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Elizabeth Arcade’s dining hub FudoDori shows off its first wave of eateries
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Elizabeth Arcade’s dining hub FudoDori shows off its first wave of eateries

When it comes to Asian eats, it doesn’t matter the cuisine – we’re always keen to chow down. So, imagine the ecstasy and excitement we felt when we heard that the Elizabeth Street Arcade was being transformed into a dedicated hub of Asian dining. Safe to say our appetites were inflamed to immeasurable levels. FudoDori’s announcement caused quite a stir when its initial plans were revealed in February, and now the first wave of eateries will open to the public within days. If you’re intrigued by the sound of tea-based cocktails, matcha soft-serve, Japanese-style hot dogs, modern Chinese and Japanese cuisine and more, read on, pals! more

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Timeless luxury meets casual flair at Brisbane City's Stanton Bar
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Timeless luxury meets casual flair at Brisbane City’s Stanton Bar

Elevated above the press of Queen Street Mall sits one of The City’s most engaging newcomers. Stanton Bar at QueensPlaza has just unveiled its stunning lavishly appointed open-air venue, and it’s already got folks talking. Blending a lived-in Manhattan-meets-Melbourne-via-Paris aesthetic with a worldly menu of all-time classic dishes (and a stash of small-batch wine to boot), Stanton Bar isn’t looking to redefine inner-city casual hospitality, but remind people of what it can be at its best. more

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The round-up: rock out at Brisbane's best live-music venues
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The round-up: rock out at Brisbane’s best live-music venues

Brisbane’s always had a strong musical heritage, dating back to the days of The Saints and The Go-Betweens, through to the heyday of Powderfinger, Savage Garden, George, The Grates and the current crop of stars such as Violent Soho, The Jungle Giants, Mallrat and Cub Sport Brisbane’s live music scene is a melting pot of styles, with numerous venues dotted around the city hosting gigs on just about any given night. Our music scene is as healthy as ever, and if you’re keen to step out for a bit of rock‘n’roll, punk, jazz, blues or whatever catches your ear, have a look over this handy list of Brisbane’s best live-music venues and get amongst it. more

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Roma Street scores new heritage-inspired boozer Mr Luxford's
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Roma Street scores new heritage-inspired boozer Mr Luxford’s

Brisbane City’s Roma Street strip is steeped in history dating back to the city’s earliest periods, but despite its heritage Roma Street’s contemporary hospitality scene is yet to flourish on a level comparable to the CBD’s other major promenades. Mr Luxford’s is a brand-new boozer looking to add another option for Roma Street workers, taking inspiration from the area’s history and pairing it with a concise offering of cocktails, Asian-inspired eats and casual vibes. more

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A slice of Spain in the suburbs – Botellón brings wine and tapas to Graceville
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A slice of Spain in the suburbs – Botellón brings wine and tapas to Graceville

Typically, once you cross the Walter Taylor Bridge at Indooroopilly and head down Honour Avenue towards Graceville, your options for cosy watering holes diminish. Well, good news for locals of Brisbane’s deep west – a new uber-chic wine bar is looking to change this. Botellón is a cosy Spanish-inspired tapas and vino bar that is blending a classically cool interior with flavoursome share plates that will have you crossing the bridge far more often. more

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Unwined Bar & Kitchen pops the cork on new Racecourse Road hotspot
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Unwined Bar & Kitchen pops the cork on new Racecourse Road hotspot

A stellar list of vino and a menu of Nepalese-inspired eats are on the cards for Ascot’s newest eatery, which is set to open its doors to the public on Friday May 17. Unwined Bar & Kitchen is setting up shop in the cosy former home of The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen, shifting gears from the froth-focused offering to concentrate on new-wave wines from young, emerging makers. In good news for Ascot locals, Unwined is also looking to set itself up as a low-key late-night haunt for night owls starved for suitable options. more

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Take a load off at Wilston’s SALT Dining & Lounge Bar
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Take a load off at Wilston’s SALT Dining & Lounge Bar

Wilston’s Kedron Brook Road dining strip scored a warm and welcoming new eatery in April when SALT Dining & Lounge Bar opened its doors. Owner and youth mentor Danni Suriano has sought to establish a safe place where people can come together over good food and positive vibes. In addition to a menu of inclusive fare, SALT Dining & Lounge Bar is also specialising in decadent desserts and inventive cocktails, injecting some action into the area’s nightlife. more

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The 12th annual EAT/drink Awards nominations are now open!
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The 12th annual EAT/drink Awards nominations are now open!

Here at The Weekend Edition we take our food very seriously, and we know that you, our dear readers, do too. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the 12th annual EAT/drink Awards for 2019. With so many bars, cafes, restaurants and food retailers opening in the last year, we are preparing to host our largest epicurean poll to date. more


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Sherry, snacks and San Sebastián vibes – Alba Bar and Deli opens on Burnett Lane
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Sherry, snacks and San Sebastián vibes – Alba Bar and Deli opens on Burnett Lane

Jamie Fleming’s journey leading up to Alba Bar and Deli’s recent opening has seen him work across the width and breadth of Australia’s hospitality industry. The young gun – familiar to some as a contestant on MasterChef Australia’s 2014 season – has worked across numerous top-flight bars and kitchens before becoming a Diageo Reserve brand ambassador. Now Jamie is planting roots, putting his experience to good use by opening an effortlessly cool bar in the heart of Brisbane City. Alba Bar and Deli is an amalgamation of Jamie’s tastes and ethos, pairing excellent and friendly service with Spanish flair and New York cool. more

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The Lucky Egg crew debuts Mexican concept Trash Taco at Barbara
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The Lucky Egg crew debuts Mexican concept Trash Taco at Barbara

Good things come in small packages, which describes tacos to a T. Mouthfuls of delicious filling lovingly wrapped in warm tortillas? Sign us up! Likewise, Fortitude Valley’s newly open Trash Taco packs a mighty offering into a small footprint, delivering a deceptively large menu of Mexican eats from within Warner Street boozer Barbara. Officially opening today, Wednesday May 1, Trash Taco is slinging tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and snacks, as well as some margaritas and mescals for the sipping. more

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From coffee to cocktails – Toowong's Kaldi Cafe + Bar bridges day and night
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From coffee to cocktails – Toowong’s Kaldi Cafe + Bar bridges day and night

The origins of coffee are a topic of intense debate – with different cultures offering up varied myths behind the discovery of the coffee plant. Kaldi is the name of one such legendary pioneer, a ninth-century Ethiopian goatherd who discovered the energising effects of coffee when his goats started acting erratically after eating the beans. Although the veracity of this story is impossible to ascertain, Kaldi’s tale has become inspirational fodder for Brisbane’s newest coffee spot. Kaldi Cafe + Bar is Toowong’s freshest arrival – a joint that takes sippers from day into night with a menu of breakfast bites, specialty coffee, charcuterie and craft beer. 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. Of course, every mum is different and we can’t tell you what would be the most appropriate gift to give her this year (naturally, you’ve already given her your unending love). We can help make the choice easier, though! This year we’ve put together a nifty gift guide for different kinds of mums – from the mothers that enjoy the finer things in life, to those that rarely slow down. This one goes out to all the mothers, young and old. We wouldn’t be here without you! more

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Little Valley | What's open over the 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 2019 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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El Matador brings a true Spanish tapas experience to Burnett Lane
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El Matador brings a true Spanish tapas experience to Burnett Lane

Much like a bull seeing red, when we see a menu full of mouth-watering tapas we’re liable to lose our minds. The skilful culinary maestros at Burnett Lane’s newly open tapas bar El Matador are capable of working us into a feasting frenzy with a potent procession of pintxos, banderillas and conservas, and with a formidable selection of drinks to boot, El Matador scores a resounding ¡Olé! from us. El Matador officially opens its doors today, Thursday April 11, cementing Burnett Lane as Brisbane’s hottest night-time strip. more

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Mr Percival's | What's open ANZAC Day | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: what’s open on ANZAC Day 2019

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 here, 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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Forget your woes at brand-new inner-city boozer Death & Taxes
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Forget your woes at brand-new inner-city boozer Death & Taxes

The only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin’s famous idiom hasn’t lost any poignancy in the centuries since its original penning, but our methods of coping with life’s uncomfortable truths have evolved. Enter Death & Taxes, the brand-new bar from cocktail kingpin Martin Lange. Along with his wife Wiebke and long-time friends Blake and Belle Ward, Martin has brought his acclaimed style of hospitality to Brisbane City, taking over a bunker in Burnett Lane and transforming it into a moody oasis. Although the weight of the world might rest on your shoulders, ensconced behind Death & Taxes’ blackout curtains you'll be able to shed stress one perfectly made cocktail at a time. more

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The Grand on Stanley brings 1920s vibes and classic cocktails to Woolloongabba
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The Grand on Stanley brings 1920s vibes and classic cocktails to Woolloongabba

Fans of intimate Woolloongabba speakeasy Padre were crestfallen when the watering hole closed its doors, but those of you pining for someone to take over the space now have reason to cheer. An enterprising duo consisting of Joe Evans and Lucas Walmsley have taken over the space, overhauling the cosy haunt’s interior to create The Grand on Stanley, which officially opened last Saturday March 23. more

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From vineyard to The Valley – Gerler Wines officially unveils City Winery
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From vineyard to The Valley – Gerler Wines officially unveils City Winery

The finest wines aren’t the ones with an exorbitant price tag. Rather, the best drops are ones that have a story to tell. Gerler Wines is all about telling stories – from that of its namesake inspiration Carl Gerler to the finer details of the grapes it sources – and the boutique winemaker’s latest project is shaping up to be a significant chapter in its own right. Opening today, City Winery is the result of a three-year process to bring boutique winemaking into Brisbane’s inner city. The micro-winery-cum-restaurant is not only an eye-catching spot for sampling Gerler wines and hearty fare, but also an opportunity for wine lovers to learn about the winemaking process, while simultaneously demystifying the industry for newcomers. more

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Lucky Egg – Brisbane fried chicken
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The round-up: snack on Brisbane’s best finger lickin’ fried chicken

Put down the KFC bucket – no matter how many secret herbs and spices are sprinkled on top, the best fried chicken in Brisbane cannot be found at a fast food joint. Fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food and is exponentially better when made with love and care. Several locales in town are known for crunchy wings and flavoursome fillets, so if you only settle for the best, you are going to want to put these places to the test. more