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Hospo heroes – the Brisbane venues offering takeaway in the current lockdown
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Hospo heroes – the Brisbane venues offering takeaway in the current lockdown

Well, there we go, folks. Queensland’s three-day snap lockdown has been extended until at least 4:00 pm on Sunday August 8 – that means we’ve got a whole lot more time spent indoors on the cards. While we bide our time and wait for eventual freedom, spare a thought for the cafes, bars and restaurants doing it tough. If you’ve got a bit of cash to splash, consider getting a takeaway treat from your favourite local eatery! Whether you’re craving a coffee, have a hankering for a greasy burger or you’re just down to support your local, keep reading to find out how and where you can score some of Brisbane’s best takeaway bites and beverages during lockdown. more

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Art, music and food collide at King Street's inclusive new hub Space & Co.
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Art, music and food collide at King Street’s inclusive new hub Space & Co.

As we gradually pry ourselves from the grip of the pandemic, it's becoming more and more apparent that what we seek in a night out has changed. While dinner and drinks is something we'll never do away with, the urge for a more sensory experience is rising. People want a ticket to something! Space & Co., a newly open multifaceted destination on King Street, is bringing music, visual art, drinks (both boozy and alcohol-free kinds), Japanese and Korean-inspired street food and inclusive vibes together under one roof. In a time where Brisbane's art and hospitality scenes are trying to hone in on a new normal, Space & Co. is blazing a path forward with an all-in-one approach. Read on for a look inside ... more

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Take a sneak peek inside Rosmarino – Fortitude Valley's intimate new restaurant and wine bar
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Take a sneak peek inside Rosmarino – Fortitude Valley’s intimate new restaurant and wine bar

One silver lining that has emerged from the ruinous circumstances that plagued 2020 is the abundance of ingenuity and resilience displayed in its wake. Rosmarino – the brand-new Italian-inspired ristorante opening within a gorgeous heritage site in Fortitude Valley – is the brainchild of two hospitality veterans who decided to put their combined pedigree to good use when lockdowns stymied their plans to relocate overseas. Europe's loss is Brisbane's gain, as Rosmarino is now set to inject some vim and vigour into a long-neglected corner of town. Rosmarino is softly opening tonight, Friday July 16, as a wine bar – slinging cheese, salumi, focaccine and snacks ahead of the launch of its full menu later this month. We've been given a preview of what to expect – read on to find out more ... more

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Ploughman's new Fortitude Valley haunt is a go-to spot for craft beer, natural wine and snacks
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Ploughman’s new Fortitude Valley haunt is a go-to spot for craft beer, natural wine and snacks

South Pine Road boozer Ploughman quickly became one of Brisbane's most beloved suburban bars when it opened in 2016, forging a loyal following of locals living in the northwestern catchment of Alderley, Mitchelton and Enoggera. This year marks some changes for the Ploughman team, which is currently in the process of relocating to a spiffy new premises. While the bar's next home is in the works, Ploughman has opened a satellite watering hole on Hynes Street on the fringe of Fortitude Valley, giving long-time regulars and unacquainted blow-ins a spot to savour a selection of all-Australian wines and ales, first-rate gins, artisanal charcuterie and moreish toasties – yes, including Ploughman's famed gruyere grilled cheese! more

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Chow down then cut a rug at Fortitude Valley's neon-lit dining and dance club Kenjin
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Chow down then cut a rug at Fortitude Valley’s neon-lit dining and dance club Kenjin

A night out usually involves visiting several locations – there's the pre-dinner drink spot, the dining location, the club and the post-dance nightcap locale. If you plan correctly you can merge a few of those stops together. If you go to Fortitude Valley's new hybrid party hub Kenjin, you can do it all under one roof. This vibrant restaurant-meets-dance-club is plating up modern Japanese-inspired fare, colourful cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere into one package, which can help take a lot of the organisational stress out of your next night on the town. more

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Take a trip to 1920s Shanghai at hidden speakeasy Cindy Chow's Theatre & Cocktail Bar
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Take a trip to 1920s Shanghai at hidden speakeasy Cindy Chow’s Theatre & Cocktail Bar

Before it flourished into one of the world's largest economic centres, Shanghai was often referred to as 'the Paris of the East, the New York of the West' and was a melting pot of cultures, languages and ideas. At the beginning of the 20th century, the centuries-old walled city's nightlife was flush with dizzying splendour and secretive speakeasies – an equal mix of glitz and danger that is a far cry from contemporary Shanghai's gleaming skyscrapers. Fortitude Valley hideaway Cindy Chow's Theatre & Cocktail Bar is throwing it back to Shanghai's Prohibition-era identity, a shadowy-yet-exciting parlour offering everything from absinthe towers and Asian-inspired snacks to burlesque performances and swing jazz ensembles. more

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Friday night delights – the best bars for knock off drinks in The City
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Friday night delights – the best bars for knock off drinks in The City

We begin our work week dreaming of the sweet relief that 5:00 pm Friday brings and where we will spend our newfound freedom once we clock off. So you can max out those weekend vibes – whether it be with your best mates, favourite work friends or your darling dearest – we have rounded up some of our favourite Brisbane City bars to cheers to the freakin' weekend. Did someone say TGIF? more

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Teapot cocktails and marbled brownies – dip into fondue heaven at W Brisbane this winter
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Teapot cocktails and marbled brownies – dip into fondue heaven at W Brisbane this winter

One of the best parts about winter is the belly-warming food we get to devour – hearty roasts, hot chocolate and of course, our personal favourite, fondue. If you're keen to dip delicious delicacies into a pot of melted chocolate (who wouldn't be, really?), you'll be more than pleased to hear that W Brisbane is bringing back its beloved fondue with a luxe twist. From Thursday July 15 to Sunday August 29, W Brisbane is inviting guests to Dip It – Dip It Real Good at Living Room Bar with a new array of decadent bites, dips and cocktails dripping in gold. more


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Get the first look inside Granddad Jack's brand-new craft distillery and tasting room in Albion
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Get the first look inside Granddad Jack’s brand-new craft distillery and tasting room in Albion

Few Southeast Queensland distilleries have earned as much acclaim in as short a timeframe as Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery. The Miami-born family-operated business concocts sentimental spirits imbued with history – gin, whisky and vodka boasting equal parts botanicals and nostalgia. Last Friday July 9, the crew officially opened a brand-new tasting room and distillery in the industrial heart of Albion, continuing the story of Granddad Jack, sharing his recipes and gifting Brisbane residents with some must-try exclusives. Take a look inside ... more

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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City
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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City

Cuffing season is well and truly here, friends. You know, that time of year when the temperature starts to drop, so those single folk among us seek out a special someone to snuggle up to in the cooler months. Whether your boo is new or you've been snuggling for a while, the love rush usually ramps up during the cooler months, making it one of the best times to take your flame out and about to soak up the spectacular winter weather. Here are some of the best sun-soaked outdoor date spots in Brisbane to hit up, whether you're down for a coffee and a croissant, a long lunch by the waterfront or cocktails while you watch the sun set. more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 315 July 6
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 315 July 6

From news of a music, art and hospitality hub opening next week in Bowen Hills to a new bagel and filter coffee concept from the Zero Fox team, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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

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Meet Noir – Paddington's new low-key home of wine and charcuterie
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Meet Noir – Paddington’s new low-key home of wine and charcuterie

Although the realms of wine and coffee are like night and day, both are incredibly nuanced and foster the same kind of ardent fandom. Having already conquered sunrise service, the team behind Paddington coffee dispenser Blackout is now making the jump to sunset sips with its new wine bar Noir. Bringing the same cheery energy and sensational service regulars receive at its sibling caffeinery, this tipple temple is looking to become a similarly appreciated nighttime community hangout. Though the latest lockdown has pushed back the official launch of this drinking spot, the crew has kindly given us a peek inside. Read on to find out what's in store when Noir opens to the public soon ... more

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Enjoy a pre-flight pint at Newstead Brewing Co.'s new Brisbane Airport taphouse
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Enjoy a pre-flight pint at Newstead Brewing Co.’s new Brisbane Airport taphouse

For many of us, it's been a while since we've set foot on a plane. As things slowly inch towards normalcy, the prospect of travelling – at least within Australia – is becoming more of a possibility. If you've been lucky enough to catch a flight out of Brisbane Airport's Domestic Terminal recently, you might have spied a gleaming new addition to its complement of eateries. Newstead Brewing Co. has opened a taphouse right near the gates, offering jet-setters the ideal spot for a pre-flight beverage and returning Queenslanders a suitably local welcome. more

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Pavement Whispers: Craft'd Grounds reveals details of its in-house brewery Brewtide
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Pavement Whispers: Craft’d Grounds reveals details of its in-house brewery Brewtide

Albion's forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct Craft'd Grounds is shaping up to be a year-defining arrival for Brisbane's hospitality scene. The crew behind the multifaceted concept, which will encompass a specialty espresso bar, street food and farmers market, patisserie, wine and cocktail bar, and live-music facilities, has just revealed the first details for its in-house craft-beer brewery Brewtide. Inspired by the king tides that have washed over Albion's streets in the past, Brewtide is looking to create humble beers that will really float your boat. more

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Pavement Whispers: It's Still A Secret to transform a South Brisbane landmark into a live-music hub
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Pavement Whispers: It’s Still A Secret to transform a South Brisbane landmark into a live-music hub

Keeping a secret is hard, especially when the bit of goss is so juicy it begs to be shared. We can't keep this tidbit to ourselves any longer – the crew behind beloved inner-south bar and music spot Can You Keep A Secret? is hard at work on a brand-new venue. It's Still A Secret will open later this year and will put live music first within its completely renovated home in South Brisbane. We can tell you want to know more, so read on to hear about what's planned ... more

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Say benvenuto to New Farm's new Italian-inspired wine bar Ombra
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Say benvenuto to New Farm’s new Italian-inspired wine bar Ombra

While it's damn near impossible to pinpoint our favourite aspect of Italian cuisine, the country's love of aperitivo – that is, a pre-meal drink or snack – is definitely a cultural ritual we'd happily adopt. Italian ex-pats Ali and Eli believe Brisbane could use a firm nudge when it comes to fostering a greater appreciation for aperitivo, which is why the two pals and hospitality veterans have teamed up on Ombra Italian Bar, which opened in New Farm this week. The relaxed snack spot is dishing up appetite-whetting morsels and a broad range of Italian wines from its cosy home on Brunswick Street – read on to learn more about what’s on offer! more

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Woolloongabba's C’est Bon Restaurant & Bar unveils its urban rooftop oasis Ooh La La
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Woolloongabba’s C’est Bon Restaurant & Bar unveils its urban rooftop oasis Ooh La La

We've said it before, but we'll say it again – you can never have enough rooftop bars. Thankfully more people are listening to us, including the team behind Woolloongabba-based C’est Bon Restaurant & Bar. On Friday July 9 the owners of the multi-level Stanley Street locale will unveil Ooh La La – a stunning open-air extension perched on the building's rooftop. Expect mouth-watering delights, fine wines and killer views. Ascend with us to Ooh La La for a sneak peek ahead of its opening next week! more

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The round-up: the biggest foodie openings of the year (so far) – plus more to look forward to!
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The round-up: the biggest foodie openings of the year (so far) – plus more to look forward to!

Can you believe we're almost halfway through the year? We know, it's a bit uncomfortable to think about, but that's what happens when you've been too busy enjoying all of the exciting things happening in and around Brisbane, especially in its dining scene! So far the year has seen big openings from established operators, the emergence of some exciting upstarts and the revitalisation of old favourites – each new arrival adding something special to the city's culinary landscape. We're taking the opportunity to catch our breath, look back at the year so far and reflect on the best openings of 2021 to date! more

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Fried chicken, cocktails and cold ones – Momo Chicken's new Chermside location offers the works
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Fried chicken, cocktails and cold ones – Momo Chicken’s new Chermside location offers the works

Anyone that's travelled to South Korea will tell you its famed chicken-and-beer halls are a must-try for any tourist looking to get a taste of the country's crackling nightlife. Brisbane's food scene is fortunate enough to be flush with fantastic Korean-style fried-chicken spots and Momo Chicken & Beer might be one of Brisbane's best. The long-running concept has just opened a brand-new site at Westfield Chermside, bringing with it a stacked menu of finger-licking fare and an exciting new bar element. more

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The round-up: get your fix of botanicals at the best gin bars in Brisbane
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The round-up: get your fix of botanicals at the best gin bars in Brisbane

Gin's journey from medicinal liquor crafted by monks to one of the world's most beloved libations is one of the greatest glow-ups in the history of spirits. These says, the storied sip is a go-to for many drinkers – negronis, G&Ts, gimlets and gin martinis are now fixtures on many bar menus. Australia in particular has risen to the top of the global craft distilling scene with its bounty of boutique offerings and our bars are now stocked with a bevy of bang-on bottles as a result. To celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday June 12, we decided to collate the best spots in Brisbane to get a botanical-laced sip. more