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Gold Coast label Wine Not the Brand is here to challenge perceptions of wine in a bag
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Gold Coast label Wine Not the Brand is here to challenge perceptions of wine in a bag

Let's not beat around the bush, when you think of wine in a bag, it's pretty likely your mind immediately pictures a bloated silver goon sack that may or may not be strung up from a clothesline. Gold Coast-based start-up Wine Not the Brand is here to challenge the stigma associated with wine in a bag with its revolutionary and vegan-friendly wine pouches. A lightweight, durable, and perhaps most importantly, quality solution to traditional bottles of wine.  more

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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan's most lip-smacking fare
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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan’s most lip-smacking fare

Sometimes when you've lived in a city for so long, it can feel like you've wined and dined at every establishment, had your morning cuppa at every corner cafe or had one too many late-night HSP from that trusty kebab shop. If you want to broaden your horizons both from a culinarily and geographical perspective, then we think you should hop in the car and drive to a city not so far away – Logan. Brimming with mouth-watering fare from almost every country you can think of, this epicurean melting pot is worth diving into. Here are some top-notch spots for when you plan on embarking on a self-curated Logan food trail … more

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Ditch the basic bunnies and bag handmade choccies from Curatorial: Chocolates this Easter
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Ditch the basic bunnies and bag handmade choccies from Curatorial: Chocolates this Easter

In mere weeks we'll find ourselves with a whole lot more free time to spare, most likely lounging on our couch in a sugar coma wondering why we reached for that last chocolate egg. Yep, Easter and all of the tastebud-tantalising joys of the long weekend are just around the corner. If you need to fill some baskets with gifts before the sweet occasion, we think you should ditch the grocery store and head online to check out Curatorial: Chocolates, a boutique full to the brim with treats from some of the top chocolate makers Australia has to offer. more

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Buffet breakfast and sunset sips – elevate your staycay in Dorsett Gold Coast's stunning Executive Lounge
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Buffet breakfast and sunset sips – elevate your staycay in Dorsett Gold Coast’s stunning Executive Lounge

When it comes to weekenders down on the Gold Coast, you really want to go all out to make the experience worth leaving your home for. If your ideal getaway involves grand views, lush amenities and lavish extras, Dorsett Gold Coast is right up your alley. The brand-new 53-storey tower opened its doors earlier this year and delivers the ultimate mix of fun and sophistication – the perfect combination for your weekend away. As the cherry on top, when you book a stay in one of its stunning Executive Rooms, you will be granted exclusive access to the Executive Lounge – the hotel's sky-high sipping and snacking spot where you can enjoy bites, bevvies and beautiful views. more

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Embark on a three-day Brisbane to Byron food trail with the Kiff & Culture crew
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Embark on a three-day Brisbane to Byron food trail with the Kiff & Culture crew

When we imagine our ideal foodie experience, some seriously salivation-inducing scenes pop in to our head. Sipping award-winning wine in the Scenic Rim, noshing at paddock-to-plate restaurants next to fields filled with Highland cows, and dining on mouth-watering morsels with mountain views are just some of what come to mind. If this sounds your cup of tea, then hop aboard the Kiff & Culture van and get ready to make your gastronomic dreams become a reality on its just-announced Brisbane to Byron food trail. more

Bars
Meet Stranded – Fortitude Valley's new punk-inspired cocktail bar from The Zoo crew
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Meet Stranded – Fortitude Valley’s new punk-inspired cocktail bar from The Zoo crew

The Zoo on Ann Street has long been a beacon for Brisbane's music-loving set. Its hallowed stage has hosted numerous international and local icons – its floorboards marked by the stomping feet of thousands. This stalwart endures as one of The Valley's iconic fixtures and now its current ownership is looking to celebrate its legacy (and that of similarly storied rock 'n' roll hubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City) with its new sibling bar Stranded. This soon-to-open boozer has been conceived as a home for post-gig punters, a melting pot for like-minded musicians to connect and a tantalising tipple temple for the epicurious. More than anything, it's a hub of good times. Want a peek inside? We were granted a pre-opening look around – here's what we saw ... more

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Bavay Distillery bottles the tastes of history at its heritage-listed Morningside home
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Bavay Distillery bottles the tastes of history at its heritage-listed Morningside home

If you had a time machine, what point in time would you visit? It's a tough question, for sure, but the brains behind Morningside's newly open Bavay Distillery don't have to think that hard. Ask them, and they’ll tell you they’d go back a century to visit famed brewer and bacteriologist Auguste de Bavay, who pioneered early brewing techniques right here in Brisbane. The small-batch distillery is all about bringing the past into the present, drawing inspiration from its location's history as an early hub of spirit making to shape and influence its range of gins, vodkas, whiskies and cane spirits. Its glamorous Gatsby-inspired cellar door and production space is now open. Take a look inside ... more

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Sneak peek – Cartel Del Taco gears up to open its Hawthorne taqueria and bar next week
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Sneak peek – Cartel Del Taco gears up to open its Hawthorne taqueria and bar next week

We can't lie – even we have been guilty of rubbernecking as we cruise down Hawthorne Road, craning our necks to get a glimpse at the progress being made on Cartel Del Taco. We've been dreaming of melt-in-your-mouth al pastor tacos con todo, gooey birria tacos and sublime salt-rimmed margaritas since we announced the Mexican-inspired street taqueria's forthcoming opening back in September. Well, now we're happy to reveal that Cartel Del Taco will be officially opening its doors to the public on Friday April 1, giving taco-craving throngs a look inside its retro taqueria and bar. We were lucky to score a preview of the soon-to-open snack spot, including a glimpse at its tempting tacos and covetable tequila- and mezcal-infused cocktails. Here's what we saw ... more


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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane
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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more

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Put all of your eggs in one basket and head to Treasury Brisbane's Easter High Tea
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Put all of your eggs in one basket and head to Treasury Brisbane’s Easter High Tea

As foodies, Easter is one of our favourite times of the year. Getting to chomp down on as much chocolate as your heart desires, meeting with family and friends over abundant feasts and washing it all down with a refreshing glass of champers is truly just ideal. Another great way to celebrate? Treasury Brisbane's Easter High Tea, of course! Full to the brim with sweet and savoury treats, this flavoursome affair is worth hopping to. more

Bars
Soak up Mediterranean vibes at Victoria Point's tapas and cocktail spot Long Island Bar & Kitchen
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Soak up Mediterranean vibes at Victoria Point’s tapas and cocktail spot Long Island Bar & Kitchen

As Brisbane continues to slowly expand outward, the demand for quality hospitality options beyond the inner suburbs grows in tandem. Suburban pockets are flourishing, offering an alternative to those that would prefer to spend their money on food and drink than Uber rides. Long Island in Victoria Point is a newcomer to the scene that looks to provide a composed and contemporary experience to locals of Redland Bay, pairing minimalist Mediterranean-inspired aesthetics with a menu of share-style plates and cocktail jugs – a dynamite combo, if you ask us. more

Cafes
Specialty coffee roaster O'GaBee Coffee & Co opens a new caffeinery in Chermside
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Specialty coffee roaster O’GaBee Coffee & Co opens a new caffeinery in Chermside

Westfield Chermside is a big place – there's a lot of ground to cover and hundreds of shops demanding your attention. It can be a draining effort walking from end to end, but thankfully O'GaBee Coffee & Co.'s brand-new caffeinery is now open to help keep energy levels high. O'GaBee's award-winning roasts and menu of flavourful frappes and brunch classics are worth making any excuse to go for a shop – here's what's on offer ... more

Bakeries
The round-up: Brisbane's best pies
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best pies

Forget your run-of-the-mill lukewarm servo pie – a real pie is a thing of beauty. Comfort food doesn’t get much more comforting than a great pie. Here is our list for must-try pies – you’ll never look at a Four’N Twenty the same ever again. more

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Cape Mentelle Long Lunch
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Explore your culinary curiosity at Hazelwood Estate’s immersive Cape Mentelle Long Lunch

In its most elementary form, food is a basic necessity that provides vital nourishment. If, however, you believe that food is much, much more than just a means for survival, and possess an insatiable sense of culinary curiosity – go ahead and get excited for Cape Mentelle's Long Lunch on Saturday April 9. Bringing together the refined wines of Margaret River’s Cape Mentelle, paired with abundant hyper-local produce from the Scenic Rim, this incredible immersive foodie experience is here to spark joy in the best (and most delicious) way possible. more

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They're back – Cocktail Porter has resurrected its chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits just in time for Easter
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They’re back – Cocktail Porter has resurrected its chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits just in time for Easter

Arguably two of the best things about Easter weekend are the copious amounts of booze and chocolate. So you can cut out the middle man, the fine folk at Cocktail Porter have combined the two, packaging up some delightful sips and chocolates to create the ultimate DIY Easter Cocktail Kit. These decadent creations are just what the doctor ordered and as a bonus, you can get them delivered straight to your door. Continue reading at your own risk, sweet-tooths ... more

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Rooftop bar Sonny's brings Tex-Mex fare and margaritas to Milton
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Rooftop bar Sonny’s brings Tex-Mex fare and margaritas to Milton

As the home of some of Brisbane's most iconic breweries and sitting right on the fringe of Caxton Street, Milton has a reputation as a destination for good times. It's newest rooftop bar, however, might be a little unexpected – and we can guarantee that you won't have guessed its location. Sonny's officially opens this Friday, March 11, serving up Tex-Mex delights, tantalising margs and a killer atmosphere – and it's certain to draw a crowd. more

Bars
Spritzes grow on trees at new garden bar and kitchen Newstead Social
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Spritzes grow on trees at new garden bar and kitchen Newstead Social

When we think of pubs, we typically think of saucy chicken parmigiana, steaks and frosty pints of beer. Not often do we spy a saloon boasting lush greenery on the ceiling, chandeliers, oysters, giant charcuterie platters and giant spritz trees. Well, that's exactly what Newstead Social – a new kind of public bar open now on Masters Street – is offering. This pub-meets-garden-bar is rewriting the rulebook when it comes to locals-oriented hospitality – here's what's on offer ... more

Casual Dining
Howard Smith Wharves makes weekday eating easier with its Let's Lunch program
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Howard Smith Wharves makes weekday eating easier with its Let’s Lunch program

The dining precinct at Howard Smith Wharves has something for most tastes and the return of its month-long Let's Lunch program means now there is a host of budget-friendly lunch options for folks itching to sample Greca's Greek eats, Yoko's jaw-dropping Japanese fare or one of Stanley's sumptuous Chinese meals. Here's what's on offer from Monday to Friday at Howard Smith Wharves from now until Friday April 8. more

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The round-up: our list of flood-relief fundraisers and charitable events
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The round-up: our list of flood-relief fundraisers and charitable events

The weather we all experienced over the weekend was wild and unprecedented. Now that the rain has stopped, many are taking stock of the damage inflicted by heavy pours and rising waters. Numerous businesses have been seriously affected by the event, with many now relying on community support to get back on their feet. We're compiling a growing list of businesses that you can support in these trying times, including links to donation pages for those with the means to lend assistance. more

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Riverside dining, five-star hotels and hot-as-heck art exhibitions – here's how to dine, stay and play at Brisbane Quarter
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Riverside dining, five-star hotels and hot-as-heck art exhibitions – here’s how to dine, stay and play at Brisbane Quarter

We think we're speaking for the masses when we state if there was ever a time to set your out-of-office alert on, pack your bags and settle in for a relaxing weekend staycation, it's now. Those in need of some R&R – with a side of adventure to boot – needn't travel far, as you can find exactly this at inner-city destination Brisbane Quarter. Ready to dine, stay and play? If that's a resounding "heck yeah!", then luckily for you we've cooked up a stellar itinerary so all that you have to do is pack an overnight bag. more