Restaurants
The Venzin Group unveils its stunning Bali-inspired open-air locale Melrose in Bulimba
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The Venzin Group unveils its stunning Bali-inspired open-air locale Melrose in Bulimba

The team behind Pawpaw, Pawpaw Asian Kitchen and Darvella Patisserie is levelling up with its new Thai- and Indonesian-influenced concept Melrose. Drawing upon Bali's unbeatable beach-luxe lifestyle, the Venzin Group's crown jewel boasts a seductive atmosphere, cocktails that transport tastebuds to the sandy shores of Seminyak and a menu of eats (created by Longrain's former head chef) that encompasses grilled skewers, mouth-watering curries and everything in between. Bulimba's new game-changing venue opens on Wednesday May 12, but we're able to give you a cheeky preview peek. Read on for the goods ... more

Bars
The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend
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The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend

Southeast Queensland wines are having a moment right now, with the Granite Belt in particular vying for a place among Australia's wine-growing pantheon alongside the likes of the Margaret River, Adelaide Hills and the Hunter Valley. One homegrown operation leading the charge for recognition is Balancing Heart Winery, a picturesque estate near Girraween that is peddling primo handcrafted and textural vino crafted from grapes grown in the rich soil of the Granite Belt. Before it seeks to build its name nationally, the winery is looking to first win hearts closer to home with its new cafe-meets-cellar-door Balance & Blend, which opened in Coorparoo last week. more

Bars
Make yourself at home at new Bowen Hills watering hole Half Pint Kitchen + Bar
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Make yourself at home at new Bowen Hills watering hole Half Pint Kitchen + Bar

If there's one thing the Cheers theme song taught us about hospitality, it's that we do want a place (this place being a local bar) where everybody knows our name. Newly open Half Pint Kitchen + Bar in Bowen Hills operates on this warm and approachable mantra, and has created an atmosphere that's almost an extension of one's living room – just with the added benefit of craft beer on tap, juicy burgers cooking on the grill and more board games than you could reasonably keep in the back of your own linen cupboard. more

Casual Dining
Rug up for the return of Veuve Clicquot's winter pop-up at Customs House
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Rug up for the return of Veuve Clicquot’s winter pop-up at Customs House

As we approach the middle of the year, we get ever so close to those precious months where wearing our thicker coats is not seen as obscene. Winter is nearly here, and with it comes the return of Customs House's annual mid-year pop-up. As always, the riverside venue has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot to create a luxe cold-weather wonderland complete with belly-warming eats, cosy igloos and endless glasses of effervescent champagne. more

Treats
Brewbakers | Brisbane's best doughnuts
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The round-up: where to wolf down Brisbane’s best doughnuts

Whether it’s a fancy sugar-dusted, lime-curd-filled modern number, or a hot cinnamon ring, a dose of doughnuts does not go astray at any time of the day. We’ve rounded up a bunch of local cafes, bakeries and market stalls pumping out these popular moreish numbers across Brisbane – the only choice to make is if you're ordering one, six or a dozen! more

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Get a glimpse inside HOTA Gallery's Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar ahead of this weekend's opening
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Get a glimpse inside HOTA Gallery’s Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar ahead of this weekend’s opening

Last weekend, the Gold Coast's art community gathered to witness the official unveiling of the awe-inspiring $60.5-million HOTA Gallery. This weekend, the exciting (and delicious) next chapter comes to fruition with the opening of the Gallery's eagerly anticipated fine dining restaurant, Palette, and sophisticated new rooftop space, The Exhibitionist Bar. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse prior to opening, here's what you can expect ... more

Food News
Wine ice-cream and ghost-pepper hot sauce – five must-try eats from Regionals Flavours' Grazed and Grown event
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Wine ice-cream and ghost-pepper hot sauce – five must-try eats from Regionals Flavours’ Grazed and Grown event

Unless you've been living under a rock (or ignoring our emails and if so, why?), then you're very familiar with the news that beloved food and wine festival Regional Flavours will soon return to South Bank Parklands. The foodie festivities will kick off with tastebud-tempting event Grazed and Grown, which will be filling bellies from June 18–20. So you know what to snack and sip on, we've rounded up five flavourful picks that you can road test at Grazed and Grown. more


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Partners in wine – Snoop Dogg's collab with 19 Crimes has finally dropped
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Partners in wine – Snoop Dogg’s collab with 19 Crimes has finally dropped

You know him as a famed West Coast rapper, 420 enthusiast and Martha Stewart’s bestie, but it seems Snoop Dogg is swapping out gin and juice for grape juice these days. The hip-hop doggfather has collaborated with Aussie wine brand 19 Crimes to launch his own vino – aptly named Snoop Cali Red. Yes, you read that right. You can finally wrap your mitts around a bottle of wine from none other than S-N double O-P, D-O double G. more

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Hankering for hawker food – where to find the best Asian street eats in Queen Street Mall
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Hankering for hawker food – where to find the best Asian street eats in Queen Street Mall

Picture this – you're strolling through The City with shopping bags in tow when you suddenly feel a hunger pang. Thankfully for you and your empty belly, you're standing in the middle of a quadrangle with delicious Asian street-food offerings on all sides – all you have to do is make the difficult decision on what to fill your growling goblet with. Whether you're desperate for dumplings or craving a curry, we've put together some of the top places you can snag delicious Asian street eats in Queen Street Mall. more

Bars
Get a look at City Winery's new Eagle Street cellar door and bar
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Get a look at City Winery’s new Eagle Street cellar door and bar

It's an exciting time for denizens of Eagle Street. The iconic riverside hub has welcomed its fair share of new faces recently, but its most recent arrival might tickle the sensibilities of oenophiles more than the others. Lauded Fortitude Valley-based micro-winery City Winery has expanded to Eagle Street Pier, with a brand-new cellar door, wine bar and bistro set to open at the strip on Friday May 7. If you've made plans to be elsewhere this Friday, scrap them – we've got an inkling this will soon become your go-to sundowner spot. more

Casual Dining
Say yassou to Santorini Restaurant Grill Bar, Newstead's home of Greek eats
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Say yassou to Santorini Restaurant Grill Bar, Newstead’s home of Greek eats

The salutary sunsets of Santorini are famed and fabled the world over – and for good reason! The landscape alone makes Santorini worth a visit, but the island's culinary offering is what will likely make it the first port-of-call when we're finally allowed to venture beyond our own borders. Until that time, the team at newly open Santorini Restaurant Grill Bar in Newstead is here to help locals sharpen their knowledge of the essentials. If you're keen to get familiar with the likes horiatiki, gemista and kleftiko, pencil in a visit to Santorini on Kyabara Street. more

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The Ghanem Group's sky-high Mediterranean-inspired rooftop bar Iris opens tonight
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The Ghanem Group’s sky-high Mediterranean-inspired rooftop bar Iris opens tonight

We've heard all about stairways to heaven, but spare a moment for elevators – they'll get you there quicker! If your idea of heaven is colourful cocktails, Mediterranean-inspired eats and some killer views of Brisbane City and beyond, then jump in the elevator at Hotel X and hit the button for its rooftop bar and restaurant Iris. The Ghanem Group's second dining destination at Hotel X officially opens to the public tonight, Wednesday May 5, traversing the tastes of the Mediterranean coast and pairing a vibrant summery essence with some near-unbeatable views. Read on for a look inside ... more

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: beloved New Farm cafe Joedy's expands with new Fortitude Valley locale
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Pavement Whispers: beloved New Farm cafe Joedy’s expands with new Fortitude Valley locale

Despite opening right at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, park-side eatery Joedy's Cafe became one of the biggest success stories of 2020. Now, the crew behind this winsome New Farm wonder is gearing up to expand, revealing details of its forthcoming sibling site Joedy's by Eminence – a crisp nosh spot specialising in all-day brunch, specialty coffee and private events. Here's what we know ... more

Treats
Take your sweet tooth down memory lane with Arty's artisanal treats
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Take your sweet tooth down memory lane with Arty’s artisanal treats

While we're extremely partial to a freshly opened pack of Oreos, a cheeky handful of Maltesers or, in a pinch, some fruit-and-nut chocolate, we often find ourselves pining for the sweets of our youth. We're talking pillowy soft marshmallows, decadent chocolate fudge and moreish blocks of tablet. Our sweet tooth must have been broadcasting our cravings to the universe, because some like-minded chefs have taken their own nostalgia for classic sweets and used it to power Arty's – a new mouth-watering confection concept that's officially launching on Saturday May 8. more

Best of Brisbane
Greca | Brisbane's best Greek restaurants
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants

Opa! Greek food is – without a doubt – one of the most inventive and flavoursome cuisines in the world. Succulent souvlakis, delicious dolmades, crispy calamari, helpings of haloumi – these are some all-time favourites, but they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Greek feasts. Brisbane boasts a mighty fine selection of Greek restaurants to choose from, so we figured we’d save you the hassle of looking and list our picks right here, right now. more

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Schnitzel festivals, glam staycations and tantalising Thai feasts – how to max out relaxing riverside vibes at Eagle Street Pier
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Schnitzel festivals, glam staycations and tantalising Thai feasts – how to max out relaxing riverside vibes at Eagle Street Pier

The mercury is dropping, the sunsets are breathtaking and there's plenty happening – autumn has well and truly arrived in The City. If you're keen to spend the season sipping, snacking and relaxing by the riverside, then waterfront dining destination Eagle Street Pier has oodles on for you to enjoy. Think transportive Thai dinners, salivation-inducing schnitzel fiestas and a new drinking destination that's just waiting to be ticked off your bucket list. more