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The round-up: Brisbane's best cheap eats
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best cheap eats

Rent is due and you are still a few days away from getting your paycheque – but your stomach is growling and you need to feed as soon as possible for as cheap as possible. Instead of hitting the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food, there are plenty of places around town that offer cheap eats that are damn tasty. It’s time to get creative with how you spend your dollars – stretch your money by taking advantage of the following best value for money meals in Brisbane. more

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New taps, new tastes, new lease on life – get a look at Dalgety 2.0 Public House
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New taps, new tastes, new lease on life – get a look at Dalgety 2.0 Public House

The nighttime hub perched at the junction of Vernon Terrace, Macquarie Street and Florence Street in Teneriffe is looking a bit more animated lately. If we had to put our finger on it, we reckon it has something to do with the fact that beloved establishment Dalgety Public House is open once again. Yes, that's right – there's a new set of hands at the helm of Dalgety 2.0. The crew is aiming to re-establish the venue as a go-to destination for drinks and gastropub feeds. Want to know what's changed? Read on! more

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City Winery arrives on Edward Street with a pop-up cellar door
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City Winery arrives on Edward Street with a pop-up cellar door

In great news for city-based oenophiles, the minds behind Gerler Wines' City Winery on Wandoo Street, Adam Penberthy and Dave Cush, are bringing the brand's much-sipped libations to Edward Street. The pop-up cellar door – which swings open its doors today, Wednesday July 15 – will offer wine tastings, food-and-wine pairing experiences, wine-blending workshops and much more. more

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Eleven Rooftop Bar transforms into open-air Mexican restaurant MAYA
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Eleven Rooftop Bar transforms into open-air Mexican restaurant MAYA

The year so far has been unpredictable, to say the least. When it comes to weathering the storm from a hospitality standpoint, many operators believe the best response is to be unpredictable in turn. Local restaurateurs Jason and Katie Coates count themselves among this group. The duo has utilised the lockdown to initiate change on a significant scale, completely overhauling Eleven Rooftop Bar – one of The Valley's most beloved nightspots – and transforming it into MAYA Mexican. The venue will open officially on Saturday July 11, here's what you can expect ... more

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Neighbourhood favourite Suburban Social expands with its brand-new Holland Park local
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Neighbourhood favourite Suburban Social expands with its brand-new Holland Park local

When it comes to nailing a neighbourhood pub in 2020, one must pay attention to all of the details. It's not enough to have a cracking beer selection – a good bar should also boast a warm atmosphere, outgoing and attentive staff, and a food selection that sits a few notches above what could be considered standard. The crew behind Chapel Hill haunt Suburban Social have been delivering on all counts since opening the bar in 2016, but now the team is looking to elevate their game considerably with their second venue, which opened over the weekend in Holland Park. more

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The round-up: Brisbane's best new restaurant and cafe openings of the year (so far)
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best new restaurant and cafe openings of the year (so far)

Look, we get it. Since March there has been a lot happening at home and abroad that has understandably required our attention and shifted our priorities. It's been easy to miss things such as new foodie arrivals, especially when we've been forced to stay inside as much as possible. Seeing that restrictions have eased somewhat, now is a great time to acquaint yourself with these newcomers. We've compiled a handy list of some of the best new restaurant and cafe openings that have occurred over the past few months. more

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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks
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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks

A regular fixture on bar shelves around the world, luxe liquor Hennessy has long been a favourite tipple among seasoned swiggers. In 1992, hip-hop icon Tupac even dedicated a whole song to his love of the brown bottle. To help reciprocate the love, Hennessy is extending a helping hand to the bartenders, waiters and restaurateurs that faithfully serve its spirit. The cognac giant has revealed its hospitality recovery initiative, which is set to provide struggling hospo workers with a free dinner and drinks on them. Now, that's sure to go down a treat. more


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Fortitude Valley gin distillery Winston Quinn officially opens its tasting room
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Fortitude Valley gin distillery Winston Quinn officially opens its tasting room

When Winston Quinn started popping up on bar shelves and on drinks menus in September last year, it wasn't long before tongues were wagging. The launch of a Brisbane-based distillery tickled the sensibilities of serious sippers that loved to support local, and soon there was a swell of interest in the thriving Fortitude Valley-based enterprise. Fast forward almost a year and Winston Quinn has taken the next step in its evolution – a new tasting-room experience that gives gin lovers the chance to learn more about Winston Quinn's process while savouring the core range, sipping phenomenal gin-based cocktails or snacking on some grazing boards. more

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Julius Pizzeria
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best pizza joints

No meal is as versatile as pizza – it can cater to nearly any diet and taste and is easily made at home. Meat, cheese, sauce, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, meat – if you can dream it, your pizza can have it. Everyone has an opinion of where the best pizza in Brisbane can be found, so instead of simply adding our two cents to the definitive conversation, we decided to compile a list of the spots that do pizza exceptionally well. Check out the list below and then have yourself a pizza party! more

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Order bespoke bottled cocktails from your favourite bars with a little help from Campari
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Order bespoke bottled cocktails from your favourite bars with a little help from Campari

With our neighbourhood watering holes just beginning to reopen, it's still not as easy as it was to stop in for a cheeky post-work cocktail. Bookings must be made well in advance and the casual activity of meeting up for drinks just isn't quite the same (yet). If you've been missing knocking back your signature sip from your most-loved drinkery, then we've got some good news for you! Whether you favour negronis, old fashioneds or salt-rimmed margaritas, these bad boys and more can now be ordered from the comfort of your home with help from Campari’s Shaken Not Broken initiative. more

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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the coronavirus threat
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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the coronavirus threat

UPDATE March 23, 2020: We told you we'd be regularly updating this, as the coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving. As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. Currently hotels can operate in an accommodation-only capacity, and supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, petrol stations, pharmacies, food delivery services, bottle shops, hairdressers, beauticians and freight and logistics services can continue to operate. COVID-19 is a serious virus, which means we need to take serious steps to overcome it. As you can see from the latest Government protocol, this usually comes at the expense of small businesses – especially our bars, cafes and… more

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The round-up: Brisbane's best take-home tipples and DIY cocktail kits
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best take-home tipples and DIY cocktail kits

There's nothing like a global pandemic to make us feel like a stiff drink. The kicker is that while we stay inside to flatten the curve, our favourite watering holes have had to shut for the foreseeable future. That doesn't mean we have to rely on the dregs of our liquor stash for knock-offs – many of your favourite bars are still mixing, shaking and stirring, putting together home cocktail kits perfectly suited to help you set up your own social-distancing speakeasy. Fill up the ice tray – Friday arvo drinks are back on! more

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The round-up: venues that are temporarily closing during the COVID-19 outbreak
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The round-up: venues that are temporarily closing during the COVID-19 outbreak

As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. That doesn't mean that every local business you know and love is going to magically switch to takeaway and delivery – for some, this is not feasible. The following is a list of Brisbane venues that will be shutting doors entirely for an indefinite period of time during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be updating this list as much a possible to convey the closures as we hear of them. For more information on these listed closures, including a projected timeframe for how long they might last, be sure to visit the venue's website and socials. more

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How the Cobbler and Savile Row crew are looking to support Brisbane's bar scene
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How the Cobbler and Savile Row crew are looking to support Brisbane’s bar scene

UPDATE March 23, 2020: With the announcement of new lockdown measures closing all bars for the foreseeable future, the drink-it-forward scheme is currently on hold. However, Cobbler, Death & Taxes, Savile Row and Finney Isles are still selling vouchers (with an incredible 20-percent boost in value), which are available via each bar's respective websites. The operator of four of Brisbane's finest watering holes is getting proactive amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis. Martin Lange – the brains behind venues such as Cobbler, Death & Taxes, Savile Row and Finney Isles – is hoping to incentivise drinkers to not only visit his venues, but also support bars in the same neighbourhood. more

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Savour charcoal-grilled snacks and curious cocktails at Shishou Sake Bar
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Savour charcoal-grilled snacks and curious cocktails at Shishou Sake Bar

In late 2019, a hole-in-the-wall space bridging Brunswick Street and California Lane was transformed into Brisbane's first omakase sushi-degustation restaurant Shishou. Earlier this year, the restaurant's ownership shifted gears, rebooting the concept and implementing a more casual style of Japanese-influenced dining, rebranding as Shishou Sake Bar. The cosy space now boasts eye-catching murals, a splash of vibrant neon, and an all-new menu of yakitori-style eats, bar snacks and cocktails to consume. more

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Graze your way around the tasty new Middle Eastern-menu at Gerard's Bar
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Graze your way around the tasty new Middle Eastern-menu at Gerard’s Bar

In news that should have your tastebuds tingling with anticipation, Adam Wolfers a.k.a culinary wizard and executive chef of Gerard's Bistro is unveiling a tantalising grazing menu at Gerard's Bar on Thursday March 19. The menu has been carefully curated to fortify its connection with its sister space across the lane and is set to offer a selection of pared-back Middle Eastern-style dishes that are perfect for sharing, or not. more

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Dirty Sultan brings breezy Euro vibes, Mediterranean cocktails and shisha to The Valley
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Dirty Sultan brings breezy Euro vibes, Mediterranean cocktails and shisha to The Valley

Good news for fans of rooftop bars, Fortitude Valley now boasts a lavish newcomer taking inspiration from the diverse nightlife scene of the Mediterranean. If you're keen to sample baklava-infused cocktails, snack on Turkish-style tapas or puff on scented smoke in a shisha lounge, seek out Dirty Sultan's incognito elevator entrance next to the base of TRYP Fortitude Valley. more

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The Scratch | Brisbane's best craft-beer bars
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The round-up: knock back a few at the best craft-beer bars in Brisbane

These days you can find craft beer at just about every bar, bottle shop and barbecue in Brisbane. It's an undeniable fact that craft beer is now a crucial part of Australia's booze culture, with our country's boutique beer flourishing over the past decade. One of the biggest factors contributing to craft beer's increase in profile is the proliferation of top-tier craft-beer bars – you know, the haunts and hideaways that champion the hoppy, malty, fruity, sour and chocolatey drops we've come to love. Brisbane boasts a stellar collection of craft-oriented boozers across town – we've decided to list some of the best! more

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Caxton Street's Americana-inspired icon Lefty's Music Hall reopens
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Caxton Street’s Americana-inspired icon Lefty’s Music Hall reopens

Don your dancing shoes and affix your spurs – Petrie Terrace's beloved honky-tonk saloon Lefty's Music Hall is reopening this week! If you've been craving some combination of American-style snacks, a refreshing whisky apple cocktail and some raucous rockabilly-laced revelry, be sure to present yourself suited and booted at Lefty's today, Thursday February 27. more