Bars
Old dog, new tricks – The Normanby Hotel reopens to the public
Food & Drink

Old dog, new tricks – The Normanby Hotel reopens to the public

Everyone has a story about a night out at The Normanby Hotel. Few pubs in Brisbane's hospitality landscape can boast as much shared history as the heritage-listed building perched near the Normanby five-ways, but even long-standing icons need some TLC. Following its sale and some significant refurbishments earlier this year, The Normanby Hotel reopened to the public last week with a new look and feel. While substantial, these changes mark less of an identity shift and more a return to the hotel's roots. Gone are the raucous carpark Sunday sessions – the modern-day Normanby pays homage to its clubhouse beginnings, while simultaneously overhauling the amenities and offering to cater for contemporary tastes. more

Restaurants
The times, they are a changin' – LONgTIME announces its closure (and some other big news)
Food & Drink

The times, they are a changin’ – LONgTIME announces its closure (and some other big news)

Yes, you read that correctly – the crew behind beloved Thai restaurant LONgTIME has announced that the venue will close at the end of November, making way for some big changes. While that may seem like devastating news to most, the silver lining is actually rather iridescent. Mere days after LONgTIME's closure, the restaurant's team will unveil Same Same, a brand-new 80-seat restaurant and bar currently taking shape on The Calile's Ada Lane precinct. While LONgTIME's greatest hits make the move to James Street, the LONgTIME space itself will transform into a dedicated functions venue. Here's what we know ... more

Restaurants
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind gangster cuisine experience at Spring Hill's Restaurant Indriya
Food & Drink

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind gangster cuisine experience at Spring Hill’s Restaurant Indriya

A chef's table experience is the pinnacle of any fine-dining restaurant's offering. It's where the chef gets to go all out and flex their culinary muscles to plate up the truest essence of the restaurant's identity. Imagine, then, if a restaurant only offered chef's table dining. That would be something pretty special, right? This is the idea behind Restaurant Indriya, a lavishly styled venue in Spring Hill that specialises in a multi-sensory experience based around the skills of chef Eugene Lee. Restaurant Indriya's mould-breaking dining experience gives guests a deep dive into what Eugene describes as gangster cuisine. Want to know what that means? Read on ... more

Best of Brisbane
Mecca Bah | Brisbane's best Middle Eastern
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best Middle Eastern eateries

The world of Middle Eastern cuisine is as varied as it is delicious. Drawing upon some of the oldest living cultures in the world, this type of food is not just about filling your belly – it’s about the experience of sharing with friends and family. These communal vibes combine with amazing traditional cooking techniques and ancient recipes to create a dining experience that truly transports you to another world – and luckily, Brisbane is bursting with its own amazing pockets of Middle Eastern eats to try. From shakshuka to shawarma, we’ve rounded up the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Brisbane that will make you feel like part of the family. more

The Grocer
Brisbane's own – Winston Quinn launches its debut range of boutique gin
Food & Drink

Brisbane’s own – Winston Quinn launches its debut range of boutique gin

Earlier this year, we revealed that Brisbane would soon boast a boutique inner-city gin distillery and cellar-door bar of its own in the form of Winston Quinn. After months of eager anticipation, the distillery is giving sippers the chance to taste the product for the very first time. Winston Quinn is rolling out its core range of artfully distilled, beautifully designed and incredibly tasty drops from this weekend, but we know where you can get a taste right now ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 241 September 24
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 241 September 24

From news of Barko & Co's West End expansion and a new Tex-Mex bar and eatery for Chermside, 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
Old meets new at Brisbane City's subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour
Food & Drink

Old meets new at Brisbane City’s subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour

The Rowes Arcade building on Edward Street boasts a strong hospitality lineage stretching back to the early 1900s. From the landmark 380-seater Rowe's Cafe (named after hospitality icon Minna Rowe), all the way through to the days of Rosie's Nightclub and Sonny's House of Blues, the heritage-listed building has housed its fare share of daytime and late-night destinations. The latest in this long line of hotspots – Miss Demeanour – is dipping into this heritage, paying homage to what's come before while still firmly looking toward the future with an all-day (and night) offering that boasts a welcoming and cheeky appeal. more


Bars
Salsa in the suburbs – Comuna Cantina sashays into Everton Plaza
Food & Drink

Salsa in the suburbs – Comuna Cantina sashays into Everton Plaza

Mouth-watering food, sip-worthy cocktails, lively music and engaging company – is there a better recipe for a good time? According to the team Comuna Cantina, that's just about the pinnacle of happiness. The South American-inspired bar and eatery is all about positive vibes and living life to the fullest – the kind of attitude and energy that is infectious in the best way. Comuna Cantina is bringing its brand of buzzing hospitality to Brisbane's northern suburbs, opening a brand-new location at Everton Plaza tomorrow, Thursday September 19. With a menu of eye-popping Latin American street eats, colourful cocktails and a spacious venue to match, good times will be inevitable. more

Bars
The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead
Food & Drink

The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead

Imagine this – you're sitting in the heart of a lavishly appointed French court, sipping top-shelf champagne in the shade of an olive tree, with snacks at your elbow and your every want and need taken care of by attentive wait staff. Usually you'd need to hop on a plane and spend a chunky sum to enjoy an experience like this, but a new venue in Newstead might just be the next best option. The Matriarch is a stately warehouse hub of European-inspired hospitality, catering to brunch lovers, bubbly sippers, high-tea hunters and tapas enthusiasts. more

Bars
Picture-perfect pop-up bar Fredericks opens at West Village
Food & Drink

Picture-perfect pop-up bar Fredericks opens at West Village

As West Village inches closer to the start of its next stage of construction, the flourishing hub is giving locals a taste of what to expect from the precinct in 2020 and beyond. A crew of Brisbane hospitality superstars has teamed up with a pair of notable film designers to create Fredericks, a colourful pop-up bar specialising in choice bites, crafted cocktails and on-point summery vibes. more

Restaurants
Na Bangkok brings Thai street food to FudoDori
Food & Drink

Na Bangkok brings Thai street food to FudoDori

Darase Kraykaew has been keeping folks fed and watered with her beloved Thai restaurant At Bangkok since 2007. The popular restaurant – located in the heart of Chinatown in Haymarket – is know for being open until 5:00 am, ensuring guests can get a fix of Thai street food in the wee hours of the morning. In fantastic news for fans of authentic Thai fare, Darase is bringing her culinary concept north, opening sibling restaurant Na Bangkok at Elizabeth Street precinct FudoDori today, Friday September 13. Na Bangkok's menu of inspired eats will not only tantalise tastebuds, but will educate diners on the origins of some of Thailand's most popular dishes. more

The Grocer
Get natural and organic wines delivered to your door with Act of Wine's tailored subscription
Food & Drink

Get natural and organic wines delivered to your door with Act of Wine’s tailored subscription

It's Friday, you're standing in the wine aisle at your local bottle shop perusing the labels for something that stands out and captures your attention, something new. After several minutes, you become overwhelmed at the sheer volume of choice and you opt for the old familiar bottle you've had a thousand times before. If this scenario sounds a little too familiar or you're looking to step up your home sipping game, say hello to Act of Wine's subscription service for natural and organic drops – it could very well be the best thing since sliced bread, except it's better than bread because it's wine. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 240 September 17
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 240 September 17

From news of the new Japanese izakaya from the crew behind Greca to Brisbane Airport's jam-packed food hall, 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

Casual Dining
Burgers for ballers – larger-than-life burger joint Milky Lane arrives in Newstead
Food & Drink

Burgers for ballers – larger-than-life burger joint Milky Lane arrives in Newstead

The hip-hop hits are pumping, the patties are sizzling and the drinks are on ice – Milky Lane is here! After several months of waiting, the next-level burger concept is set to open at Gasworks Plaza tomorrow, Wednesday September 11. Having already dominated tastebuds across Sydney and Surfers Paradise, Milky Lane is all geared up to blow diners away with a mammoth menu of hip-hop inspired handfuls, salivation-worthy snacks, decadent desserts and wickedly inventive cocktails. more

Events
High tea gets elevated – Perrier-Jouët launches its Art of the Wild event series
Food & Drink

High tea gets elevated – Perrier-Jouët launches its Art of the Wild event series

One of France's famed boutique champagne houses is kicking off a month-long multi-sensory art and culinary series this week when it takes over part of the Emporium Hotel in South Bank. The Art of the Wild champagne garden pop-up program is flush with artisanal experiences, establishing The Terrace's VIP dining room as the place to be for gourmet high teas, dessert tastings, painting masterclasses and champagne sampling. more

Bars
Netherworld | Brisbane's ten best bars
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best bars as voted by you

Brisbane’s bar culture is booming, meaning we are never short of spots to get a cheeky knock-off cocktail or blow the froth off a few cold ones on a weekend. We’re not just lucky in the quantity stakes, we’ve also been blessed with a quality collection of watering holes. This year’s EAT/drink Awards asked readers to tell us which bars they thought deserved the honour of being named Brisbane’s best, and we’ve got to hand it to you – you’ve all got great taste. Although the title of Brisbane’s best bar was hotly contested, we’ve managed to narrow it down to a top ten list – with a little help from you all, of course. more

Best of Brisbane
Proof BBQ & Booze | Brisbane's best American barbecue
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best American barbecue restaurants

Apologies in advance to all plant-based eaters out there – this round-up is strictly for the carnivores. This time around, we’re checking out the finest hunks of meat available around town. No, we’re not talking about Aussie Thunder Male Revue. We’re talking about barbecue – American barbecue, to be precise. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausages – if it’s smoky, saucy and meaty, it’s exactly what we’re after. We’ve assembled a list of some of the best bricks-and-mortar barbecue locations in Brisbane. Be wary of reading while hungry – this list will get the salivation glands working overtime. more