Bars
The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on New Year's Day
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on New Year’s Day

As the sun sets on 2021, we're all too eager to look towards the bright dawn of 2022. Sure, we're still dealing with a pesky pandemic, but we choose to be hopeful for the future. If you, too, like to start your year on a positive note, then take a leaf out of our book and kick off 2022 with a dynamo feed at one of Brisbane's terrific diners. Scores of cafes, bars and restaurants are open on New Year's Day (and its observed public holiday on Monday January 3) – all you have to do is make the choice of where to feast. Here's a list of some handy suggestions to choose from ... more

Restaurants
Step inside Rothwell’s Bar & Grill – Brisbane City's new home of classic bistro dining
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Step inside Rothwell’s Bar & Grill – Brisbane City’s new home of classic bistro dining

Brisbane City's restaurant scene is having a moment, with a number of elegant eateries setting up inside some of the precinct's glamorous heritage-listed buildings. The newest entrant, Rothwell's Bar & Grill, opened on Edward Street on Tuesday November 23 and immediately turned heads with its well-dressed interior and menu of sumptuous European-tinged bistro fare. It's no wonder that this opening is causing a stir – it's the result of a partnership between the owner of 1889 Enoteca and the former head chef of Aria Brisbane. If that's not enough of a blue-chip pedigree to get you interested, we don't know what to tell you. We took a tour inside Rothwell's Bar & Grill – here's what we saw ... more

Bars
Head to Teneriffe joint, Rita's Tequila and Taqueria, for mezcal, margaritas and playful non-Mexican cuisine
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Head to Teneriffe joint, Rita’s Tequila and Taqueria, for mezcal, margaritas and playful non-Mexican cuisine

We're calling it now – this summer will be the season of margaritas. Give us agave in abundance, all the citrus juice we can handle and a silly amount of salt and we'll be content. Rita's Tequila and Taqueria – the new bar and eatery from the spaghetti-slinging Siffredi's crew – is making margaritas galore at its location at the base of the Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Woolstores on Vernon Terrace in Teneriffe. In addition to mouth-watering riffs on the zingy cocktail staple, expect a playful take on Mexican snacks (including braised roo tail tacos and raw tuna tostadas) and some breezy street-side ambiance. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Simon Gloftis to open high-end Japanese restaurant Sushi Room at The Calile Hotel
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Pavement Whispers: Simon Gloftis to open high-end Japanese restaurant Sushi Room at The Calile Hotel

We know what you're thinking – isn't Simon Gloftis already opening a new restaurant? Yes, eagle-eyed friends, he is. But when Simon Gloftis has a vision, there isn't much that can stop him. In addition to anticipated all-vegetarian eatery Sunshine, Simon Gloftis and his skilled team have just announced that they will also be opening a Japanese restaurant – Sushi Room – in the early months of 2022. We chatted with Simon this week to get all of the delicious details ... more

Bars
Raise the roof – Valley Hops Brewing unveils its sun-soaked brewhouse and bar
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Raise the roof – Valley Hops Brewing unveils its sun-soaked brewhouse and bar

Brisbane has craft breweries popping up everywhere these days, from the backstreets of suburban industrial estates to the gently lapping banks of the Brisbane River. Up until now, every craft-beer maker has been more or less earthbound, with tanks firmly secured to terrestrial foundations. Valley Hops Brewing is taking the art of beer making to new heights, literally – its newly opened brewhouse and bar sits several levels above terra firma on the roof of Fortitude Valley icon Cloudland. Boasting a vantage point above the nightlife precinct's heaving streets and a range of brews inspired by The Valley's people, places and moments in time, Valley Hops is a novel addition to Brisbane's bar scene and is shaping up to be a popular destination for summertime sipping. more

Restaurants
Argentinian-inspired restaurant and bar Evita opens inside a heritage Fortitude Valley hideaway
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Argentinian-inspired restaurant and bar Evita opens inside a heritage Fortitude Valley hideaway

Tomahawk steaks and whole lobsters cooked over oak and ash, a wine list boasting close to 300 bottles from Latin America and further abroad, a pisco-soaked cocktail list, and some chic heritage-listed surrounds – those are some of the top-line highlights one can expect from an outing at Fortitude Valley newcomer Evita. The fetching arrival (which opened to the public last week) is the result of a culinary collab between two hot-shot hospo groups, designed to deliver transportive tastes and atmospheric ambience influenced by the rich culture of Buenos Aires. This spot isn't only for fans of fire-singed fare – Evita's looking to become a go-to spot for any lover of adventurous epicurean outings. more

Bars
The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

We don't want to alarm you, but today is November 25. Just let that sink in – November. 25. With one incredibly busy month ahead of us in the lead up to Christmas, we thought we should stop and reflect on the month that has been. October boasted a cavalcade of openings, from a retro Italian restaurant to a heritage-listed brasserie housed in an old bank. Been too busy to check in on Brisbane's dining scene lately? Here is a quick round-up of the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes of the month. more

Bars
Brewtide, Albion's new craft-beer brewery, bar and cellar, starts pouring at Craft'd Grounds
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Brewtide, Albion’s new craft-beer brewery, bar and cellar, starts pouring at Craft’d Grounds

Albion's dining and lifestyle precinct Craft'd Grounds has been touted as a year-defining arrival for Brisbane's hospitality scene. Our excitement levels have grown with every drip-fed announcement of Craft'd Grounds' residents. With a brewery, bottle shop, coffee roaster, restaurant and deli all on the cards, we found ourselves wondering how it was all meant to fit. Well, our questions have been partly answered with the soft opening of Brewtide, a craft-beer brewery, taphouse and cellar that is championing local output and independent alcohol makers from across the country. If you've been champing at the bit to drink deeply from Brewtide's frosty schooners, here is your first chance. more


Casual Dining
Dumpling dens, sky-high bars and margarita meccas – the top places to eat and drink this Christmas
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Dumpling dens, sky-high bars and margarita meccas – the top places to eat and drink this Christmas

'Tis the season to feast! Christmas is just around the corner and the silly season is prime time to sip, snack and satiate your cravings, as well as the perfect excuse to gather your crew for some quality time around the table. Whether you’re planning to down cocktails with your colleagues, you're looking to level up date night or the whole family is out and about, we’ve got you covered – here are some of the best places to eat and drink in Brisbane this festive season. more

The Drop
The Drop with Olivia Evans – gift wine, not stuff!
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The Drop with Olivia Evans – gift wine, not stuff!

I’ve never been a huge lover of material objects, particularly when they are just for the sake of giving. Christmas time often has us scrambling around trying to find presents for each other – my thoughts for the best presents often induce a thirst. When buying gifts, I make sure they are either experiences, consumable or highly practical. If you get where I am going with this, wine perfectly fits all! more

Casual Dining
Festive feasting – where to have a merry meal at West Village this Christmas
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Festive feasting – where to have a merry meal at West Village this Christmas

With restaurants opening left, right and centre, there's no doubt that West End dining and retail precinct West Village has thrived in the past year. In 2021 alone, West Village added Lebanese cuisine, Italian eats, burgers and poke to its culinary offering. With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we would round up some of our favourite places to eat at West Village, just in case you feel like a spot of festive feasting ... more

Food News
Hassle-free healthy eating – Chefgood is bringing top-notch feeds straight to your door
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Hassle-free healthy eating – Chefgood is bringing top-notch feeds straight to your door

With summer on the horizon and the silly season already in full swing, our mission to make healthy choices as much as possible is a constant struggle. Whilst weekends might be full of festive revelry, the least we can do during the coming months is eat nutritious meals where we can during the week. Helping you to do just this – without costly grocery bills and hours spent in the kitchen meal prepping – is meal delivery service Chefgood. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 335 November 23
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 335 November 23

From news of a wine bar, brewpub and steakhouse for South City Square to a nationally renowned chef's new Noosa food hub, 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

Restaurants
Style, swagger and seductiveness – retro-inspired charmer Sasso Italiano opens in Woolloongabba
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Style, swagger and seductiveness – retro-inspired charmer Sasso Italiano opens in Woolloongabba

Many of the Italian-American eateries that proliferated across the USA in the 60s and 70s remain enduring culinary icons. These neighbourhood trattorias evolved into community institutions, creating a legacy of hospitality that continues to inspire successive generations of epicurean entrepreneurs. The owners of Woolloongabba's new eatery Sasso Italiano count themselves among the new breed of operators blending this old-school approach with a touch of contemporary chic. The restaurant, the first of many new concepts in the works at South City Square on Logan Road, is serving up a menu of trattoria staples (think rigatoni amatraciana, cotoletta, meatballs, cacio e pepe and margherita pizza) and a drinks list headlined by ten kinds of negroni in surrounds that sublimely harmonise the aesthetics of past and present. more

Casual Dining
Ditch the soggy sanga for a bready beauty from Windsor specialist Sunny Side Sandwiches
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Ditch the soggy sanga for a bready beauty from Windsor specialist Sunny Side Sandwiches

Whether its a simple ham-and-cheese, a bang-on BLT or a more elaborate croque madame, sandwiches are one of the most perennially popular meals in the world thanks, in large part, to their versatility. Their appeal is evergreen, too – simply take two slices of bread (or a roll, we're not precious) and stuff it with whatever you find appetising. Sunny Side Sandwiches, a colourful new sambo slinger opening in Windsor on Saturday November 20, will make getting a grip on a quality stack quick and easy with its range of salivation-inducing sarnies. We were lucky enough to score a pre-opening look ahead of this weekend's launch. Hungry? You will be after reading this! more

Bars
Mitchelton bar The Woods expands with secretive cocktail parlour, The Bothy, and a new bottle-shop extension
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Mitchelton bar The Woods expands with secretive cocktail parlour, The Bothy, and a new bottle-shop extension

If you go down to The Woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. The beloved Mitchelton-based neighbourhood haunt has made a few new additions to its Blackwood Street residence in recent months, expanding its footprint by opening an intimate cocktail bar and an expertly curated bottle-shop next door to its existing boozer. With craft beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, lunch and dinner all catered for under one roof, The Woods is setting the standard for what a suburban watering hole is capable of. more

Bars
Savour masala koftas, barramundi paratha pockets and Thai mango martinis at Teneriffe newcomer Aji
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Savour masala koftas, barramundi paratha pockets and Thai mango martinis at Teneriffe newcomer Aji

Stroll along Vernon Terrace these days and you'll find the leafy Teneriffe promenade flush with enticing eating options, from long-standing favourites like Beccofino and Zero Fox to fresh faces like Unbearable Bagels and Rita's Tacos & Tequila. The heaving hospitality hub shows no sign of boiling over, with newcomer Aji keeping the pot simmering with its injection of spice-infused nosh and zippy cocktails. more

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

Southeast Queensland's independent craft spirit scene is booming these days. Across Brisbane, the coasts and the hinterland, numerous distilleries are emerging – each concoction spirits perfect for stocking our at-home booze cabinet. We're all about making our cocktail cart as good as it can be and with many small-batch operations putting the state on the map when it comes to craft sips we're almost spoiled for choice. 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

The Grocer
Bubbles sans booze – Lyre's releases non-alcoholic sparkling for hangover-free sipping
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Bubbles sans booze – Lyre’s releases non-alcoholic sparkling for hangover-free sipping

More and more Australians are choosing to go booze free for an assortment of reasons. Some are doing it for the health benefits, others are simply taking a break before or after seasonal celebrations. Whatever the motivation might be, abstaining from alcohol is easier than ever thanks to the multitude of temperance-friendly tipples popping up on the market. One of the biggest names in intoxicant-free imbibing is adding another beverage to its product range. Introducing Lyre's Classico Grande sparkling – a fizzy sip perfect for those revelling in moderation. more