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South Bank welcomes two-storey Tex-Mex and margarita manor El Camino Cantina
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South Bank welcomes two-storey Tex-Mex and margarita manor El Camino Cantina

With colourful decor coating the walls, luminescent neon lights blazing vivid hues and party vibes reverberating through the air, you'd be forgiven for thinking there was no way El Camino Cantina could escalate its roistering appeal. Well, the team at Rockpool Dining Group has elected to go supersize with the latest entrant in its burgeoning portfolio – a two-level El Camino Cantina outpost situated in the heart of South Bank's Stanley Street Plaza. Transforming the old Munich Brauhaus building into a multifaceted, rock 'n' roll-inspired party hub, this deluxe El Camino Cantina is kicking off its opening celebrations with some margarita-soaked revelry. more

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Culture clash – sample fusion fare at South Brisbane's Baos Pop Bistro
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Culture clash – sample fusion fare at South Brisbane’s Baos Pop Bistro

We love an adventurous fusion, especially when it comes in an easy-to-eat package. South Brisbane's newest haunt Baos Pop Bistro is amalgamating elements of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean eating and drinking cultures, delivering it in an approachable and easygoing setting. If the sound of truffle-chicken baos, tea-smoked duck, Korean-style fried cauliflower and sudsy tap beers are enticing, read on to find out more about your new favourite venue. more

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Winner winner, chicken dinner – Yums! Chicken opens in Woolloongabba
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Winner winner, chicken dinner – Yums! Chicken opens in Woolloongabba

Do you feel like chicken tonight? We know the place to get it. A couple of enterprising individuals have just launched a brand-new home-grown fast-casual dining concept that specialises in cluckin' incredible chicken. We're talking succulent burgers, crispy wings and tantalising tenders, backed up by mouth-watering mounds of fries and a possible contender for the title of best thickshakes in Brisbane. If you've been itching to fly the coop for a feast, here's a perfect excuse. more

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Welcome Warehouse 25 – Milton's new multifaceted dining and arts hub
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Welcome Warehouse 25 – Milton’s new multifaceted dining and arts hub

To the naked eye, Finchley Street in Milton is a quiet and unassuming strip, home to a collection of business removed from the action of Suncorp Stadium and its surrounds. For several years a nondescript warehouse half way along the street has regularly hosted a series of underground electronica parties, where those in the know frequently flocked to party and celebrate Brisbane's cultural undercurrent. Now that same venue is going public, transforming to become a bona fide bar, eatery, inclusive music venue and distillery in one, which means Brisbane's best-kept secret won't be a secret for much longer. more

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Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers expands with new James Street location
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Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers expands with new James Street location

When Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers first launched in Brisbane, demand for the gnoccheria's heavenly potato clouds was widespread from the jump. In order to cater to the inner-city crowd's insatiable appetite for its product, the Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers team opened a pop-up location on James Street, alleviating the load on its Paddington HQ. As the brand expanded with more bricks-and-mortar spaces, the James Street pop-up closed, leaving locals with a gnocchi-sized hole in their hearts – that is, until now. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers has made its triumphant return to Brisbane's flourishing high street, opening a new permanent locale that is dishing up serve after serve of rich and pillowy soft pasta. more

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Choose your own adventure at Fortitude Valley's party collective The Prince Consort
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Choose your own adventure at Fortitude Valley’s party collective The Prince Consort

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but they don't say anything about giving an old dog a new lease on life. Fortitude Valley's 132-year-old heritage-listed Prince Consort Hotel building, which looms large over the corner of Wickham Terrace and Brunswick Street, has been given a top-to-tail makeover courtesy of a new ownership group. Last week the striking three-storey building debuted as The Prince Consort – a supersized hospitality hub boasting eight venues in one. From a gritty underground rock 'n' roll bar and a classic English pub to a luxe supper lounge and a colourful Mexican-inspired cantina, The Prince Consort has an experience for all comers. more

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Beer and cheer – Easy Times Brewing Co. opens in Woolloongabba
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Beer and cheer – Easy Times Brewing Co. opens in Woolloongabba

After the year we've had, we all deserve a few cold ones. Woolloongabba's new two-level craft-beer brewery Easy Times Brewing Co. is has opened its doors, offering sanctuary for folks seeking a stress-free space to sink a few, encouraging guests to leave their issues at the door while they enjoy good drink, good food and good times. This beery newcomer is already receiving high praise from craft-beer enthusiasts and industry personnel alike, and with a seasoned barbecue crew on board providing some finger-licking fare and plenty of creative beers in the brewing pipeline, Easy Times has become the easy choice for relaxed revelry. more


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Mr. Claude brings cannolis, coffee and chic Italian vibes to Creek Street
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Mr. Claude brings cannolis, coffee and chic Italian vibes to Creek Street

Compared to the retail and hospitality juggernauts that are Queen Street, Edward Street and Eagle Street, inner-city thoroughfares like Creek Street tend to be overshadowed. That's about to change thanks to the work being put in by the Corbett & Claude and Comuna Cantina crew, which is today launching the first stage of its anticipated hospitality hub with the opening of Mr. Claude 2.0 on the corner of Creek and Elizabeth Street. The new-look kiosk has already started slinging barista-poured brews and delectable treats to time-poor commuters, but soon it will also cater to the glammed-up evening set, meaning that this oft-overlooked corner of the CBD could soon be one of the hottest strips in town. more

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Felons Brewing Co. expands with a brand-new barrel hall at Howard Smith Wharves
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Felons Brewing Co. expands with a brand-new barrel hall at Howard Smith Wharves

On Friday October 9, Brisbane's beer-loving community woke up to the news that sudsy riverside hub Felons Brewing Co. – a staple of Howard Smith Wharves' popular dining strip – had expanded, opening a massive new venue called Felons Barrel Hall right next door. Putting a modern-Australian spin on a classic German beer-hall concept, Felons Barrel Hall is delivering a fresh experience with the same adventurous spirit inspired by its namesake felons. Think unique barrel-aged beers, a selection of offbeat wines, a punchy new menu of eats and live music every weekend. This arrival is a whopper and a half – here's a look inside ... more

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Here's the tea – Woolloongabba welcomes boba and snack bar Sunnyboy Street Deli
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Here’s the tea – Woolloongabba welcomes boba and snack bar Sunnyboy Street Deli

Do you go bonkers for boba or harbour a passion for tapioca pearls? If you answered yes, then you're going to love Woolloongabba's new colour-soaked pit stop. South City Square newcomer Sunnyboy Street Deli is a love letter to bubble tea, a hole-in-the-wall dispensary slinging inventive sips designed to tempt newcomers and titillate long-term lovers of the drink. With a 20-strong list of fruity and milky concotions served alongside an extensive selection of salad bowls, sandwiches, wraps and taro soft-serve, Sunnyboy is a real 'pearl' of a spot. Pun absolutely intended. more

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KFC has launched a slab of Popcorn Chicken-filled dinner rolls
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KFC has launched a slab of Popcorn Chicken-filled dinner rolls

Whenever we drive by our local KFC, the enticing scent of fried chicken beckons to us like a siren call to lonesome sailors. We just simply can't resist it. Well, fellow fried-chicken lovers, we urge you to follow your nose (and your heart) to your local KFC, as the fast-food makers have created a mouth-watering new menu item – The Popcorn Chicken Slab. Made up of six fresh dinner rolls filled with an irresistible layer of Popcorn Chicken, this masterpiece must be seen – or rather, eaten – to be believed. more

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Late-night noods – Ramen Danbo expands to Brisbane City
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Late-night noods – Ramen Danbo expands to Brisbane City

When we say you can have too much of a good thing, we don't mean ramen. As far as we're concerned, we could bathe in broth and accoutre ourselves exclusively in noodles. If you share our unconventional tastes, and you happen to live in or conveniently close to the Brisbane CBD, then you'll undoubtedly be as ecstatic as us to know that Ramen Danbo has expanded to the inner city. The ramen concept's newest locale is open seven days a week until 10:00 pm, serving piping-hot bowls of its signature tonkotsu as well as some tasty new menu items. more

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Boom! Shake the room – an inner-city bar transforms into a moody underground izakaya
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Boom! Shake the room – an inner-city bar transforms into a moody underground izakaya

As many hospitality operators adapt to the demands of pandemic life, many restaurants, bars and cafes are evolving to meet the new normal. Fortunately for us foodies, many of these moves have produced incredibly tasty results. The venue formerly known as The Boom Boom Room has been given a new direction and a (slightly) different name. Introducing Boom Boom Room Izakaya – a concept blending Japanese-inspired morsels and cocktails with a luxurious jazz-bar aesthetic. more

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Sneak peek – have a look at the gooey goodness at Mac From Way Back's Woolloongabba home
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Sneak peek – have a look at the gooey goodness at Mac From Way Back’s Woolloongabba home

For many hungry festival goers and ravenous street-food seekers, the sight of Mac From Way Back's vibrant yellow food truck was enough to induce rapturous joy. The wagon built a huge following thanks primarily to its menu of creamy mac'n'cheese and juicy smash burgers, but now Mac From Way Back is shifting gears, or rather, coming to a stop. In the coming weeks Mac From Way Back will open a bricks-and-mortar eatery in the heart of Woolloongabba – creating a dedicated home for baked mac, cheesy burgs, loaded fries, mind-boggling desserts and ice-cold beers. We've got a look at the goods ahead of the official opening but be careful, because this feast is not for the faint of heart or full of stomach. more

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Bites, beers and beats – Bao Bar unveils its slick South Brisbane home
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Bites, beers and beats – Bao Bar unveils its slick South Brisbane home

If the recent coronavirus-related lockdowns were good for anything, it was for innovation – especially in our hospitality scene. Among the pandemic-inspired experiments to emerge from the first half of the year, Bao Bar's pop-up concept was far and away one of the most popular. When dine-in restrictions eased, the brains behind the idea figured continuing Bao Bar with its own standalone location was a no-brainer. This Sunday September 13, Bao Bar will unveil its new bricks-and-mortar joint in South Brisbane – showcasing a beefed-up selection of fusion-inspired baos plus ice-cold beers to wash down the goodness. more

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Drop anchor at The Prawnster – Kangaroo Point's new floating seafood restaurant
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Drop anchor at The Prawnster – Kangaroo Point’s new floating seafood restaurant

We might be biased, but we reckon Queensland is home to some of the country's best seafood. Don't believe us? Take a trip along the coastline and you'll see firsthand how bountiful our shores are. Thankfully you don't need to go far to get a taste of our tip-top tidal treats – just head to the marina at Kangaroo Point and board The Prawnster, the new floating restaurant specialising in fresh, unadulterated prawns, bugs and oysters. more

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Lunch is sorted – where to find delicious dining deals around Brisbane City

On a budget this week? Trying not to splurge out on your lunch break? If money is too tight to mention, fret not – these Brisbane City restaurants, cafes and retailers have got your back so you can score a little lunchtime bonus. Whether you're in need of a coffee to keep you conscious, a feast that'll fill your belly or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Brisbane City has plenty of stellar deals and cheap eats offers that will save you a pretty penny. more

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Seafood spot Piranha Fish Caf drops anchor at New Farm's Merthyr Village
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Seafood spot Piranha Fish Caf drops anchor at New Farm’s Merthyr Village

To us, there's nothing like the feeling of unwrapping a paper-wrapped parcel of grilled or battered fish and crispy golden chips. In fact, if we had our say, we'd place a top-quality fish and chip joint in every suburb. Anyone that shares even a small modicum of the same fondness for fish will be excited to hear that a new seafood joint opened at Merthyr Village last week. Piranha Fish Caf is the brainchild of two hospitality veterans eager to deliver a quintessential fish-and-chip experience, but with some elevated aspects to help set it apart from the traditional mould. more

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Bald Hills icon Bonny View Hotel gets a spiffy makeover
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Bald Hills icon Bonny View Hotel gets a spiffy makeover

On Thursday August 20, the beloved northside pub and bistro formerly known as the Bonny View Tavern reopened with a new look, new menu and new name. Now known as the Bonny View Hotel, the establishment has been treated to a luxurious makeover to the tune of $1.3 million, which has significantly spruced up the 85-year-old locale with some improved amenities that'll impress, and some new culinary tempters that'll get folks drooling. more