Bars
Introducing Eleven Bridges – South Brisbane's new gin bar and craft distillery
Food & Drink

Introducing Eleven Bridges – South Brisbane’s new gin bar and craft distillery

Brisbane's got an abundance of bridges, 15 to be exact. The city also has a growing number of small-batch distilleries – the newest of which is drawing inspiration from some of Brisbane's historical overpasses. Eleven Bridges in South Brisbane is a newly open bar, eatery and craft distillery that should be a go-to destination for lovers of all things gin. Take a gander inside ahead of the official launch of Eleven Bridges' debut range next week ... more

Cafes
Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills
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Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills

Even after a bumpy year, the coffee industry is thriving. These days the standard of quality is incredibly high, meaning new entrants have to be on the ball in order to be successful. This can be a tough task for small cafes and roasting businesses, which often don't have easy access to professional resources, but The Coffee Commune is setting out to change this. Operating with the goal of helping the little guys, this newly open coffee hub is providing everything from networking opportunities with suppliers and barista-training sessions to hands-on time with roasting apparatus and mentoring programs. The Coffee Commune officially opened this week – read on to have a look inside this caffeine-centric wonderland ... more

Bars
Take a trip to Tel Aviv at ZA ZA TA's cocktail bar sibling Kazba
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Take a trip to Tel Aviv at ZA ZA TA’s cocktail bar sibling Kazba

A good bar will help you forget about the world for a while, but a great one can transport you to another part of it. Kazba is a brand-new cocktail and snack spot that looks to shuttle sippers to Israel, where drink making is less a vocation and more of an alchemical art form. Here, spices, spirits and specialised ingredients are mixed to create tempting decoctions, each given life with a bit of theatricality. What results is a transportive (and thirst quenching) experience not readily found in Brisbane. Kazba opens this Friday March 19 – here's what you can expect ... more

Bakeries
Pavement Whispers: Albion's Craft'd Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct
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Pavement Whispers: Albion’s Craft’d Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct

If we told you there was a venue in Brisbane that housed a craft-beer brewery, specialty espresso bar, street food and farmers market, patisserie, wine and cocktail bar, and live-music facilities, you'd probably say that such a unicorn-like venue didn't exist. You'd be technically right, but not for long! Today, Wednesday March 17, the team behind Craft'd Grounds is revealing the first details of its forthcoming 2600-sqm all-in-one hospitality hub. Here's what we know ... more

Bars
Pavement Whispers: BrewDog reveals plans to open a craft-beer hotel here in Brisbane
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Pavement Whispers: BrewDog reveals plans to open a craft-beer hotel here in Brisbane

We love a lavish hotel experience. Room service, poolside cabanas, housekeeping – in all honesty, the hotel might be one of the best parts of any vacay or staycay experience. In good news for anyone who has ever wished to stay in a hotel room with its own beer tap, BrewDog has announced today its multi-phase plan to build upon its Murarrie beer campus, including the construction of Australia's first-ever craft-beer hotel. Here's what we know ... more

Food News
Simply the zest – upgrade your cocktail with artisanal dehydrated garnishes from Sonny's Food Co.
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Simply the zest – upgrade your cocktail with artisanal dehydrated garnishes from Sonny’s Food Co.

Whenever we dive into our home bar cart and attempt to make an Insta-worthy cocktail, there always seems to be an ingredient missing. Sure, you might have the tequila, triple sec and even fresh limes to make that perfect homemade margarita but it just needs that extra oomph – and that's where Sonny's Food Co. comes in. Set to take your mixology and charcuterie-board-building skills to the next level, Sonny's offers a selection of artisanal dehydrated garnishes that will have you feeling super proud of your curated cocktail or cheese board. more

Best of Brisbane
Taro's Ramen | Brisbane's best ramen | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: slurp up the best ramen in Brisbane

Once the mercury starts to drop (or the rain sets in), ramen season comes on in full force. Ramen is quickly catching on in popularity around town, with several noodle soup joints specialising in the hearty dish. Forget all about your five-pack of instant mie goreng ramen noodles – the real deal is so much better that it’s unfair to call them both ramen. We’ve compiled a list of the best spots to get your slurp on, which we reckon is worth a hearty (r)amen!   more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 299 March 16
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 299 March 16

From news of a clandestine 1920s Shanghai-style cocktail bar to a brand-new Italian fine diner for Fortitude Valley, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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
Stones Corner scores a slice of New York City with the arrival of Brooklyn Depot
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Stones Corner scores a slice of New York City with the arrival of Brooklyn Depot

Stacked burgers, loaded hot dogs, photograph-worthy cocktails – if we were to summarise the best bits of Brooklyn Depot, we'd probably start with these three. With more time we'd also mention the barbecued morsels, decadent milkshakes and hip New York-inspired vibes. And, if we could go on longer, we'd also discuss the loaded fries, mozzarella sticks and mouth-watering desserts. Oh, and it'd also be good to mention that Brooklyn Depot has also opened in Stones Corner, with all the aforementioned highlights available seven days a week. There's almost too much to touch on, but, seeing as you've twisted our arm, we'll happily divulge all the details – read on to learn more ... more

Casual Dining
Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George
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Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George

If there's one thing that grinds our gears, it's having to hit multiple spots to cover all our nourishment needs – especially when we haven't got time to spare. Three pals are looking to solve that issue with a new all-in one pitstop in the heart of Brisbane City's busiest strip. Harvest on George and Meet Me in the Morning is a double whammy dispensary from a team that knows all about killer service. more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: localise your bar cart with Southeast Queensland's best craft spirits
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The round-up: localise your bar cart with Southeast Queensland’s best craft spirits

If the COVID lockdowns were good for one thing, it forced us to pay more attention to our home bar situation. With local watering holes shuttered for a lengthy stretch, many of us chose to support the independent craft spirit scene by stocking up on bottles for at-home consumption. Even though the bars are back open, we're still invested in making our cocktail cart as good as it can be. Southeast Queensland's boutique distilling industry is booming right now, with many small-batch operations putting the state on the map when it comes to craft sips. We've collated a list of top-notch distilleries from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, helping you fill any gaps in your collection or encourage you to replenish depleted stocks. more

Best of Brisbane
Turn your Monday blues into midday brews – our day-by-day guide to lunching in The City
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Turn your Monday blues into midday brews – our day-by-day guide to lunching in The City

If there's one thing we look forward to during the workday, it's lunch. For the city dwellers among us, this hour of sweet relief from your inbox and to-do list is also the perfect time to start exploring the wealth of eateries scattered around The City. So you can find the hidden treasures and most delicious eats, we have rounded up some of the best spots to take a breather and a few bites during lunchtime. Now, all you have to do is wait for the clock to strike 12:00 pm ... more

Bars
Now pouring – Queensland mixer crew Long Rays unveils its innovative tonic and soda fountain
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Now pouring – Queensland mixer crew Long Rays unveils its innovative tonic and soda fountain

Nothing grinds our gears more than ordering a gin and tonic and seeing the bartender reach for the bottle of bottom-shelf tonic. We think good gin deserves to be paired with an equally good tonic, and the crew behind Brisbane-born Long Rays agrees. The burgeoning brand is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the mixer game and today marks its first foray into the realm of bar apparatus. Long Rays has installed a specialty tap system at one of Brisbane's best bars, not only helping spread its product to the masses, but also help do its part in combatting excess landfill. more

Food News
All I want for Easter is Cocktail Porter's chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits
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All I want for Easter is Cocktail Porter’s chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits

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

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 298 March 9
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 298 March 9

From news of a Bali-inspired rooftop bar and restaurant for Bulimba and a brand-new cafe-meets-wine bar in Coorparoo, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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

Cafes
Savour kindness in a cup and personality on a plate at Hendra's Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster
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Savour kindness in a cup and personality on a plate at Hendra’s Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster

Two years on from the closure of its popular Gerler Road cafe, Dandelion & Driftwood has made its triumphant return to Hendra. On Sunday February 28, Penny and Peter Wolff (of Wolff Coffee Roasters fame) officially opened the doors to the cafe's third iteration Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster – a homely and welcoming locale that is greatly expanding upon the model that cemented its predecessor as a local go-to. The team is showing off a sensory-driven menu featuring a host of familiar and warming classics that have been given some memorable twists, served alongside Dandelion & Driftwood's revered coffee offering and a sumptuous high-tea experience. more

Casual Dining
South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social
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South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social

One of the most popular under-the-radar arrivals on the foodie scene has built a cult following almost solely thanks to word of mouth. The Cedar Social, tucked away off Samford Road in Ferny Hills, is the latest community-oriented concept from the ever-busy Pizzantica team, which brought its style of authentic south-Italian fare to the suburb in early January. Folks are flocking from all over to snag a seat in The Cedar Social's festoon light-illuminated beer garden, eager for a taste of the venue's piping-hot pizzas, effervescent spritzes and delectable dolci. more

Casual Dining
The Phat Boy team brings the tastes of Thailand to Brisbane Quarter with Som Tum Bar
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The Phat Boy team brings the tastes of Thailand to Brisbane Quarter with Som Tum Bar

Any frequent devourer of Thai food knows that som tum (that is green papaya salad) is a core staple of the cuisine. While many of us enjoy the refreshing (and slightly spicy) dish as an accompaniment to a larger feast, in Thailand som tum is widely beloved as a street food go-to, with many dedicated outlets dispensing an array of variations. The crew behind Phat Boy, Phat Elephant and Chai Thai is looking to increase the profile of the specialty in Brisbane, opening the city's first dedicated som tum bar in Brisbane Quarter last week. This newcomer isn't your average salad bar. Read on to find out why ... more

Casual Dining
Say hola to La Mexicana – the new street-food pop-up at Howard Smith Wharves
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Say hola to La Mexicana – the new street-food pop-up at Howard Smith Wharves

While we're dreaming of holidays to the Baja California peninsula and fantasising about sipping margaritas on the beaches of Playa del Carmen, overseas travelling is still a pipe dream for now. Howard Smith Wharves is looking to offer a handy substitute much closer to home in the form of La Mexicana – a new Mexican-inspired pop-up slinging guac, lamb barbacoa and tequila from today, Friday February 26. more