Bars
Old meets new at Brisbane City's subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour
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Old meets new at Brisbane City’s subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour

The Rowes Arcade building on Edward Street boasts a strong hospitality lineage stretching back to the early 1900s. From the landmark 380-seater Rowe's Cafe (named after hospitality icon Minna Rowe), all the way through to the days of Rosie's Nightclub and Sonny's House of Blues, the heritage-listed building has housed its fare share of daytime and late-night destinations. The latest in this long line of hotspots – Miss Demeanour – is dipping into this heritage, paying homage to what's come before while still firmly looking toward the future with an all-day (and night) offering that boasts a welcoming and cheeky appeal. more

Bars
Salsa in the suburbs – Comuna Cantina sashays into Everton Plaza
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Salsa in the suburbs – Comuna Cantina sashays into Everton Plaza

Mouth-watering food, sip-worthy cocktails, lively music and engaging company – is there a better recipe for a good time? According to the team Comuna Cantina, that's just about the pinnacle of happiness. The South American-inspired bar and eatery is all about positive vibes and living life to the fullest – the kind of attitude and energy that is infectious in the best way. Comuna Cantina is bringing its brand of buzzing hospitality to Brisbane's northern suburbs, opening a brand-new location at Everton Plaza tomorrow, Thursday September 19. With a menu of eye-popping Latin American street eats, colourful cocktails and a spacious venue to match, good times will be inevitable. more

Bars
The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead
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The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead

Imagine this – you're sitting in the heart of a lavishly appointed French court, sipping top-shelf champagne in the shade of an olive tree, with snacks at your elbow and your every want and need taken care of by attentive wait staff. Usually you'd need to hop on a plane and spend a chunky sum to enjoy an experience like this, but a new venue in Newstead might just be the next best option. The Matriarch is a stately warehouse hub of European-inspired hospitality, catering to brunch lovers, bubbly sippers, high-tea hunters and tapas enthusiasts. more

Bars
Picture-perfect pop-up bar Fredericks opens at West Village
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Picture-perfect pop-up bar Fredericks opens at West Village

As West Village inches closer to the start of its next stage of construction, the flourishing hub is giving locals a taste of what to expect from the precinct in 2020 and beyond. A crew of Brisbane hospitality superstars has teamed up with a pair of notable film designers to create Fredericks, a colourful pop-up bar specialising in choice bites, crafted cocktails and on-point summery vibes. more

Restaurants
Na Bangkok brings Thai street food to FudoDori
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Na Bangkok brings Thai street food to FudoDori

Darase Kraykaew has been keeping folks fed and watered with her beloved Thai restaurant At Bangkok since 2007. The popular restaurant – located in the heart of Chinatown in Haymarket – is know for being open until 5:00 am, ensuring guests can get a fix of Thai street food in the wee hours of the morning. In fantastic news for fans of authentic Thai fare, Darase is bringing her culinary concept north, opening sibling restaurant Na Bangkok at Elizabeth Street precinct FudoDori today, Friday September 13. Na Bangkok's menu of inspired eats will not only tantalise tastebuds, but will educate diners on the origins of some of Thailand's most popular dishes. more

Casual Dining
Burgers for ballers – larger-than-life burger joint Milky Lane arrives in Newstead
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Burgers for ballers – larger-than-life burger joint Milky Lane arrives in Newstead

The hip-hop hits are pumping, the patties are sizzling and the drinks are on ice – Milky Lane is here! After several months of waiting, the next-level burger concept is set to open at Gasworks Plaza tomorrow, Wednesday September 11. Having already dominated tastebuds across Sydney and Surfers Paradise, Milky Lane is all geared up to blow diners away with a mammoth menu of hip-hop inspired handfuls, salivation-worthy snacks, decadent desserts and wickedly inventive cocktails. more

Events
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

Bars
Netherworld | Brisbane's ten best bars
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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best bars as voted by you

Brisbane’s bar culture is booming, meaning we are never short of spots to get a cheeky knock-off cocktail or blow the froth off a few cold ones on a weekend. We’re not just lucky in the quantity stakes, we’ve also been blessed with a quality collection of watering holes. This year’s EAT/drink Awards asked readers to tell us which bars they thought deserved the honour of being named Brisbane’s best, and we’ve got to hand it to you – you’ve all got great taste. Although the title of Brisbane’s best bar was hotly contested, we’ve managed to narrow it down to a top ten list – with a little help from you all, of course. more


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Proof BBQ & Booze | Brisbane's best American barbecue
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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

Events
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

Casual Dining
No yolkin' matter – Gasworks Plaza welcomes high-end brekkie-roll dispensary Yolk
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No yolkin’ matter – Gasworks Plaza welcomes high-end brekkie-roll dispensary Yolk

The age-old question "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" has plagued philosophers and scientists for centuries, but this day and age, perhaps the better question is, "Which one tastes better?" Yianni Passaris of Morning After fame is giving Newstead locals the chance to ponder that head scratcher with his new breakfast roll concept Yolk. Stripping back the breakfast ritual to its bare essentials, Yolk is a minimally chic spot specialising in an elevated take on chicken tenders and the classic bacon-and-egg roll. While Yolk doesn't give us a definitive answer on the chicken and egg problem, it does solve the issue of our hunger. Yolk officially opens this Friday September 6 and it offers one cluckin' good feed – there's no question about it. more

Restaurants
Cocktails, ceviche and coastal vibes – Baja brings modern Mexican to The Valley
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Cocktails, ceviche and coastal vibes – Baja brings modern Mexican to The Valley

From Tijuana to Los Cabos, the Mexican state of Baja California is regarded as a bucket-list destination for lovers of surf, sun, sea breezes and scintillating fare. Daniel Quinn – the mastermind behind popular Fortitude Valley caffeine and bagel joint Milk Box Coffee & Tuckshop – is bringing this playful side of Mexico to Brisbane with his new concept Baja. The chic eatery is looking to deliver a take on the cuisine relatively unseen in Brisbane, with a menu of fresh and light morsels wrought from Australian ingredients executed by a skilled team of renowned culinary wunderkinds. more

Bars
Caneca Espresso & Bar heats up New Farm's all-day dining scene
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Caneca Espresso & Bar heats up New Farm’s all-day dining scene

The recent closure of sun-soaked cafe The Brunswick Project left New Farm's brunch scene reeling, but no sooner had the doors closed than hoarding appeared promising a brand-new concept to fill the coffee and poached egg-shaped void. Caneca Espresso & Bar is the name of this South American-inspired newcomer – a multi-faceted eatery that is delivering breakfast and lunch during the day, and tapas, wines and cocktails in the evening. more

Restaurants
The round-up: where to light up the night for Sunsuper Riverfire 2019
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The round-up: where to light up the night for Sunsuper Riverfire 2019

Let's set the scene – a cloudless night, a cool breeze, a glass of something sparkling in one hand and an entire skyline illuminated by the snap, pop and fizz of fireworks. If this mental image was enough to give you goosebumps, then we'd hazard a guess that Riverfire is one of your favourite nights of the year. If that's the case, then you'd probably know that Riverfire is back for 2019, ending September once more with an incredible display of city-spanning pyrotechnics. A plethora of Brisbane venues are hosting Riverfire parties all over town, so if you are keen to secure a spot ahead of time to catch the action, have a gander at this list and decide where you'll be on Saturday September 28. more

Events
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

Treats
Crepe expectations – Amai Kawaii delivers Japanese desserts to FudoDori
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Crepe expectations – Amai Kawaii delivers Japanese desserts to FudoDori

If you've made the pilgrimage to Tokyo's cutting-edge cultural hub of Harajuku, you already know that the area is the birthplace of many fashion-forward and food-based crazes. One in particular has endured for decades – the Japanese crepe. The dessert has since spread across far and wide with creperies popping up all over the country and abroad, yet Harajuku remains the epicentre of Japan's crepe obsession. Elizabeth Street's pan-Asian food hub FudoDori quietly welcomed a Harajuku-inspired crepe dispensary of its own last week, with Amai Kawaii satiating sweet and savoury cravings from the heart of this blossoming mini-precinct. more

Food News
Where to eat and drink during Brisbane Writers Festival
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Where to eat and drink during Brisbane Writers Festival

Ask any writer and they'll tell you that hunger is a term that can mean so much more than a simple desire for food. For example, folks can voraciously devour information, seek sustenance from books and wolf down wordplay like there's no tomorrow. But at the end of the day, all that mental mastication is going to require some genuine food, not just food for thought. The Brisbane Writers Festival is in town from September 5–8, taking over the State Library of Queensland and QAGOMA for three days of enlightening discussion. Between sessions of witty repartee and impassioned conversation, guests will need to top up their energy levels. We've assembled a hit-list of cafes, bars and restaurants perfect for refuelling and digesting the day's events. more