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Range Brewing stakes its claim on the craft-beer scene with its modern Newstead brewery
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Range Brewing stakes its claim on the craft-beer scene with its modern Newstead brewery

What do you get when you mix a mechanical engineer and a craft beer industry veteran with a desire to open a brewery? The answer isn’t a joke – you get one of the sharpest and most stylish beverage operations in town. Gerard Martin and Matt McIver are the brains behind Range Brewing – Brisbane’s newest entrant on the craft-beer scene. With a focused and considered approach to all facets of brewing and beer slinging, the Range Brewing team has lovingly crafted their dream operation from the ground up, paying close attention to the finer details to create a unique space and product. more

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Ballistic Beer Co turns on the taps at its West End flagship bar
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Ballistic Beer Co turns on the taps at its West End flagship bar

It truly is a golden age for amber-hued libations. Ballistic Beer Co – one of the most popular proponents of Brisbane’s next wave of craft beer – has stepped up its operations a year on from firing up the fermenters at its Salisbury brewery. The burgeoning brewery has expanded its sphere of influence to include a brand-new alehouse and kitchen of its own on Montague Road in West End. If you’re a fan of boilermakers, baller gin and tonics, burgers, bar bites and a bevvy of, well, craft bevvies, there’s a fair chance you’re in for a good time at this watering hole. more

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The Calile Hotel announces arrival of new food precinct Ada Lane
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The Calile Hotel announces arrival of new food precinct Ada Lane

Following hot on the heels of the announcement of The Calile Hotel’s retail precinct and first permanent restaurant, James Street’s anticipated luxury arrival has revealed details of adjoining hospitality-focused development. Ada Lane will add five new street-level tenancies to the area, creating a micro-precinct dedicated to food and drink. more

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Munich Brauhaus delivers steins, snags and schnitzels to South Bank
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Munich Brauhaus delivers steins, snags and schnitzels to South Bank

One of South Bank's most-anticipated arrivals has finally turned on its taps. Munich Brauhaus – a multi-level beer hall from the Rockpool Dining Group – opened its doors last Friday May 4, wasting no time in kicking off Oktoberfest celebrations months early. The venue is bringing a whole host of Bavarian goods to the table – we’re talking pretzels as big as your face, schnitzels by the score, gargantuan pork knuckles and succulent sausages. Oh, and bier – lots of bier. more

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Swoon over Bowen Hills’ new mod-industrial gin bar Swill
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Swoon over Bowen Hills’ new mod-industrial gin bar Swill

The Bowen Hills boom continues unabated, with a fresh new night spot opening off King Street today, Friday May 4. Hot on the heels of Welcome to Bowen Hills comes Swill, a chic cocktail joint with a strong gin focus, perfect for imbibers that love their botanicals. With an Australian-forward offering boosted by choice international selections, Swill is a sleek addition to one of Brisbane’s flourishing precincts. more

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Pub vibes, parmies and pals – Blute’s Bar opens in Fortitude Valley
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Pub vibes, parmies and pals – Blute’s Bar opens in Fortitude Valley

What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for a friend? Sure, shouting them dinner or helping move house is generous, but have you ever named a bar after a pal? For Jesse Barbera, naming his new Fortitude Valley pub after good pal Jon Blute wasn’t just a beautiful gesture, it was also a great opportunity to indulge in some absurd fun. Blute's Bar – the newest face on the Brunswick Street Mall – opened to the public last Friday April 27, offering classic pub vibes and a lively atmosphere, all in the spirit of mateship. more

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Sample cocktail degustations and Caribbean bites at South Bank's Barbossa Bar & Bottle Shop
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Sample cocktail degustations and Caribbean bites at South Bank’s Barbossa Bar & Bottle Shop

Sail down South Bank’s major thoroughfare Grey Street today, Thursday May 3, and you might spy a colourful new watering hole now open for business. Greystone Bar and Cellar has undergone a significant makeover, entering a renovation chrysalis and reemerging as Barbossa Bar & Bottle Shop – a new-look hotspot with a vibrant Caribbean-inspired aesthetic and menu, plus a cocktail list that packs colour and flavour in equal amounts. more


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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas
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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas

If we’re being honest, every day deserves to be Mother’s Day. Why? Well, you never really get a day off from being a mum – it’s a 24/7 gig. That being said, Mother’s Day is still a great opportunity to tell your mother how much she means to you. There are many different styles of mum, so there’s not one coverall approach to celebrating their worth. Some mums are foodie mums, while some mums like to be pampered. It’s up to you to know what kind of person your mother is. Our job is to help guide you to some excellent Mother’s Day ideas based on your mum’s taste. You’re welcome, mums. more

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Chomp on toast soldiers and red velvet waffles at Fortitude Valley's Nom Nom Valley
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Chomp on toast soldiers and red velvet waffles at Fortitude Valley’s Nom Nom Valley

The phrase ‘nom’ is strictly reserved for scrumptious eats. To say something is nom-worthy is to praise a dish as delicious, so when a venue doubles up on the nom factor they'd better come with the goods. Thankfully, Nom Nom Valley does. Following hot on the heels of the arrival of its ramen and sake-focused sibling in Bakery Lane, Nom Nom Valley brings something to the table for morning, afternoon and night eaters, from egg soldiers and coffee to chicken wings and craft beer. more

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Heritage and happy hours – five stunning Brisbane City bars with a secret past
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Heritage and happy hours – five stunning Brisbane City bars with a secret past

There’s no denying the charm of a heritage-listed space – from the original architectural details to the old-world vibe, there are gems studded all around Brisbane City. As much as we like admiring them from afar, these structures take on a new significance when you’re able to step inside and immerse yourself in the past lives of the space – and what better way to do that than with a drink in hand? Some of The City’s best bars do double duty as heritage-listed sites loaded with homages to their history. We’ve trawled the archives to bring you five Brisbane City bars that have a secret past you’ll want to know about. more

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Oodles of noodles  – Bakery Lane scores more Japanese eats with Nom Nom Ramen & Sake
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Oodles of noodles – Bakery Lane scores more Japanese eats with Nom Nom Ramen & Sake

As the mercury drops, it's only natural to seek out nourishment that warms the bones. Ramen fits the bill perfectly, and a sip of sake will surely send the warmth spreading all over. Phillip Kim of Nom Nom Korean Eatery has taken it upon himself to up the supply of ramen to Fortitude Valley, expanding his popular hotspot to include a ramen and sake bar. The good news is this is only half of Phillip’s new plans for the area ... more

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The round-up: what's open on ANZAC Day 2018
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The round-up: what’s open on ANZAC Day 2018

After fallout of the hectic Easter long weekend festivities, it’s easy to forget that we have another public holiday right around the corner. ANZAC Day is fast approaching, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly. Whether you are choosing to join in on the commemorative events or spending the day with family and friends, it’s handy to know that there are places around town that will be open and trading throughout the day. If you predict a post-march coffee outing or are in need of an ANZAC Day lunch spot, use our handy list to see what’s open. more

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The round-up: love at first bite – get your hands on Brisbane’s best grilled cheese sandwiches
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The round-up: love at first bite – get your hands on Brisbane’s best grilled cheese sandwiches

We can feel it in the air – a cool change is coming, which means only one thing. Comfort food season has arrived! On our list of satisfying belly warmers, a crispy grilled cheese sandwich is up there. Thursday April 12 marks Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, where grillers the world over will be celebrating the fine art of cheese pull, the look of crispy golden bread slathered in butter and the melting moment when your teeth sink in and all worldly woes disappear. To celebrate grilled cheese sandwich day, we’ve undertaken the daunting task of putting together a definitive list of Brisbane’s best gooey grilled-cheese sangas and toasties that are worth spending your cheddar on. more

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The round-up: fill up on Brisbane’s best vegan meals
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The round-up: fill up on Brisbane’s best vegan meals

Put your presuppositions in the bin – vegan 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 some vegan eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert well worth sampling. more

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Havana-inspired hideaway The Malecón arrives in Milton
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Havana-inspired hideaway The Malecón arrives in Milton

There's nothing quite like being transported to an exotic locale without having to board a plane. This is what happens when you step off the street and into the vibrant surrounds of Millton’s newest cocktail joint. Three of Brisbane’s most enterprising individuals have created a slice of Havana in the inner west, fashioning a watering hole that will have you feeling like you are partying in Havana. The Malecón taking locals on a tour of Cuba through its extensive rum-centric cocktail offering and own stylish distillery operation. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend

While it's perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for four days straight over Easter, we know that between the Lindt bunnies and Cadbury Creme Eggs you're going to need some real food and drink. Thankfully you don’t need to go on hunt to find places open over the Easter long weekend – you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a (very) comprehensive list of places that will be trading from Good Friday to Easter Monday, from coffee spots to restaurants and everything in between. more

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Honeycomb, ricotta and lavender hotcakes
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Macho Macho flips the script and brings a fresh and fun vibe to Ashgrove

Folks, the definition of macho is changing. No longer a word for overtly masculine braggadocio, macho is now synonymous with bravery, confidence and pride in one’s self. Macho Macho – the newest eatery from the team behind Artie & Mai – subscribes to this new-age definition of machismo, building a new multi-faceted venue from scratch that blends a grown-up approach to hospitality with a healthy dose of cheeky whimsicality. Oh, and a few splashes of pastel pink as well. more

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Havana Bar brings breezy Cuban eats and cocktails to Teneriffe
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Havana Bar brings breezy Cuban eats and cocktails to Teneriffe

When the day drags on it’s not uncommon to catch us daydreaming at our desks about pristine beaches, palm trees and colourful cocktails. Unfortunately we’re all too frequently brought crashing back to reality and our visions of idyllic Cuban getaways are dashed. Thankfully, there’s a new hotspot in town that hopes to bring a bit of escapism to our lives. Havana Bar opened to the public in Teneriffe yesterday – Wednesday March 21 – serving up Cuban-inspired food and drink alongside fresh holiday vibes. more