Bars
The Billykart Kitchen crew unveils its burger joint concept Bender's Bar in West End
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The Billykart Kitchen crew unveils its burger joint concept Bender’s Bar in West End

Billykart Kitchen's cheeseburger has a formidable reputation. Serious die-hard burger lovers place it amongst Brisbane's best, and it has evolved from being one of Billykart's most underrated menu choices to a having a full-blown bar concept inspired by its popularity. After seducing the tastebuds of West End locals with his burger-centric outlet Billykart Bar, Ben O'Donoghue and his culinary crew have shifted the concept across the road for new neighbourhood bar and burger joint Bender's. Bender's Bar officially opens today, Thursday November 7, giving fans of Billykart Bar's burgers and sides more room to munch. more

Cafes
Run to Paradise – Fortitude Valley's charming new brunch spot
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Run to Paradise – Fortitude Valley’s charming new brunch spot

The corner of Alfred and Constance Street was once one of the buzziest hubs in Fortitude Valley. Since the closure of Alfredo's, Kwan Brothers and Doughnut Time, several tenancies have sat idle, but two young and enterprising coffee lovers are injecting some new life into the strip with their cafe Paradise. After operating as a grab-and-go coffee and pastry pit-stop, Paradise has opened up its full interior, debuting a menu of wholesome eats conceived by a former MasterChef contestant and a welcoming space that's easy on the eyes. more

Bars
Range Brewing
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best craft-beer brewery crawls to embark on

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed a surge in craft-beer breweries opening around Brisbane. Over the past three to four years, Brisbane has seen a huge influx of froth-soaked newcomers, with loads of independent brewers opening tipple temples to great acclaim. There’s never been a better time to be a beer fan in Brisbane, so if you’re keen to tick a few names off this summer, we’ve assembled a list of Brisbane's best craft-beer brewery crawls to give you a sample of the plethora of Brisbane's top-notch breweries. more

Bars
From Byron to Brisbane – Stone & Wood opens its Fortitude Valley brewery
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From Byron to Brisbane – Stone & Wood opens its Fortitude Valley brewery

Back in 2008 – when Australia's craft-beer scene was in its infancy – it was a humble Byron Bay-based brewery that first forged some of the initial major in-roads into Australia's consumer consciousness. As craft beer has vied for a larger piece of mainstream beer's market share over the past decade, Stone & Wood has emerged as one of the leading names of Australia's new wave of boutique booze. Now, as one of the elder statesmen of the scene, Stone & Wood's reach has spread far and wide, but the brand has retained its staunchly independent and community minded approach, choosing to focus on its own back yard instead of far-reaching expansion. Last Friday November 1 saw Stone & Wood open its first brewery and taproom outside of Byron Bay – tapping kegs at a brand-new hub in Fortitude Valley. Blending some carefree Byron vibes with some distinctly Brisbane grit, this beery arrival… more

Restaurants
South Brisbane's Gauge unveils a new look and menu
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South Brisbane’s Gauge unveils a new look and menu

No matter the field, the secret to sustained longevity is savvy reinvention. David Bowie found mainstream success after his transformation into Ziggy Stardust (and then the Thin White Duke) in the 1970s, Netflix evolved from a humble DVD delivery service into a streaming juggernaut, and Copenhagen's noma regularly overhauls its menu offering to capitalise on the most intriguing ingredients of the moment. One of Brisbane's best restaurants Gauge has recently undergone a pivot, giving its interior a sprucing while shifting its menu and service style with some tasteful tinkering. more

Restaurants
Walter's Steakhouse
Food & Drink

The round-up: stomach stuffers over stocking stuffers – where to eat on Christmas Day

With Halloween now in our rear-view mirror, it's time to take stock of what's ahead. The biggest holiday milestone on the horizon is Christmas and, whether you're ready or not, it's coming fast. The Christmas Day celebration is one of the most joyous and frustrating aspects of the festive season. In addition to dealing with cantankerous in-laws, gift wrapping and ensuring cookies are laid out for Santa, you've got a whole meal (or several meals) to prepare. Well, what if you let someone else take care of the cooking this year? Christmas is all about enjoying yourself, so leave the meal prep and cooking up to the experts and relax. We’ve decided to give you your gift early in the form of this list of spots to chow down on Christmas Day, so now all you have to do is sort out your own present shopping (you should really get on that, we're expecting something good). more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 247 November 5
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 247 November 5

From news of a new darts bar in Fortitude Valley and nodo's next Brisbane location, 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
Meek Social House brings coastal boho vibes to Woolloongabba
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Meek Social House brings coastal boho vibes to Woolloongabba

As Woolloongabba's South City Square inches closer to completion, some exciting food and drink concepts are starting to fill in the development's ground-level tenancies. Hot off the success of their coffee and brunch nook Tuckshop Time, Greg Mclean and Caity Jones have softly opened their second South City Square concept Meek Social House. Blending chic Newport Beach-inspired vibes and a warm approachability, Meek Social House is shaping up to be the preferred meeting point for the development's residents and the greater Woolloongabba community, with an offering that caters to the express-lunch crowd and late-night tipple seekers alike. more

Restaurants
Sushi degustation restaurant Shishou opens in Fortitude Valley
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Sushi degustation restaurant Shishou opens in Fortitude Valley

Forget the crowded sushi trains and fish-shaped single-serve soy sauce portions – the pinnacle of sushi experiences has arrived in Brisbane. Shishou – Fortitude Valley's new (and seriously intimate) degustation-only eatery – takes sushi and elevates it to fine-dining levels, presenting course after course of artfully arranged pieces crafted by a sushi master. more

Food News
Get thirsty Brisbane – Scottish craft-beer trailblazers BrewDog set to open taproom and brewery
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Get thirsty Brisbane – Scottish craft-beer trailblazers BrewDog set to open taproom and brewery

When whispers of BrewDog's first Australian brewery surfaced back in February 2018, beer lovers were chomping at the bit for more information. Well, frothy fiends, here it is. All of the delicious deets for BrewDog's brand-spanking-new taproom and state-of-the-art brewery, which is set to open its doors at Murarrie next month. The colossal venue will be the first on Australian soil for the Scottish craft-beer trailblazers and BrewDog's 94th bar globally so hold on to your hats folks, this is going to be big. more

Cafes
Florence | Brisbane's best new cafes
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best new cafes – as voted by you!

There's never been a better time to be a breakfast seeker or coffee connoisseur – the past year and a half has seen a huge influx of quality cafes staking out territory across Brisbane's brunch landscape. Each of these newcomers is adding greater depth to the scene, with culinary risk taking being a common thread amongst much of the new wave. During our most recent EAT/drink Awards sponsored by Newstead Brewing Co., we asked our readership (that's you!) to tell us which of these newcomers you considered to be the best of the bunch. We crunched the numbers, and can now reveal Brisbane's ten best new cafes, as decided by The Weekend Edition's discerning readers! more

Best of Brisbane
Donna Chang | Brisbane's best Chinese restaurants
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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

The Grocer
Spruce up your work lunch and life with a tiny jar of Meredith Dairy Goat Cheese
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Spruce up your work lunch and life with a tiny jar of Meredith Dairy Goat Cheese

Look, we'll admit it – the vast majority of us here at The Weekend Edition are total turophiles. There, we said it. We don't just like cheese, we love it! We obsess over it and spend more time than we'd like to admit talking about it and thinking about it, which is precisely why we're so excited that Meredith Dairy has released its delicious marinated goat cheese in super handy 100-gram jars. more

Food News
Bee the change at Brookie's Bees & Cheese Workshop
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Bee the change at Brookie’s Bees & Cheese Workshop

We don't mean to get all doom and gloom on you but in the last five years, the bee population has dropped by a third and, according to The Threads For Change, if bees were to cease to exist, humans would have four years left to live. So, while they may be small, bees are indeed mighty and imperative to our way of life. If you're keen to learn more about the bees and how you can help them not just survive but thrive, Brookie's Bees & Cheese Workshop is for you. more

Food News
Don't walk, run – McDonald's releases bottles of the real deal Big Mac Special Sauce
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Don’t walk, run – McDonald’s releases bottles of the real deal Big Mac Special Sauce

With two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun, the mighty Big Mac is a thing of beauty to be admired (before being promptly devoured, that is). Well now McDonald's is giving you even more reason to make haste to the golden arches because 144,000 bottles of the real-deal burger sauce will be sold in participating restaurants across the country as part of McHappy Day so strap on your McSkates, mates! more

Events
Gather your girls for gin tasting and pampering at Brooklyn Beauty Bar
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Gather your girls for gin tasting and pampering at Brooklyn Beauty Bar

If you've ever found the experience of getting the girls (and guys!) together for a little pre-party pamper is actually more fun than the festivities themselves, Brooklyn Beauty Bar's brand new party menu is right up your alley. It brings together all the best parts of getting ready, except with professional beauty treatments and gin – because everything is better with gin. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 246 October 29
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 246 October 29

From news of a new concept for one of Brisbane's best restaurateurs to the next wave of Brisbane cafes, 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
Now open – Beaux Rumble brings a touch of luxe to Ada Lane
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Now open – Beaux Rumble brings a touch of luxe to Ada Lane

New York City is flush with must-visit tourist destinations. Landmarks like Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, the Rockefeller Centre and the Statue of Liberty are justifiably impressive, but when it comes to sheer number of visitors, Grand Central Station takes the cake. From the main concourse to its myriad of hidden rooms, nooks and crannies, few major transit stations boast the same kind of stately majesty as Grand Central. This historic building (and its iconic Beaux-Arts architectural style) forms a core inspirational component of Beaux Rumble, Ada Lane's brand-new restaurant. The brainchild of a top-notch hospitality group, a Michelin-starred chef and an imaginative interior designer – Beaux Rumble boasts a classic approach, a dynamic offering and a soft-yet-refined aesthetic. more

Bars
Can you keep a secret? Luxe speakeasy Shhh! opens in Fortitude Valley
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Can you keep a secret? Luxe speakeasy Shhh! opens in Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley's entertainment precinct has a new resident – a sophisticated watering hole inspired by the lush cocktail parlours of London's bar scene. Mood lighting, cushy booths, secluded nooks – this hotspot offers a brand of incognito hospitality perfect for an intimate rendezvous over a low-key libation. Shhh! (yes, that's the bar's name) offers secretive speakeasy vibes, an impressive array of cocktails and top-shelf spirits. Shhh! opens to the public on Friday October 25. Here's where to find it ... more