Bars
Savour community spirit off tap at Milton Common
Food & Drink

Savour community spirit off tap at Milton Common

When you think of your beloved local watering hole, what is it that it so great? It's one thing to have a comprehensive list of libations, but there's usually some kind of je ne sais quoi that has you coming back. We'd hazard a guess it's the spirit of the place that makes it memorable – a welcoming feeling and level of easy comfort akin to relaxing in your own home. That's the sort of appeal Milton Common looks to cultivate for locals. The former home of Aether Brewing has evolved into a multi-faceted meeting place, where all corners of the community can gather and enjoy the simple things – good booze, good food and good company. more

Coffee
Fresh scoop – specialty coffee and artisanal gelato joint Allora Black opens in Newmarket
Food & Drink

Fresh scoop – specialty coffee and artisanal gelato joint Allora Black opens in Newmarket

When it comes to specialised areas of food and drink, gelato and coffee are wildly different (and labour intensive) streams. Rarely do the two meet, and if they do, it's not uncommon to see one foregrounded more than the other. Allora Black at Newmarket Village is perhaps the first spot in Brisbane to harmoniously unify artisanal gelato and specialty coffee, creating a fashionably minimalist dispensary of creamy dessert and artfully brewed caffeine. more

Cafes
Salisbury welcomes chic coffee specialists Supernumerary Coffee
Food & Drink

Salisbury welcomes chic coffee specialists Supernumerary Coffee

To describe something as supernumerary is to say it's in excess or above the requisite number required. When Robertson locals and ardent coffee lovers Simon Flanagan and Chin Wu decided to open a specialty brew-slinging nook of their own, they knew they were entering a scene already flush with terrific coffee shops. While labelling their brand-new caffeine spot excessive may seem self-effacing, Simon and Chin's Supernumerary Coffee is named thus with tongue placed firmly in cheek. As any serious sipper knows, you can never have enough top-notch coffee sources, especially when the experience on offer is as considered and polished as Salisbury's newest pitstop. more

Bars
The round-up: what's open on the Australia Day public holiday
Food & Drink

The round-up: what’s open on the Australia Day public holiday

We know you don't need to be reminded, but we've got a long weekend coming up. It's a great opportunity to catch up with friends or family, but the trick is knowing where to go. The Australia Day public holiday falls on Monday this year, so to ensure you don't get caught off guard when your local closes for the day, we've compiled a list of spots that will be operating on Monday January 27. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 256 January 21
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 256 January 21

From news of Hawaiian-inspired dive bars to brand-new multi-level live-music hubs, 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

Cafes
Stop time and unwind at Manly's colourfully chill cafe Groundhog Social
Food & Drink

Stop time and unwind at Manly’s colourfully chill cafe Groundhog Social

Have you ever pondered what you'd do if you were trapped in a recurring Groundhog Day-like time loop? Perhaps you'd catch up on your reading, or consume all those TV shows you've been meaning to watch. We'd hazard a guess that the foodies amongst us would be jubilant at the prospect of bingeing their favourite eats over and over again without consequence. Well, Manly's Groundhog Social is a new hotspot that aims to deliver the same kind of precise and consistent experience every time you take a seat. If you're seeking a delicious day starter or a sedated sundowner, Groundhog Social's got you, babe. more

Bars
Sip and snack from day to night at East Brisbane newbie Neesh Bar & Restaurant
Food & Drink

Sip and snack from day to night at East Brisbane newbie Neesh Bar & Restaurant

Usually describing something as niche is to remark on its specialised and specific appeal – for example, choosing only to eat Hawaiian-style pizzas would indicate you have niche tastes, while the films of John Waters boast a niche audience. Neesh Bar & Restaurant – East Brisbane's new go-to for brunch, lunch and evening snacks – is playfully flipping the word on its head, serving up an inclusive menu of fare imbued with a dash of creativity. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

Matt Moran
To be a chef you have to love it, you need to do it for passion, not for fame and glory ... ~ Matt Moran more
Cafes
Get pepped – specialty coffee nook The Hideout opens on Adelaide Street
Food & Drink

Get pepped – specialty coffee nook The Hideout opens on Adelaide Street

We can't lie, returning to the daily grind after the recent festive period required some exceptionally strong coffee. If you're still dragging your feet into 2020 thanks to some post-holiday blues, brand-new specialty coffee nook The Hideout might have just the thing to put a spring in your step. Opening today, Monday January 13, The Hideout is pouring brew using beans from some of Australia's finest roasters, and is shaping up to be the kind of cafe that makes you look forward to going to work. more

Bars
Grassfed – Brisbane's best vegan spots
Food & Drink

The round-up: fill up on goodness at Brisbane’s best vegan spots

Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax – we aren’t here to sway you to veganism. What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling. more

Best of Brisbane
King Crab Co. | Brisbane's best crab and crustacean spots
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best spots to crack into crab and other crustaceans

There are few foodstuffs as quintessentially Australian as the trusty prawn, and barbecue season is perfect for chucking a few on the grill. That being said, there is more to the crustacean family than just prawns – we also go loco for lobster, cray cray for crayfish and bug out over Moreton Bay bugs. There are so many tasty morsels swimming about under the sea – we cast a net and have hauled in a list of spots to get your claws on some cracking crustaceans this seafood season. more

Bars
Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden's Holey Moley Golf Club
Food & Drink

Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden’s Holey Moley Golf Club

When Holey Moley Golf Club first broke onto the scene in 2016, it changed the game and redefined what was possible in the realm of hospitality-meets-entertainment concepts. More than three years on and Holey Moley bars are sprouting up everywhere, with more than 15 locations in Australian alone. Brisbane scored a second indoor putt-putt bar late last year when Holey Moley landed at the Wintergarden, giving the inner-city scene a lively hang that blends games of skill with a menu of decadent eats. more

The Grocer
What to drink when you're not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre's booze-free spirits
Food & Drink

What to drink when you’re not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre’s booze-free spirits

You may be participating in Dry January or just detoxing from the festive season altogether, but for those of us sensible (and selfless) enough to bear the burden of being designated driver on a night out, the craving for a cocktail can be a moralistic tug-o-war. That's where Lyre's steps in – a range of delicious non-alcoholic spirits that help make a mean mocktail. more

Food News
Pavement Whispers: Volume 255 January 14
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 255 January 14

From news of an all-you-can-eat fried-chicken buffet to Taj Mahal's temporary post-fire location, 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

Bars
Last call – The Bowery announces its closure
Food & Drink

Last call – The Bowery announces its closure

In a blow for Fortitude Valley's bar scene, local linchpin The Bowery has announced its forthcoming closure. The storied boozer will wrap up proceedings at the end of January, but the announcement boasts a silver lining in the form of a new life for the space. more

Restaurants
Spice up your life with some neo-Chinese cuisine at Everton Plaza's Sichuan Papa
Food & Drink

Spice up your life with some neo-Chinese cuisine at Everton Plaza’s Sichuan Papa

One of the biggest boom suburbs of 2019 was Everton Park, thanks chiefly to the advent of its own foodie hub Everton Plaza. The latter half of the year was chock-full of well-received arrivals, but just when you think the precinct would settle for the festive period, one more snuck in before year's end. Sichuan Papa is a vibrant neo-Chinese eatery specialising in spicy and aromatic Sichuan-inspired fare, friendly home-style service and old-school neighbourhood restaurant intimacy. more

Casual Dining
Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley

Carnivores and those of us without dietary restrictions lead a truly privileged life. Not only is nearly the entire food pyramid open for consumption, but there is no real time restriction on when we can get it. This means that even in the wee hours of the morning (perhaps after a few beverages, who are we to judge), there's still a bunch on offer. But what about vegans? Even plant-based eaters get cravings for late-night comfort-food staples such as juicy burgers, loaded fries and decadent shakes. Nationally beloved ethical fast-food outfit Lord of the Fries has been catering to these hankerings for years down south, leaving Brisbane vegans wanting. Lord of the Fries has finally ventured our way, opening a late-night joint in Fortitude Valley just before Christmas and fast becoming a go-to for quick-and-easy plant-based, kosher and halal eats. more

Bars
Discover hidden treasures at Brisbane City's new eatery Trove
Food & Drink

Discover hidden treasures at Brisbane City’s new eatery Trove

Bar hopping in The City is all about discovery, finding hidden gems tucked away around corners and perched above street level. Brisbane CBD's newest hideaway Trove is the kind of sophisticated boozer one hopes to stumble across on a night out – a place where you can sip easy and snack comfortably, with the kind of incognito appeal you'll want to keep as your own little secret. more

Bakeries
Cinnabon's world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre
Food & Drink

Cinnabon’s world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre

In the lead-up to the Christmas frenzy, folks flocked to Toombul Shopping Centre in droves – not to snag some festive deals, but rather to sample the lovingly glazed buns at Australia's first Cinnabon outlet. The world-famous baked-goods dispensary opened at the revitalised hub in mid-December, going on to sell more than 20,000 cinnamon rolls in five days. These numbers alone should pique your curiosity, but if you need some more persuasion to make a pilgrimage, read on ... more