Bars
Grassfed – Brisbane's best vegan spots
Food & Drink

The round-up: fill up on goodness at Brisbane’s best vegan spots

Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax – we aren’t here to sway you to veganism. What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling. more

Best of Brisbane
King Crab Co. | Brisbane's best crab and crustacean spots
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best spots to crack into crab and other crustaceans

There are few foodstuffs as quintessentially Australian as the trusty prawn, and barbecue season is perfect for chucking a few on the grill. That being said, there is more to the crustacean family than just prawns – we also go loco for lobster, cray cray for crayfish and bug out over Moreton Bay bugs. There are so many tasty morsels swimming about under the sea – we cast a net and have hauled in a list of spots to get your claws on some cracking crustaceans this seafood season. more

Bars
Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden's Holey Moley Golf Club
Food & Drink

Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden’s Holey Moley Golf Club

When Holey Moley Golf Club first broke onto the scene in 2016, it changed the game and redefined what was possible in the realm of hospitality-meets-entertainment concepts. More than three years on and Holey Moley bars are sprouting up everywhere, with more than 15 locations in Australian alone. Brisbane scored a second indoor putt-putt bar late last year when Holey Moley landed at the Wintergarden, giving the inner-city scene a lively hang that blends games of skill with a menu of decadent eats. more

The Grocer
What to drink when you're not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre's booze-free spirits
Food & Drink

What to drink when you’re not drinking – take your martini dry with Lyre’s booze-free spirits

You may be participating in Dry January or just detoxing from the festive season altogether, but for those of us sensible (and selfless) enough to bear the burden of being designated driver on a night out, the craving for a cocktail can be a moralistic tug-o-war. That's where Lyre's steps in – a range of delicious non-alcoholic spirits that help make a mean mocktail. more

Food News
Pavement Whispers: Volume 255 January 14
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 255 January 14

From news of an all-you-can-eat fried-chicken buffet to Taj Mahal's temporary post-fire 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

Bars
Last call – The Bowery announces its closure
Food & Drink

Last call – The Bowery announces its closure

In a blow for Fortitude Valley's bar scene, local linchpin The Bowery has announced its forthcoming closure. The storied boozer will wrap up proceedings at the end of January, but the announcement boasts a silver lining in the form of a new life for the space. more

Restaurants
Spice up your life with some neo-Chinese cuisine at Everton Plaza's Sichuan Papa
Food & Drink

Spice up your life with some neo-Chinese cuisine at Everton Plaza’s Sichuan Papa

One of the biggest boom suburbs of 2019 was Everton Park, thanks chiefly to the advent of its own foodie hub Everton Plaza. The latter half of the year was chock-full of well-received arrivals, but just when you think the precinct would settle for the festive period, one more snuck in before year's end. Sichuan Papa is a vibrant neo-Chinese eatery specialising in spicy and aromatic Sichuan-inspired fare, friendly home-style service and old-school neighbourhood restaurant intimacy. more


Casual Dining
Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley

Carnivores and those of us without dietary restrictions lead a truly privileged life. Not only is nearly the entire food pyramid open for consumption, but there is no real time restriction on when we can get it. This means that even in the wee hours of the morning (perhaps after a few beverages, who are we to judge), there's still a bunch on offer. But what about vegans? Even plant-based eaters get cravings for late-night comfort-food staples such as juicy burgers, loaded fries and decadent shakes. Nationally beloved ethical fast-food outfit Lord of the Fries has been catering to these hankerings for years down south, leaving Brisbane vegans wanting. Lord of the Fries has finally ventured our way, opening a late-night joint in Fortitude Valley just before Christmas and fast becoming a go-to for quick-and-easy plant-based, kosher and halal eats. more

Bars
Discover hidden treasures at Brisbane City's new eatery Trove
Food & Drink

Discover hidden treasures at Brisbane City’s new eatery Trove

Bar hopping in The City is all about discovery, finding hidden gems tucked away around corners and perched above street level. Brisbane CBD's newest hideaway Trove is the kind of sophisticated boozer one hopes to stumble across on a night out – a place where you can sip easy and snack comfortably, with the kind of incognito appeal you'll want to keep as your own little secret. more

Bakeries
Cinnabon's world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre
Food & Drink

Cinnabon’s world-famous buns arrive at Toombul Shopping Centre

In the lead-up to the Christmas frenzy, folks flocked to Toombul Shopping Centre in droves – not to snag some festive deals, but rather to sample the lovingly glazed buns at Australia's first Cinnabon outlet. The world-famous baked-goods dispensary opened at the revitalised hub in mid-December, going on to sell more than 20,000 cinnamon rolls in five days. These numbers alone should pique your curiosity, but if you need some more persuasion to make a pilgrimage, read on ... more

Food News
The year in review: the Gold Coast's best new openings of 2019
Food & Drink

The year in review: the Gold Coast’s best new openings of 2019

This year, the Gold Coast welcomed a little bit of everything – 2019 was truly the year of contrasts. From small 30-seat eateries and tiny hidden bars to mammoth 200-seat restaurants, the coast's dining and bar scene has received a hefty injection of stellar new arrivals over the past 12 months. We've hand picked a few of our favourite new openings of the year to give you a splash of inspo for when you're looking to try somewhere new. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 254 January 7
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 254 January 7

From news of a spicy neo-Chinese concept arriving in Brisbane's north to the closure of an Eagle Street mainstay, 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
The round-up: what's open on the Australia Day public holiday
Food & Drink

The round-up: what’s open on the Australia Day public holiday

We know you don't need to be reminded, but we've got a long weekend coming up. It's a great opportunity to catch up with friends or family, but the trick is knowing where to go. The Australia Day public holiday falls on Monday this year, so to ensure you don't get caught off guard when your local closes for the day, we've compiled a list of spots that will be operating on Monday January 27. more

Restaurants
First look – the Hellenika crew unveils SK Steak & Oyster at The Calile
Food & Drink

First look – the Hellenika crew unveils SK Steak & Oyster at The Calile

In a year jam-packed with heralded restaurant openings, Ada Lane might end 2019 as one of the biggest success stories. The micro-precinct situated adjacent to The Calile in Fortitude Valley has become home to some landmark dining destinations in recent months, and it's set to welcome one final resident just before Christmas. Owned and operated by the Hellenika crew, SK Steak & Oyster is extending the group's top-flight service to its second concept at The Calile in as many years. Set to open on Wednesday December 18, SK Steak & Oyster is bringing a timeless bar-and-grill experience to The Calile, boasting an inviting Palm Springs-inspired aesthetic, exceptional service, bottles of crisp champagne, succulent seafood and some of the best prime cuts you're likely to taste in Brisbane. more

Bars
Craft crew 4 Pines turns on the taps at its grungy Brisbane City bar
Food & Drink

Craft crew 4 Pines turns on the taps at its grungy Brisbane City bar

When 4 Pines piped its very first batch of beer more than a decade ago, no one could have fathomed just how big the brand would become. When the Australian craft-beer boom started to make waves across the country, 4 Pines was perfectly poised to ride its crest to success. Ten years on and 4 Pines beers can be found in bars, bottle shops and home fridges far and wide, but these days the brew crew is spreading the good word a different way. A collection of 4 Pines bars have popped up along the east coast, giving froth-mad punters the chance to sip the full range of beer, some small-batch exclusives and elevated pub-style fare. Brisbane is the latest city to cop a bar of its own, and it's just a short stroll from Central Station ... more

Bars
King of the Wings launches bayside street-food hub StrEAT Easy
Food & Drink

King of the Wings launches bayside street-food hub StrEAT Easy

Dylan and Katrina Pires are well acquainted with the ups and downs of running a food-truck business. The owners of beloved fried chicken-wing wagon King of the Wings have cruised the streets of Brisbane for more than six years, slinging batches of cluckin’ good bites far and wide (as far as New York, even, where they won second place at Wingfest 2016). As successful as they’ve been, they know that the livelihood of food truck vendors is largely dependent on the weather. The amount of events that have been rained out or cancelled due to fears of inclement conditions are countless, often leaving truck operators in the lurch and seeking a last-minute opportunity to sell on their stock. In a move inspired by equal parts evolution and preservation, Dylan and Katrina started pondering potential all-weather alternatives, landing on the idea of an enclosed hub where food truck… more

Bars
The year in review: 2019's biggest openings
Food & Drink

The year in review: 2019’s biggest openings

After the blockbuster year Brisbane's food scene experienced in 2018, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 2019 would be hard-pressed to to follow suit. Now that we sit on the precipice of a new decade, we've got the perfect vantage point to look back on the year that as. From our point of view, 2019 has not only matched 2018's gargantuan effort, but has even surpassed it! This year Brisbane was the beneficiary of several new restaurants, bars, cafes, breweries and live-music venues – with homegrown heroes and international names establishing must-try venues all over town. From Howard Smith Wharves consolidating its position as Brisbane's go-to dining precinct to the emergence of Fortitude Valley's Ada Lane as a hospitality juggernaut in its own right, 2019 has proven to be a landmark year in Brisbane's history. To celebrate this milestone stretch, we've cast our eye back over 2019 and… more

The Grocer
From Mexico to Queensland – Volando is the new tequila in town calling the shots
Food & Drink

From Mexico to Queensland – Volando is the new tequila in town calling the shots

There are many countries around the world to thank for our favourite alcoholic spirits – Russia and Poland for vodka, the Caribbean islands for rum, Holland for gin, Scotland and Ireland for whiskey and, of course, Mexico for tequila. Tequila tends to invoke strong feelings in its drinkers – some love it in a margarita, others prefer a straight-shot approach. If you consider yourself a lover of the spirit, we have some pretty darn exciting news to share ... more