Bars
Grungy laneway hideaway Hellcat Maggie stakes her turf in Brisbane City
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Grungy laneway hideaway Hellcat Maggie stakes her turf in Brisbane City

Fans of the Scorsese classic Gangs of New York (or anyone with knowledge of the Big Apple’s bloody past) will have heard the name Hell-Cat Maggie. In the 1840s the name would make blood run cold with fear, but today the name carries friendlier connotations. Hellcat Maggie is a brand-new laneway bar and eatery that embodies the same gritty and charismatic attitude of the famed crim, but instead of brawling with the Bowery Boys, this bar focuses on beers, burgers and breakfast. more

Bars
Make tracks for Fortitude Valley’s new laneway haunt Whistle Dixie
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Make tracks for Fortitude Valley’s new laneway haunt Whistle Dixie

In years past, wishing for a laneway eatery that catered to breakfast, lunch and dinner crowds equally would be considered rosy fantasising. Now, times have changed, as evidenced by the cheekily named Whistle Dixie. This railroad-inspired locale is delivering an all-day service to denizens of Fortitude Valley’s Emporium strip, offering ample space to graze leisurely while daydreaming of the next fantastical arrival. more

Food News
Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart unveils his flagship Gold Coast dining space, Restaurant Labart
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Sydney chef Alex Munoz Labart unveils his flagship Gold Coast dining space, Restaurant Labart

When renowned chef Alex Munoz Labart decided to move north in search of a sea change, Sydney's loss soon became the Gold Coast's gain. A very significant gain. This week Alex and his wife Karla opened the doors to their first venture, Restaurant Labart in Burleigh Heads, which has been touted as one of the most anticipated new additions to the city's dining scene – and for good reason. more

Restaurants
The round-up: Brisbane's best Greek cuisine
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Greek cuisine

Opa! Greek food is – without a doubt – one of the most inventive and flavoursome cuisines in the world. Succulent souvlakis, delicious dolmades, crispy calamari, helpings of haloumi – these are some all-time favourites, but they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Greek feasts. Brisbane boasts a mighty fine selection of Greek eateries to choose from, so we figured we’d save you the hassle of looking and list our picks right here, right now. more

Events
Savour and snack to your belly’s content at the Night Noodle Markets
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Savour and snack to your belly’s content at the Night Noodle Markets

Good Food Month is in full swing and a plethora of Brisbane’s eateries have been dishing out the flavoursome fare. While we’re all too happy to indulge all month long, we’ve been saving room for the Night Noodle Markets, which kick off next week on Wednesday July 25. For ten days, South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt will host a smorgasbord of Asian food stalls, hawking everything from gelato katsu sandwiches to KFC cheese puffle cones. more

Casual Dining
East Brisbane scores a seafood bounty with new fish and chippery The Barra Boys
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East Brisbane scores a seafood bounty with new fish and chippery The Barra Boys

It’s a golden age for perfectly battered fish fillets and golden crunchy chips in Brisbane. Whether you go bonkers for barramundi or crazy for cod, those fiending for a fresh catch should get ready to froth on East Brisbane’s newest fish and chip joint, which is delivering prime seafood morsels that will have you salivating. The Barra Boys have set up shop on Stanley Street, slinging fish, chips and burgers with a timeless approach. more

Bars
The Weekend Series: southward bound – five hotspots you must try around Byron Bay
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The Weekend Series: southward bound – five hotspots you must try around Byron Bay

Whenever the weather report heralds the arrival of mild temperatures and clear skies, we immediately pack an overnight bag and make a hasty pilgrimage south to Byron Bay. The home of coastal vibes, free-spirited fun and a booming foodie scene, Byron Bay is a no brainer for those that really want to put some kilometres between them and the big smoke. Speaking of Byron Bay’s cafe and restaurant scene, we weren’t kidding when we say the Byron Shire is bursting with hotspots. With Splendour in the Grass on our doorstep and warmer temperatures approaching, now is as good a time as ever to acquaint yourself with a few southern destinations. more

Food News
Malt memories – five unique whiskies you have to try
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Malt memories – five unique whiskies you have to try

When it comes to the wonderful world of whisky, us fans all have our favourites and preferences. There are so many things to factor in when you make a selection, so it makes sense that we tend to fall back on our old faithfuls. Where’s the fun in that? While there’s nothing wrong with a classic, we suggest shaking up your liquor cabinet with something out of the ordinary. Thanks to our friends at Brisbane Airport, The Weekend Edition team was given special access to JR/Duty Free's whisky tasting bar, where we sniffed, sipped and swilled our way around five unique whiskies that deserve some more airtime. You won't find these hard-to-find whiskies in your average bottle shop – these five, along with many other whiskies and spirits, are Travel Retail Exclusives that can all be found at JR/Duty Free. Pretty great excuse to book a holiday, if you ask us. Let us tempt you by talking… more


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Food News
Pavement Whispers: Volume 181 July 17
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 181 July 17

From whispers of Brisbane Burger Fest to on-demand wine delivery, 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

Restaurants
From Bocuse d'Or to Brisbane – Restaurant Dan Arnold opens in Fortitude Valley
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From Bocuse d’Or to Brisbane – Restaurant Dan Arnold opens in Fortitude Valley

The last eight years have been an incredible journey for Dan Arnold. The Brisbane-born chef arrived in France in 2010, where he worked at three Michelin-star restaurant l’Espérance, followed by seven years at two Michelin-star Serge Vieira. His experience lead him to earn bronze at the Bocuse d’Or Asia-Pacific Competition 2016, then placing eighth in the world with his team at the Bocuse d’Or World Final in 2017. Now, Dan has returned home to Brisbane to open his first restaurant, aptly named Restaurant Dan Arnold. more

Restaurants
Thierry Galichet unveils his sophisticated Spring Hill eatery La Cache à Vín
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Thierry Galichet unveils his sophisticated Spring Hill eatery La Cache à Vín

Anyone familiar with Thierry Galichet’s signature style of hospitality knows that he wears his inspirations on his sleeve. As a proud product of the Burgundy region, the famed chef and restaurateur has instilled elements of his homeland across all of his endeavours. Thierry’s latest project La Cache à Vín presents hearty French cuisine in a stylish and earthy setting, complete with a significant stash of wines from the slopes and valleys of France’s famed viticultural hubs. more

Cafes
Assemble the pack – Where the Wolves Eat arrives in Morningside
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Assemble the pack – Where the Wolves Eat arrives in Morningside

When it comes to building up a cafe concept from scratch, Malcolm Watts seems to have the process down to an art form. Malcom and his wife Danielle have brought a new cafe concept to the burgeoning corner of Wynnum Road and Redfern Street in Morningside – one that plates up honest and hearty fare paired with the kind of service you expect to receive from seasoned hospitality veterans. more

Events
Crack open your piggy bank for the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail
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Crack open your piggy bank for the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail

We’re collecting loose change in anticipation for one of our favourite events on the foodie calendar – the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail! On Saturday July 14, Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park Shopping Centre will be hosting a mammoth celebration of Asian cuisine, with several eateries erecting pop-up stalls to hawk a range of tasty bites that’ll only set you back a couple of bucks a pop. more

The Grocer
Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door
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Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door

Can you imagine life without negronis? We'd rather not even try. If you too are an appreciator of this classic Italian aperitif, then hear this – you can now get a tasting flight of pre-bottled negronis from around Australia delivered to your door. That's six different negroni styles from various boutique bars and distilleries, all made by hand before being bottled (or tinned) and shipped for your sipping pleasure. more

Food News
Fine dining on a dime – feast on Vintaged Bar + Grill’s $29 winter lunch menu
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Fine dining on a dime – feast on Vintaged Bar + Grill’s $29 winter lunch menu

Let’s be honest for a second – in this day and age, finding a decent sit-down meal for under $30 seems damn near impossible. Whether you’re getting dealt tiny portions or trying to navigate convoluted deals, the good old-fashioned lunch special just isn’t what it used to be … unless you’re paying a visit to Vintaged Bar + Grill. You read that correctly – the Hilton Brisbane’s esteemed dining institution might be the last place you would think to go sniffing for a bargain, but this is one deal you’re going to want to make time for. more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 180 July 10
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 180 July 10

From whispers of an inner-city winery to award-winning chefs, 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

Restaurants
Newstead's Golden Pig puts its teachings to good use as fully-fledged restaurant
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Newstead’s Golden Pig puts its teachings to good use as fully-fledged restaurant

Since its inception, Golden Pig has been to the foodies what Hogwarts is to budding wizards. Punny porcine similarities aside, Golden Pig has been instilling cooks with the magical knowledge of the culinary arts for years, but now the team is putting its teachings to the test. Golden Pig has unveiled a brand-new bar and restaurant of its own at its Newstead home, utilising its stylish industrial space as the setting for a sharp array of pan-Asian eats. more

Restaurants
The Meating Room delivers fillets and bottomless frites to Teneriffe
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The Meating Room delivers fillets and bottomless frites to Teneriffe

If you’re a resident of the inner-northern suburbs, a top-tier steak might be difficult to find in close proximity. Champions of carnivorous eating will perk up at the news that a new meatery has arrived in Teneriffe. The folks at The Dalgety Public House are delivering a boutique beef experience to the Macquarie Street strip, taking over its neighbouring space for younger sibling The Meating Room – a stylish haven for prime cuts. more

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

Brisbane’s bar culture is booming, meaning we are never short of spots to get a cheeky knock-off cocktail or blow the froth off a few cold ones on a weekend. We’re not just lucky in the quantity stakes, we’ve also been blessed with a quality collection of watering holes. This year’s EAT/drink Awards asked readers to tell us which bars they thought deserved the honour of being named Brisbane’s best, and we’ve got to hand it to you – you’ve all got great taste. Although the title of Brisbane’s best bar was hotly contested, we’ve managed to narrow it down to a top ten list – with a little help from you all, of course. more