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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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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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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


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Maeve Wine brings duck-ham crumpets, rare drops and heritage charm to South Brisbane
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Maeve Wine brings duck-ham crumpets, rare drops and heritage charm to South Brisbane

A mere mention of South Brisbane's Queensland National Bank building may not ring any bells to you, but we can guarantee you're familiar with this heritage-listed beauty. Sitting pretty on the corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets, opposite QPAC and neighbouring Fish Lane, the building has previously lived a rather financial life, but as of today its first floor is home to a more liquid kind of currency. Through heavy heritage copper doors and up winding burgundy steps, Maeve Wine is waiting to deposit some moreish morsels into your mouth. more

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Emporium Hotel shows off the understated luxury of its brand-new Piano Bar
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Emporium Hotel shows off the understated luxury of its brand-new Piano Bar

It’s been a whirlwind six-month stretch for the Anthony John Group, which has celebrated the opening of its five-star hotel at Southpoint with a procession of food and beverage offerings. Following on from the openings of Parisian-inspired patisserie Belle Epoque and stunning rooftop bar The Terrace, Emporium Hotel has unveiled its eye-catching art deco influenced Piano Bar. Showcasing a blend of refined opulence and approachable convenience, the Piano Bar is the ideal spot for a handy meeting point, an elegant evening out or a post-dinner nightcap. more

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Limber up and loosen your shoulders – iPONG's space-aged arcade bar is almost here
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Limber up and loosen your shoulders – iPONG’s space-aged arcade bar is almost here

Attention all sharpshooters and hawk-eyed bullseye bandits – there’s a new haunt in town that is shaping up to be the perfect place to show off your impressive marksmanship. iPONG is a futuristic arcade and bar that is bringing Brisbane its first taste of the latest range of digitised games – pong and darts. If you’ve got a competitive spirit, or are simply looking for a fun hangout spot for you and your crew, search for iPONG’s Tron-inspired facade when it officially opens on Saturday March 9. more

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Little Big House – Monday Night Dining Brisbane
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The round-up: what restaurants are open on Monday night in Brisbane

If you’ve never experienced the Monday blues then you must be a robot. Just kidding (sort of), but starting the work week after the dizzying delights of the weekend can be a little bit soul destroying. Our solution is to extend some more of that fun into Monday. “How?”, we hear you ask. Simple – book in for dinner out one Monday night. Brisbane’s not as sleepy as it used to be – these days there are countless venues that are open for Monday-night trading, from fine-dining institutions to reliable neighbourhood eateries. If you want to line up a hot dinner date before the week gets too hectic, or can’t be bothered cooking after work (honestly, we feel you), check out Brisbane’s Monday-night scene and see what’s open using this handy list. more

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The whole package – ARC Dining and Wine Bar opens at Howard Smith Wharves
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The whole package – ARC Dining and Wine Bar opens at Howard Smith Wharves

An otherworldly dining experience is comprised of a collection of immaculate details. From the colours on the plate to the aesthetic touches of the venue itself, it’s the combination of the little things that make a difference. ARC Dining and Wine Bar is the bracing new addition to the thriving Howard Smith Wharves precinct, an establishment bringing together all the essential ingredients needed for a top-flight drinking and dining destination. An award-winning chef and sommelier tandem, a colourful and contemporary interior aesthetic too stunning to capture on Instagram and some of the best views in Brisbane is a bona fide recipe for success, but don’t take our word for it – ARC Dining and Wine Bar is a lovingly realised spot that demands that you experience it personally. more

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Heritage hospitality – The Mix Bar transforms a Woolloongabba landmark into a luxe lounge
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Heritage hospitality – The Mix Bar transforms a Woolloongabba landmark into a luxe lounge

It’s an exciting time to live in Woolloongabba. As the Cross River Rail project begins to take shape between Vulture and Stanley Streets and the South City Square project rises on Logan Road, anticipation is building for the possibilities of the area. Opening just in time to catch the wave is The Mix Bar, a dual-purpose spot that has recently opened inside the heritage-listed Woolloongabba Post and Telegraph Office. Retaining a sophisticated old-world feel in an area that is rapidly modernising, The Mix Bar is offering a taste of quintessential hospitality and also educational opportunities for those looking to obtain bar and service skills. more

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Settle in at Brisbane City's new European-inspired street-side bar The Pouring Room
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Settle in at Brisbane City’s new European-inspired street-side bar The Pouring Room

Only a few weeks removed from the well-received opening of inner-city food hall Harvest on Queen, RMS Group has doubled up with the launch of adjoining wine bar The Pouring Room. Serving an array of worldly wines, a smorgasbord of cheese and charcuterie, plus a la carte breakfast and lunch bites, The Pouring Room is already shaping up to be a dependable haunt for coffee meet-ups and post-work revelry. more

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Riverbar and Kitchen makes Sunday sundowners a cinch
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Riverbar and Kitchen makes Sunday sundowners a cinch

Although we’re technically nearing the end of summer, it’s ludicrous to expect the temperature to drop off dramatically any time soon. The mercury will still be high throughout March, which is good news for lovers of laid-back Sunday sessions. Riverbar and Kitchen is set to kick off its Corona Sunset Sessions series this Sunday February 24, with plenty of crisp beers to sip and tasty tacos to chow down on. more

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Sample the ocean's bounty at Kangaroo Point's snappy newcomer One Fish Two Fish
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Sample the ocean’s bounty at Kangaroo Point’s snappy newcomer One Fish Two Fish

As befits a city as sun kissed as Brisbane, our seafood scene is absolutely top notch. From ocean-fresh hauls to fab fish and chipperies, this crispy-golden age seems endless. The latest fishy eatery to reel us in is One Fish Two Fish – a charming bar and restaurant (opening this Friday February 15) from seasoned seafood chef Daniel Miletic and his partner, hospitality communications director Amelia. If you’ve been hankering for an inventive take on seafood, One Fish Two Fish will capture your tongues hook, line and sinker. more

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Hello Gorgeous – Newstead bar
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Warm greetings to Newstead’s pastel-hued cocktail palace Hello Gorgeous

When it comes to restoring a former hospitality hotspot to its former glory, one needs an enthusiastic operator, a daring concept and a food and drink offering to match. Newstead’s Hello Gorgeous is the combination of all three. Taking over the space previously occupied by Chester Street Bakery, Hello Gorgeous is a richly vivid venue that isn’t afraid to splash about colour and cocktails in equal amounts. more

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You Came Again Vegan Tapas Bar – West End dining
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West End scores Brisbane’s first vegan tapas bar You Came Again

Brisbane’s plant-based dining scene is going from strength to strength – nourishing cafes are bountiful, and now Brisbane’s nightlife has scored a hip and welcoming vegan tapas bar. You Came Again on Boundary Street opened this week, and word is already spreading about its delicious plant-based bites and all-Australian drinks list. more

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Fresh catch – Coorparoo's Perch'd takes fish and chips up a notch
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Fresh catch – Coorparoo’s Perch’d takes fish and chips up a notch

For the past two years, Jen Byrnes and Patrick Laws have been running one of Brisbane’s favourite suburban eateries in Martha Street Kitchen, so when we caught wind that the duo were on the cusp of opening up a new venture in the heart of Coorparoo, we set a course immediately. The talented tandem are mere hours away from opening Perch’d tomorrow, Saturday January 26 – a modern fish and chippery that is looking to deliver a considered take on the cuisine without reinventing the reel (pun intended), served with a side of casual-cool atmosphere. more