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Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane
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Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane

Sips of ambrosial cocktails, bites of aromatic fare, a come-as-you-are approachability and vibes you long to recapture – that's the experience the team at Mr Wabi looks to provide. The brand-new resident of Burnett Lane in The City opened last week, introducing wanderers to its zestful Asian-inspired offering and street-art adorned interior. Seeking a new Friday night destination with a bit of verve? Keep your eyes peeled for the glow of neon-pink emanating from within Mr Wabi's lively locale. more

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Pavement Whispers: the Lune Croissanterie crew takes on after-dark trade with new sipping spot Butler Wine Bar
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Pavement Whispers: the Lune Croissanterie crew takes on after-dark trade with new sipping spot Butler Wine Bar

Having thoroughly conquered morning cravings with its range of world-renowned baked goods, Lune Croissanterie is now looking to bridge day and night trade with a brand-new concept – one driven by community, comfort and conscience. Butler Wine Bar is a forthcoming neighbourhood locale straddling the border between South Brisbane and West End – one that will translate Lune's attention to detail and knack for stellar service to the world of wine, snacks and intimate hospitality. It's set to open in mid-November – here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: tequila and tacos take centre stage at Rita's – Teneriffe's soon-to-open cocktail and snack spot
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Pavement Whispers: tequila and tacos take centre stage at Rita’s – Teneriffe’s soon-to-open cocktail and snack spot

The street-level strip at the base of the Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Woolstores on Vernon Terrace in Teneriffe is one of Brisbane's buzziest drinking and dining strips. By October's end, the building will welcome Rita's Tequila and Taqueria – a casually approachable cocktail-focused concept boasting some top-flight talent at the helm. Expect an imaginative take on Mexican-inspired snacks and a stellar selection of crafted concoctions – including plenty of margaritas! Here's what you can expect ... more

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Get the first look at Fables – the Princess Theatre's fairy tale-inspired cafe and bar
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Get the first look at Fables – the Princess Theatre’s fairy tale-inspired cafe and bar

Attention all live-music fans – this weekend, after many months of patient waiting, iconic Woolloongabba landmark the Princess Theatre will officially celebrate its reopening as Brisbane's newest music mecca. Before it opens the doors to its revitalised state-of-the-art performance auditorium, the Princess Theatre crew has given locals a glimpse at its street-facing bar, cafe and function spaces. Fables Bar & Cafe quietly opened last week, showing off a whimsical interior that offers a taste of the magic and fantasy that has been instilled throughout via the intensive renewal project. Take a look inside ... more

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Sample juicy drops at After Dark – Newstead's pop-up wine bar and snack spot
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Sample juicy drops at After Dark – Newstead’s pop-up wine bar and snack spot

If you ask us, our post-work knock-off is sometimes just as important as our morning jolt. We've all got a local coffee spot, so why not a go-to wine bar, too? After Dark Wine is a brand-new pop-up wine bar looking to transform caffeine dispensaries into vino joints after sunset. The concept, operated by a hot-shot sommelier and hospitality veteran duo, kicked off earlier this month at Newstead's Masters St Coffee, serving up a finely curated menu of vino, charcuterie and cheese. It's already been well received by the local community, giving hope to the possibility of more pop-ups in the future. Here's what you can expect ... more

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Bringin' the heat – say bienvenidos to the new-look cocktail spot Southbeach
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Bringin’ the heat – say bienvenidos to the new-look cocktail spot Southbeach

Summer is coming, folks. Soon we'll all be seeking out shady spots to soak up some rays with an icy cocktail in hand. When we want to party in the city when the heat is on, we like to do it near water – and the recently revamped Southbeach looks to be a prime spot for relaxed revelry. Boasting a blend of colourful Miami vibes and chic Palm Springs aesthetics, Southbeach has the look and feel of a breezy tropical beach club. Throw in a range of tantalising bites and specialty cocktails and you got all the makings of a heat-beating oasis. more

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Boutique bars – where to quench your (cocktail) thirst after your Shop BNE City spending spree
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Boutique bars – where to quench your (cocktail) thirst after your Shop BNE City spending spree

Sips, snacks and shopping sprees – this is a bang-on description of a dreamy weekend, if you're asking The Weekend Edition team. Luckily for us (and you!), The City's annual weekend-long shopping event Shop BNE City is popping up from September 24–26 and is bringing with it some killer discounts. So that you can have a well-deserved break from bargain hunting during the much-anticipated weekend, we have rounded up some of our favourite spots in The City to throw back a cocktail (or two) – you're going to need to rehydrate after all that shopping! more

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Pavement Whispers: Katarzyna Group to transform Cloudland's rooftop into Valley Hops Brewing
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Pavement Whispers: Katarzyna Group to transform Cloudland’s rooftop into Valley Hops Brewing

Cloudland, the glamorous multi-dimensional party hub that anchors Fortitude Valley's nightlife nexus, is set to be crowned with its own brewhouse and bar this spring. Valley Hops Brewing is currently taking shape on Cloudland's rooftop and will soon commence concocting a range of brews that reflect the eccentric character of the storied venue and its surrounds. Here's what we know ... more


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The Death & Taxes crew opens Dr. Gimlette, a brand-new cocktail bar that is nailing the classics
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The Death & Taxes crew opens Dr. Gimlette, a brand-new cocktail bar that is nailing the classics

How does a revered hospitality group follow up on the opening of one of Brisbane's best bars? It goes bigger and brighter! Last week the brains behind Burnett Lane whisky and cocktail bar Death & Taxes opened Dr. Gimlette – a suave sipping spot nestled within a heritage-listed space on Edward Street. Boasting a world-class team of shakers and stirrers, a bevy of balanced cocktails, outstanding old-world wines, shelves upon shelves of spirits, two roaming martini carts, and a touch of theatricality, Dr. Gimlette offers everything a cocktail bar should have and more. more

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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village
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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village

It seems like West Village adds a new element to its blossoming dining offering almost every month. In 2021 alone the West End lifestyle precinct has welcomed the arrivals of Beirut Bazaar, Cheeky Poké Bar, Harris Farm Markets, Betty's Burgers and Ichiban Sushi – and the procession is set to continue right up until year's end. Italian Street Kitchen fired up the pizza oven at its brand-new West Village location last week, quickly snaring the senses of locals and curious wanderers with its menu of regional Italian delights and aperitivo-style sips. The spacious eatery and bar is 'la ciliegina sulla torta' ('the icing on the cake') for West Village's hospitality roster – adding a dash of relaxed piazza-style dining to one of Brisbane's booming hubs. more

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Step inside The Tailors – Woolloongabba's new Cuban-inspired cocktail joint and jazz bar
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Step inside The Tailors – Woolloongabba’s new Cuban-inspired cocktail joint and jazz bar

Woolloongabba's famed Logan Road cul-de-sac is abuzz with activity these days, with one of the area's most-beloved operators injecting the storied hospitality strip with some vim and vitality courtesy of two new drinking spots. Last week the crew behind Canvas Club, Electric Avenue and the recently opened Mr. Badger's added another nightspot to its portfolio in the shape of The Tailors – a slick speakeasy specialising in Central and South American-inspired cocktails, live music and intimate vibes. more

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Get the first look at Hey Chica! – the new social club bringing Havana street-party vibes to The Valley
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Get the first look at Hey Chica! – the new social club bringing Havana street-party vibes to The Valley

If you happen to be walking down Brunswick Street Mall next Friday September 17 and you hear the sound of trumpets, bongos and percussion reverberating along the strip, don't stress – you're not imagining things. That is simply the sound of the riotous celebrations marking the official opening night of Hey Chica!, Fortitude Valley's brand-new drinking, dining and dancing destination. The latest venture from the team behind Lefty's Music Hall is a paean to the party culture of Cuba – a raucous hub of revelry that is as close as you'll get to the street festivals of Havana without boarding a plane. more

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The Canvas Club crew unveils Mr Badger's, Woolloongabba's new deli, sandwich and pizza bar
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The Canvas Club crew unveils Mr Badger’s, Woolloongabba’s new deli, sandwich and pizza bar

It's a great time to be a Woolloongabba resident. In the past 12 months the inner-south suburb has welcomed the likes of Little G, Easy Times Brewing Co., Butterfly and Mac From Way Back to its cadre of eateries – cementing the Logan Road cul-de-sac and its immediate surrounds as a hub of diverse dining options. The crew behind two of the strip's most beloved watering holes, Canvas Club and Electric Avenue, is tripling its presence in the area this Friday September 4 with the opening of brand-new family-friendly deli and bar Mr Badger's. Taking a charming throwback approach to hospitality, Mr Badger's will be slinging a menu of stacked sandwiches, grab-and-go pastries, plates of gourmet cheese and meats, Detroit-style pizzas, and bottled cocktails – all while paying tribute to the area's legacy as a tramway nexus via a seriously creative interior decor. more

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Sandgate welcomes the arrival of community-focused local Bluenose Betty
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Sandgate welcomes the arrival of community-focused local Bluenose Betty

On paper, it's easy to list what makes a solid suburban watering hole. Great drinks are a must and a solid food menu is also essential. The ambience has to be on point, with a decor that is stylish but approachable. Oh, and the staff has to be friendly, too – that's non-negotiable. Although this set of criteria is easy to list, nailing each and every one of them is more of an art, rather than a science. The crew behind new Sandgate drinkery Bluenose Betty seem to have struck a perfect balance, offering the right mix of essential and intangible qualities – quickly become a community favourite. Read on to see how they did it ... more

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Enzo y Ollie brings birria, burritos and frozen margaritas to Caxton Street
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Enzo y Ollie brings birria, burritos and frozen margaritas to Caxton Street

Birria tacos – have you heard of them? These crispy morsels have become a hot-ticket dish in Australia thanks to a surge in popularity online. Despite the buzz surrounding birria (which is technically a soup – don't worry, we'll explain), there are only a few spots in Brisbane where you can get your hands on some. Enzo y Ollie – a new Petrie Terrace eatery that recently opened on Caxton Street – is the latest to boast the crunchy and dippable riff on the taco on its menu. Throw in a host of other Mexican- and Colombian-inspired eats, a bunch of zingy margaritas and a spacious beer garden perfect for revelry, and you've got plenty of reasons (including birria, of course) to visit. more

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The round-up: soak up sun or starlight at the best rooftop bars in Brisbane
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The round-up: soak up sun or starlight at the best rooftop bars in Brisbane

When the weather is turning it on, there's no better feeling than getting elevated. We love flocking to our closest rooftop bar, getting sky high and soaking up the rays while taking in a killer view. Brisbane's skyline is slowly filling in with some top-notch rooftop bars, and we've taken it upon ourselves to list some of Brisbane's best. Forget your fear of heights – once you take in the vistas at these elevated haunts, you'll never want to come back down to earth. more

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Pavement Whispers: Dos Manos to fuse Japanese and Mexican flavours at exciting pan-Pacific eatery
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Pavement Whispers: Dos Manos to fuse Japanese and Mexican flavours at exciting pan-Pacific eatery

Newstead's percolating dining scene will score another entrant next Monday September 6 – one bringing together the best aspects of two of the world's most beloved cuisines. Dos Manos (Spanish for two hands) will be ingeniously harmonising Japanese and Mexican cuisine at its soon-to-open bar and eatery on Reddacliff Street. If you love tacos and tataki in equal measure, this is one opening worth marking in your calendar. more

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Kings – an open-air dining garden from the Queens crew – launches in California Lane
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Kings – an open-air dining garden from the Queens crew – launches in California Lane

Featuring neon lights, a tight list of natural vino and a margarita-heavy cocktail list, Kings boasts the same vivacious spirit as its sibling sip spot Queens. That being said, this laneway joint isn't a simple carbon copy of its neighbouring nightspot – Kings promises to be the breezy tropical-inspired yang to Queens' moody yin with a rambunctious personality, punchy menu of tacos and po'boys and an electric live element. more