Bars
Game, Aussie whisky and classic pub vibes – take a peek inside the new-look Alliance Hotel
Food & Drink

Game, Aussie whisky and classic pub vibes – take a peek inside the new-look Alliance Hotel

Earlier this year, we revealed that the team behind top-tier inner-city drink spots Frog's Hollow Saloon and Alice had taken over custodianship of The Alliance Hotel in Spring Hill. Well, after a few months of hard work, the team is now ready to show off a suite of exciting new elements, including a spruced-up bistro serving salivation-worthy game meat, a classically charming front bar, four versatile function spaces and a list of Australian whiskies touted as the biggest collection in the country. Take a peek inside ... more

Bars
End of an era – Caxton Street craft-beer pioneer Brewski is set to close
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End of an era – Caxton Street craft-beer pioneer Brewski is set to close

In bad news for beer lovers, long-running Petrie Terrace boozer Brewski has announced its imminent closure. The Caxton Street staple, which has been slinging suds since 2013, is set to shut in August alongside its bottle shop offshoot My Beer Dealer. Though heavy news for Brisbane's hop-loving populace, there's hope that this isn't the last we'll see of the Brewski crew. We caught up with the brains behind the operation to chat about Brewski's legacy, its closing festivities and potential existence beyond Caxton Street. more

Restaurants
The Independent, Brisbane Airport's new elevated eatery and bar, launches with an offering shaped by Luke Mangan
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The Independent, Brisbane Airport’s new elevated eatery and bar, launches with an offering shaped by Luke Mangan

Brisbane's hottest new dining destination isn't located in The City or Fortitude Valley – it can be found right near the Virgin terminals at Brisbane Domestic Airport. The Independent is a brand-new nosh spot where travellers departing from or visiting our fine city can enjoy fare from a rotating roster of some of Australia's finest chefs. The venue's first chef in residence is none other than Luke Mangan, who is putting his acclaimed talents towards a menu showcasing Queensland's finest produce. Got a flight coming up? Head to the airport a little bit earlier for seafood towers, Mooloolaba prawn rolls and tuna sashimi tacos. more

Food News
The round-up: Brisbane's best Middle Eastern eateries
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Middle Eastern eateries

Just as diverse as it is delicious, Middle Eastern cuisine is to thank for some of our favourite foodie experiences. From a late-night kebab to fine-dining flair, the rich flavour profiles and even richer cultural heritage has made Middle Eastern a culinary chameleon. Sourced from some of the world’s oldest living cultures, the region’s tradition of sharing with friends and family lets Levantine food not only fill your belly but soothe the soul. From shakshuka to shawarma, we’ve rounded up the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Brisbane to transport you to this epicentre of culinary history. more

Cafes
Tarragindi's bright new cafe Dijon is gunning for the title of Brisbane's top toastie spot
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Tarragindi’s bright new cafe Dijon is gunning for the title of Brisbane’s top toastie spot

Brisbane's appetite for sandwiches continues to swell. A brand-new dispensary of tempting two-handers is tingling taste buds over in Tarragindi, with the brains behind beloved cafes Deedot Coffee House and Never Been cutting the ribbon on Dijon. Here, crispy toasties and fresh sandwiches are flying out the door, as is a selection of chunky NYC-style cookies, Biscoff-infused shakes and cups of specialty coffee. more

Bars
Clover, a new neighbourhood bar from The Woods and Oxford Tap House crew, has opened in Holland Park
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Clover, a new neighbourhood bar from The Woods and Oxford Tap House crew, has opened in Holland Park

In the final days of June, the team behind some of Brisbane's best beer-centric bars turned on the taps at its brand-new neighbourhood suds slinger, Clover. Taking over the former Suburban Social space on Holland Road, Clover is looking to settle in as a new go-to spot for pints of creamy Guinness and crisp craft beers, classic cocktails and low-ABV spritzes, cracking pub-style fare, and out-of-the-box snacks. Pop in and pull up a stool! more

Food News
Mark your calendars – The Star Brisbane at Queen's Wharf has set its official opening date
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Mark your calendars – The Star Brisbane at Queen’s Wharf has set its official opening date

After months of anticipation, we now finally have the official word on when Destination Brisbane Consortium's Queen's Wharf precinct will open to the public. On Thursday August 29, The Star Brisbane will cut the ribbon on its new hotel, casino and a number of dining concepts. At the same time, 7.4-ha of public space will also be unveiled. Here's what you can expect ... more


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Looking for a new winter warmer? Biang biang noodles might be the dish of the season
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Looking for a new winter warmer? Biang biang noodles might be the dish of the season

Don't get us wrong, when the temperatures dip we are just as likely as anyone to seek out the warm hug that a bowl of broth-filled ramen and pho provides us. But, every once in a while, we get a craving for something noodles that we can really sink our teeth into. That's when we turn to biang biang noodles – strands of dough slapped and stretched into chewy belt-width beauties that were once a culinary curiosity in Brisbane, but are now increasing in popularity. Keen to try? Here are five spots to get some bang-on biang biang noodles in Brisbane ... more

Food News
The round-up: cruise through Dry July with these top-notch non-alcoholic drinks
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The round-up: cruise through Dry July with these top-notch non-alcoholic drinks

Every year at the height of winter, scores of Aussies ditch the booze – some for a healthy change, others for a challenge. Whether you’re tackling a month of sobriety for charity, personal reasons or just to test your will power, we want you to be prepared for Dry July. Whether your poison of choice is beer, wine or a well-made cocktail, we’ve got you covered with some premium non-alcoholic alternatives. more

Bars
The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

As we approached the halfway point of the year, some of our most-anticipated openings finally materialised. Last month, we welcomed a European-inspired terrace bar from a Melbourne-based hospitality powerhouse, an orange-hued retro diner serving some of the best burgers in Brisbane, a French-style wine bar and bistro hybrid, a timber-clad bar specialising in vermouth and low-ABV sips, and a new neighbourhood joint from some suds-slinging stalwarts. Was June the biggest month of the year so far? You be the judge! Here's what we loved ... more

Casual Dining
Get set – Gold Coast Marathon post-race munchies await at Australia Fair Metro
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Get set – Gold Coast Marathon post-race munchies await at Australia Fair Metro

So you’ve signed up for the Gold Coast Marathon? Good on you! At this point you’ve completed all your training leading up to this weekend and are now tapering off for the big race. But what about after? Many runners know that once you finish a marathon your first thought is to run to the nearest food haunt to fuel up. Luckily, Australia Fair Metro is here to help curb those post-marathon munchies. more

Food News
Acclaimed Hobart restaurant Fico is hosting a pop-up dinner at Gum Bistro
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Acclaimed Hobart restaurant Fico is hosting a pop-up dinner at Gum Bistro

Next month, the brains behind one of Tasmania's most-beloved eateries will be venturing north to host a one-night-only pop-up. Oskar Rossi and Federica Andrisani – the chefs and co-owners of esteemed Hobart venue Fico – will be taking over the Gum Bistro kitchen on Thursday July 25 to turn out a menu of spuntini and pasta plates. This is one night of dining not to be missed! more

Bars
Brisbane City welcomes Bar Miette, Andrew McConnell’s new European-inspired terrace bar
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Brisbane City welcomes Bar Miette, Andrew McConnell’s new European-inspired terrace bar

Gimlet. Supernormal. Cumulus Inc. Cutler & Co. Marion. These are some of Australia’s most lauded venues, all with two key things in common – their founders, Andrew McConnell and Jo McGann. The duo has made their mark in Melbourne with their dynamic and varied array of venues and now, luckily for us, they have set their sights on Brisbane. Their first venue, Bar Miette, is an entirely new concept for Andrew and Jo, and we were treated to a special preview ahead of its official opening. more

Bars
Ach Wine Bar | Brisbane's biggest food openings of the year (so far)
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The round-up: Brisbane’s biggest food openings of the year (so far)

And just like that, we're in the second half of 2024. Yep, the first six months of the year were a blur, but that was to be expected with the cracking pace of new openings we were covering every week. Before we commence our sprint onwards, we'd like to catch our breath and reflect on the good things the first half of 2024 has brought us, including striking French-inspired wine bar and bistro hybrids, cosy cafes serving Korean-style eats, cornetto-slinging Italian bakeries, fetching fire-powered restaurants and Instagram-conquering cafes. Here's what we loved, in alphabetical order. more

Bars
Pavement Whispers: Hiker Brewing Co. is expanding to East Brisbane with a new microbrewery and taproom
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Pavement Whispers: Hiker Brewing Co. is expanding to East Brisbane with a new microbrewery and taproom

If you were left crestfallen by the recent closure of Black Hops Brewing's East Brisbane brewery, this bit of news will likely be the soothing salve you're seeking. The team behind Salisbury's Hiker Brewing Co. has announced it is taking over the site, transforming it into a satellite microbrewery and taproom. Hiker's range of killer concoctions are expected to flow from taps next month – here's what we know ... more

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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth at Brisbane's best cake and dessert spots
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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth at Brisbane’s best cake and dessert spots

Cake is the perfect choice for any occasion – be it celebration, commiseration, congratulations, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday … You get it. When it comes to a delicious dessert it's not hard to find a good reason to justify a little treat, or so we believe. In order to ensure your sweet tooth stays satiated we’ve put together a list of some of the best cake crafters and dessert disher-outers in Brisbane, whether you’re looking to commission a showstopper for a special birthday or a sugary boost for a lagging afternoon. more