Restaurants
West End's Nostimo Restaurant & Bar gives Greek cuisine a modern overhaul
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West End’s Nostimo Restaurant & Bar gives Greek cuisine a modern overhaul

Following on from the Greek Club’s substantial renovations, the West End community hub got to work on its signature restaurant. Nostimo Restaurant & Bar is set to open this weekend, leading the charge for Greek cuisine’s resurgence in Brisbane. With a modern interior and a menu of contemporary takes on regional classics masterminded by one of Australia’s best Greek chefs, Nostimo is an eatery that looks to build upon the Greek concept of philotimo – a spirit focused on community and giving. more

Cafes
Fortitude Valley’s Campos Piccolo proves good things come in small packages
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Fortitude Valley’s Campos Piccolo proves good things come in small packages

As you might have already heard, home-grown specialty coffee outfit Campos is picking up sticks and relocating its flagship cafe. While fans of the original Wandoo Street venue will need to travel a little bit further to take advantage of the cafe’s brand of dine-in service, the roaster wasn’t going up and leave the area entirely. Campos Piccolo is a stylish takeaway-oriented cafe on the corner of Ann and Wandoo Street – a colourful haunt that is keeping a Campos presence where it has been cherished for more than a decade. more

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Julius Pizzeria
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The round-up: where to sample Brisbane’s best pasta

We owe a huge amount of thanks to Italy. Without their historic culinary influence we wouldn’t have pizza, gelati and pasta. If we didn’t have pasta, we’d have a massive gap in our diet. Spaghetti Bolognese, carbonara, even macaroni and cheese – these are dishes we take for granted but are fundamental pillars of our dietary roster. Brisbane is home to a plethora of Italian-inspired eateries that vie for the title of Brisbane’s Best Pasta. We couldn’t possibly crown a winner, but we can clue you in to some of the best. more

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Get revved up at Smoked Garage's impressive new showroom and cafe
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Get revved up at Smoked Garage’s impressive new showroom and cafe

It was a sad day for motorcycle enthusiasts when Smoked Garage packed up its workshop space on Bridge Street. The blues were short lived when it was revealed that the popular custom motorcycle business wasn't gone for good, only relocating a short distance. The move has proved fortuitous – Smoked Garage’s new space is pretty darn impressive, and you can dispel any thoughts of grease-coated workshops. more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 177 June 19
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 177 June 19

From whispers of riverside breweries to Aperol spritz-flavoured gelato, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more


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Coffee, craft beer and Chicago-style eats – Tippler's Tap opens on James Street
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Coffee, craft beer and Chicago-style eats – Tippler’s Tap opens on James Street

Last week James Street celebrated a homecoming of sorts. Newstead-born craft-beer pioneer Tippler’s Tap has travelled back over the river to establish a new venue underneath Sage Hotels, bringing with it its heralded selection of local beers and filling fare. The new-look venue comes with a few enticing additions as well, including a lip-smacking breakfast menu, specialty coffee service and a huge Chicago-style deep-dish pizza that you’ll need a friend or two to take on. more

Bars
Kick out the jams at New Farm’s grungy bar and diner Hellbound
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Kick out the jams at New Farm’s grungy bar and diner Hellbound

The dust had barely settled on Brunswick Street’s Deathproof before it was announced the hideaway would be resurrected as Hellbound. The cosy and cool space has retained Deathproof’s rockin’ aesthetic, but has turned the volume up with a locally focused beverage offering and punchy food menu. If you like your beer cold and your music loud, Hellbound invites you to take a walk on the wild side. more

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District 1
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The round-up: where to find Brisbane’s best pho

When we rank our favourite noodle soups, number one would have to be pho, fo’ sho. We’re not promising that this round-up won’t be littered with soupy puns, but when your brain craves noods it’s hard to resist. Brisbane is flush with fantastic Vietnamese restaurants, all vying for the title of Brisbane’s best pho. Everyone’s got their own pick for the best pho in town, making this one of the most contentious lists in recent memory. We’re not confident we can name the best, but we’re damn certain we have a world-class selection – here are our picks. more

Cafes
Glee Coffee Roasters brings the goods north to South Brisbane
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Glee Coffee Roasters brings the goods north to South Brisbane

Central Coast caffeinators Glee Coffee Roasters have been pioneering specialty coffee down south for a decade, scoring wins with each new location they open. The family-operated organisation has turned its eyes north, opening its first Brisbane venue in South Brisbane this week. Not content with merely opening up a cafe, Glee Coffee's Queensland flagship is a multi-faceted space houses roasting apparatus, wholesale operations and an in-house bakery. more

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Multi-level entertainment precinct Topgolf swings into action with its flagship Australian venue
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Multi-level entertainment precinct Topgolf swings into action with its flagship Australian venue

If you've driven past Warner Bros. Movie World and Australian Outback Spectacular recently, chances are you've spotted Topgolf – let's be honest, those striking blue neon lights are pretty hard to miss. After months of anticipation, the multi-level entertainment precinct will officially open to the public this Friday June 15. We had a sneak peek inside the innovative, state-of-the-art and rather sizeable new venue – which is the first of its kind in Australia – so we could swing you all of the details. more

Markets
Stuff your face with picture-perfect pastries from The Pie Hole
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Stuff your face with picture-perfect pastries from The Pie Hole

To ‘shut your pie hole’ is to be quiet, but when the pies are so good we’re more inclined to declare our love from the tops of the tallest buildings. The Pie Hole is a cheeky new entrant in Brisbane’s market vendor scene, delivering freshly baked pies of the sweet and savoury variety and frankly the only time you’ll hear us shut up about it is when we’re stuffing our own pie holes. more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 176 June 12
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 176 June 12

From whispers of inner-city coffee roasters to renowned chefs heading north, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

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Moreton Bay bugs with charred cavolo nero and XO butter
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W Brisbane welcomes sustainable southern icon Three Blue Ducks

Over the past seven years, Three Blue Ducks has grown into one of Australia’s most beloved hospitality groups. Following on from its first location in Bronte and its subsequent venues in Byron Bay and Rosebery, the crew consisting of Mark Labrooy, Sam Reid-Boquist, Chris Sorrell, Darren Robertson, Jeff Bennett and Andy Allen were approached by W Brisbane to implement a new Three Blue Ducks concept as the hotel’s signature restaurant. On Friday June 1, Three Blue Ducks unveiled its Brisbane location, the group’s largest and most sophisticated set up to date. Much like its southern siblings, Three Blue Ducks Brisbane is plating up the brand’s own honest and ethically sourced fare, highlighting the benefits of conscious consumption and serving it in a comfortable-yet-modern setting with what could be the best view in town. more

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Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane serves up succulent cuts and worldly wines
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Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane serves up succulent cuts and worldly wines

It takes only the sound of a steak sizzling to make us salivate with hunger, so one can imagine how we reacted when we heard that Treasury Brisbane was teaming up with The Gambaro Group to bring its award-winning Black Hide concept to Brisbane City. Tomorrow Friday June 8 will see Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane open within the heritage surrounds of the iconic entertainment precinct, complete with a jaw-dropping selection of steaks, sumptuous seafood and a globe-spanning wine list. more

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

A cafe is more than just a place to get a hot cup of coffee and a bite of brunch. It’s a meeting place, a community hub and a respite from the manic world we live in. Brisbane is flush with stellar cafes and year on year our collection of nosheries expands. When it comes to listing the best of the best, all we can say is that you have good taste. A record number of votes were submitted for the EAT/drink Awards this year, with the Best Cafe category one of the most hotly contested. Alas, only one winner can be crowned, but it wouldn’t be right not to acknowledge the other competitors that help make the scene as vibrant as it is. Without further ado, here are the ten best cafes in Brisbane, as voted by our discerning readership. more