Bars
Get a sneak peek inside Butler Wine Bar, the intimate drinking spot from the Lune Croissanterie crew
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Get a sneak peek inside Butler Wine Bar, the intimate drinking spot from the Lune Croissanterie crew

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

Bars
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

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: nodo to join the West Village fold with a doughnut-slinging kiosk in Peters Lane
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Pavement Whispers: nodo to join the West Village fold with a doughnut-slinging kiosk in Peters Lane

It's a good time to be a doughnut lover in Brisbane. nodo, the bakery cafe brand specialising in gluten-free treats, is set to expand its portfolio by one with a new spot opening at West Village this August. This grab-and-go joint will be stocked to the brim with nodo's signature range of doughnuts, takeaway breakfast bites and barista-brewed coffee. Read on to find out what we know ... more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: Brisbane's best American barbecue restaurants
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best American barbecue restaurants

Apologies in advance to all plant-based eaters out there – this round-up is strictly for the carnivores. This time around, we’re checking out the finest hunks of meat available around town. No, we’re not talking about Aussie Thunder Male Revue. We’re talking about barbecue – American barbecue, to be precise. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausages – if it’s smoky, saucy and meaty, it’s exactly what we’re after. We’ve assembled a list of some of the best bricks-and-mortar barbecue locations in Brisbane. Be wary of reading while hungry – this list will get the salivation glands working overtime. more

Restaurants
Yassou! Riverside Greek favourite OPA Bar + Mezze has reopened – and now it's serving brunch!
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Yassou! Riverside Greek favourite OPA Bar + Mezze has reopened – and now it’s serving brunch!

Brisbane City's riverside precinct was hit hard by recent floods, but now that the water has receded, there's life along the banks once more. Popular Greek eatery OPA Bar + Mezze celebrated its anticipated reopening last week, with inner-city dwellers turning out in droves to celebrate the Santorini-inspired locale's reinvigorated menu. Here's what's on offer ... more

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The Dish: Brisbane food news you might have missed this week
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The Dish: Brisbane food news you might have missed this week

There's a lot happening in Brisbane these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of Brisbane food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your tastebuds. This week we’ve got word of a month of free croissants, Granddad Jack's first birthday and a farewell party for Wandering Cooks! more

Bars
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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From afternoon delights to lobster-filled buffets – The Langham, Gold Coast unveils its eagerly anticipated new restaurants
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From afternoon delights to lobster-filled buffets – The Langham, Gold Coast unveils its eagerly anticipated new restaurants

Last week, in what could only be described as a defining moment in the Gold Coast's story, the eagerly anticipated The Langham, Gold Coast welcomed its first guests. The lavish five-star hotel is the first development with direct beach access to be built in more than 30 years and has undoubtedly ushered in a luxurious new era of staying and playing on the Gold Coast. It goes without saying that a hotel of this calibre is bound to have some pretty impressive dining options, and friends, The Langham, Gold Coast does not disappoint. Read on for all of the delicious details … more


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Riverside spot Will & Flow has reopened for your sipping and snacking pleasure
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Riverside spot Will & Flow has reopened for your sipping and snacking pleasure

The February floods had an unimaginable impact on Brisbane, with some of the city's most beloved businesses forced to shutter and rebuild after significant damage. With the sun now shining, these adored locales can open up again – and that's exactly what dreamy waterfront venue Will & Flow will be doing this Thursday June 30. Soon you'll be able to soak up spectacular views, stellar sips and sumptuous snacks by the water. more

Bars
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

Bars
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

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: coffee icon Jamie's Espresso Bar is moving and reopening soon in new day-and-night digs off James Street
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Pavement Whispers: coffee icon Jamie’s Espresso Bar is moving and reopening soon in new day-and-night digs off James Street

Long before James Street morphed into the powerhouse promenade it is today, Jamie's Espresso was there ensuring locals had a reliable spot to get a good cup of coffee. It remained a constant even as luxury hotels, ritzy restaurants and a swathe of boutique retail outlets sprouted up around it. At the end of July Jamie's Espresso will close its postage stamp-sized dispensary in anticipation of a move. Don't worry, folks – it's not going far. Before year's end Jamie's Espresso will reopen just a coffee-bean toss from where it first made its bones more than 20 years ago. Here's what you can expect ... more

Bars
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

Cafes
Bubble tea in the ‘burbs – the King of the Wings crew has opened The Royal Tea in Stafford
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Bubble tea in the ‘burbs – the King of the Wings crew has opened The Royal Tea in Stafford

First it conquered Brisbane's street-eats scene with its roaming food trucks, then it became a Stafford institution with its own bricks-and-mortar eatery. Now, King of the Wings is making forays into the world of bubble tea with its colourful new dispensary on Stafford Road. Slinging a range of milky, fruit-filled and frappe teas (as well as some boozy bubble tea beverages for King of the Wings next door), The Royal Tea is a must-try spot for those that go bonkers for boba. more

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Boogie spots, bangin' bites and boutiques galore – our ultimate guide to Bakery Lane
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Boogie spots, bangin’ bites and boutiques galore – our ultimate guide to Bakery Lane

In the heart of Fortitude Valley lies Bakery Lane, a laneway lined with boutiques full of goodies, charming caffeine dispensaries and delicious eateries. If it has been a hot minute since you ventured down this heritage-listed hub, we've rounded up our pick of the best spots to hit up – whether you're seeking whistle-wetting libations, flavoursome fare or somewhere to have a boogie. more

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What's your flavour? Messina is bringing back 40 of its most indulgent gelato hits
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What’s your flavour? Messina is bringing back 40 of its most indulgent gelato hits

In the near two decades that Gelato Messina has been slinging scoops, more than 4000 decadent flavours have been licked by loyal customers. To celebrate this glorious achievement, the creative flavour-makers at Messina are letting us taste-test a truly mouth-watering back catalogue of its top 40 greatest hits. Best of all, you’ll be able to pre-order your favourite Messina specials from the comforts of home. more

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Fat Noodle is launching a three-month series celebrating Asian street food
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Fat Noodle is launching a three-month series celebrating Asian street food

Anyone who has travelled to Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, can attest that the street-food scene is some of the best in the world. Those wishing to experience this culinary melting pot of flavours or recreate a gastronomic journey already ventured can do so at Fat Noodle at Treasury Brisbane, which come July 1 will be hosting a three-month series celebrating Asian street food. more

Restaurants
Mina Italian brings a taste of the Mediterranean Coast to Bulimba's Oxford Street
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Mina Italian brings a taste of the Mediterranean Coast to Bulimba’s Oxford Street

With ceilings coated in pastel yellow, eye-catching terrazzo bar fronts, white marble table tops and blonde timber furnishings, Mina Italian looks like a restaurant plucked straight from the waterfront promenades of Amalfi. It's not all looks, though – this newly open eatery from the crew behind La Costa Restaurant & Bar, Cielo, Evita and Lina Rooftop backs up its alluring aesthetics with a menu of traditional and contemporary Italian eats. We're talking plates of crispy calamari fritti, delightfully jiggly globes of burrata, succulent slabs of slow-cooked porchetta and an assortment of pizzas freshly puffed in the restaurant's custom-built woodfired oven. Throw in a selection of effervescent spritzes, cocktails and wines and it's easy to imagine that you've miraculously manifested an Italian holiday. Have a gander inside ... more

Bakeries
Doughcraft – a specialist in European-style baked goods and deli items – launches at Albion's Craft'd Grounds
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Doughcraft – a specialist in European-style baked goods and deli items – launches at Albion’s Craft’d Grounds

Melted raclette poured over cold cuts and potatoes, mascarpone-filled doughnuts, take-home packs of artisanal pasta and sugo, ficelle topped with gorgonzola dolce, nduja-infused focaccia buns, and smoked Tasmanian salmon, creme fraiche, spinach and crispy capers smushed between squid ink buns. Judging by these items alone, it's easy to see that Doughcraft isn't your regular bakery. From sweet to savoury, this sustainably minded operation is offering something salivation worthy for all comers. more