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Suburban charmer Wilburs General Store is slinging sandwiches, coffee and provisions in Holland Park
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Suburban charmer Wilburs General Store is slinging sandwiches, coffee and provisions in Holland Park

The traditional corner store model is changing. A new breed of neighbourhood provisioner is emerging, one that sells the everyday foodstuffs we buy regularly, but also serves elevated essentials like specialty coffee, salads and sandwiches. Wilburs General Store is a new corner convenience concept that is supplying Holland Park locals with a curated cache of comestibles – a handy repository that blends classic charm with top-notch variety. more

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The round-up: grab a bottle of something nice from one of Brisbane's best boutique wine stores
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The round-up: grab a bottle of something nice from one of Brisbane’s best boutique wine stores

Brisbane isn't short on bottle shops – the city boasts a bevy of liquor stores that are stocked to the brim with all sorts of booze, from craft beer and spirits to a variety of vino. Observant oenophiles might have already spied a new trend emerging in Brisbane's libation retail sector, with a pronounced proliferation of vendors specialising a more curated selection of wine. Brisbane's wine-centric bottle shop scene is flourishing, so it's a good time to take stock and see which locales are leading the way when it comes to ravishing reds, wonderful whites, effervescent bubbles and new-wave, low-intervention upstarts. Here's a list to explore next time you are after a delicious drop or two ... more

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The Bunker Coffee crew has opened Neighbour, a one-stop-shop for salads, sips and sundries
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The Bunker Coffee crew has opened Neighbour, a one-stop-shop for salads, sips and sundries

Sometimes being friends with your neighbour pays off – you never know when they might be able to help you out in a pinch. Neighbour, the brand-new concept from the Bunker Coffee crew, is here to provide more than a simple cup of sugar – the providore is serving Ottolenghi-inspired salads, heat-and-eat meats, primo picnic supplies and new-wave wines from its cosy space on Railway Terrace. Need some weekday lunch inspo or a dependable dinner dispensary when time is short? Consider calling on your Neighbour! more

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Lauded sommelier Ian Trinkle opens boutique wine space Wineism in Albion
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Lauded sommelier Ian Trinkle opens boutique wine space Wineism in Albion

For the oenophiles of Brisbane, the name Ian Trinkle is synonymous with exceptional wine. The renowned sommelier was responsible for the curation of the award-winning wine lists at Aria Brisbane and Howard Smith Wharves, and is now turning his attention to crafting an expansive selection that knows no bounds, available to the public whenever they desire. Together with his wife Liz Trinkle and long-time family friend Aaron Mullan, Ian has launched Wineism, a first-of-its-kind boutique wine space in the heart of Albion. more

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Introducing Half Moon Wine Store – a new-age bottle shop located in South Brisbane's backstreets
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Introducing Half Moon Wine Store – a new-age bottle shop located in South Brisbane’s backstreets

As Brisbane's taste in beer, wine and spirits has diversified in recent years, so too has the city's bottle-shop scene. Chicly appointed cellars, high-end honey holes and stellar libation stations are becoming more common around town, but with this spike in quality booze comes the daunting task of getting familiar with the sheer quantity of what's now readily available. Half Moon Wine Store is a brand-new South Brisbane repository of small-batch vino, craft beer and spirits that is looking to make sourcing a special drop easier with a pretence-free ethos geared towards making the buying experience accessible, approachable and enjoyable. more

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Nosh on nourishing fare at West End's charming new plant-based cafe and deli Yoke Kitchen
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Nosh on nourishing fare at West End’s charming new plant-based cafe and deli Yoke Kitchen

A few weeks ago West End locals woke up with a brand-new cafe in its midst. Yoke Kitchen, an exciting eatery and deli from a doyenne of Brisbane's plant-based eats scene, is making it a cinch to source quality and nutritious Indian and Middle Eastern-inspire fare – as well as invigorating coffee, chai and fermented beverages. Want some sustenance that will make your insides sing? We reckon this newcomer has what your body is craving. more

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Mitchelton bar The Woods expands with secretive cocktail parlour, The Bothy, and a new bottle-shop extension
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Mitchelton bar The Woods expands with secretive cocktail parlour, The Bothy, and a new bottle-shop extension

If you go down to The Woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. The beloved Mitchelton-based neighbourhood haunt has made a few new additions to its Blackwood Street residence in recent months, expanding its footprint by opening an intimate cocktail bar and an expertly curated bottle-shop next door to its existing boozer. With craft beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, lunch and dinner all catered for under one roof, The Woods is setting the standard for what a suburban watering hole is capable of. more

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Hamilton welcomes Verde and Sweet, a new salad and treats bar from the Petrichor & Co. team
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Hamilton welcomes Verde and Sweet, a new salad and treats bar from the Petrichor & Co. team

As much as we love to meal prep, sometimes the weekends (and weeknights) get away from us. When we're caught out with an empty fridge, it's tempting to turn towards simple takeaway to get by. Racecourse Road's new salad, cake and pantry concept Verde and Sweet is giving time-poor folks such as ourselves the opportunity to enjoy take-home sustenance that nourishes and sustains without breaking the bank. Are you underprepared for a dinner party? Too tired to cook? Didn't pack lunch today? This spot is for you. more


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Low and Slow Meat Co. unveils its smokin'-hot Morningside barbecue mecca
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Low and Slow Meat Co. unveils its smokin’-hot Morningside barbecue mecca

Whether you're new to the grilling game or are a practiced hand at pit-mastery, having the right gear and the right ingredients is essential to the art of barbecue. Self-described meat-and-heat trader Low and Slow Meat Co. is positioning itself as a go-to repository for all things smoke, fire and sizzle with its brand-new gourmet butcher shop and specialty store in Morningside. This all-in-one emporium is stocking everything from quality meats and rubs to fixings and equipment, with plans in the works for a Low and Slow-branded eatery to come. Take a gander inside ... more

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Self-serve mochi ice-cream and scoop-and-weigh dog treats await at the newly opened Coles Local in Ascot
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Self-serve mochi ice-cream and scoop-and-weigh dog treats await at the newly opened Coles Local in Ascot

While our friends in New South Wales and Victoria have been blessed with Coles Local stores for some time now, we have been waiting with bated breath for our turn. Our patience has finally been rewarded, as earlier this week Ascot welcomed its own Coles Local store. Here's all of the gourmet goodness you can expect to find inside this new-look grocer ... more

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Get your Italian fix with heavenly pasta creations from The Stores Grocer
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Get your Italian fix with heavenly pasta creations from The Stores Grocer

If you stopped a stranger in the street and asked them to rank their favourite cuisines, Italian would most likely place at the top of their list. It’s the ultimate comfort food, synonymous with romantic date nights and wining and dining with family and friends. Luckily for us, West End favourite The Stores Grocer shares our love for Italian eats and is dishing up a salivation-worthy selection of pasta and ready-to-cook meals. These mouth-watering morsels are so good they will have you thinking you've boarded a plane and landed in Rome itself. more

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Enjoy a taste of the outback with meat delivery service Horizon Grazing
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Enjoy a taste of the outback with meat delivery service Horizon Grazing

The scorching midday heat, the smell of bug spray mixed with sizzling snags filling the air and a grumbling tummy getting louder as the minutes tick by – a Saturday arvo barbecue is an undeniable part of the quintessential summer experience. If you’re keen to pick up the tongs one coming weekend, we suggest ordering your next bevy of barbecue bites from Horizon Grazing – a paddock-to-plate experience that’s delivering ethically raised meat straight to your door. more

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Bakery Lane pops the cork on newcomer Uh Oh Bottle-O & Wine Bar
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Bakery Lane pops the cork on newcomer Uh Oh Bottle-O & Wine Bar

Bakery Lane is in the midst of a renaissance period, evolving into one of the most popular micro precincts in Fortitude Valley. The recent arrivals of award-winning restaurant Joy and late-night pasta parlour Uh Oh Spaghettio have bolstered the laneway's cadre of eateries, but the laneway's latest arrival is looking to activate the hub even more. Uh Oh Bottle-O & Wine Bar is the boozy younger sibling of Uh Oh Spaghettio, a pint-sized sipping spot stocking new-wave wines, craft beers and boutique spirits – all of which are available to drink on site, in the laneway or to take to The Valley's plethora of BYO-friendly restaurants. more

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Get cosy at The Valley's larder-meets-wine-bar Lloyd's General Store
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Get cosy at The Valley’s larder-meets-wine-bar Lloyd’s General Store

In a perfect world, every street would boast some combination of three local essentials – a cafe, a bar and a delicatessen – of its own. It's wishful thinking, sure, but there's good news for locals that live on or closer to the northern end of Brunswick Street. Lloyd's General Store is a new three-in-one hotspot has just opened where Brunswick Street meets Gregory Terrace. Serving coffee and croissants by day and wine and charcuterie by night (as well as acting as a providore the entire time), Lloyd's is comfy, convenient and oh so charming. more

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Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead
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Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead

If you regularly mosey down Longland Street in Newstead, you might have noticed a few changes at local cafe Long Island. The shelves are now lined with an assortment of gourmet deli goods, nutritious snacks, ready-to-eat meals and top-shelf booze on top of barista-brewed coffee and pastries. This Newstead locale is now operating under new ownership and they've got big plans in the works for the space later this year. But first, here are some details on what they're serving up right now ... more

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Mongrel puts the deli in deliciousness with new culinary pivot
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Mongrel puts the deli in deliciousness with new culinary pivot

Throughout the ongoing pandemic, the state of Australia's hospitality scene has been defined by its ability to innovate in order to survive. While restrictions are easing, our bars, cafes and restaurants aren't out of the woods, and the next few months will be the true test for much of the industry as it further evolves to cater for fewer covers. The flavour pimps at Mongrel are no strangers to innovation, having grown from a fledgling pop-up concept to one of Brisbane's most beloved bars. The Milton hotspot is using this opportunity to trial something new, an on-site deli hawking a selection of house-made goodies that could not only overhaul your picnic or pantry selection, but could help Mongrel survive the challenging months ahead. more

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The round-up: the best locally made hampers to help you picnic with a pal
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The round-up: the best locally made hampers to help you picnic with a pal

While crucially important in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and helping flatten the curve, being cooped up in our houses takes its toll. In good news for our sanity, on Saturday May 2 the state government eased restrictions on public gatherings slightly, allowing pairs to now enjoy an intimate picnic. In response, several local cafes have thrown together a range of mouth-watering picnic hampers – not only adding an extra revenue stream for venues while lockdowns remain clamped tight on our dining scene, but also allowing us to indulge in some much needed outdoor feasting. more

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Highly anticipated restaurant Agnes opens … as Agnes Street Bakery Pop-Up + Bottle Shop
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Highly anticipated restaurant Agnes opens … as Agnes Street Bakery Pop-Up + Bottle Shop

Imagine spending years working on a concept of a venue. You find the perfect space. You begin to build the ideal team. You work towards a date. You get ready to open. Then a worldwide pandemic and government-mandated hospitality shutdown stops you right in your tracks. This was the reality for highly anticipated restaurant Agnes in Fortitude Valley, which was due to open in late March. So, like basically every other restaurant, bar and cafe still open, the team had to make some serious changes to the concept – and Agnes Street Pop-Up Bakery + Bottle Shop was conceived. more

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Scoot on through – Emporium Hotel South Bank offers drive-through takeaway meals and grocery service
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Scoot on through – Emporium Hotel South Bank offers drive-through takeaway meals and grocery service

With the majority of us self-isolating and spending our time confined to the indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic, our weekly trips to the grocery store can be a little anxiety inducing. Boutique hotel (and Queensland owned-and-operated business) Emporium Hotel has come to the rescue with the launch of Emporium Market – a to-go grocery service available for drive-through pick up or delivery. Not in the mood for cooking? Emporium Foods will look after you with its take-home ready-made meals, or you can enjoy in-suite dining from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. All you have to do is place an order, journey on down to Emporium Hotel's driveway and your goodies will be handed to you through your window by concierge. more

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The round-up: stock up the pantry at Brisbane's supermarket alternatives
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The round-up: stock up the pantry at Brisbane’s supermarket alternatives

If you haven't been to Coles, Woolworths or Aldi lately, then you might not be aware of the state our supermarkets are in. Across Brisbane, barren shelves are depleted of pasta, rice, meat and tinned food, leaving our dinner plans in the lurch. Thankfully there is an alternative for those looking to stock up on important consumables – here is a list of Brisbane's supermarket alternatives (delis, butchers, bulk-food stores and international grocers) that still have plenty of foodstuffs available. more