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Rocking the suburbs – Everton Plaza's Park Lane celebrates the opening of its first wave of retailers
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Rocking the suburbs – Everton Plaza’s Park Lane celebrates the opening of its first wave of retailers

A considerable stir was caused across Brisbane's northern suburbs when Everton Plaza initially announced plans for a brand-new addition to its dining and shopping hub and now, after a year of waiting, the first retailers of the anticipated Park Lane precinct are opening to the public. Complementing the existing Everton Plaza retail portion (anchored by Coles and many existing long-term tenants), the new retail village features many of the area's original elements. COMUNiTI (formerly known as MARSDEN Collective) has overseen the design, accentuating the area's original architectural facade with contemporary touches. The resulting precinct is shaping up to be an impressive blend of old and new, with Park Lane's first wave of retailers looking to set the standard for what is still to come. more

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Taste the iconic flavours of New York City at Reuben's Deli & Bar in Paddington
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Taste the iconic flavours of New York City at Reuben’s Deli & Bar in Paddington

One of America’s oldest forms of street food is the humble sandwich – a simple menu item that, over time, has become the foundational building block of New York City’s iconic deli scene. Across generations, New York’s Jewish, German, Italian and Latino communities have added their own influences to the bubbling melting pot, creating the current iteration of deli-style dining known far and wide. Reuben’s Deli & Bar is a brand-new bar and eatery that is distilling the recipes and flavours of New York delis into an offering loaded with house-cured pastrami, slow-braised brisket, authentic mustard and plenty of local craft beer to boot. more

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Fortitude Valley scores a secret event space in the form of Concept at Cupo
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Fortitude Valley scores a secret event space in the form of Concept at Cupo

One of Fortitude Valley’s finest event spaces is expanding. The team behind Cupo on McLachlan Street has been hard at work planning for the next phase of its evolution, and stage one has just been revealed. Concept is a brand-new bespoke event space and creative hub open underneath the main event room, custom-fitted to allow for just about any function you could possibly conjure. more

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Flora by Greenhouse Canteen – Brisbane's best vegan spots
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The round-up: fill up on goodness at Brisbane’s best vegan spots

Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax – we aren’t here to sway you to veganism. What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling. more


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Sip spritz by sunset at The Fantauzzo's own rooftop watering hole Fiume Bar
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Sip spritz by sunset at The Fantauzzo’s own rooftop watering hole Fiume Bar

Let us set a scene for you – imagine basking in the fading rays of the setting sun, cocktail in hand and a platter of moreish morsels at your elbow. Below you is the bustling hubbub of Howard Smith Wharves and ahead is the twinkling skyline of The City. You’re located far above the rabble, indulging in the kind of elevated luxury you can only experience at a rooftop bar. This vision isn’t a fanciful dream – at Fiume Bar it’s a reality. The Fantauzzo has unveiled its stellar rooftop watering hole, blending the hotel’s modern aesthetic with a killer list of libations, share plates and good times illuminated by sun or stars. more

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The round-up: snack your way through South Bank's cheap eats
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The round-up: snack your way through South Bank’s cheap eats

Look, perhaps eating out has given your wallet a walloping, but who are we to judge? We love the finer things in life! Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the tasty goods available around town, it just means you need to make some smarter choices. South Bank’s major food hub is full of top-notch eateries, and many of them have well-priced options and deals that you’d be a fool to ignore. If you’ve got a little bit of cash left over, have a look at this list of South Bank’s cheap eats and keep your splurge streak going. more

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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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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