Restaurants
The wait is over – here's the first look at woodfired superstar Agnes in action
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The wait is over – here’s the first look at woodfired superstar Agnes in action

When the team behind Agnes officially opened the doors for the restaurant's first dinner service on Tuesday August 11, they did so with a sigh of relief. It's been a long time coming for the anticipated eatery, which has been the subject of much chatter since it was first announced in early 2019. Despite some hiccups in building approvals, delays in construction and a pesky pandemic, enthusiasm never waned thanks to a well-received pastry-based pivot. Finally the wait is over – Agnes is officially open, showcasing a mouth-watering menu of inventive woodfired fare, similarly smoke-kissed cocktails and one of the most impressive interiors we've seen in recent memory. more

Cafes
Savour the tastes of Colombia at East Brisbane's Cafetal Coffee Roasters
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Savour the tastes of Colombia at East Brisbane’s Cafetal Coffee Roasters

Even in the peak of the recent widespread hospitality lockdown, Brisbane's demand for coffee never dipped. Even if we could only channel our caffeinated energies into pacing around our homes, the daily coffee trip was a ritual that remained crucial to maintaining a sense of normalcy. Cafetal Coffee Roasters arrived on the scene in May and immediately filled a gap in the East Brisbane and Woolloongabba markets with its freshly roasted and artfully brewed coffee, made from beans imported from Colombia. A few months have passed and Cafetal Coffee Roasters has settled into a nice groove. If you've been looking to expand your coffee-seeking radius, read on to see why this emerging outfit is worth a visit! more

Bars
The Scratch | Brisbane's best craft-beer bars
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The round-up: knock back a few at the best craft-beer bars in Brisbane

These days you can find craft beer at just about every bar, bottle shop and barbecue in Brisbane. It's an undeniable fact that craft beer is now a crucial part of Australia's booze culture, with our country's boutique beer flourishing over the past decade. One of the biggest factors contributing to craft beer's increase in profile is the proliferation of top-tier craft-beer bars – you know, the haunts and hideaways that champion the hoppy, malty, fruity, sour and chocolatey drops we've come to love. Brisbane boasts a stellar collection of craft-oriented boozers across town – we've decided to list some of the best! more

Bars
Trade Coast Hotel embraces a new century with an eye-catching overhaul
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Trade Coast Hotel embraces a new century with an eye-catching overhaul

Few pubs in Brisbane can boast a history as storied as The Pinkenba Hotel. With a lifespan that goes back more than a century, The Pink has been a tried and true oasis for locals living in or around the coastal suburb. After a period of substantial renovations, The Pink has been transformed, boasting a new look and a new name. Introducing Trade Coast Hotel – a modern and multifaceted watering hole perfectly equipped to carry on the venue's legacy for another hundred years. more

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Recreate all of your childhood favourites with The AWW 40th anniversary edition Children's Birthday Cake Book
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Recreate all of your childhood favourites with The AWW 40th anniversary edition Children’s Birthday Cake Book

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, it's pretty likely that for at least one birthday, you were the proud-as-punch recipient of that now-iconic swimming pool cake – you know the one with the jelly in the middle and the chocolate finger biscuits around the sides? Or perhaps you were that kid who was lucky enough to get the jealousy-inducing train with multiple carriages or the duck with popcorn for hair and potato chips for a beak. Released in 1980, The Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book is firmly etched in childhood memories and now, cake-loving grown-ups, there's a 40th anniversary edition to bring back all of the nostalgia.  more

Bars
The round-up: what's open this Ekka public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open this Ekka public holiday

It's hard to comprehend the Ekka – a staple of Brisbane's winter calendar – not taking place like usual, but it's safe to say that 2020 hasn't been a typical year. Although the beloved Royal Queensland Show might not be going ahead as we know it, we’re still getting a day off! That's right – the traditional Ekka public holiday has been moved to Friday August 14, which means we have a long weekend ahead of us. Many of Brisbane's eateries are opening their doors on the day, so if you've been cooped up inside for too long and are hankering for some quintessential cafe fare, top-tier restaurant dining or even a tipple or two, have a look at our list of what's operating this Friday! more

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Strawberries-and-cream beer floats, Korean corn dogs and showbags galore – where to find Ekka-inspired treats in Brisbane
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Strawberries-and-cream beer floats, Korean corn dogs and showbags galore – where to find Ekka-inspired treats in Brisbane

Ekka may be off the calendar this year, but that won't stop Brisbane from celebrating this long weekend. If you're keen to experience some show-day goodness and score some tasty Ekka-inspired delights, we've put together a list of some decadent delectables that you can treat yourself to this weekend. So roll up, roll up and read on to find out what sweet treats are in store for you ... more


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Beep, beep – Monkey Shoulder is delivering $1 cocktails from a super-sized cocktail mixer truck this week
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Beep, beep – Monkey Shoulder is delivering $1 cocktails from a super-sized cocktail mixer truck this week

You've heard of The Big Pineapple. You've definitely heard of The Big Banana. But, have you heard of the big cocktail mixer? The whisky wizards from Monkey Shoulder are about to change that, as they have a big surprise up their sleeve that will send Brisbane cocktail enthusiasts into a frenzy – a super-sized cocktail mixer truck. Over the next week, the brand is driving across Brisbane to deliver $1 cocktails (yes, you read that right) in partnership with some of the city’s best cocktail bars. Feeling thirsty? It all kicks off this Thursday August 13 when the mammoth mixer truck parks up at a certain inner-city drinking den. more

Restaurants
Get a taste of central Mexico at Teneriffe newcomer La Patrona Mexican Cuisine
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Get a taste of central Mexico at Teneriffe newcomer La Patrona Mexican Cuisine

Anyone who has spent time in Mexico knows that its food scene is incredibly diverse. In fact, the catch-all term of 'Mexican cuisine' largely fails to communicate the complexity of the country's regional styles. From the seafood-based cuisine of Baja California to the African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern-influenced flavours found along the Yucatán Peninsula, the country's culinary diversity is a far cry from what we know of Mexican cuisine in Brisbane. Thankfully, that's slowly changing. The last couple of years have seen an influx of region-specific Mexican concepts arriving to our dining scene, and the latest eatery to make its mark is La Patrona Mexican Cuisine. Opening to the public on Tuesday August 11, La Patrona will shine a light on the flavours of Mexico's Bajío region – dishes that you're unlikely to find anywhere else in the city. Here's what you can expect ... more

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Roman cuisine comes to The Valley with new late-night eatery Eterna
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Roman cuisine comes to The Valley with new late-night eatery Eterna

As the old proverb goes, "When in Rome, do as the Roman's do". But what, exactly, do Romans do? They don't go to the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica or the Trevi Fountain – such landmarks are typically reserved for tourists. They don't ascend the Spanish Steps either, unless it's part of their daily commute. So, what do Romans do? The answer is deceptively simple – they eat. Among all of Italy's regional cuisines, Roman fare is some of the most unheralded – especially here in Brisbane. But that's about to change. Eterna – a newly open eatery located in the heart of Fortitude Valley is debuting with a menu filled with enticing Roman-inspired street food – think rustic and uncomplicated fare served in an intimate late-night setting. more

Cafes
Awesome abundance – Plentiful Cafe brings good food and good vibes to Graceville
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Awesome abundance – Plentiful Cafe brings good food and good vibes to Graceville

South-west of the Brisbane CBD in the laid-back suburb of Graceville sits a gorgeous cafe that has managed to fly under the radar's of the city's brunch-hunting multitudes. Although locals would prefer to keep this on-trend eatery their little secret, this newcomer is too good not to share. Plentiful Cafe opened quietly in March, enduring the pandemic lockdown and emerging out the other side as a contender for the title of 2020's best new cafe. Boasting a menu of elevated brunch classics designed to inspire beatific contentedness, an air of casual cool balanced by professional attentiveness and an overall sense of genuine bonhomie, there are a bevy of reasons as to why Plentiful is worth marking on your must-try list. more

Bars
The round-up: Brisbane's best cheap eats
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best cheap eats

Rent is due and you are still a few days away from getting your paycheque – but your stomach is growling and you need to feed as soon as possible for as cheap as possible. Instead of hitting the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food, there are plenty of places around town that offer cheap eats that are damn tasty. It’s time to get creative with how you spend your dollars – stretch your money by taking advantage of the following best value for money meals in Brisbane. more

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Let the good times roll – Treasury Brisbane is back with plenty of action
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Let the good times roll – Treasury Brisbane is back with plenty of action

Offering an exceptional array of restaurants, intimate bars, live entertainment, a boutique hotel and a premier casino, Brisbane's one-stop-shop for all things fun – Treasury Brisbane – is reopen and ready to welcome you back! Whether you're planning a night out on the town, a luxe staycay or you just want to take advantage of some killer dining deals, Treasury Brisbane offers more than a few exciting reasons to return. So get back in the game and head to this enchanting inner-city destination to let the good times roll. more

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Sip better with Notwasted's curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines
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Sip better with Notwasted’s curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines

Once upon a time, your wine selection was basically red or white. Nowadays, if you peruse the wine list of your favourite restaurant, you're likely to come across a plethora of 'new' varieties including orange, skin contact, pet-nat and biodynamic – but what the heck does it all mean? To keep you up-to-date with cultural currency, Notwasted is here to help you navigate the wild (and tasty) new world of natural and minimal-intervention wines, and deliver them to your door. more

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Stone & Wood has stirred up an Ekka-inspired strawberry-sundae beer
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Stone & Wood has stirred up an Ekka-inspired strawberry-sundae beer

Last month, we brought you the smile-inducing news that Ekka strawberry sundaes would be popping up over Brisbane in August. Well, fellow ice-cream enthusiasts, the news is about to get a whole lot better. In response to the cancellation of this years Ekka, Brisbane brewery Stone & Wood has decided to help fundraise for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation by brewing a strawberries-and-cream-flavoured beer inspired by the Ekka’s iconic strawberry sundae. Très magnifique. more

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Sunset cruises, rooftop bars and beer yoga – why Brisbane winters are the best
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Sunset cruises, rooftop bars and beer yoga – why Brisbane winters are the best

Every year when winter arrives, us Queenslanders have been known to complain of feeling freezing when the thermometer drops below 20 degrees. We know, however, that we're pretty lucky here, as winter (if you can even call it that) in Brisbane is actually the perfect climate for fun. The sunshine-filled weather isn’t the only incentive you need to explore Brisbane at the moment, with breathtaking destinations, entertainment aplenty and a plethora of alfresco dining destinations and bars just waiting to welcome you back – with some stellar deals to boot. If you're keen to find out why Brisbane is the best place to bounce around in winter, read on to discover all of the things you can do, places to go and where to eat and drink in our great city during the chillier months. more

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Sip (almost) guilt-free with HALO's low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha
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Sip (almost) guilt-free with HALO’s low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha

If you've grown a little bored of beer, can't be stuffed with cocktails and dare we say, even a touch weary of wine – there's a new player on the ready-to-drink beverage scene that's brewing up a refreshing alternative that is low is sugar, carbs and calories but high in taste – can you guess what it is? It's called HALO Alcoholic Kombucha and it's here to help you sip a little lighter. more

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Scoff a scoop of Biscoff spread gelato from Gelatissimo
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Scoff a scoop of Biscoff spread gelato from Gelatissimo

If you're lucky enough to have tried Lotus Biscoff Spread, we don't have to tell you what all the fuss is about. For the uninitiated, this sweet pot of cookie butter is made from an irresistible mixture of crushed Biscoff caramelised biscuits that will have you spooning right from the jar. Inspired by this decadent dessert creation, the innovative inventors at Gelatissimo have dropped a limited-edition Biscoff Spread-inspired gelato flavour. Pick your jaw up from the floor, ice-cream lovers – you've only got a few weeks to lick this creamy biscuit creation. more