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Lauded sommelier Ian Trinkle opens boutique wine space Wineism in Albion
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Lauded sommelier Ian Trinkle opens boutique wine space Wineism in Albion

For the oenophiles of Brisbane, the name Ian Trinkle is synonymous with exceptional wine. The renowned sommelier was responsible for the curation of the award-winning wine lists at Aria Brisbane and Howard Smith Wharves, and is now turning his attention to crafting an expansive selection that knows no bounds, available to the public whenever they desire. Together with his wife Liz Trinkle and long-time family friend Aaron Mullan, Ian has launched Wineism, a first-of-its-kind boutique wine space in the heart of Albion. more

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Slake your thirst with some sudsy sips at West End's new brewery Parched
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Slake your thirst with some sudsy sips at West End’s new brewery Parched

With the summer temperatures being what they are, there's a seriously high chance that your thirst levels are elevated above normal. If the heat has left you craving a cold one, then allow us to introduce you to Parched – an appropriately named brewery that officially opened its doors to the public last week. With 16 taps dedicated to pouring thirst-quenching tipples and a kitchen specialising in elevated pub-style eats, Parched is poised to become a popular summer respite for connecting, socialising, sipping and snacking. more

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Newstead's Range Brewing unveils its new-look taproom
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Newstead’s Range Brewing unveils its new-look taproom

Craft-beer brewing is all about experimentation – trying new ingredient combinations in an effort to create something flavoursome and exciting. Few breweries in the Brisbane scene experiment more than Range Brewing, a Newstead-based hub built on an ethos of envelope-pushing exploration and evolution. Four years on and Range Brewing's reputation for innovation has spread across Australia. Now, before the year closes, the brew crew has given its Brisbane taproom a slick makeover, matching Range's boundary-nudging brewing approach with a stylish and sustainable aesthetic. more

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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa
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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa

Since its 2016 opening, Brouhaha has made some serious waves in the Australian craft-brewing scene. What started as a passion project for Sunshine Coast mates Julian, Jeff, Dave and Matt – who set out to build a modest, no-fuss brewery – has grown enormously, much more than they could have ever imagined. After receiving numerous awards and gaining a seriously loyal following, Brouhaha soon outgrew its humble Maleny digs. Friday December 17 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the brewery with the opening of a second location in Baringa – with the capacity to increase production by 500 percent. more

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Down drinkable ales at Ploughman's Enoggera microbrewery and taproom
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Down drinkable ales at Ploughman’s Enoggera microbrewery and taproom

Few suburban bars can boast as loyal a fanbase as Ploughman in Alderley. The low-key libation station has championed interesting and invigorating drinks since opening in 2016, becoming a second home for locals of Brisbane’s northwestern suburbs seeking a taste of the latest craft beer, lo-fi wine and small-batch spirits. This year has seen Ploughman evolve. Now, instead of just selling craft beer to thirsty tipple seekers, the crew is making them! Today marks the official opening of Ploughman’s new microbrewery HQ in Enoggera, where limited runs of Ploughman’s own artfully designed ales can be enjoyed straight from the source. more

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Coffee powerhouse Bellissimo transforms its old Bulimba roastery into a chic eatery and bar
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Coffee powerhouse Bellissimo transforms its old Bulimba roastery into a chic eatery and bar

Ask any flat-white fiend in Bulimba where they get their caffeinated fix from and there's a good chance they'll point you in the direction of Bellissimo. The award-winning coffee maker has boasted a presence in the leafy neighbourhood for years – roasting, packaging, distributing and serving lattes and long blacks from its warehouse near the river end of Oxford Street. Following on from the October opening of its Coorparoo headquarters, Bellissimo has transformed its Bulimba locale into an enticing eatery serving salmon gravlax on toasted brioche, truffle-infused scrambled eggs and fried-chicken burgers alongside cocktails, craft beer and, of course, plenty of coffee. more

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Fire up the foodie signal – comic-book-inspired bar 1st Edition opens in Fortitude Valley
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Fire up the foodie signal – comic-book-inspired bar 1st Edition opens in Fortitude Valley

It's time to don our secret identities and slip into our spandex costumes – all superheroes are urged to seek out 1st Edition, The Valley's brand-new comic–book–inspired bar and eatery. Tucked away in an out-of-the-way location in California Lane, 1st Edition is drawing inspo from the pages of comics and graphic novels for its range of punchy plates and tongue-tantalising tipples. Hop in the Batmobile, jump in the Quinjet or make like Spider-Man and swing through for a visit ... more


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ZA ZA TA – 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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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on New Year's Day
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on New Year’s Day

As the sun sets on 2021, we're all too eager to look towards the bright dawn of 2022. Sure, we're still dealing with a pesky pandemic, but we choose to be hopeful for the future. If you, too, like to start your year on a positive note, then take a leaf out of our book and kick off 2022 with a dynamo feed at one of Brisbane's terrific diners. Scores of cafes, bars and restaurants are open on New Year's Day (and its observed public holiday on Monday January 3) – all you have to do is make the choice of where to feast. Here's a list of some handy suggestions to choose from ... more

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Head to Teneriffe joint, Rita's Tequila and Taqueria, for mezcal, margaritas and playful non-Mexican cuisine
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Head to Teneriffe joint, Rita’s Tequila and Taqueria, for mezcal, margaritas and playful non-Mexican cuisine

We're calling it now – this summer will be the season of margaritas. Give us agave in abundance, all the citrus juice we can handle and a silly amount of salt and we'll be content. Rita's Tequila and Taqueria – the new bar and eatery from the spaghetti-slinging Siffredi's crew – is making margaritas galore at its location at the base of the Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Woolstores on Vernon Terrace in Teneriffe. In addition to mouth-watering riffs on the zingy cocktail staple, expect a playful take on Mexican snacks (including braised roo tail tacos and raw tuna tostadas) and some breezy street-side ambiance. more

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Raise the roof – Valley Hops Brewing unveils its sun-soaked brewhouse and bar
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Raise the roof – Valley Hops Brewing unveils its sun-soaked brewhouse and bar

Brisbane has craft breweries popping up everywhere these days, from the backstreets of suburban industrial estates to the gently lapping banks of the Brisbane River. Up until now, every craft-beer maker has been more or less earthbound, with tanks firmly secured to terrestrial foundations. Valley Hops Brewing is taking the art of beer making to new heights, literally – its newly opened brewhouse and bar sits several levels above terra firma on the roof of Fortitude Valley icon Cloudland. Boasting a vantage point above the nightlife precinct's heaving streets and a range of brews inspired by The Valley's people, places and moments in time, Valley Hops is a novel addition to Brisbane's bar scene and is shaping up to be a popular destination for summertime sipping. more

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Brewtide, Albion's new craft-beer brewery, bar and cellar, starts pouring at Craft'd Grounds
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Brewtide, Albion’s new craft-beer brewery, bar and cellar, starts pouring at Craft’d Grounds

Albion's dining and lifestyle precinct Craft'd Grounds has been touted as a year-defining arrival for Brisbane's hospitality scene. Our excitement levels have grown with every drip-fed announcement of Craft'd Grounds' residents. With a brewery, bottle shop, coffee roaster, restaurant and deli all on the cards, we found ourselves wondering how it was all meant to fit. Well, our questions have been partly answered with the soft opening of Brewtide, a craft-beer brewery, taphouse and cellar that is championing local output and independent alcohol makers from across the country. If you've been champing at the bit to drink deeply from Brewtide's frosty schooners, here is your first chance. more

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Mitchelton bar The Woods expands with secretive cocktail parlour, The Bothy, and a new bottle-shop extension
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Mitchelton bar The Woods expands with secretive cocktail parlour, The Bothy, and a new bottle-shop extension

If you go down to The Woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. The beloved Mitchelton-based neighbourhood haunt has made a few new additions to its Blackwood Street residence in recent months, expanding its footprint by opening an intimate cocktail bar and an expertly curated bottle-shop next door to its existing boozer. With craft beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, lunch and dinner all catered for under one roof, The Woods is setting the standard for what a suburban watering hole is capable of. more

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Savour masala koftas, barramundi paratha pockets and Thai mango martinis at Teneriffe newcomer Aji
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Savour masala koftas, barramundi paratha pockets and Thai mango martinis at Teneriffe newcomer Aji

Stroll along Vernon Terrace these days and you'll find the leafy Teneriffe promenade flush with enticing eating options, from long-standing favourites like Beccofino and Zero Fox to fresh faces like Unbearable Bagels and Rita's Tacos & Tequila. The heaving hospitality hub shows no sign of boiling over, with newcomer Aji keeping the pot simmering with its injection of spice-infused nosh and zippy cocktails. more

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It's Still A Secret turns the lights on at its 70s-inspired South Brisbane music venue and bar
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It’s Still A Secret turns the lights on at its 70s-inspired South Brisbane music venue and bar

What might have been a secret before is confidential no more – It's Still A Secret, the sibling of Woolloongabba sipping spot Can You Keep A Secret is officially opening to the public this Friday November 5. The live-music venue and bar will be celebrating its launch with a three-day program jam-packed with song and revelry, transforming its South Brisbane locale into a hub of good tunes and good times. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek inside the antique-filled venue ahead of this weekend's festivities. more

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New-wave wines, beers and snacks are served at Brighton watering hole Willow Neighbourhood Bar
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New-wave wines, beers and snacks are served at Brighton watering hole Willow Neighbourhood Bar

Every community needs a coffee spot to call its own. That has – and will continue to be – a necessity. But what about a neighbourhood watering hole? Surely afternoon knock-offs are as integral to our weekly ritual as our morning caffeine constitutional. The coastal northern suburb of Brighton has long been overshadowed by its neighbouring hubs Sandgate and Redcliffe, with only a handful of local post-dusk destinations situated within easy walking distance to call its own. The team behind Willow Coffee + Pantry has taken it upon itself to add to the suburb's nighttime offering, expanding its footprint and menu to become dreamy drinkery Willow Neighbourhood Bar. With a selection of shareable snacks and a range of tastebud-tantalising tipples available, Willow is now perfectly suited to cater to the morning crowd and evening outings. more

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Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane
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Graffiti-coated eatery Mr Wabi brings theatrical tipples and Asian-inspired eats to Burnett Lane

Sips of ambrosial cocktails, bites of aromatic fare, a come-as-you-are approachability and vibes you long to recapture – that's the experience the team at Mr Wabi looks to provide. The brand-new resident of Burnett Lane in The City opened last week, introducing wanderers to its zestful Asian-inspired offering and street-art adorned interior. Seeking a new Friday night destination with a bit of verve? Keep your eyes peeled for the glow of neon-pink emanating from within Mr Wabi's lively locale. more

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Get the first look at Fables – the Princess Theatre's fairy tale-inspired cafe and bar
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Get the first look at Fables – the Princess Theatre’s fairy tale-inspired cafe and bar

Attention all live-music fans – this weekend, after many months of patient waiting, iconic Woolloongabba landmark the Princess Theatre will officially celebrate its reopening as Brisbane's newest music mecca. Before it opens the doors to its revitalised state-of-the-art performance auditorium, the Princess Theatre crew has given locals a glimpse at its street-facing bar, cafe and function spaces. Fables Bar & Cafe quietly opened last week, showing off a whimsical interior that offers a taste of the magic and fantasy that has been instilled throughout via the intensive renewal project. Take a look inside ... more

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Sample juicy drops at After Dark – Newstead's pop-up wine bar and snack spot
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Sample juicy drops at After Dark – Newstead’s pop-up wine bar and snack spot

If you ask us, our post-work knock-off is sometimes just as important as our morning jolt. We've all got a local coffee spot, so why not a go-to wine bar, too? After Dark Wine is a brand-new pop-up wine bar looking to transform caffeine dispensaries into vino joints after sunset. The concept, operated by a hot-shot sommelier and hospitality veteran duo, kicked off earlier this month at Newstead's Masters St Coffee, serving up a finely curated menu of vino, charcuterie and cheese. It's already been well received by the local community, giving hope to the possibility of more pop-ups in the future. Here's what you can expect ... more