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Boutique bars – where to quench your (cocktail) thirst after your Shop BNE City spending spree
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Boutique bars – where to quench your (cocktail) thirst after your Shop BNE City spending spree

Sips, snacks and shopping sprees – this is a bang-on description of a dreamy weekend, if you're asking The Weekend Edition team. Luckily for us (and you!), The City's annual weekend-long shopping event Shop BNE City is popping up from September 24–26 and is bringing with it some killer discounts. So that you can have a well-deserved break from bargain hunting during the much-anticipated weekend, we have rounded up some of our favourite spots in The City to throw back a cocktail (or two) – you're going to need to rehydrate after all that shopping! more

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Pavement Whispers: Katarzyna Group to transform Cloudland's rooftop into Valley Hops Brewing
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Pavement Whispers: Katarzyna Group to transform Cloudland’s rooftop into Valley Hops Brewing

Cloudland, the glamorous multi-dimensional party hub that anchors Fortitude Valley's nightlife nexus, is set to be crowned with its own brewhouse and bar this spring. Valley Hops Brewing is currently taking shape on Cloudland's rooftop and will soon commence concocting a range of brews that reflect the eccentric character of the storied venue and its surrounds. Here's what we know ... more

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The Death & Taxes crew opens Dr. Gimlette, a brand-new cocktail bar that is nailing the classics
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The Death & Taxes crew opens Dr. Gimlette, a brand-new cocktail bar that is nailing the classics

How does a revered hospitality group follow up on the opening of one of Brisbane's best bars? It goes bigger and brighter! Last week the brains behind Burnett Lane whisky and cocktail bar Death & Taxes opened Dr. Gimlette – a suave sipping spot nestled within a heritage-listed space on Edward Street. Boasting a world-class team of shakers and stirrers, a bevy of balanced cocktails, outstanding old-world wines, shelves upon shelves of spirits, two roaming martini carts, and a touch of theatricality, Dr. Gimlette offers everything a cocktail bar should have and more. more

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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village
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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village

It seems like West Village adds a new element to its blossoming dining offering almost every month. In 2021 alone the West End lifestyle precinct has welcomed the arrivals of Beirut Bazaar, Cheeky Poké Bar, Harris Farm Markets, Betty's Burgers and Ichiban Sushi – and the procession is set to continue right up until year's end. Italian Street Kitchen fired up the pizza oven at its brand-new West Village location last week, quickly snaring the senses of locals and curious wanderers with its menu of regional Italian delights and aperitivo-style sips. The spacious eatery and bar is 'la ciliegina sulla torta' ('the cherry on top of the cake') for West Village's hospitality roster – adding a dash of relaxed piazza-style dining to one of Brisbane's booming hubs. more

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Step inside The Tailors – Woolloongabba's new Cuban-inspired cocktail joint and jazz bar
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Step inside The Tailors – Woolloongabba’s new Cuban-inspired cocktail joint and jazz bar

Woolloongabba's famed Logan Road cul-de-sac is abuzz with activity these days, with one of the area's most-beloved operators injecting the storied hospitality strip with some vim and vitality courtesy of two new drinking spots. Last week the crew behind Canvas Club, Electric Avenue and the recently opened Mr. Badger's added another nightspot to its portfolio in the shape of The Tailors – a slick speakeasy specialising in Central and South American-inspired cocktails, live music and intimate vibes. more

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Get the first look at Hey Chica! – the new social club bringing Havana street-party vibes to The Valley
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Get the first look at Hey Chica! – the new social club bringing Havana street-party vibes to The Valley

If you happen to be walking down Brunswick Street Mall next Friday September 17 and you hear the sound of trumpets, bongos and percussion reverberating along the strip, don't stress – you're not imagining things. That is simply the sound of the riotous celebrations marking the official opening night of Hey Chica!, Fortitude Valley's brand-new drinking, dining and dancing destination. The latest venture from the team behind Lefty's Music Hall is a paean to the party culture of Cuba – a raucous hub of revelry that is as close as you'll get to the street festivals of Havana without boarding a plane. more

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The Canvas Club crew unveils Mr Badger's, Woolloongabba's new deli, sandwich and pizza bar
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The Canvas Club crew unveils Mr Badger’s, Woolloongabba’s new deli, sandwich and pizza bar

It's a great time to be a Woolloongabba resident. In the past 12 months the inner-south suburb has welcomed the likes of Little G, Easy Times Brewing Co., Butterfly and Mac From Way Back to its cadre of eateries – cementing the Logan Road cul-de-sac and its immediate surrounds as a hub of diverse dining options. The crew behind two of the strip's most beloved watering holes, Canvas Club and Electric Avenue, is tripling its presence in the area this Friday September 4 with the opening of brand-new family-friendly deli and bar Mr Badger's. Taking a charming throwback approach to hospitality, Mr Badger's will be slinging a menu of stacked sandwiches, grab-and-go pastries, plates of gourmet cheese and meats, Detroit-style pizzas, and bottled cocktails – all while paying tribute to the area's legacy as a tramway nexus via a seriously creative interior decor. more


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Sandgate welcomes the arrival of community-focused local Bluenose Betty
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Sandgate welcomes the arrival of community-focused local Bluenose Betty

On paper, it's easy to list what makes a solid suburban watering hole. Great drinks are a must and a solid food menu is also essential. The ambience has to be on point, with a decor that is stylish but approachable. Oh, and the staff has to be friendly, too – that's non-negotiable. Although this set of criteria is easy to list, nailing each and every one of them is more of an art, rather than a science. The crew behind new Sandgate drinkery Bluenose Betty seem to have struck a perfect balance, offering the right mix of essential and intangible qualities – quickly become a community favourite. Read on to see how they did it ... more

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Enzo y Ollie brings birria, burritos and frozen margaritas to Caxton Street
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Enzo y Ollie brings birria, burritos and frozen margaritas to Caxton Street

Birria tacos – have you heard of them? These crispy morsels have become a hot-ticket dish in Australia thanks to a surge in popularity online. Despite the buzz surrounding birria (which is technically a soup – don't worry, we'll explain), there are only a few spots in Brisbane where you can get your hands on some. Enzo y Ollie – a new Petrie Terrace eatery that recently opened on Caxton Street – is the latest to boast the crunchy and dippable riff on the taco on its menu. Throw in a host of other Mexican- and Colombian-inspired eats, a bunch of zingy margaritas and a spacious beer garden perfect for revelry, and you've got plenty of reasons (including birria, of course) to visit. more

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The round-up: soak up sun or starlight at the best rooftop bars in Brisbane
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The round-up: soak up sun or starlight at the best rooftop bars in Brisbane

When the weather is turning it on, there's no better feeling than getting elevated. We love flocking to our closest rooftop bar, getting sky high and soaking up the rays while taking in a killer view. Brisbane's skyline is slowly filling in with some top-notch rooftop bars, and we've taken it upon ourselves to list some of Brisbane's best. Forget your fear of heights – once you take in the vistas at these elevated haunts, you'll never want to come back down to earth. more

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Pavement Whispers: Dos Manos to fuse Japanese and Mexican flavours at exciting pan-Pacific eatery
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Pavement Whispers: Dos Manos to fuse Japanese and Mexican flavours at exciting pan-Pacific eatery

Newstead's percolating dining scene will score another entrant next Monday September 6 – one bringing together the best aspects of two of the world's most beloved cuisines. Dos Manos (Spanish for two hands) will be ingeniously harmonising Japanese and Mexican cuisine at its soon-to-open bar and eatery on Reddacliff Street. If you love tacos and tataki in equal measure, this is one opening worth marking in your calendar. more

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Kings – an open-air dining garden from the Queens crew – launches in California Lane
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Kings – an open-air dining garden from the Queens crew – launches in California Lane

Featuring neon lights, a tight list of natural vino and a margarita-heavy cocktail list, Kings boasts the same vivacious spirit as its sibling sip spot Queens. That being said, this laneway joint isn't a simple carbon copy of its neighbouring nightspot – Kings promises to be the breezy tropical-inspired yang to Queens' moody yin with a rambunctious personality, punchy menu of tacos and po'boys and an electric live element. more

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Pavement Whispers: After Dark Wine to transform daytime eateries into pop-up wine haunts
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Pavement Whispers: After Dark Wine to transform daytime eateries into pop-up wine haunts

Attention oenophiles – After Dark Wine is a forthcoming vino-fuelled pop-up that will activate existing spaces and transform them into cosy post-sunset sipping spots. The concept, operated by a hot-shot sommelier and hospitality veteran duo, will be kicking off with a takeover of Newstead's Masters St Coffee in September, serving up a finely curated menu of vino, charcuterie and cheese. Here's what we know ... more

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Hospo heroes – the Brisbane venues offering takeaway in the current lockdown
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Hospo heroes – the Brisbane venues offering takeaway in the current lockdown

Well, there we go, folks. Queensland’s three-day snap lockdown has been extended until at least 4:00 pm on Sunday August 8 – that means we’ve got a whole lot more time spent indoors on the cards. While we bide our time and wait for eventual freedom, spare a thought for the cafes, bars and restaurants doing it tough. If you’ve got a bit of cash to splash, consider getting a takeaway treat from your favourite local eatery! Whether you’re craving a coffee, have a hankering for a greasy burger or you’re just down to support your local, keep reading to find out how and where you can score some of Brisbane’s best takeaway bites and beverages during lockdown. more

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Art, music and food collide at King Street's inclusive new hub Space & Co.
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Art, music and food collide at King Street’s inclusive new hub Space & Co.

As we gradually pry ourselves from the grip of the pandemic, it's becoming more and more apparent that what we seek in a night out has changed. While dinner and drinks is something we'll never do away with, the urge for a more sensory experience is rising. People want a ticket to something! Space & Co., a newly open multifaceted destination on King Street, is bringing music, visual art, drinks (both boozy and alcohol-free kinds), Japanese and Korean-inspired street food and inclusive vibes together under one roof. In a time where Brisbane's art and hospitality scenes are trying to hone in on a new normal, Space & Co. is blazing a path forward with an all-in-one approach. Read on for a look inside ... more

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Take a sneak peek inside Rosmarino – Fortitude Valley's intimate new restaurant and wine bar
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Take a sneak peek inside Rosmarino – Fortitude Valley’s intimate new restaurant and wine bar

One silver lining that has emerged from the ruinous circumstances that plagued 2020 is the abundance of ingenuity and resilience displayed in its wake. Rosmarino – the brand-new Italian-inspired ristorante opening within a gorgeous heritage site in Fortitude Valley – is the brainchild of two hospitality veterans who decided to put their combined pedigree to good use when lockdowns stymied their plans to relocate overseas. Europe's loss is Brisbane's gain, as Rosmarino is now set to inject some vim and vigour into a long-neglected corner of town. Rosmarino is softly opening tonight, Friday July 16, as a wine bar – slinging cheese, salumi, focaccine and snacks ahead of the launch of its full menu later this month. We've been given a preview of what to expect – read on to find out more ... more

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Ploughman's new Fortitude Valley haunt is a go-to spot for craft beer, natural wine and snacks
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Ploughman’s new Fortitude Valley haunt is a go-to spot for craft beer, natural wine and snacks

South Pine Road boozer Ploughman quickly became one of Brisbane's most beloved suburban bars when it opened in 2016, forging a loyal following of locals living in the northwestern catchment of Alderley, Mitchelton and Enoggera. This year marks some changes for the Ploughman team, which is currently in the process of relocating to a spiffy new premises. While the bar's next home is in the works, Ploughman has opened a satellite watering hole on Hynes Street on the fringe of Fortitude Valley, giving long-time regulars and unacquainted blow-ins a spot to savour a selection of all-Australian wines and ales, first-rate gins, artisanal charcuterie and moreish toasties – yes, including Ploughman's famed gruyere grilled cheese! more

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Chow down then cut a rug at Fortitude Valley's neon-lit dining and dance club Kenjin
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Chow down then cut a rug at Fortitude Valley’s neon-lit dining and dance club Kenjin

A night out usually involves visiting several locations – there's the pre-dinner drink spot, the dining location, the club and the post-dance nightcap locale. If you plan correctly you can merge a few of those stops together. If you go to Fortitude Valley's new hybrid party hub Kenjin, you can do it all under one roof. This vibrant restaurant-meets-dance-club is plating up modern Japanese-inspired fare, colourful cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere into one package, which can help take a lot of the organisational stress out of your next night on the town. more

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Take a trip to 1920s Shanghai at hidden speakeasy Cindy Chow's Theatre & Cocktail Bar
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Take a trip to 1920s Shanghai at hidden speakeasy Cindy Chow’s Theatre & Cocktail Bar

Before it flourished into one of the world's largest economic centres, Shanghai was often referred to as 'the Paris of the East, the New York of the West' and was a melting pot of cultures, languages and ideas. At the beginning of the 20th century, the centuries-old walled city's nightlife was flush with dizzying splendour and secretive speakeasies – an equal mix of glitz and danger that is a far cry from contemporary Shanghai's gleaming skyscrapers. Fortitude Valley hideaway Cindy Chow's Theatre & Cocktail Bar is throwing it back to Shanghai's Prohibition-era identity, a shadowy-yet-exciting parlour offering everything from absinthe towers and Asian-inspired snacks to burlesque performances and swing jazz ensembles. more