Dancing, drinks and delicious eats – we've planned the ultimate night out at the Ballet International Gala
Dancing, drinks and delicious eats – we've planned the ultimate night out at the Ballet International Gala
Dancing, drinks and delicious eats – we've planned the ultimate night out at the Ballet International Gala
Dancing, drinks and delicious eats – we've planned the ultimate night out at the Ballet International Gala

Dancing, drinks and delicious eats – we’ve planned the ultimate night out at the Ballet International Gala

In case you missed it, the Ballet International Gala is pirouetting into town from January 26–30. Event-goers will be treated to a sizzling ballet showcase starring principal dancers from iconic institutions like The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Astana Opera and even our own Queensland Ballet. So you can have the ultimate night out at the theatre, we have pulled together a top-tier itinerary that will have you grabbing your tutu and tip-toeing around some delicious pit stops surrounding QPAC.

A tipple before the tendu 
With QPAC just around the corner, there’s no better place to perch for a pre-show refreshment than European-style wine bar Maeve Wine. The intimate bar boasts an impressive wine selection, which leans towards smaller producers and less conventional, minimal-intervention drops. If wine’s not your speed, there is a ten-strong list of both beers and cocktails to quench your thirst. Pair your drink with some sumptuous snacks like freshly shucked oysters served with lemon and Tabasco, chicken liver parfait served on toasted focaccia with mandarin, and slow-braised lamb ribs with burnt onion, labne and black garlic. Now, off to the theatre you prance …

Watch the masters perform
Finally, the show you’ve been waiting for – the Ballet International Gala. Before the curtains raise, there’s plenty of cracking culinary goodness to soak up. If you want to be really bougie before the ballet, you can indulge in a two- or three-course dinner at Lyrebird inside QPAC – before catching the lift directly to the foyer of your show. Those feeling only slightly peckish can order an antipasto and drinks package to enjoy before the show at the QPAC Foyer Bar. Then, prepare yourself for a spectacular show that features a line-up of some of the best ballet dancers in the world.

Kick on after the killer choreography
Just because the show is over doesn’t mean the night is! Kick on to Fish Lane favourite Kiki (little sibling to urban oasis Southside) and order some killer cocktails like the Fong Fuego (a spicy mix of blanco tequila, watermelon and Szechuan chilli) or Kiki’s take on a Tommy’s margarita, which boasts a punchy pairing of pineapple and mezcal. Now, you’ve wined, dined and witnessed some truly bewitching ballet – what better way to cap off the night than with a decadent dessert? Make tracks to Fish Lane’s Italian eatery Julius Pizzeria to sate your sweet tooth with a vanilla-bean panna cotta with wood-roasted nectarines and crushed amaretti biscuits or share a mini pizza stuffed with Nutella, banana and vanilla-bean gelato.

Keen for a night out on the town? Head to the QPAC website to secure your seats to this breathtaking ballet production.

This article was written in partnership with Ballet International Gala. 

To find out more about what’s on in Brisbane, head to our Event Guide.

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