Cafes
Birkdale’s brunch scene sprouts a new arrival in The Bloom Room Cafe
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Birkdale’s brunch scene sprouts a new arrival in The Bloom Room Cafe

It’s no coincidence that The Bloom Room officially opens its doors today, Monday September 3 – the first Monday of spring. The newest arrival from the Venzin Group is a charming flower-adorned locale, which might be one of the prettiest in the hospitality group’s portfolio. With a menu of Instagram-worthy eats, colourful beverages and a manicured fit-out to match, Birkdale’s new blossom is more than just a horticulturalist’s dream hideaway. more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 188 September 4
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 188 September 4

From whispers of seafood trails to gingerbread pancakes, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Bars
Get the first look at Fortitude Valley's newest speakeasy TSO Lounge & Dining
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Get the first look at Fortitude Valley’s newest speakeasy TSO Lounge & Dining

The age of clandestine cocktail bars and alehouses might be nearly a century behind us, but the spirit of the Prohibition age is still alive and well in the contemporary tipple scene. Don't believe us? Just look at Fortitude Valley's newest arrival. Drawing inspiration from the history of the 1920s is TSO Lounge & Dining, a split-level watering hole steeped in local heritage that is offering a modern take on classic cocktails and culinary opulence. more

Restaurants
Customs House unveils its new contemporary riverside eatery Patina
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Customs House unveils its new contemporary riverside eatery Patina

Along Brisbane City’s riverside stretch, one building stands out among Eagle Street’s skyward-reaching monoliths. The historic Customs House enjoys one of Brisbane’s most prominent river locations, and the institution has recently overhauled its dining offering to take full advantage of space and modern dining trends. Patina at Customs House has reinvigorated the heritage-listed venue’s culinary focus, delivering regional farm-to-table fare in a stylishly contemporary setting. more

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The Oxford Garden adds a dose of leafy leisure to Bulimba
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The Oxford Garden adds a dose of leafy leisure to Bulimba

Like flowers blooming after the winter chill, springtime is set to bring some new venues perfect for soaking up the warmer weather. The Oxford Garden is the first of these spots to arrive on the scene, opening up recently in the heart of Bulimba’s Oxford Street precinct with a host of share cocktails, magnum rosés and a menu of fresh eats in tow. more

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The round-up: indulge in Brisbane's best high tea
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The round-up: indulge in Brisbane’s best high tea

Despite boasting historical origins dating back centuries, high tea remains largely unchanged by the advancing years. At its core, high tea is so much more than an excuse to eat dozens of scones in one sitting – it’s a delightful afternoon ritual that offers diners the chance to selectively splurge on everything from sweets and savouries to tea and champagne. Brisbane has a thriving high-tea scene, with numerous venues breaking out the fancy tiered tableware for scrumptious services throughout the week. We've put together a list of some of this city’s best. more

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Parisian chic – Belle Epoque opens its chic new patisserie at Southpoint
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Parisian chic – Belle Epoque opens its chic new patisserie at Southpoint

When the Anthony John Group began the process of relocating the Emporium Hotel to its sizeable Southpoint location, it also marked the departure of a beloved French-inspired hideaway. Belle Epoque – one of the formative tenants of Emporium’s Fortitude Valley hospitality collective – is also on the move, transferring its Parisian-chic patisserie across the river to fresh digs at Southpoint. In addition to its picture-perfect pastries, Belle Epoque will also be delivering champagne breakfasts and a lunch and dinner menu of French classics with a Queensland twist. more

Recipes
The Weekend Series: celebrate spring with these five batch cocktail recipes
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The Weekend Series: celebrate spring with these five batch cocktail recipes

Hallelujah – spring is finally here! While we’re still a few days from fully shedding all of our layers, there’s no better time to blow the dust of our cocktail cabinet. Spring is the perfect entertaining season, and the best way to entertain is with some ice-cold batch cocktails. Picnics, garden soirees, intimate dinner gatherings – not only is it convenient to have the party juice already prepared, but you can save the hassle of clearing fridge and esky space for errant six packs and wine bottles. Break out the punch bowl and wash out the pitchers, it’s batch cocktail season baby! more


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Let's get loud – feast and frolick with our BIGSOUND survival guide
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Let’s get loud – feast and frolick with our BIGSOUND survival guide

The decorations are up, the stages are set, the kegs are tapped and the frequent flyer points are getting racked up – it’s BIGSOUND time, baby! The annual music conference and sonic smorgasbord that sweeps the Valley is fast approaching, and you’re going to need some serious sustenance to get through it all. Behold, our BIGSOUND survival guide of where to eat, drink and party during the week. more

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Where to eat and drink during Brisbane Writers Festival
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Where to eat and drink during Brisbane Writers Festival

Literati, take note – from September 6–9, some of the best and brightest minds from around the world are going to be in town for the Brisbane Writers Festival. While you’re busy hopping from talk to workshop and soaking up all of the brilliance, it’s important to keep yourself fuelled – so we’ve taken the liberty of whipping up a handy list of the best spots to eat, drink and unwind in the area. more

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Pavement Whispers: Volume 187 August 28
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 187 August 28

From whispers of new parkside dining precincts to ramen pop-ups, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Restaurants
The LONgTIME crew unveils moody Japanese-inspired sibling Hôntô in Fortitude Valley
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The LONgTIME crew unveils moody Japanese-inspired sibling Hôntô in Fortitude Valley

Good things come to those who wait. It’s a proverb that can apply to a variety of situations, but it’s especially apt when it comes to Fortitude Valley’s newest restaurant Hôntô. The sleek dining destination from the team behind LONgTIME opened over the weekend after some frustrating delays, but it all seems to have been worth it. Hôntô’s stark and moody aesthetic paired with a considered menu of reimagined Japanese fare looks to be a genius combination, making the wait entrirely worthwhile. more

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Florence delivers down-to-earth fare and wholesome magic to Camp Hill
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Florence delivers down-to-earth fare and wholesome magic to Camp Hill

On Saturday August 18, Camp Hill locals awoke to a brand-new eatery that they could call their own. Martha Street’s striking new resident Florence is the brainchild of enterprising hospitality duo Elizabeth Florence and Sam Pethely, who have pooled their love of nourishing nosh and seasonal goods for an inspired locale that is already getting brunch crowds raving. more

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Comfy surrounds and community vibes a specialty at Red Hill's Gramps Cafe
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Comfy surrounds and community vibes a specialty at Red Hill’s Gramps Cafe

Red Hill’s newest cafe is built around the five C’s of hospitality – community, comfort, convenience, creativity and coffee (we might have just coined that). Adam Murphy has been collecting ideas and inspiration across a varied career in the industry, and has been showing off the fruits of his labour at his new Windsor Road eatery Gramps Cafe. With a cosily-rustic fit-out, charming service and a menu loaded with curious ingredients, Gramps Cafe is already ticking off boxes across the board. more

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Fine fare and history combine for Brisbane City’s Motorwagen
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Fine fare and history combine for Brisbane City’s Motorwagen

The invention of the world’s first petrol-powered vehicle – Carl Benz’s Motorwagen – was a landmark technological revelation. A new inner-city eatery has arrived on Adelaide Street, inspired by the innovation and vision of the 19th-century engineer. Seasoned restaurateur Sam Pask and inspired culinary mind Dylan Cashman have collaborated with Mercedes-Benz Brisbane to deliver Motorwagen, a chic dining destination that aims to evoke the same creative spirit across a sharp contemporary offering. more

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Craft Wine Store crosses the river and opens a new shop in Coorparoo
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Craft Wine Store crosses the river and opens a new shop in Coorparoo

For more than five years, Tony and Tanya Harper have been suppling Brisbane with some of the best boutique liquor around. From artisan spirits, craft beers and obscure wine labels, Craft Wine Store has earned it’s share of renown for only stocking the best. In good news for locals south of the Brisbane River, Craft Wine Store has now opened next to Coorparoo Square, offering its curated range and more space for covetable libations. more

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The Weekend Series: take a sip trip and tour southeast Queensland’s best distilleries and breweries
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The Weekend Series: take a sip trip and tour southeast Queensland’s best distilleries and breweries

It’s all well and good pouring yourself a drop of your favourite spirit at home or cracking a cold beer from the fridge, but it doesn’t quite compare to sipping from the source. If you are serious about your drink, booking yourself and your crew for a brewery or distillery tour is one of the most enjoyable ways to savour your booze of choice. Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay are home to a few enticing tours, which not only give you some insight into how your drop of choice is made, but also allows you to sample the freshest batch before it’s bottled. more

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Little Valley
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Chinese restaurants

Forget about your quick and easy takeaway joint – authentic Chinese cuisine should be properly enjoyed in the right setting. There are several spots across Brisbane that serves delicious dishes of Chinese cuisine with great atmosphere and service. Do yourself a favour and enjoy the full spectrum of tastes that Chinese cuisine affords and you’ll find yourself never settling for bain marie sweet and sour pork. more