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Fortitude Valley's music mecca The Zoo set to debut its new and improved look
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Fortitude Valley’s music mecca The Zoo set to debut its new and improved look

One of Brisbane’s oldest and most beloved live music venues is getting a new lease on life. The Zoo has been given a serious sprucing to make it more comfortable for punters and bands, incorporating some slick new elements without sacrificing any of the rough and tumble charm that has made it the go-to spot to catch live music for the past 25 years. While the look is being kept under wraps until the relaunch on Saturday February 4, we’ve got the scoop on what you can expect. more

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Pinball wizards and loaded sodas at arcade-game bar and diner Netherworld
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Pinball wizards and loaded sodas at arcade-game bar and diner Netherworld

Are you a pinball wizard? Have you got a supple wrist? Then you need to make your way to the top end of Brunswick Street, this ain't no twist. There you'll be transported back to yesteryear, finding not just pinball machines, but all of the classic arcade games and gaming consoles of your (and probably your parents') childhood ... along with some killer beats, eats and drinks. And trust us, you don't have to be a pinball wizard to enjoy it. more

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The round-up: where to eat, drink and recover on New Year's Day
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The round-up: where to eat, drink and recover on New Year’s Day

So long, 2016 – it hasn’t been great knowing you! Now that the year that was has (finally) come to an end, it’s time to celebrate a fresh start in style. If you’ve made the most of your New Year’s Eve this year, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to be up and about much on New Year’s Day. We get it – we might even be in the same state come the morning of January 1. If your New Year’s resolution is to seize the day, rest assured that there are plenty of spots around town open for your carpe diem dining. Start the year right with a meal that you’ll still be remembering 12 months from now. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on Boxing Day
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on Boxing Day

It tends to happen every year. We work our little butts off for 12 months with one day in sight – Christmas Day. We buy our presents, we stock up on ham ... and we completely forget that almost everything is closed the day after. If Boxing Day sales aren't your thing, we've rounded up a few places that are opening on Saturday December 26 for your eating and drinking pleasure. more

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Hang out over a brew or two at neighbourhood bar and kitchen Suburban Social
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Hang out over a brew or two at neighbourhood bar and kitchen Suburban Social

We've said it once and we'll say it again – we love a neighbourhood bar. That place you can roll up to any day of the week, settle in for an ice-cold pint, share some tasty bites and make your way home without exceeding your $6 minimum Uber fare. Those living in Chapel Hill and surrounds have been a little short on options when it came to nearby watering holes, until now. Suburban Social Neighbourhood Bar & Kitchen opens its doors today and is ready to welcome locals with open arms and plenty of beer. more

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The round-up: new places to eat and drink on the Gold Coast this summer
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The round-up: new places to eat and drink on the Gold Coast this summer

How long has it been since your last Gold Coast trip? Days, weeks or months? If your answer is in years, then you need to stop and take a good look at yourself … and then take our advice when we say that sometimes it’s a good thing to venture out and, you know, break the weekend routine. If you’ve got a bit of time up your sleeve over the festive season and were contemplating heading south for a sneaky day-trip or weekender, then we’ve got you covered. From the backstreets of Broadbeach to the Burleigh Heads oceanfront, we’ve taken the liberty of putting together a handy hit list of the top new restaurants, cafes and bars that have opened on the Gold Coast this year. more

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Bite down on beefy burgers at breezy bar and eatery Master Toms
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Bite down on beefy burgers at breezy bar and eatery Master Toms

The Margaret Street end of The City has been in dire need of a bar and restaurant to call its own, and now it’s got one! Master Toms has opened in a sunny spot on the corner of Margaret and Albert Streets, bringing a Californian-inspired aesthetic complete with a banging burger selection and plenty to sip as the sun goes down. more

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Settle in for a long champagne lunch at Ascot's new One Fifty
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Settle in for a long champagne lunch at Ascot’s new One Fifty

It's a pretty sensational feeling when you head out to lunch ... and then suddenly it's afternoon drinks ... and before you know it the sun has gone and you're ordering again for dinner. Just in time for the festive season, Racecourse Road is welcoming the perfect place to take you through from sunny afternoon to balmy evening, and it goes by the name of One Fifty. more


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Let the vino flow at Fortitude Valley's new wine bar Baedeker
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Let the vino flow at Fortitude Valley’s new wine bar Baedeker

When news came down the grapevine of a swanky new wine bar from the team behind Grape Therapy, we immediately sat up and took notice. Baedeker is a worldly watering hole that handpicks top drops from some of the finest wineries around the globe and serves them up inside an eclectic setting inspired by the romance of travel. If you’ve been looking for a reason to drink riesling, have been pining for a pinot or chomping at the bit for a chardonnay – Baedeker is perfect for those that like to make pour decisions. more

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Sixteen Antlers
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The round-up: say sayonara to 2016 with these New Year’s Eve celebrations

Whether or not 2016 has treated you kindly or has been a real menace, the end of one year and the start of another is always worth celebrating. Start jotting down your resolutions, cue up ‘Waiting for Tonight’ by Jennifer Lopez and pick your end of year celebration spot – we’ve helped you out by putting together a spiffy list of locations turning up for New Year’s Eve this time around. more

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The round-up: classic cocktails reimagined – where to get Brisbane's best
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The round-up: classic cocktails reimagined – where to get Brisbane’s best

Look, when we say variety is the spice of life we really mean it. While there is no harm is sticking with a good thing, sometimes it’s nice to spice things up from time to time. Before you call us out for being suss, let us clarify – we’re talking about cocktails here. We’ve all got our personal favourite when it comes to crafted concoctions, but how do you know if you’ve experienced the best that’s available if you haven’t looked beyond the borders of your local? We’ve scouted Brisbane for some of the most enticing variations on some classics, as well as a few share cocktails to try next time you crave a sophisticated sip. more

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Melt Brothers brings the (grilled) cheese to Brisbane City
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Melt Brothers brings the (grilled) cheese to Brisbane City

Whatever else you're doing right now, stop. Sit down. Take a minute. You're going to want to give this your full attention. Gresham Lane has just welcomed a new eatery, specialising in the pure mouth-watering beauty that is grilled cheese. We're not talking plain-old lacklustre toasted sandwiches here kids – these guys aren't messing around. Introducing your cheesy new best friend, Melt Brothers Grilled Cheese Co. more

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Get a slice of New Orleans at swinging new cocktail joint Seymour’s Oysters and Cocktails
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Get a slice of New Orleans at swinging new cocktail joint Seymour’s Oysters and Cocktails

Tucked away behind a lush red curtain is one of the most happenin’ hotspots outside of the French Quarter! Never one to rest on their laurels, the minds behind iconic venues such as Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Sonny’s House of Blues and Hope and Anchor have struck pay dirt again, converting the space that formerly housed Ginger’s into Seymour’s Oysters and Cocktails – a vibrant bar that offers everything the name suggests, plus more. more

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Aether Brewing set to turn on taps at Milton brewery and bar
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Aether Brewing set to turn on taps at Milton brewery and bar

Milton holds a special place in the hearts of beer-drinking locals thanks to its storied history as the city’s home of brewing. A new brewpub is set to open, just a short keg roll from Castlemaine Perkins, owned and operated by the minds behind craft beer upstarts Aether Brewing. Aether Brewing combines brewery, bar and kitchen into one modern-industrial venue that is more than just a spot to have a few jars. more

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Little Boat Espresso
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Beat the Brisbane heat at some new Sunshine Coast hotspots

Look, we know the irony inherent in telling you the best way to avoid the summer heat is to head to a place called the Sunshine Coast, but really the northern beaches offer some of the best opportunities to cool off when Brisbane gets unbearably hot. Not only can you take advantage of the beaches and sea breezes, you can also soak in some coastal atmosphere at one of many phenomenal bars, cafes and restaurants. 2016 has seen a huge boom in the coast’s foodie scene and we figured it was past time we stopped neglecting our northern brethren and listed some of the best new spots to try when you evacuate heat-stricken Brisbane. more

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The round-up: food you loved as kids – all grown up
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The round-up: food you loved as kids – all grown up

Before you say anything, we know that you can still enjoy fairy bread any time you choose to make some. And yes, you can boil a pot of cheerios and eat them one by one while you watch Netflix – we're not judgemental types (unless you forget the tomato sauce, then shame on you). What we will say is that sometimes your treasured memories are best left alone, and that if you are looking to revisit some of your culinary habits from when you were five, you might be a bit disappointed. Several places around Brisbane are putting a spin on our old favourites, making them more suitable for an adult palette. Here is a collection of some food you loved as kids, all grown up. more

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GreenHill
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The round-up: your guide to nailing the office Christmas party

As the festive season approaches, thoughts inevitably turn to Christmas parties. It’s only natural! While it’s too early to blast Christmas carols in the office, it’s never too early to plan a killer end-of-year bash. This year, we’ve collated a bunch of spots for those that want to ensure there aren’t any booze-fuelled (and hauntingly embarrassing) shenanigans, friendly competitive activities for you to let the boss win and some great spots to stuff your face (paid for by the company credit card). more

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Sip suburban brews from morning to midnight at Craft Brew House
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Sip suburban brews from morning to midnight at Craft Brew House

Before we begin, a vocabulary lesson. Brew noun [drink]. Meaning 1. a kind of beer, or 2. a cup or mug of tea or coffee. Birkdale's newest watering hole Craft Brew House is dedicated to both kinds of brew, serving warming cups of joe in the first half of the day, and trading groupheads for taps as the sun starts to move across the sky. more