What’s happening over the ANZAC Day long weekend
The tradition of the ANZACs is one that has been prominent in Australia for more than 100 years, and is a cause for commemoration. In addition to the numerous ANZAC services around town, several Brisbane establishments are hosting events over the long weekend and on ANZAC Day itself.
Saturday April 23 will see the Alderley Arms Hotel play the best tunes from Australia and New Zealand for its ANZAC Across The Ditch evening. On ANZAC eve The Elephant will be hosting a block party with plenty of live music from Philadelphia Grand Jury, Bugs and Feels Club plus tunes from DJ Black Amex. The Pinkenba Hotel will be hosting a family fun day on Sunday April 24 with pig races, a jumping castle, mechanical bull and slot car races from midday. The Story Bridge Hotel will be hosting a Sunday Session with entertainment and DJs until late, followed by breakfast at the Main St Bar & Eatery and Two Up in the Outback Bar on Monday April 25.
After the services and parades have finished, it’s commonplace to find the nearest watering hole to share memories and mingle with veterans. This year you can head to the Victory Hotel for an afternoon of Two Up, live music and good times in the beer garden. Expect performances from Caillin Malley, Venus Envy and The Pin Up Girls. The Shafston Hotel will be closing its laneways for it’s annual Tinnies and Two Up Party, where Brisbane food trucks roll in to help celebrate the ANZAC tradition from 1:00 pm. The Fox Hotel will be opening at 10:00 am to help support Legacy. Slow-cooked lamb rolls, live music and a huge Two Up ring will be operating all day. The Paddo Tavern will also be hosting and ANZAC Day event on the Monday, with proceeds collected on the day going to Walking Wounded, helping the families of fallen solders.
Riverbar and Kitchen will be getting into the ANZAC Day spirit with a barbecue from 10:00 am, live entertainment and Two Up from 3:00 pm. The Regatta Hotel will be open at 5:30 am for a post-dawn service breakfast, followed by live entertainment, pavlova stands, ANZAC biscuits and a barbecue all day. Be sure to find out where your closest ANZAC Day dawn service is or get ready to nab a prime viewing position for the ANZAC DAY Parade, which will commence at 9:30 am.