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Gather your girls for gin tasting and pampering at Brooklyn Beauty Bar
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Gather your girls for gin tasting and pampering at Brooklyn Beauty Bar

If you've ever found the experience of getting the girls (and guys!) together for a little pre-party pamper is actually more fun than the festivities themselves, Brooklyn Beauty Bar's brand new party menu is right up your alley. It brings together all the best parts of getting ready, except with professional beauty treatments and gin – because everything is better with gin. more

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High tea gets elevated – Perrier-Jouët launches its Art of the Wild event series
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High tea gets elevated – Perrier-Jouët launches its Art of the Wild event series

One of France's famed boutique champagne houses is kicking off a month-long multi-sensory art and culinary series this week when it takes over part of the Emporium Hotel in South Bank. The Art of the Wild champagne garden pop-up program is flush with artisanal experiences, establishing The Terrace's VIP dining room as the place to be for gourmet high teas, dessert tastings, painting masterclasses and champagne sampling. more

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Good food for a good cause – Mongrel's new initiative supports asylum seekers
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Good food for a good cause – Mongrel’s new initiative supports asylum seekers

Not only is the crew at Milton's craft beer and Peruvian-eats focused bar Mongrel known for hawking some damn tasty eats and drinks, they've also got hearts of gold. Last week the team launched the Mongrel Good Food Project, an initiative that aims to equip asylum seekers with skills in hospitality to improve job prospects and ease social isolation. The project is culminating in a special one-off dinner on Monday September 23, where these hard-working individuals will put their new skills on display. more

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Louis Tikaram gives Brisbane a glimpse of Stanley's Cantonese cuisine
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Louis Tikaram gives Brisbane a glimpse of Stanley’s Cantonese cuisine

A wave of excitement rippled through Brisbane's dining scene last month when it was announced that heralded young chef Louis Tikaram would be returning to Australia to helm the kitchen at Stanley, down at the Howard Smith Wharves. Louis is wasting no time in making a great first impression – the chef will be hosting a pop-up dinner on Thursday September 26, giving guests a taste of the Cantonese-inspired fare he'll be whipping up come Stanley's opening in October. more

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Bring out the florals and polish the champagne flutes – a new pop-up arrives for spring
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Bring out the florals and polish the champagne flutes – a new pop-up arrives for spring

There are a few key fundaments to celebrating the end of winter and start of spring. Outdoor activities, getting back to the beach, afternoon picnics – we immediately conquer most of these essentials once the warmer-weathered months return to the city. We also tend to find ourselves a little more inclined to a couple of social drinks (can you blame us?). You probably already have a faithful list of outdoor bars ready to revisit this spring, but there should always be room to try something new, and we know just the thing! more


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The round-up: rock out at Brisbane's best live-music venues
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The round-up: rock out at Brisbane’s best live-music venues

Brisbane’s always had a strong musical heritage, dating back to the days of The Saints and The Go-Betweens, through to the heyday of Powderfinger, Savage Garden, George, The Grates and the current crop of stars such as Violent Soho, The Jungle Giants, Mallrat and Cub Sport Brisbane’s live music scene is a melting pot of styles, with numerous venues dotted around the city hosting gigs on just about any given night. Our music scene is as healthy as ever, and if you’re keen to step out for a bit of rock‘n’roll, punk, jazz, blues or whatever catches your ear, have a look over this handy list of Brisbane’s best live-music venues and get amongst it. more

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The round-up: Brisbane’s best multi-purpose event spaces
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best multi-purpose event spaces

Whether you’re walking down the aisle, celebrating a milestone birthday or another massive life moment, you don’t want the memory tarnished by the fact your location didn’t match your dream. Brisbane is flush with top-notch function and event spaces, all of which are perfectly suited to housing just about any function you can envision. We’re not talking about the back room at your local pub here, we’re listing Brisbane’s biggest multi-purpose event venues. If you’ve got a big occasion on the horizon, check out this list and see if it’s got what you need. more

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Ahh … Greek out! The foodie’s guide to Paniyiri Greek Festival
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Ahh … Greek out! The foodie’s guide to Paniyiri Greek Festival

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of plates smashing, hands clapping, tender morsels sizzling and grapes being stomped on – yep, Paniriyi Greek Festival is back! As much as we appreciate the cultural aspects of this hotly anticipated yearly event, we would be lying if we said we haven’t been dreaming of all of the delicious Greek eats we will soon be scoffing. Oh, how we’ve missed our dear honey puffs and haloumi! While the classics are popular for a reason, real gourmands know that there is a whole other world of authentic culinary eats at Paniyiri that are well worth your attention. Keen to try something new? Take our foodie’s guide to Paniyiri for a spin (and BYO stretchy pants). more

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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas
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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas

If we’re being honest, every day deserves to be Mother’s Day. Why? Well, you never really get a day off from being a mum – it’s a 24/7 gig. That being said, Mother’s Day is still a great opportunity to tell your mother how much she means to you. Of course, every mum is different and we can’t tell you what would be the most appropriate gift to give her this year (naturally, you’ve already given her your unending love). We can help make the choice easier, though! This year we’ve put together a nifty gift guide for different kinds of mums – from the mothers that enjoy the finer things in life, to those that rarely slow down. This one goes out to all the mothers, young and old. We wouldn’t be here without you! more

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Pizza, pasta and pink drinks combine to raise money for vulnerable Australian women
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Pizza, pasta and pink drinks combine to raise money for vulnerable Australian women

If you can come up with a more delicious union than carbs and cocktails, we’d love to hear it. What if we told you that there was a way that you could help out people in need by indulging in these two culinary passions? The legends at Vapiano have decided to team up with beloved charity Share the Dignity to raise some much-needed funds to support Australian women stricken by homelessness, poverty and domestic violence – and all you have to do to help is Drink Pink. more

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Winner winner – sample Chokh Di’s Thai-style charcoal-roasted chicken
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Winner winner – sample Chokh Di’s Thai-style charcoal-roasted chicken

It’s a tale as old as time – a traveller in a foreign country has a whirlwind encounter with someone that would change their life forever. In Dan Finn’s case, his encounter wasn’t necessarily a romantic one, unless you count falling head over heels for Thai cuisine a love story (we do). While exploring northern Thailand Dan encountered a chap in Chiang Rai dubbed the ‘Chicken Guy’ – a local vendor of succulent charcoal-roasted chicken whose simple fare enamoured Dan’s tastebuds. Now, Dan is bringing a piece of the Chicken Guy’s fare to Brisbane, cooking up his own interpretation of northern Thai street food at a series of pop-up events. more

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Riverbar and Kitchen makes Sunday sundowners a cinch
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Riverbar and Kitchen makes Sunday sundowners a cinch

Although we’re technically nearing the end of summer, it’s ludicrous to expect the temperature to drop off dramatically any time soon. The mercury will still be high throughout March, which is good news for lovers of laid-back Sunday sessions. Riverbar and Kitchen is set to kick off its Corona Sunset Sessions series this Sunday February 24, with plenty of crisp beers to sip and tasty tacos to chow down on. more

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Get a taste of the latest culinary trends at Aria’s Trial Fridays
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Get a taste of the latest culinary trends at Aria’s Trial Fridays

Although we might not see it, the fare we devour at our favourite restaurants is the end result of a process of creative experimentation and tinkering. Restaurants are constantly keeping an eye on what’s happening across Australia’s food scene, and the maestros at Eagle Street’s Aria are no exception. The acclaimed restaurant has announced the return of its Trial Fridays – a chance for diners to sample new food and wine trends before they infiltrate Aria's new seasonal menu. more