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From vineyard to The Valley – Gerler Wines officially unveils City Winery
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From vineyard to The Valley – Gerler Wines officially unveils City Winery

The finest wines aren’t the ones with an exorbitant price tag. Rather, the best drops are ones that have a story to tell. Gerler Wines is all about telling stories – from that of its namesake inspiration Carl Gerler to the finer details of the grapes it sources – and the boutique winemaker’s latest project is shaping up to be a significant chapter in its own right. Opening today, City Winery is the result of a three-year process to bring boutique winemaking into Brisbane’s inner city. The micro-winery-cum-restaurant is not only an eye-catching spot for sampling Gerler wines and hearty fare, but also an opportunity for wine lovers to learn about the winemaking process, while simultaneously demystifying the industry for newcomers. more

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Lucky Egg – Brisbane fried chicken
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The round-up: snack on Brisbane’s best finger lickin’ fried chicken

Put down the KFC bucket – no matter how many secret herbs and spices are sprinkled on top, the best fried chicken in Brisbane cannot be found at a fast food joint. Fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food and is exponentially better when made with love and care. Several locales in town are known for crunchy wings and flavoursome fillets, so if you only settle for the best, you are going to want to put these places to the test. more

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Maeve Wine brings duck-ham crumpets, rare drops and heritage charm to South Brisbane
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Maeve Wine brings duck-ham crumpets, rare drops and heritage charm to South Brisbane

A mere mention of South Brisbane's Queensland National Bank building may not ring any bells to you, but we can guarantee you're familiar with this heritage-listed beauty. Sitting pretty on the corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets, opposite QPAC and neighbouring Fish Lane, the building has previously lived a rather financial life, but as of today its first floor is home to a more liquid kind of currency. Through heavy heritage copper doors and up winding burgundy steps, Maeve Wine is waiting to deposit some moreish morsels into your mouth. more

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Emporium Hotel shows off the understated luxury of its brand-new Piano Bar
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Emporium Hotel shows off the understated luxury of its brand-new Piano Bar

It’s been a whirlwind six-month stretch for the Anthony John Group, which has celebrated the opening of its five-star hotel at Southpoint with a procession of food and beverage offerings. Following on from the openings of Parisian-inspired patisserie Belle Epoque and stunning rooftop bar The Terrace, Emporium Hotel has unveiled its eye-catching art deco influenced Piano Bar. Showcasing a blend of refined opulence and approachable convenience, the Piano Bar is the ideal spot for a handy meeting point, an elegant evening out or a post-dinner nightcap. more

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Limber up and loosen your shoulders – iPONG's space-aged arcade bar is almost here
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Limber up and loosen your shoulders – iPONG’s space-aged arcade bar is almost here

Attention all sharpshooters and hawk-eyed bullseye bandits – there’s a new haunt in town that is shaping up to be the perfect place to show off your impressive marksmanship. iPONG is a futuristic arcade and bar that is bringing Brisbane its first taste of the latest range of digitised games – pong and darts. If you’ve got a competitive spirit, or are simply looking for a fun hangout spot for you and your crew, search for iPONG’s Tron-inspired facade when it officially opens on Saturday March 9. more

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Little Big House – Monday Night Dining Brisbane
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The round-up: what restaurants are open on Monday night in Brisbane

If you’ve never experienced the Monday blues then you must be a robot. Just kidding (sort of), but starting the work week after the dizzying delights of the weekend can be a little bit soul destroying. Our solution is to extend some more of that fun into Monday. “How?”, we hear you ask. Simple – book in for dinner out one Monday night. Brisbane’s not as sleepy as it used to be – these days there are countless venues that are open for Monday-night trading, from fine-dining institutions to reliable neighbourhood eateries. If you want to line up a hot dinner date before the week gets too hectic, or can’t be bothered cooking after work (honestly, we feel you), check out Brisbane’s Monday-night scene and see what’s open using this handy list. more

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The whole package – ARC Dining and Wine Bar opens at Howard Smith Wharves
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The whole package – ARC Dining and Wine Bar opens at Howard Smith Wharves

An otherworldly dining experience is comprised of a collection of immaculate details. From the colours on the plate to the aesthetic touches of the venue itself, it’s the combination of the little things that make a difference. ARC Dining and Wine Bar is the bracing new addition to the thriving Howard Smith Wharves precinct, an establishment bringing together all the essential ingredients needed for a top-flight drinking and dining destination. An award-winning chef and sommelier tandem, a colourful and contemporary interior aesthetic too stunning to capture on Instagram and some of the best views in Brisbane is a bona fide recipe for success, but don’t take our word for it – ARC Dining and Wine Bar is a lovingly realised spot that demands that you experience it personally. more

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Heritage hospitality – The Mix Bar transforms a Woolloongabba landmark into a luxe lounge
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Heritage hospitality – The Mix Bar transforms a Woolloongabba landmark into a luxe lounge

It’s an exciting time to live in Woolloongabba. As the Cross River Rail project begins to take shape between Vulture and Stanley Streets and the South City Square project rises on Logan Road, anticipation is building for the possibilities of the area. Opening just in time to catch the wave is The Mix Bar, a dual-purpose spot that has recently opened inside the heritage-listed Woolloongabba Post and Telegraph Office. Retaining a sophisticated old-world feel in an area that is rapidly modernising, The Mix Bar is offering a taste of quintessential hospitality and also educational opportunities for those looking to obtain bar and service skills. more


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Settle in at Brisbane City's new European-inspired street-side bar The Pouring Room
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Settle in at Brisbane City’s new European-inspired street-side bar The Pouring Room

Only a few weeks removed from the well-received opening of inner-city food hall Harvest on Queen, RMS Group has doubled up with the launch of adjoining wine bar The Pouring Room. Serving an array of worldly wines, a smorgasbord of cheese and charcuterie, plus a la carte breakfast and lunch bites, The Pouring Room is already shaping up to be a dependable haunt for coffee meet-ups and post-work revelry. more

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Riverbar and Kitchen makes Sunday sundowners a cinch
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Riverbar and Kitchen makes Sunday sundowners a cinch

Although we’re technically nearing the end of summer, it’s ludicrous to expect the temperature to drop off dramatically any time soon. The mercury will still be high throughout March, which is good news for lovers of laid-back Sunday sessions. Riverbar and Kitchen is set to kick off its Corona Sunset Sessions series this Sunday February 24, with plenty of crisp beers to sip and tasty tacos to chow down on. more

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Sample the ocean's bounty at Kangaroo Point's snappy newcomer One Fish Two Fish
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Sample the ocean’s bounty at Kangaroo Point’s snappy newcomer One Fish Two Fish

As befits a city as sun kissed as Brisbane, our seafood scene is absolutely top notch. From ocean-fresh hauls to fab fish and chipperies, this crispy-golden age seems endless. The latest fishy eatery to reel us in is One Fish Two Fish – a charming bar and restaurant (opening this Friday February 15) from seasoned seafood chef Daniel Miletic and his partner, hospitality communications director Amelia. If you’ve been hankering for an inventive take on seafood, One Fish Two Fish will capture your tongues hook, line and sinker. more

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Hello Gorgeous – Newstead bar
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Warm greetings to Newstead’s pastel-hued cocktail palace Hello Gorgeous

When it comes to restoring a former hospitality hotspot to its former glory, one needs an enthusiastic operator, a daring concept and a food and drink offering to match. Newstead’s Hello Gorgeous is the combination of all three. Taking over the space previously occupied by Chester Street Bakery, Hello Gorgeous is a richly vivid venue that isn’t afraid to splash about colour and cocktails in equal amounts. more

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You Came Again Vegan Tapas Bar – West End dining
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West End scores Brisbane’s first vegan tapas bar You Came Again

Brisbane’s plant-based dining scene is going from strength to strength – nourishing cafes are bountiful, and now Brisbane’s nightlife has scored a hip and welcoming vegan tapas bar. You Came Again on Boundary Street opened this week, and word is already spreading about its delicious plant-based bites and all-Australian drinks list. more

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Fresh catch – Coorparoo's Perch'd takes fish and chips up a notch
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Fresh catch – Coorparoo’s Perch’d takes fish and chips up a notch

For the past two years, Jen Byrnes and Patrick Laws have been running one of Brisbane’s favourite suburban eateries in Martha Street Kitchen, so when we caught wind that the duo were on the cusp of opening up a new venture in the heart of Coorparoo, we set a course immediately. The talented tandem are mere hours away from opening Perch’d tomorrow, Saturday January 26 – a modern fish and chippery that is looking to deliver a considered take on the cuisine without reinventing the reel (pun intended), served with a side of casual-cool atmosphere. more

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Flora by Greenhouse Canteen – Brisbane's best vegan spots
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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

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Otto Ristorante
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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 28. more

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Crown & Co. Barbers unveils boozy California Lane extension King Tiki
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Crown & Co. Barbers unveils boozy California Lane extension King Tiki

Four years ago, tiki and retro-inspired barber outfit Crown & Co. opened on Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick Street strip, and has been deftly lining up patrons ever since. Last year saw the barbershop undergo a significant evolution thanks to the development of California Lane, affording the Crown & Co. crew the opportunity to open an on-site tiki bar at the venue’s rear. King Tiki is a charming specialty boozer offering authentic tiki cocktail recipes, craft beer and plenty of friendly chat. more

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Range Brewing
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best craft-beer brewery crawls to embark on

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed a surge in craft-beer breweries opening around Brisbane. Over the past three to four years, Brisbane has seen a huge influx of froth-soaked newcomers, with loads of independent brewers opening tipple temples to great acclaim. There’s never been a better time to be a beer fan in Brisbane, so if you’re keen to tick a few names off this summer, we’ve assembled a list of Brisbane's best craft-beer brewery crawls to give you a sample of the plethora of Brisbane's top-notch breweries. more

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Sea Legs Brewing Co. finds solid ground in Kangaroo Point
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Sea Legs Brewing Co. finds solid ground in Kangaroo Point

While commonly associated with sailors finding their footing on land after extended periods away at sea, to have sea legs can also refer to the familiar wobble one experiences after one too many double IPAs. Colorado-born Jon Fuchs would know – it’s how he got his nickname. Jon’s sea legs and passion for craft beer have seen him cross oceans and switch occupations to become the head brewer of Kangaroo Point’s new craft-beer outfit Sea Legs Brewing Co. – a community-focused brewery that looks to instil a bit of creativity into its frothy product. more

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Get excited for the new restaurants, bars and cafes opening in 2019
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Get excited for the new restaurants, bars and cafes opening in 2019

It’s going to be a tall order to top the banner year Brisbane’s dining scene had in 2018, but we truly believe that this year is going to be just as exciting for foodies. We know it’s only January, but there are numerous openings on the horizon that have got us keyed up with anticipation. We’ve assembled a handy list of announcements to keep an eye on, including brand-new dining precincts, inner-city wineries, riverside eateries and much more. more