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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

In terms of hospitality openings, March was a mixed bag in the best way. If variety is the spice of life, then we reckon March was an exceptionally spicy month. It had everything – Mexican-inspired rooftop bars, multi-level British-style gastropubs, cosy cafes in the suburbs and even a Chinese-inspired restaurant hidden inside of a pulsing nightclub. March is going to be a tough month to top – here's what we loved ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Come To Daddy, an inclusive bar and community social club, is opening soon in West End
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Pavement Whispers: Come To Daddy, an inclusive bar and community social club, is opening soon in West End

A former taproom on Montague Road in West End will soon be reborn as an inclusive bar, eatery and entertainment spot. Come To Daddy will be slinging local beers and cocktails made using Australian spirits, serving hit-the-spot pub-style feeds, and hosting everything from drag shows to open-mic nights. It's slated to open next month – here's what we know ... more

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Not just noodles – Taro's Ramen launches a nighttime izakaya offering
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Not just noodles – Taro’s Ramen launches a nighttime izakaya offering

One of Brisbane's top-flight ramen joints has evolved. Taro Akimoto of Taro's Ramen has introduced a brand new izakaya-style menu at his inner-city location on Queen Street, serving up authentic and creative takes on izakaya staples like curry-dusted karaage, homemade chicken jerky with shichimi mayo, crispy yaki onigiri and wagyu garlic steaks alongside his famed bowls of steaming ramen. more

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Ardo's Wine has opened a new tipple spot and cellar door in Milton
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Ardo’s Wine has opened a new tipple spot and cellar door in Milton

We're firm believers that every suburb should have its own neighbourhood wine bar. The crew behind City Winery agrees, which is why the urban-winery's own cellar door offshoot Ardo's is popping up all over town. Ardo's has just opened its newest vino cave in Milton – a community meeting point that champions Brisbane-made wine and showcases it in a slick modern-industrial setting. more

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It's tequila time – Gold Coast icon Mexicali has opened a striking new rooftop bar and taqueria in Bulimba
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It’s tequila time – Gold Coast icon Mexicali has opened a striking new rooftop bar and taqueria in Bulimba

If you took a survey of Brisbane foodies and asked them which Gold Coast restaurant or bar they'd most love to see expand to Brisbane, there's a high chance Mexicali Bar Y Taqueria would rank at the top. The widely beloved coastal Mexican-inspired hot spot has long been a buzzing nexus for Nobby Beach noshers, and now the taco-tossing outfit has come to north. Last week Mexicali celebrated the opening of its new Bulimba location – a colourful rooftop bar and eatery serving bang-on Baja-style fish tacos, exquisite elotes and a range of mighty fine margs. Take a look inside ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Snug, a cosy cafe and wine bar with Korean inspirations, is opening soon in Coorparoo
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Pavement Whispers: Snug, a cosy cafe and wine bar with Korean inspirations, is opening soon in Coorparoo

Coorparoo's culinary renaissance is set to continue with the arrival of Snug, a cafe and wine bar concept from two hospitality wunderkinds. Chefs Leaham Claydon and Jianne Jeoung have snagged a cosy space in the suburb's leafy heart, which they are transforming into a go-to spot for coffee (from ST ALi), light brunch, vino and snacks. There are even plans to add a wine store into the mix further down the line! The intimate haunt is on track to open before the end of March – here's what we know ... more

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South Brisbane's new British-style gastropub The Rose & Crown is now serving cask beer and Sunday roasts
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South Brisbane’s new British-style gastropub The Rose & Crown is now serving cask beer and Sunday roasts

Brisbane’s pub scene is evolving to start 2024, with a number of independent operators looking to inject a bit of energy into The City’s schooner-sloshing sphere. A seasoned publican has just tapped the kegs at The Rose & Crown in South Brisbane, a two-level British-inspired gastropub that’s serving traditional cask beers (alongside pints of the best Guinness you’ll taste outside of Ireland), as well as a taste of London via pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, Scotch eggs and, of course, a classic Sunday roast. 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

Our favourite holiday for feasting is finally upon us! While most of our diets will be made up of chocolate and hot cross buns (no judgement here), you may be on the lookout for some places that are staying open this Easter long weekend to keep you well-nourished and well-hydrated ... after all, it’s all about balance. There’s a spectacular selection of cafes, bars and restaurants open this Easter ensuring we stay full and fuelled all weekend long. Take a peek at our extensive list … more

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Doughcraft's new inner-city expansion is a bakery, deli and aperitivo bar all in one
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Doughcraft’s new inner-city expansion is a bakery, deli and aperitivo bar all in one

With its brand-new inner-city location on Mary Street, pastry-making powerhouse Doughcraft has not only expanded, but evolved. The Albion-born concept is still pumping out baked goods that fuse French and Italian inspirations, but now the crew is branching into aperitivo hour – serving primo paninis, stacked meat and cheese boards, rosemary-infused negronis and Corsican wines on Thursday and Friday evenings. more

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Pavement Whispers: elevated gastropub Portside Social to lead Portside Wharf's next wave of openings
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Pavement Whispers: elevated gastropub Portside Social to lead Portside Wharf’s next wave of openings

After a huge 2023, Hamilton's resurgent riverside lifestyle hub Portside Wharf is set to carry momentum into 2024 with a brand-new retailer incentive program bringing more fresh blood to the precinct. In June, the team behind Newstead Social will open another pub-style concept at Portside Wharf, one serving schnitties, steaks, burgers, ice-cold beers and colourful cocktails. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Burleigh Heads institution Justin Lane is opening a Brisbane location in The Valley
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Pavement Whispers: Burleigh Heads institution Justin Lane is opening a Brisbane location in The Valley

A once-buzzing corner of Fortitude Valley's entertainment precinct is set to come alive again later this year. The old Alfred & Constance site will soon be reborn as the Brisbane outpost of popular Burleigh pizza, pasta and party palace, Justin Lane. It'll boast a 200-person dining space, an underground cocktail spot, a coffee slinger and a brand-new rooftop bar. Here's what we know so far ... more

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Etna | Brisbane's best pizza
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The round-up: savour a slice or two from 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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Frog’s Hollow Saloon is turning two – and three of the country's best bars are coming to town to celebrate
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Frog’s Hollow Saloon is turning two – and three of the country’s best bars are coming to town to celebrate

How does a bar known for dispensing good times as much as it's known for serving good drinks celebrate its own birthday? By going absolutely balls to the wall, of course. Frog's Hollow Saloon is turning two and it's marking the occasion with a month of booze-fuelled parties and takeovers from some of Australia's most esteemed bars, including Adelaide's Cry Baby and Memphis Slim’s House Of Blues, and Sydney's star martini spot Bar Planet. Here's what the crew has planned ... more

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Monal Dining, a new neighbourhood haunt from a young-gun chef, has opened in Newstead
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Monal Dining, a new neighbourhood haunt from a young-gun chef, has opened in Newstead

It's not often that a chef with some top-tier bona fides steps away from the pumping kitchens of Brisbane's biggest restaurants to open their own neighbourhood eatery. But that's exactly what rising star Yogesh Budathoki has done with Monal Dining, Newstead's newest destination for small plates, share-style mains and all-Aussie wines. Perfect for both spontaneous snacking sessions and celebratory occasions, Monal Dining is keeping the Newstead boom going into 2024. more

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Ach – Hamilton's striking new wine bar and bistro – is raising the bar for Middle Eastern cuisine in Brisbane
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Ach – Hamilton’s striking new wine bar and bistro – is raising the bar for Middle Eastern cuisine in Brisbane

Just before we called time on 2023, a crew of energetic hospo whiz kids planted a flag in Hamilton with Ach (pronounced 'ah-k') – a punchy nosh spot and vino-pouring haunt where Middle Eastern cuisine (and wine) is the star. Here, a mammoth custom-built woodfire hearth is putting flame to hunks of Margra lamb and swordfish skewers, while loaves of challah are being served straight from the oven, and bottles of Lebanese sparkling are uncorked with panache. It's an early standout for a suburb that's set for a big growth spurt – here's what we know ... more

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Get the first look at Bar Rocco, an osteria-style concept from the Ramona Trattoria crew now open in Coorparoo
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Get the first look at Bar Rocco, an osteria-style concept from the Ramona Trattoria crew now open in Coorparoo

In the final weeks of 2023, just before Brisbane hunkered down for the festive weekend, the team behind cherished Italian restaurant Ramona Trattoria gave Coorparoo locals a sneak peek at Bar Rocco – the team's brand-new next-door wine bar and eatery that's giving die-hard diners a chance to devour a sensational selection of snacks, hand-shaped pizzetta and woodfire-grilled mains. We scored the first look at the new nosh spot – here's what we saw ... more

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Perentie Brewing Co
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Brews and chews – Eagleby welcomes new $6-million brewery Perentie Brewing Co.

For a long time, the Eagleby stretch between Brisbane and the Gold Coast didn’t offer much that would inspire one to veer off the Pacific Motorway. That all changed in 2015 when Distillery Road Market arrived – heralding the beginning of a new food and entertainment precinct centred around community and connection. The most recent addition to the precinct has been unveiled and it’s no small feat – the $6-million, one-million-litre capacity lager brewery, Perentie Brewing Co. Lager lovers, this one's for you. more