Bars
Uh Oh Spaghettio brings late-night pasta and party vibes to Bakery Lane
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Uh Oh Spaghettio brings late-night pasta and party vibes to Bakery Lane

No shade to the 1:00 am burger, pizza slice or kebab (you've saved our butts many a time), but sometimes we wish we had a bit more of a culinary selection to choose from when it comes to our post-party feed. Arriving on Friday September 25, Uh Oh Spaghettio is a neon-lit late-night pasta parlour that's committed to keeping our stomachs lined all night long, serving up cacio e pepe, Peroni-infused mac'n'cheese, bolognese-topped chips, new-wave wines and signature cocktails until the wee hours. more

Cafes
Get a boost from Fortitude Valley's colourful coffee pit stop UltraViolet
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Get a boost from Fortitude Valley’s colourful coffee pit stop UltraViolet

The Spring Hill-end of Brunswick Street has long been a neglected part of the busy promenade, a peculiarly quiet zone despite sitting just a few hundred metres away from the entertainment precinct. Committed to bolstering the area's fun quota is UltraViolet Coffee – an eye-catching hole-in-the-wall dispensary that's injecting some colour into Fortitude Valley's fringe. more

Food News
The round-up: your guide to hard seltzers – the unofficial drink of summer
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The round-up: your guide to hard seltzers – the unofficial drink of summer

So, let's talk about seltzers. In particular, hard seltzers. It's pretty much being dubbed the unofficial drink of summer, but what the heck is a seltzer? It's pretty simple. It's boozy, fizzy water and it's starting to dominate the normally sugar-heavy and calorie-laden RTD market. Seltzers have been big business in America for a while, and it's now making waves in Australia, with a bunch of breweries and booze makers (from the big players to the local outfits) jumping on board to create their version of the carbonated sort-of-healthy sip. Traditionally, seltzers are 'brewed', kind of like beer, with fermented grain or rice creating the booziness – or there are some brands simply adding alcohol to fizzy water. Either way, these gluten-free, low-calorie, not-too-sweet sips are gathering steam, and it looks like they are here to stay. To help you navigate, we've popped together… more

Food News
Ginger’s Kitchen is the cookie subscription service set to bring fresh-baked perfection to your door
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Ginger’s Kitchen is the cookie subscription service set to bring fresh-baked perfection to your door

No matter what genre of treats your particular sweet tooth craves, it is a universally acknowledged truth that freshly baked cookies are amongst the God tier. An oozing chocolate chip (or perfectly plump raisin if you swing that way), chewy middle and slightly crisp outside are all of the elements required for total mouth bliss. If you’re a total sucker for the dopamine hit that can only come from a perfectly crafted disc of doughy goodness, we’re going to let you in on a secret – there’s a Brisbane-based cookie subscription that will soon be sending monthly parcels of baked goods direct to your destination. more

Bars
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

Casual Dining
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

Bakeries
Beloved French-style bakery Chouquette arrives in Graceville
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Beloved French-style bakery Chouquette arrives in Graceville

Few things tickle a carb-lover's fancy like pulling apart a buttery, flaky croissant. You don't have to be a pastry aficionado to appreciate a good one, and it's easy to tell when you've got a croissant that's sublime or sub-par. If we took a survey of Brisbane's best croissants, we're certain many of you would pinpoint Chouquette as a sure-fire winner and it's easy to see why. The popular boulangerie and patisserie has long been a go-to for traditional French pastries, authentic baguettes and eye-catching cakes – now residents of Brisbane's west can get their fix quicker with Chouquette's brand-new shop in Graceville. Here is the need-to-know info on this big-ticket arrival ... more

Cafes
Say good morning to Stones Corner's charming newcomer Buenos Dias Con Cafe
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Say good morning to Stones Corner’s charming newcomer Buenos Dias Con Cafe

Starting the day on a positive note is important, even if it's something simple like getting a good breakfast or making the train with time to spare. A good cup of coffee also does wonders for our morning mood, especially if it's accompanied by a smile. Buenos Dias Con Cafe is the kind of coffee spot where smiles come free with every cup. This genial nook has cultivated a huge outpouring of community love – and it’s only been open three weeks. Read on to see why folks are making a visit to this Stones Corner cafe a morning priority ... more


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Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: King of the Wings to open a flagship bar and eatery in Stafford
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Pavement Whispers: King of the Wings to open a flagship bar and eatery in Stafford

King of the Wings is coming home to roost. In November, the beloved mobile fried-chicken vendor will be opening the doors on its very own flagship restaurant King of the Wings and Things – a laneway diner where guests will be able to devour the brand's award-winning wings, alongside saucy racks of ribs, juicy burgers and a secret selection of off-menu delights. Here's what we know ... more

Food News
Have a slice day – Ben & Jerry's has unleashed the customisable dessert pizza of your dreams
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Have a slice day – Ben & Jerry’s has unleashed the customisable dessert pizza of your dreams

In this, the year of Our Lord, 2020, there are no more surprises – just facts. Some of the purely insane things we have had to endure have been horrific and freakish, but there’s some kind of metaphor here about doors closing and windows opening. In any case (and biblical themes aside), sometimes the cruel world throws you a bone and gifts you with something you never knew you needed – enter Ben & Jerry’s Dough-Licious Pizza. What the heck is this? Why is this a thing? Read on for the answers you seek, young padawan. more

Bars
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

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: the Libertine crew announces plans for riverside Thai party palace Naga
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Pavement Whispers: the Libertine crew announces plans for riverside Thai party palace Naga

Eagle Street Pier is set to receive a vibrant injection of good vibes come October, when modern Thai restaurant and bar Naga opens its doors. The venue is a four-year passion project from restaurateurs Andrew and Jaimee Baturo – owners of Libertine and co-founders of The Gresham Bar, Walter’s Steakhouse and Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar – and promises great food, smashable drinks and guaranteed good times. The Weekend Edition got a sneak peek at what's to come ... more

Cafes
Introducing The Maillard Project – Coffee Anthology's spiffy caffeine-slinging sibling
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Introducing The Maillard Project – Coffee Anthology’s spiffy caffeine-slinging sibling

Brisbane City's specialty coffee scene is positively percolating right now, more so than ever thanks to the long-awaited arrival of The Maillard Project. The anticipated concept from the brains behind Coffee Anthology officially opened on Charlotte Street last week, unveiling a holistic offering that encompasses good coffee (naturally), toothsome fare and enlightening education opportunities. This isn't your run-of-the-mill decoction destination – The Maillard Project is a welcoming social hub for coffee lovers, coffee roasters and coffee brewers. more

Cafes
Cups on Wellington brings a splash of colourful (and caffeinated) charm to East Brisbane
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Cups on Wellington brings a splash of colourful (and caffeinated) charm to East Brisbane

If we had things our way, we'd place a top-notch coffee joint on every street corner. Much to every city planner's relief, we're not in charge – but Brisbane's coffee scene is growing at such a rate that we're almost convinced we're manifesting new caffeine dispensaries in every direction. Cups on Wellington is East Brisbane's newest brew spot – a charming pitstop that not only ticks all of the boxes when it comes to specialty coffee, but also delivers the goods with its mouth-watering eats. more

Bars
Get a look inside Newstead's Commercial Road Public Bar ahead of its forthcoming opening
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Get a look inside Newstead’s Commercial Road Public Bar ahead of its forthcoming opening

Peter Gabriel's 1986 smash-hit single 'Sledgehammer' is a quintessential example of the quirky, maximalist fun that was commonplace in the late 1980s. More than 30 years on from its release, the song's influence is still manifesting in unexpected ways. Commercial Road Public Bar is a soon-to-open drinkery shaped and inspired by the bold aesthetic of the decade's music, art and fashion scenes – think New York Fashion Week circa 1989, SMPTE colour bars and tasteful splashes on neon. Combine that with a contemporaneous selection of natural wines and a menu of Italian-inspired bar food and you've got a singularly stylish spot for serendipitous sipping. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek inside CRPB ahead of its official opening on Wednesday September 9 – here's what you can expect ... more

Food News
Fonzie Abbott set to release a guava and mango-flavoured sour beer so that's our summer sips sorted
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Fonzie Abbott set to release a guava and mango-flavoured sour beer so that’s our summer sips sorted

After winning over the caffeine-loving populace with its brilliant brews, Fonzie Abbott turned its attention to brews of a different kind and launched into the craft-beer game in 2018. Since then, the crew have turned into a one-stop libation shop slinging Monday-morning hits of energy through to Sunday arvo sundowners but friends, there's a new beer on the horizon and we're told it's the stuff of dreams, sour dreams to be specific.  more

Cafes
Here's the tea – Botanical Lab opens its new sips and sweets cafe in West End
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Here’s the tea – Botanical Lab opens its new sips and sweets cafe in West End

One of Brisbane's most beloved tea dispensaries has evolved. After drumming up a loyal following from its cosy Bakery Lane tea house, Botanical Lab has moved across the river – reopening in a bright and airy space in the heart of West End. Not only do guests now have more room to sip on pots of aromatic oolong, comforting masala chai and sweet boba-filled bubble teas, they can dip a spoon into indulgent soft-serve parfaits or nibble on Botanical Lab's new range of tea-infused cakes and treats. more

Casual Dining
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

Restaurants
Progressive Indian fare a specialty at Albion newcomer Nutmeg
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Progressive Indian fare a specialty at Albion newcomer Nutmeg

We'll never knock a butter chicken, but when it comes to Indian cuisine we know there's so much more to explore. Nutmeg Indian Cuisine is a new restaurant opening on Sandgate Road in Albion today, Tuesday September 1, that is charting some exciting culinary territory. The brainchild of two die-hard food and wine lovers, Nutmeg will nudge the boundaries of the familiar – showcasing a variety of quintessential Indian flavours in some new and inventive ways, with a host of top-notch vino to boot. more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: get fired up for Brisbane’s best Korean BBQ
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The round-up: get fired up for Brisbane’s best Korean BBQ

When it comes to pairing salivation-worthy deliciousness with hands-on interactivity, Korean BBQ is one cuisine that marries the two perfectly. Picture this – a plate piled high with choice cuts of meat waiting to be seared to perfection on the hot grill in front of you. Throw in a veritable buffet of sides and baby, you’ve got us hooked! To us, Korean BBQ is woefully under-appreciated, which is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to spread the love and give you a rundown of the best joints to get your teeth into some Korean BBQ goodness. more