Bars
O'lea food bar, Woolloongabba
Food & Drink

New bar and foodie haunt Olea opens in Woolloongabba

Small bars are a golden invention. Design savvy and serving carefully curated offerings of liquor and foodstuffs, the small bar lets you indulge in superb offerings and be tucked back in bed just post midnight. The latest establishment to open under this pretense is O’lea in Woolloongabba. Posited along Stanley Street East, next door to Foxy Bean, O’lea is a suburban wine and beer bar, serving meals crafted from market-driven produce. more

Restaurants
Hatakaya Ramen, Sunnybank
Food & Drink

Try the traditional broths of Hakataya Ramen, Sunnybank

Analogous to a tiny ramen shop in downtown Tokyo, Hakataya Ramen transports diners straight to Nippon. Raw wooden panelling and two long wooden benches span the length of the narrow interior, with seats filled with hungry locals bringing bowls to their mouths to slurp delicious noodles – a traditional custom in Japan. more

Restaurants
dinesmart, south bank
Food & Drink

DineSmart at South Bank to help the homeless

While the festive season begins to envelop us in celebratory evenings out sipping champagne and toasting to a good year, it’s also a time for giving back and thinking of others. In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, restaurants the country over are participating in DineSmart, a national initiative to support the homeless in our local community. more

Restaurants
The Postale Society, Brisbane
Food & Drink

The Postale Society hosts a supperclub at The Servery

The Postale Society is a new collaboration between local creatives Louise Lindgren (of looseleaf.paper) and Kristina Chelberg. An intimate evening of dining, stories and kinship, The Postale Society Supper Club will see 20 folk of various backgrounds come together for hors d’oeuvres and fine wines. The Postale Society was formed as a way to tell stories, piece by piece, through beautifully written correspondence that arrives in your letterbox in installments, like a postcard. Reinventing the joy of postal communication, The Postale Society is now branching into stories told in person through hosting a supperclub. Fostering an opportunity for inspiration and fellowship, the Supper Club lets local creatives engage in conversations over a common enjoyment of shared dining in a sumptuous space. The first of these evenings is being held at The Servery on November 15. more

Treats
Good Food & Wine Show Brisbane
Food & Drink

Good Food & Wine Show celebrates local produce

The Good Food & Wine Show is in town this weekend, wrapping up its nationwide tour with a program fit to tickle every food fancy. From Friday to Sunday, food stalls, cooking demonstrations, masterclasses and book signings will be the order of the day at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as the Good Food & Wine Show celebrates great local produce. more

Bars
Stokehouse, River Quay
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Stokehouse Q

Modern angles meet rich timber in the contemporary design of Stokehouse Q at River Quay. Vibrant orange and green tones contrast sleek grey seating and crisp white tablecloths among the immaculately set tables. Fresh breezes sweep off the water as you soak up river and city views from the restaurant or riverside deck. The adjoining Stoke Bar keeps things casual, with the street-side wooden nook perfect for lounging with a well-crafted cocktail. One to embrace local seasonal produce, Stokehouse is highlighting strawberries on the dessert menu this month. Check out Stokehouse Q on The Street Photographer. more


Cafes
Iced coffee
Food & Drink

Get the lowdown on iced coffee in Brisbane

The weather is warming and soon that morning cup of steaming joe is not going to be a pleasant experience unless you’re taking it in supreme igloo-like conditions. Enter: iced coffee. While an ice-cream-containing, cream-topped iced coffee might be some folks’ cup of tea, all that indulgence can sometimes be too much straight after rolling out of bed. This week we hunted down some of the best of the bottled, over ice and alternative cold coffee concoctions in Brisbane. more

Cafes
Three Monkeys
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: The Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House

The Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House, or Three Monkeys as it is affectionately known, is a West End icon. A dimly lit bazaar of obscure memorabilia and baboon-related curios, this atmospheric tea house is the perfect spot for a creamy chai latte or hot chocolate to warm numb fingers in the cooler seasons. The assortment of exotic tea leaves can turn even the most devoted coffee drinker, while the cake selection tops off a dreamy dinner date. Quiet corner nooks and curtained-off crannies provide intimate seclusion while, outside, the courtyard is lush with greenery, offering visitors a seating option dappled with sunlight. Check out The Three Monkeys on The Street Photographer. more

The Grocer
Get philanthropic with Boxed Water Is Better
Food & Drink

Get philanthropic with Boxed Water Is Better

Like the Italians are teaching us that coffee (good coffee) can come in a can, the Americans are letting us in on the little secret that water is better when boxed. Inspired to create a brand of bottled water that is better for the environment, Michigan-based Benjamin Gott came up with boxed water. Boxed Water Is Better delivers your packaged, transportable hydration source in sustainable, recyclable packaging, where the cardboard is made from trees from certified, well-managed forests. Boxed Water Is Better even donates 10% of its profits to reforestation foundations, with another 10% donated to water relief foundations. Pick up your carton of cool, refreshing boxed H2O from Southside Tea Room.   more

Bars
The Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

The Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar opens at Emporium

Those who have been craving the idea of a dapper whisky bar in which to sip smooth single malts can find solace in The Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar in Emporium. An extension of The Nant Distillery in Tasmania, this new elegant watering hole brings the best of Tasmanian whisky and foodstuffs to match to the Brisbane dining and drinking scene. more

Bars
Bacchus, South Bank
Food & Drink

Pool-meets-restaurant Bacchus opens at South Bank

Named after the Roman God of food, wine and good times, a new restaurant, bar and pool concept has opened at South Bank. Designed by LA-based Tracy Beckmann, the Bacchus interior features chandeliers and Italian draperies, while rich tones of chocolate and cream mesh within the furniture, the rooms warmed by ambient lighting. more

Cafes
Spring Hill Deli Cafe
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Spring Hill Deli Cafe

For a few weeks last month, Spring Hill’s beloved red deli opened the doors to its new cafe counterpart, putting the menu to trial and gathering feedback from friendly locals. But the owners already had a trip to Italy planned, so we saw the doors shut again for three weeks, while they tasted their way around the Mediterranean. Back in business and full of inspiration, the ladies have pieced together a new menu, with sweet-tooth favourites like the brownie sundae and peaches and cream milkshake staying put. A new mural has joined the space, while the sweet pots of herbs and flowers in jars remain. Slip in for an early breakfast, before popping next door to the deli to pick up a panini to takeaway for lunch in the park later on. Check out Spring Hill Deli Cafe on The Street Photographer. more

Restaurants
Melbourne Cup Lunch Brisbane
Food & Drink

Plan a festive Melbourne Cup luncheon

A day of long lunches and cheery sips of Champagne, Melbourne Cup is right around the corner. If you’re lucky enough to have the day (or half day) off work here in Brisbane, we’ve put together a little list of potential waterfront luncheon and race-watching locales for Tuesday November 6. more

Treats
Can You Keep A Secret, Greenslopes
Food & Drink

The Bun Mobile pops up at Can You Keep A Secret

Once a month, The Bun Mobile has been popping up at Greenslopes vintage go-to Can You Keep A Secret, serving up steamed buns out the front of this cool clothing haunt. Now occurring every fortnight, the roaming steamed buns are set to grace the store this Thursday evening from 6:00 pm. Punters can hang out in the store’s comfy lounge area or laze about the tables and chairs set up on the pavement to enjoy their dinner, before having a look through the new vintage threads in store. BYO beverages are welcome if you want to sit and make an evening of it, with Can You Keep A Secret open until 8:00 pm on these bun-filled Thursdays. Can You Keep A Secret 653 Logan Road, Greenslopes Ph: 07 3847 2956 more