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The round-up: what's open this Ekka public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open this Ekka public holiday

Finally, after a couple of years of pandemic-related complications, the Ekka is going ahead. The showbags are packed, the rides are operational and the dagwood dogs are ready for our bellies. The traditional mid-week day off is also back for 2022, with Wednesday August 10 once again reserved for show-day shenanigans. If you'd rather spend our public holiday catching up with friends at a cafe or visiting the newest restaurants, that's okay too! We've compiled a list of spots that are trading on the Ekka public holiday – all you'll have to do is decide on where you'll be feasting! more

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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

The cold weather hasn't deterred locals from venturing outside this month. In fact, Brisbane seemed to be heating up from what we can see – at least as far as its food and drink scene is concerned! July was a big one for new openings. We saw the opening of a slick wine bar from the Lune Croissanterie crew, a neon-lit eatery serving Chinese-Peruvian cuisine and a Greek restaurant in the heart of West Village. See what we mean? It was loaded! Here are the new arrivals we loved this month ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Gather Bistro, an inner-city eatery from a couple of coffee kingpins, will open soon on Ann Street
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Pavement Whispers: Gather Bistro, an inner-city eatery from a couple of coffee kingpins, will open soon on Ann Street

While developments like Queen's Wharf and the soon-to-be-revitalised Eagle Street Pier have been grabbing headlines, a new hub has been slowly gestating over on Ann Street. Heritage Lanes, the brand-new building created by Mirvac Group and M&G Real Estate is slowly inching its way towards its completion. While a few corporate entities already call Heritage Lanes home, its street-level hospitality component is just starting to take shape. Gather Bistro will open at Heritage Lanes in September, adding an accessible spot to nab Five Senses coffee and modern Australian-inspired eats. Here's what we know ... more

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Casa Chow, the colourful up-tempo sibling of Sasso Italiano, is introducing chifa cuisine to Brisbane at South City Square
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Casa Chow, the colourful up-tempo sibling of Sasso Italiano, is introducing chifa cuisine to Brisbane at South City Square

Ever heard of chifa? If not, don't worry. Pretty soon it'll be the cuisine on everyone's lips. Next week, the hip hospitality gurus behind Woolloongabba trattoria Sasso Italiano will cut the ribbon on Casa Chow – a neon-lit eatery specialising in Chinese-Peruvian (better known as chifa) cuisine. With kaleidoscopic interiors, a scintillating menu of Chinese-accented Latin fare, a dance beat-propelled atmosphere and enough pisco to fill the Brisbane River, Casa Chow is, undoubtedly, a vibe. It opens to the public on Wednesday July 27, but we're here to give you a preview look inside. Check it out! more

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Pull up a chair at Bakery Lane's Italian-inspired laneway wine bar
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Pull up a chair at Bakery Lane’s Italian-inspired laneway wine bar

One of our favourite ways to spend our free time is cosied up with a good bottle of wine, sharing tales with mates over some tasty nosh. If you’re seeking a laidback locale to do just that, then let us whisper a hidden gem in your ear. Come closer, now ... have you been to uh oh italian wine store + bar in Fortitude Valley? An oenophiles dream, this Bakery Lane beauty is where you can pick out your bottle of choice before sitting down with mates or a good book for some truly Euro-inspired vibes. Add a few Italian snacks for good measure and we're in paradiso. more

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Get the first look at Gastown – Ashgrove's cosy new cafe and wine bar from the Soul Revolver crew
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Get the first look at Gastown – Ashgrove’s cosy new cafe and wine bar from the Soul Revolver crew

Anyone that has visited Vancouver has likely paid a visit to Gastown, the storied precinct famed for its Victorian buildings, cobblestone streets, famous steam clock and vibrant dining scene. A new hole-in-the-wall cafe and wine bar from the brains behind Alderley's Soul Revolver Co. is looking to bring a taste of Vancouver (by way of Tasmania) to Ashgrove, opening in the day for coffee, pastries and toasties, and then at night for vino and small plates. Gastown is the name of this fresh-faced locale – read on to take a peek inside! more

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Biànca – Monday Night Dining Brisbane
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The round-up: what restaurants and bars 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 if you're in hospo and are looking to make the most of your weekend, check out Brisbane’s Monday-night scene and see what’s open using this handy list. more

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Butler Wine Bar – the intimate drinking spot from the Lune Croissanterie crew – is now open
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Butler Wine Bar – the intimate drinking spot from the Lune Croissanterie crew – is now open

If you've ever bitten into a buttery croissant from Lune and wondered what the croissanterie crew could achieve if it put the same amount of care and thought into another culinary concept, then we'd like to introduce you to Butler Wine Bar. This long-awaited neighbourhood drinkery is The Lune Co. team's first foray into nighttime trade and they're looking to make a great impression on Brisbane's wine- and cocktail-sipping set. Anchored by a grounded approach that spotlights comfort, community and conscience, Butler packs a lot into a small package. Butler Wine Bar will officially open next Thursday July 7 – we were lucky enough to take its food and drink menu for a test drive. Read on to find out more ... more


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Brewdog Fortitude Valley
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Pavement Whispers: craft-beer powerhouse BrewDog set to expand with a new three-level venue in Fortitude Valley

Three-and-a-bit years on from the official launch of BrewDog's Murarrie headquarters, the globe-spanning craft-beer giant is poised to build its Australian presence. Later this year the Scottish-born brand will open a new standalone venue in Fortitude Valley, showcasing BrewDog's widely beloved range of punk-inspired and attitude-loaded ales alongside a host of pub-style eats. Here's what we know ... more

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Soak up the sunshine at Fortitude Valley's new social playground Summa House
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Soak up the sunshine at Fortitude Valley’s new social playground Summa House

It might be the middle of winter right now, but over on McLachlan Street in Fortitude Valley there's a place that parties like it' summer every day. Summa House is a 1100 square-foot open-air venue imbued with sunny vibes and balmy brilliance. With a kitchen dishing up elevated pub classics, bars turning out tropical cocktail jugs and a bottomless brunch that needs to be seen to be believed, Summa House is setting itself up to be a year-round, all-occasion celebration spot. more

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The round-up: the biggest food openings of the year (so far)
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The round-up: the biggest food openings of the year (so far)

While it's hard to get our head around the looming threshold that is 2022's half-way mark, once we take stock of all that has happened this year it becomes easier to see why time has moved at such a blistering pace. Rain, floods and election campaigns aside, the first half of 2022 has been filled with a host of hospitality openings, from ultra-luxe sushi restaurants and resort-style rooftop bars to punk-inspired boozers and sandwich-slinging general stores. We've decided to take a beat and reflect on the past six months, collating a list of what we think have been the biggest foodie openings of the year so far. more

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Pavement Whispers: amaro takes centre stage at Before + After, a new laneway basement bar opening soon in The City
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Pavement Whispers: amaro takes centre stage at Before + After, a new laneway basement bar opening soon in The City

Amaro, the bittersweet Italian herbal liqueur known to many as a post-dinner digestivo, has seen a sharp spike in popularity in recent years. The stomach-settling sip is becoming increasingly more common on the shelves of Brisbane's best bars and restaurants, moving from unheralded elixir to the in-vogue drink of choice for discerning drinkers. George Curtis is funnelling his own love of amaro into the mortar of his own bar, Before + After – a low-key libation spot opening in The City later this year. Here, expect to find an assortment of amari – from the seductively sweet to the boldly bitter – as well as a range of amaro-infused snacks like shrimp rolls with Fernet Branca mayo and affogato-style amaro floats. Here's what we know ... more

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Milton Rum Distillery shows off its new state-of-the-art spirit-making headquarters in Albion
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Milton Rum Distillery shows off its new state-of-the-art spirit-making headquarters in Albion

Recent years have seen gin, whisky and even tequila score a spike in popularity, as craft distilleries instigate a golden age of spirit drinking. The team at Milton Rum Distillery is looking to set in motion a similar glow-up for the humble (and, these days, largely underestimated) cane spirit, creating a range of award-winning libations using innovative distillation techniques and a bounty of botanicals. After its Milton home was gutted by flood waters earlier this year, Milton Rum Distillery is now rising from the proverbial ashes, this week unveiling its new production space and distillery door at Craft'd Grounds in Albion. Here, the team will be using a custom distilling apparatus and an Australian-first hydroponic system to create a sustainable spirit-making operation from which the rum renaissance can truly blossom. It officially opens on Friday June 25 – here's what you can… more

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Five cosy spots in Brisbane City where you can warm up this winter
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Five cosy spots in Brisbane City where you can warm up this winter

While there's a wealth of culinary gems dotted around The City, there's a handful that boast a particular charm – a cosiness, if you will. Walking into these locales is like being embraced into a warm hug – and that's exactly what we want in the midst of winter. If you're searching for somewhere cosy to wine and dine this season, we have rounded up five spots filled with cushy nooks, decadent dishes and belly-warming cocktails ... more

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The round-up: Brisbane's best cheap eats
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best cheap eats

Rent is due and you are still a few days away from getting your paycheque – but your stomach is growling and you need to feed as soon as possible for as cheap as possible. Instead of hitting the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food, there are plenty of places around town that offer cheap eats that are damn tasty. It’s time to get creative with how you spend your dollars – stretch your money by taking advantage of the following best value for money meals (and deals) in Brisbane. more

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Voila, vino! Paddington restaurant NOTA unveils its new wine-bar extension
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Voila, vino! Paddington restaurant NOTA unveils its new wine-bar extension

Flexibility is a big part of the hospitality game, especially after two years of spur-of-the-moment pirouettes and pivots. No crew knows this better than the brains over at NOTA – Paddington's beloved modern-European eatery. After two-ish years of breakfast sittings, take-home packs and artisanal sweet making, the venue has seized the opportunity to acquire its next-door space (previously a clothing store) and convert it to a swanky new wine bar and function area. Now reopened as NOTA Restaurant & Wine Bar, the team is forging forward with a new outlook and operational scheme. Folks are now free to pop in for impromptu pre-game snacks and a cheeky vino or settle into a leather booth for a lengthier, more leisurely experience. more

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Balter Brewing has reopened its Currumbin Waters taproom after an extensive renovation
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Balter Brewing has reopened its Currumbin Waters taproom after an extensive renovation

One of life's greatest pleasures is sinking a cold one amongst good company. That's why we're so excited about the reopening of one of our favourite places to practise this particular pleasure – Balter Brewing's taproom. After an extensive three-month renovation, the beloved brewery has once again opened its doors, revealing a bright and shiny bar space that’s a prime spot for knocking back a beautiful-tasting brew. more

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Sip suds by the water at Redcliffe Peninsula's new beer maker Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co.
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Sip suds by the water at Redcliffe Peninsula’s new beer maker Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co.

Breweries come in all shapes and sizes – some are crammed inside industrial storage units and warehouses while some sit on rooftops. Moreton Bay's newest booze maker enjoys a primo perch on the water's edge at Scarborough Marina, where beer lovers can quaff frothies and snack on locally sourced seafood as the sun sets over the Glasshouse Mountains in the distance. Two-level brewery and restaurant Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. opened last month and has already become one of the most popular spots on the peninsula. Read on to find out why ... more

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Brendale scores big with two-in-one beer and barbecue spot Tannins Brew and Meat Me BBQ
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Brendale scores big with two-in-one beer and barbecue spot Tannins Brew and Meat Me BBQ

It's said that good things come in pairs. While we can't gauge the universal accuracy of that statement, we can confirm it absolutely rings true when referring to Tannis Brew and Meat Me BBQ – Brendale's buzzy new dual-concept locale. The result of a perfect pairing, this nanobrewery, coffee spot and casual eatery is wasting no time enticing the Moreton Bay community with craft cold ones, smoked chilli beef-shin tacos and brisket toasties. more