road over the past few months, swelling with the promise of hip new bars and eateries and a host of other quality retailers. Well, this week marks the first wave of openings in the centre, ranging from tantalising taquerias, choice coffee spots, gorgeous gelaterias and beautiful bars. Before you flock to chock your mouth full of goodies, have a closer look at what Coorparoo Square is bringing to town. more

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Enjoy gin high tea in the leafy surrounds of West End's Covent Garden
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Enjoy gin high tea in the leafy surrounds of West End’s Covent Garden

It was a sad day when Lock'n'Load announced it was closing its doors. The West End institution brought the good times for more than a decade, however with the promise of big things ahead, we couldn’t help but be excited about what the team was planning for the venue. All has now been revealed – Covent Garden has taken over and the space's past identity is a mere memory. more

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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best cocktail bars as voted by you
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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best cocktail bars as voted by you

We’re sure you’d agree that cocktails are serious business. Beer and wine selections aside, a top-flight bar’s reputation is staked on the quality of its cocktails, which is why we can’t abide by a negligently made negroni or an ordinary old fashioned. At the beginning of the year we asked The Weekend Edition readers to vote for their favourite (read: best) cocktail bars in town for the 2016 EAT/drink Awards, and you responded en masse. Now we've got a near definitive selection, so if you are as serious about your cocktails as we are, make sure you’ve sipped from every entry on this list – the ten best cocktail bars around. more


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Ballistic Beer Co.
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The Weekend Series: the beer lovers guide to boutique brews from Brisbane, Gold Coast and beyond

We are experiencing a golden age for locally brewed craft beer. Several spots in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the surrounding regions are creating some fantastic frothy beverages that are earning acclaim around the country. This week marks the start of Queensland Beer Week, which runs from November 16-25. We really don't need to give you a reason to enjoy some of the best brews in the state, but in the spirit of making the most of Queensland Beer Week why not take a trip to some of our top-notch tipple temples. more

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Woodfired pizzas and rock ‘n' roll combine at Caxton Street's Enzo & Sons
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Woodfired pizzas and rock ‘n’ roll combine at Caxton Street’s Enzo & Sons

The surname Webb has pretty darn instrumental in the rebirth of Caxton Street – bar tsar and restaurateur Jamie Webb is who we all thank for Lefty's Old Time Music Hall and Seymour's Cocktails and Oysters. Caxton Street's latest addition, however, is not the handiwork of Jamie, but rather his clever wife Siarah. This weekend Siarah will present us with the gift of Italian food and a whole lot of spritzes, with her new bar and restaurant Enzo & Sons. more

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Make a little mischief at new Coorparoo bar and eatery Beyond the Pale
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Make a little mischief at new Coorparoo bar and eatery Beyond the Pale

You may have heard the phrase 'beyond the pale'. In modern language, it refers to behaviour that ventures outside of the bounds of what is considered acceptable – behaviour that's a little bit naughty and mischievous. You know, the kind of cheeky debauchery you might get up to with a little Dutch courage. What you may not know, however, is that the origin of the phrase dates back to 14th Century Ireland. The part of the country that was under English rule was marked by a boundary of stakes or fences, know as the English Pale. Those who travelled outside that boundary, or beyond the pale, were considered uncouth and unacceptable amongst civilisation. more

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The round-up: Brisbane's best sunny beer gardens and outdoor bars to visit this summer
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best sunny beer gardens and outdoor bars to visit this summer

It’s almost a scientific fact that the best way to enjoy the sizzling summer months is to embrace it and find a comfortable perch to blow the froth off a cold beverage or two in one of Brisbane’s many beer gardens. Our winter hibernation has ended – now it’s the time to get our dishevelled selves some sun. Here are some of the best beer gardens and outdoor bars to seek out this summer. more

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Have a ball at Woolloongabba's new arcade-meets-bar Pincadia
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Have a ball at Woolloongabba’s new arcade-meets-bar Pincadia

No, you haven’t stumbled across a time warp that’s transported you back to the mid-80s – we’re in 2017 and arcades are back, baby. Woolloongabba locals are waking up to the news that there is a new hub for gaming enthusiasts, offering more than a dozen pinball machines, a host of arcade consoles and loads of board games. Pincadia is looking to establish itself as a family-friendly haunt for those with a competitive streak, easy-going diners and lovers of everything retro. Bring your loose change, flex your fingers and get ready to play – it's game time. more

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Bunker down for some brews at Archer Brewing's Spring Hill hideaway
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Bunker down for some brews at Archer Brewing’s Spring Hill hideaway

When the happy hour siren starts blaring, it’s advisable to heed its call and seek shelter at the nearest speakeasy. Archer’s Brewing is one of the newest faces on the beer scene, but it’s already stirred up a good bit of support from the craft community. Nestled underneath The International Hotel in Spring Hill is Archer’s Bunker – a secluded, aviation-inspired bar and brewery that is offering a comprehensive range of freshly concocted beverages to sip in safety. more

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Return of the mac – Mac From Way Back opens a mac ‘n' cheesery in The Valley
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Return of the mac – Mac From Way Back opens a mac ‘n’ cheesery in The Valley

We’re so excited – we just can’t hide it. One of the most popular food trucks is letting all the people know that it’s back to run the show. That’s right – Daddy Mac is making us jump (for joy). Mac From Way Back has set up shop inside Fortitude Valley haunt Sabotage Social, pumping out overflowing bowls of gooey and golden mac 'n' cheese with a variety of twists, as well as loaded burgers that make our hearts pound or stop beating entirely – frankly it could go either way. more

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Fortitude Valley's pub culture born again with the arrival of the Osbourne Hotel
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Fortitude Valley’s pub culture born again with the arrival of the Osbourne Hotel

Don't worry – we’re not going to beat you over the head with puns about rebirth. That being said, we do want to talk about a significant metamorphosis that has been going on in The Valley. Like a caterpillar cocooning itself and emerging as a beautiful butterfly, the heritage-listed Osbourne Hotel on the corner of Ann and Constance Streets has been transformed into a truly impressive destination pub, boasting everything from a leisurely beer-garden atmosphere to a seductive lounge-bar vibe. Officially opening today Friday October 6, the Osbourne Hotel is a crisp new addition to The Valley’s array of watering holes, pairing history with modernity in fine form. more

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The Cloakroom Bar brings dapper drinks and rooftop resplendence to Brisbane City
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The Cloakroom Bar brings dapper drinks and rooftop resplendence to Brisbane City

It’s no secret that The Cloakroom’s Louis Ialenti and Andrew Byrne are committed to more than simply creating bespoke threads. From the moment you step inside the refined tailor you’re exposed to much more than mere suits on a rack – an invitation to sit down, the offer of a whisky, the time taken to cater to a dapper gent’s every need. Expanding on its offering of experiential pleasure The Cloakroom is turning its bespoke attention to liquid concoctions, with The Cloakroom Bar opening its elusive doors this Friday October 6. more

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Cribb Street Social brings the whole culinary package to Milton
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Cribb Street Social brings the whole culinary package to Milton

If we told you about a venue that offered breakfast, lunch, dinner, tap beer, sublime barista-made coffee, top-shelf whisky and gin, a shady beer garden and a well-stocked charcuterie fridge, you’d accuse us of making up places that don’t exist. Rest assured, we’d never lie to you, our dear friends. This unicorn of an eatery exists and has a name – Cribb Street Social. Located in the heart of leafy Milton, Cribb Street Social is a new venue from the team behind inner-city staple Mr. Edward’s Alehouse & Kitchen, and offers a premium range of eats and drinks within a warm and friendly atmosphere. more

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Fun activities to take your after-work drinks to the next level
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Fun activities to take your after-work drinks to the next level

There are few feelings better than knock-off time, especially on a Friday. The only issue we can see is that descending upon the closest pub for a pint at week's end can get a bit stale after doing so nearly every week. If your after-work drinks routine is getting a tad staid, then you need to inject a bit of fun into your evening schedule. Should you and the crew decide to make plans for this Friday, consider some of these inner-city activities that will really have you exclaiming ‘TGIF’ with appropriate vigour. more

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The Palace Supper Club brings a touch of opulence to late-night Valley eats
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The Palace Supper Club brings a touch of opulence to late-night Valley eats

We've all had those nights. You head out for a couple of casual negronis, then suddenly it's 10:30 pm and you're starving. Pickings are slim, let's be honest, and sometimes the only thing to bring you back from the brink of starvation is a cheeky kebab or a greasy burg. Don't get us wrong, we love the odd naughty indulgence, but as we get older we find our cravings have become a little more refined. Enter The Palace Supper Club, Fortitude Valley's decadent new oasis, serving up delectable eats until the early morn. more