Father’s Day Ideas

Brisbane’s Best Father’s Day Ideas

The first Sunday of September marks a special occasion in our lunching calendar. Father’s Day, provides an an opportunity show our appreciation for their many contributions and characteristics.

If you’re searching for ideas for Father’s Day, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to Brisbane’s best Father’s Day events. From long lunches to casual pub dining, this is a showcase of the best restaurants, bistros, bars and grills that are sure to be great Father’s Day ideas.

Just remember to book early for Father’s Day to make sure you get a table.

Father’s Day Ideas: Brisbane Edition

1. Rooftop Dining At Maya Mexican
Spend this Father’s Day with your head in the clouds at this popular rooftop venue. Inspired by the rooftop bars of Mexico, MAYA brings together excellent share plates, first-class cocktails and fantastic city views in one sophisticated, lively space.

2. Waterfront Lunch At iL Molo Bulimba
Celebrate Father’s Day with a waterfront lunch at iL Molo. Gather la Famiglia for a little taste of Italy in this intimate alfresco setting. Enjoy traditional antipasti and aperitifs before moving on to handmade pasta and traditional Italian meals honed to perfection by generations of chefs.

1. Enjoy Lunch At Felons Brewing Co.
Celebrate Father’s Day at the brewery on the Brisbane River. Felons Brewing Co will be serving up some of the city’s finest beers alongside pizzas, burgers and classic pub inspired eats. 

2. Spoil Dad At The Belvedere Hotel
Spoil Dad this Father’s Day at the Belvedere Hotel. Open from 7:30 am you can celebrate over breakfast, lunch or dinner! Enjoy delicious pub fare featuring local ingredients and fresh produce. Bookings will be limited, so we suggest booking early to avoid missing out.

3. Celebrate At The Jetty
Settle into to Brisbane’s most spectacular waterfront precinct with a long Father’s Day lunch at The Jetty. This iconic waterfront restaurant boasts a relaxed atmosphere and a fresh twist on modern Australian cuisine. While away the afternoon with international wines, handcrafted cocktails and locally sourced produce.

4. Indulge At One Fifty Ascot
Book a table at One Fifty and treat yourselves to a Father’s Day feast at this stylish yet relaxed eatery. The atrium inspired venue is sure to be a hit, with a large, newly renovated bar and a delicious modern menu, offering a simple twist on all your favourite dishes.


Perth’s Best Restaurants

Perths’ Best Restaurants

From white cloth high end food to comfortable neighbourhood diners, there are a great deal of competitors for Perth’s best restaurant.

Despite what you’re in the state of mind for, one of these spots ought to have you arranged. It’s an intense rundown to limit, however here are the absolute best eateries in Perth.

Perth Restaurants

1. Madalena’s

406 South Terrace, South Fremantle
This brilliant restaurant has teamed exclusively with Fins Seafood, a local supplier who source the freshest sustainably caught seafood. Madalena’s has also fostered strong relationships with local farmers, as well as growing in their own kitchen garden. The menu is fluid, moving with the seasons and the nature of the daily catch.

Perths Best Restaurants

2. Long Chim

Basement Corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth
Inspired by the markets and street food of thailand, Long Chim brings the flavours of modern Bangkok to Perth’s historic state buildings. Meaning “come and taste” in Thai, Long Chim dishes up curries, stir fries, noodles, desserts, snacks, salads and more, all faithfully recreated using recipes researched and fine-tuned by Thai food authority, David Thompson.

3. Bread In Common

43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle
Find hand-shaped, preservative free, daily baked breads, made from organic flours, salt, spices and fruit, and a slow sourdough process. Our hand-built, wood-fired bread ovens, named Hansel and Gretel, are the heart and soul of the bakery and restaurant.

They bake, ferment, pickle and preserve using the best seasonal and local produce available. They choose responsibly sourced seafood and farming practices to reduce their environmental impact and create honest, ethical menus.

4. Wildflower

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Occupying the stunning rooftop space of COMO The Treasury, Wildflower serves lunch and dinner against a backdrop of sweeping views across the Swan River and city of Perth. Native ingredients play an integral role in their story and menus. The produce and ingredients are sourced from suppliers with a respect for this land.

5. Il Lido

88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
An Italian-inspired espresso bar and restaurant. Il Lido (in Italian meaning literally “the beach”) draws on the site’s heritage as the original ‘Lido Cabaret’, which they now look after as our own little slice of Cottesloe history. They are passionate about pasta, wine, coffee and cheese (and almost everything Italian in between!).

Housed in what was once the Lido Cabaret, Il Lido maintains the original tenant’s commitment to a good time through making beauty look easy then putting it in front of you and some people you care about to enjoy. Il Lido turns eating into dining. Espresso grab’n’go worth getting up for, spot-on pastries, dish-defining pasta, sneaky and/or cheeky aperitivo and a wine list that lives and breathes good taste.

Melbourne’s Best Restaurants

Melbourne’s Best Restaurants

Discover our guide to the best restaurants Melbourne has to offer. Our guide is constantly updating with new eateries, bars and venues, so check back regularly for new places to eat.

Melbourne Restaurants

1. Attica

74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea VIC 3185

Eating at Attica is a commitment of time and money and they understand the kind of fine dining expectations that this time and money can bring. So let’s go full disclosure.

They love beautiful, rare and unique ingredients but for us that means bunya nuts, murnong or marron rather than foie gras, caviar or lobster. They’re fans of beautiful cutlery but also believe that some things taste better when eaten with your fingers. Our music taste is eclectic – you’ll hear that as you eat. They love looking after people but formal isn’t their style – we’re more into chatting than genuflecting. Attica serves a multi-course tasting menu at $320pp (payable upon booking) and beverages are charged on consumption.

2. Matilda

159 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Matilda is a visual and sensory journey, and a true labour of love for me – it’s named after my daughter, after all. The kitchen is fuelled by open fire and hot coals, delivering great food, strong design and a feeling of comfort and warmth.
The restaurant is a bit more relaxed than my usual style of cooking. It’s somewhere guests can visit often and be guaranteed a local piece of meat cooked exceptionally well over live flames and open grills and paired with seasonal produce. Being across the road from the Botanic Gardens, designers Projects of Imagination have brought the space to life by incorporating elements of earth, fire, nature and water into the interior of the space.

3. Cutler & Co

Behind a glass façade that has reflected the changes around it for over a decade, Cutler & Co. has had its own evolution. Their ethos – refined, simple, hospitable dining – has not changed in that time but their essence comes from that evolution, from reflecting and embracing neighbourhood and city and the changing nature of the way people like to eat. Twelve years on, we’re happy with the evolution, happier that we’re still here doing it and so grateful to everyone who has helped and supported them along the way.

Cutler & Co.’s Chef’s Selection Menu celebrates the season’s most exciting ingredients over five courses, priced at $150 per guest. On Saturday evenings, this menu is served exclusively throughout the dining room. Thursday, Friday & Sunday includes a two course $75, or three course $95 menu. All menus offered in the Cutler & Co. Dining Room may also be enjoyed in the Bar.

Sydney’s Best Restaurants

The best restaurants in Sydney

Best Restaurants In Sydney

1. Quay

Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

Quay is one of the country’s most celebrated restaurants; the creation of leading Australian restaurant group, Fink, and Executive Chef Peter Gilmore.

The restaurant is an organic space reflective of Peter Gilmore’s nature inspired cuisine. The interplay of textures and colour brings life and a vibrance that embraces the restaurant’s place in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour. An ode to the Australian landscape, from the vast ocean floor, to the cracked bark of a paperbark tree, every detail from the ground up has been thoughtfully considered.

Quay is a progression of rare and beautiful ingredients where texture, flavour and harmony is paramount. Continually inspired by nature, the creative process for chef Peter Gilmore begins in working closely with the farmers, fishermen, producers and artisans who cultivate bespoke produce exclusively for Quay. For each dish, the growth of every element and the selection of every ceramic piece is carefully considered and crafted for its role in the dining experience. Quay brings a personal, interactive passage for diners through Peter Gilmore’s culinary evolution.

2. Lankan Filling Station

Ground Floor/58 Riley St, East Sydney NSW 2010

Lankan Filling Station, a small and bustling inner-city Sydney restaurant with food inspired by traditional Sri Lankan flavours.

This is a casual eatery with a focus on hoppers: a bowl-shaped savoury pancake made from a fermented batter of rice flour and coconut milk with crispy, latticed edges and a soft doughy crumpet-like centre. Torn, folded or dipped, our hoppers are made to be eaten with an array of the curries and sambols on our menu. The drinks selection is concise with a range of wines, cocktails and some stray and interesting drinks to suit our spicy food. See more: New York Times Review

Best Restaurants In Sydney

3. Saint Peter

362 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

Discover a showcase Australian sustainably sourced seafood, expertly prepared and served simply. This Sydney restaurant works closely with fisherman around Australia to source only the best seafood. All of their fish is purchased whole and processed in our custom designed Fish Butchery just down the road from the restaurant. Some species of fish are dry aged in custom designed coolrooms, allowing the flavours to intensify and clarify as well as achieve maximum skin crispness.

Their sustainable approach and appreciation of Australian fish is displayed by their use of the whole fish, including offal where appropriate. The attention to detail in all things fish, flows down into everything they do; from our vegetable preparations, to exquisite tarts for dessert and an Australian wine list.


4. Sixpenny

83 Percival Rd, Stanmore NSW 2048

With raw wooden surfaces smoothed by local craftsmen and understated linen curtains, the decor of this intimate restaurant hints at the food to come. Produce-led tasting menus conceptualised with confidence and executed with aplomb are the order of the day. Chefs James Parry and Dan Puskas have impressive backgrounds, with stints at renowned international restaurants such as Noma, Alinea and Mugaritz under their belts, and approach home-grown ingredients with modern techniques. Menus change daily, although mud crab intriguingly paired with macadamia milk and camomile has become something of a signature. The organic and biodynamic wine list alone justifies the journey to this sleepy Sydney suburb.

5. Ester Restaurant & Bar

46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008

Cherished by off the clock culinary specialists, Ester returns to nuts and bolts in the most ideal manner. The fit out is insignificant, disposition casual and determination of wood-terminated little plates savagely smoothed out. Tangle Lindsay – who sharpened his specialty at Sydney top choices Billy Kwong and Rockpool – has the certainty to allow privately sourced fixings to do a large portion of the talking. Mark dishes incorporate a blood frankfurter sandwich and lord prawns splashed in matured shrimp spread. Natural and biodynamic wines portray the astute beverages list, which additionally brags an intriguing choice oranges wines. Sack yourself perhaps the most smoking seat in Sydney.

Brisbane’s Best Restaurants

Regardless of whether you’re here to drink or feast, are a foodie or novice, Brisbane’s hip eateries, bistros and bars will fulfill. From Greek top notch food and riverside Italian to take care of business ‘Mexican and burgers you’d traverse town for. Our stomachs are thundering with the possibility of attempting them all.

Along these lines, regardless of whether you’re arranging a night out or accumulating a list of must-dos, this is your definitive rundown of eateries, bars and bistros in Brisbane.

New Restaurants In Brisbane

Brisbane Restaurant Guide

Coppa Spuntino, Brisbane City

The love affair between Brisbane and Italy continues with the much-awaited opening of COPPA at Eagle Street Pier. COPPA brings Italian flavours and flair to the table with indoor and alfresco spaces available when it opens in mid January.


City Winery, Brisbane City & Fortitude Valley

A winery in the city? We’re sold! City Winery is bringing wine making to the heart of Fortitude Valley and has opened a space that house’s not only Gerler’s wine barrels and bar but also a restaurant and private dining area. One of three inner-city wineries in Australia, drinkers will be able to enjoy tastes from the barrel and paddock-to-plate food within this industrial space on Wandoo St, or sip on wines at the CBD cellar door location on Edward St.

Joey’s, Kangaroo Point

Joey’s is your answer to sippin’ spritzes cliffside this summer! Perched on the Kangaroo Point cliffs, the European Summer inspired décor, iconic city skyline views and a Mediterranean food and drinks menu to match make Joey’s the perfect spot for a Sunday sunset soirée. They’ve cleverly decked out the place with misters and fans too – so you can enjoy your spritz, no sweat.

Bisou Bisou, Fortitude Valley

Craving caviar for breakfast? No worries. Brisbane’s newest French brasserie and aperitivo bar awaits you in Fortitude Valley, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner plus lobby snacks (it’s conveniently located under Hotel X on Brunswick Street). Transport yourself to the streets of Paris while indulging in a French-inspired menu and self proclaimed “revolutionary cocktails”. We’ll take the plat du jour, s’il vous plait.

Naga Thai, Brisbane City

With the sweet-sour-salty-savoury hallmarks of Thai cuisine, head chef Suwisa Phoonsang brings a regional restaurant menu with bold flair to Eagle Street Pier. Enjoy views of the Brisbane River with delicious dishes and cocktails amid vibrant design by Anna Spiro.

La Costa, Fortitude Valley

Indulge in Italian delights at the Valley’s new La Costa restaurant. Offering restaurant and bar dining, you’ll feel the laid back atmosphere of a coastal Italian city town smack bang in the middle of Brisbane. Seeking antipasti? Done. Craving a pizza? Sorted. Want mouth-watering pasta dishes? All yours.

Eterna, Fortitude Valley

Indulge, explore and delight in dishes that draw from the history of Rome’s Testaccio Market at Eterna. Touting classic Roman cuisine, you’ll find a simple line up of pasta, antipasti and share plates for the evening meal, plus wines and cocktails to match (of course). There’s a vegan menu on offer here, too.

Boom Boom Room Izakaya, Brisbane City

Newly opened Boom Boom Room Izakaya is a reimagined Japanese-style restaurant and bar that takes over from the Boom Boom Room cocktail bar under Donna Chang’s. There’s plenty of Japanese-inspired eats to share and stunning cocktails still on offer.

Southside, South Brisbane

Fish Lane has welcomed a very stylish addition to its mix with the arrival of Southside. Situated under the train line, Southside serves up quality East Asian dishes from its industrial and pared back restaurant. Dim sum, share plates, noodles and banquets are all on offer here.

Ping Pong, Newstead

The restauranteurs behind Morning After and Yolk can do no wrong as far as we’re concerned, and new addition Ping Pong is no exception. Head along to enjoy Thai street eats and killer cocktail slushies served alongside mood-altering light installations and a secret oasis in Newstead’s Gasworks precinct.

La Patrona, Teneriffe

This venue serves traditional style Mexican food from the Bajio region which is known for it’s slow-cooked flavoursome dishes, soups and spice-filled marinades. We recommend the  Gorditas (corn pockets filled with smokey Chile ancho shredded brisket), Alitas de Pollo (chicken wings in a strawberry chipotle glaze sauce and the Tostaditas de Pulpo a la Sinaloa (grilled octopus with citrus pico de gallo).

Agnes, Fortitude Valley

In a beautiful old brick warehouse, tucked away in the Fortitude Valley, you’ll find the now launched wood-fired cooking delights of Agnes. Formerly a pop-up bakery adored by Brisbane locals,  this beauty is back in its final incarnation. The ethos, cooking stripped back to its primordial elements, food cooked over a flame and flavoured with a variety of different woods and prepared in exciting ways. From the brilliant minds of sAme sAme and Honto, Agnes is sure to set your heart ablaze.

Maya, Fortitude Valley

Bring on the margaritas! Brisbane’s popular rooftop bar Eleven has transformed itself into a six-month pop-up Mexican restaurant called MAYA. With its breathtaking views over the CBD to Newstead and beyond this is the perfect place to unwind and wrap your chops around some Mexican street food. Picture fresh Australian produced cooked in the authentic style of the Maya region of Mexico with a touch of Coastal Pacific, Yucatan and Sonoran influences. Plates are designed to be shared and enjoyed family style with an option of three tasty delicious deserts to finish on. We recommend the Churros, with cinnamon sugar and dulce de leche – let’s face it, this one you’ll probably want to keep all for yourself.

MICA Brasserie, Newstead

We’ve died and gone to pastry heaven. From the amazing Shannin and Clare Kellam, behind Montrachet and King Street Bakery comes Mica Brasserie. Offering French cooking at its finest, you can now sample a special selection of artisan breads, gourmet pies, croissants, sweets, savoury treats, and coffee for you to take away. Were just going to leave this here for you to think about –the Ora King Salmon: Pastis and citrus cured Ora King salmon, whipped fromage blanc, poached free range egg, dill and olive oil, served with hot and crusty roasted fennel, potato and sumac sour dough. Brisbane, breakfast is served.

Hey Joe Coffee + Co, East Brisbane

Shall we brunch? This new warehouse style venue brings you a seasonal menu with an Indian twist. Try the eggs kerjiwal bhurji or the slow-cooked smashed pumpkin with chilli to start your morning off right. With a breakfast menu till 3pm, a full vegan menu and dinner menu in place, you are bound to find something to get your tastebuds tingling. This venue is also doggo friendly! So don’t forget to bring your fur friend for an outing.

The Maillard Project, Brisbane City

Specialty cafe and coffee roaster The Maillard Project is bringing breakfast up a notch in Brisbane’s CBD. And it’s no wonder, being a project by the locally loved Margaret Street cafe Coffee Anthology. Stop by for unique blends and beautiful breakfasts and pick up a pastry while you’re at it.

Our Favourite Restaurants In Brisbane


Stanley, Howard Smith Wharves

This Howard Smith Wharves eatery has all of us turning heads at the stunning two-storey interior and delectable menu. Turning the old water police headquarters into a Cantonese paradise, Stanley has also put a Los Angeles star chef behind the pans, serving up the likes of Cantonese roast duck with plum sauce, Lobster lo mein with garlic butter and Mongolian lamb ribs with cumin.

sAme sAme, Fortitude Valley

Longtime’s restaurant has officially closed its doors up the Chinatown end of Fortitude Valley and moved its digs to James Street, just outside The Calile. Expect the same vibe and same great food just under a new name, appropriately called sAme sAme. We can’t wait to tuck into their coconut & turmeric Moreton Bay bug curry again.

Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack, Fortitude Valley

Big Roddy’s on the move. Fish Lane’s saucy ribs, burgers and wings have crossed the river to open up a second venue in Fortitude Valley. Expect a bigger space but the same great pulled “ribwiches”, secret sauce ribs, wings and more.

Bender’s Bar, West End

Formerly Billykart Bar, Bender’s Bar promises the same great tasting burgers, plus an extended menu of cheap and cheerful bites. Turning the space across from Billykart into a casual neighbourhood pub, diners can also expect trivia nights, live music, live sport, weekly specials and DJs.

Rico Bar & Dining, Brisbane City

Think Latin flavours and citrus cocktails all served in a divine setting by the river. Sounds perfect hey? Well then get down to Rico Bar & Dining to enjoy just that. With a tantalizing menu featuring Australian produce (the braised beef cheek empanadas are definitely our go to), it’s the perfect location for an after-work drink and nibbles or a romantic dining experience with your special someone.

Elska, Wilston

As one door closes another one opens, and this time it’s the door to an intimate twelve-seat degustation restaurant. Elska has opened in the space formerly occupied by sunny neighbourhood brunch spot Freja’s. It’s menu changes daily, but the focus stays on serving fresh produce whipped together using Nordic culinary techniques. If you’re mourning the loss of your favourite brunch spot, Elska also serves brunch on weekends.

HellenikaThe Calile, Fortitude Valley

James Street’s new hotel is getting a distinctly Greek flavour. The favourite Gold Coast restaurant is opening a huge second location in Brisbane that will sprawl with poolside cabanas and a patio to catch the breeze.

Phoenix, Brisbane City

Southern tastes have expanded north with the group behind the four popular Phoenix restaurants in Sydney, recently opening another venue in Brisbane Quarter. With a moody setting accented with black, gold and red, these yum cha specialists will be serving contemporary and classic Chinese cuisine including fresh crab-meat xio long bao, scallop and caviar shumai, steamed pork ribs and more.

Charboys, Bulimba

If you’ve been craving a tasty two-hander, then never fear, as this former CBD burger joint has officially crossed the river and opened up shop on Oxford Street. Charboys may be serving the same great burgs featuring succulents meats and fluffy buns to a new southside crowd, but we’re just glad we can wrap our mouths around a Goodfella with filthy fries again (if you know you know.)

Milky Lane, Newstead

Dieters beware, the following content is not suitable for the health-conscious. Brisbane’s burger scene continues to expand with Milky Lane recently opening at Gasworks Plaza – and we couldn’t be more excited. This Sydney favourite has been turning heads with their over-the-top burger combinations, tasty sides (bacon mac & cheese croquettes included), and milkshake-inspired cocktails.

Olive + Angelo, Brisbane City

Meet Olive + Angelo, the new restaurant bringing authentic Italian food to the people of Brisbane through recipes with a wealth of history. In true Italian style, the pizza is wood fired and the pasta menu serves a range of classics to curb those carb-fueled cravings. We suggest starting with the burrata, and then follow it up with the likes of braised beef rib ragu on homemade rigatoni, a romana pizza with spicy sausage, garlic oil and rosemary and tiramisu to finish – obviously.

Trash Taco, Fortitude Valley

The masterminds behind Brisbane’s favourite fried chicken burger, Lucky Egg, are bringing you a whole new Mexican-inspired eatery to obsess over. Trash Taco are sticking with the basics and will be serving authentic chilaquiles, tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and snacks accompanied by margaritas, mescals and signature cocktails.

SK Steak & Oyster, Fortitude Valley

Any guesses as to what SK Steak & Oyster will be dishing up? Unfortunately there’ll be no prizes for guessing correctly as fresh seafood and prime cuts are the obvious hero of this menu. The crew behind famed modern Greek restaurant Hellenika have opened this passion project outside The Calile in Ada Lane.

Jumbo Thai Restaurant & Bar, Brisbane City

Put your hands together and prepare those stomachs for the recent opening of a delicious Thai eatery in Brisbane City. Located above The Embassy Hotel, Jumbo is heating up the pans to treat customers to a variety of upscale and authentic Thai dishes including, but definitely not limited to, whole crispy local Goldband Snapper, slow-cooked five spice pork belly, tender lamb shanks and pad Thai.

Signature, South Bank

Pastel perfection, modern Australian cuisine and top-notch vinos make up Emporium’s new showpiece restaurant Signature. With a focus on using locally sourced produce, you can expect an ever-changing a-la-carte and dedicated vegan menu paired with a carefully curated wine list. Start with the blueberry cured ocean trout, then the Flinders Island lamb and finish with the black fig & guava – because dessert is a course you should not pass up here.

Miss Demeanour, Brisbane City

Slip down the stairwell off Rowes Lane to find this elusive all-hours venue serving everything from their own blend of specialty coffee through to traditional New Orleans beignets with Bourbon butterscotch. It’s the type of place where you could enjoy a night of cocktails and come back for breakfast the next morning.

Ling Ling’s, Fortitude Valley

Have you always dreamed of sipping a cocktail as big as your head? Well now you can at Ling Ling’s Bar in The Valley. Accompany your soup bowl cocktails with pan-Asian eats like the Bang Bang lamb ribs, pineapple fried rice and duck san choy bow wow. Plus, Ling Ling’s will be serving their delicacies late into the night, so you can get your street food-fix at anytime.

Proof BBQ & Booze, Windsor

Hey ya’ll, an American-style barbecue joint has swung open its doors in Windsor and all we can smell is the delicious scents of smoked brisket, mac n cheese, buffalo wings, juicy burgers and jalapeno poppers. Wash all this down with whiskey or pint of beer and you’ve got yourself one hell of a food rodeo.

Baja, Fortitude Valley

This isn’t your regular run-of-the-mill Mexican you grab for a quick, takeaway lunch, because Baja has style, and a long, relaxing lunch or dinner is the best way to enjoy this modern Cali-Mex cuisine. You’ll feel right at home in the warm and aesthetic interior, but it’s the menu you’ll be riding home about. King fish ceviche, burrata de buffalo and any of the tacos (obviously) are all must-haves – paired with a specialty cocktail of course.

Massimo Restaurant & Bar, Brisbane City

Sip, snack and take in the sunset views at this new riverside Italian restaurant. You won’t walk past without a second-glance at the dreamy, modern interior but it’s the food that will have you walking in and taking a seat. Their focus is on simple and authentic style cooking and much to our delight, seafood is consistently a star of most dishes. Think chargrilled octopus, baby stuffed squid on squid ink pasta, and Roman-style lamb shoulder – but we promise the whole menu will have you shouting delizioso!

Lord of the Fries, Fortitude Valley

Even plant-based eaters get cravings for saucy burgers, crispy fries and creamy shakes, so Lord of the Fries is serving just that, plant-style. Forget the meat because everything at this joint is vegan-friendly. But meat-free doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious – try for yourself!

The Matriarch, Newstead

Have you ever found yourself dreaming of 19th century Parisian countryside? Well put those dreams at ease, because The Matriarch’s new opening in Newstead features a swanky garden patio lined with olive trees and crystal chandeliers, perfect for an inner-city cocktail escape.

Mosconi Restaurant & Wine Bar, Fortitude Valley

Now you spend every waking minute enjoying delicious eats along Arthur Street as Mosconi Restaurant & Wine Bar has opened next to local favourite King Arthur. Serving crisp wines and specialty cocktails alongside a menu of European-inspired delights means you can pop by for a nibble and a drink or stay for the full feast – we think the latter is most likely.

joy. restaurant, Fortitude Valley

Brisbane’s laneways continue to improve with Japanese and Nordic-inspired fare now serving out of Bakery Lane. This tiny space (we’re talking only 10 seats in its entirety) has an ever changing menu depending on inspiration at the time so you’ll never know what to expect – except that it will always be delicious of course.

Greca, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City

The most recent addition to the Howard Smiths Wharves precinct is modern Greek taverna Greca. Built for long and lazy lunches by the river, Greca wants you to savour every bite and advocates a type of slow eating. Start with taramasalata, saganaki cheese and spanakopita before moving onto grilled calamari, Moreton Bay bugs, cumin-spiced lamb ribs and baked lamb shoulder.

Neesh Bar & Restaurant, Woolloongabba

Taking over the space formerly occupied by Foxy Bean, Neesh Bar & Restaurant have transformed the area into a light-filled eatery and beer garden serving breakfast, lunch and evening bites – why would you ever leave. Tuck into creme brulee French toast in the morning and return to find wood-fired pizzas and craft beer in the evenings because this neighbourhood joint promises to be your new favourite local.

Cafes In Brisbane

Industry Beans, Newstead

Famed Melbourne coffee specialists have ventured north to open one of their award-winning cafes in the heart of Newstead. Industry Beans is not just your run-of-the-mill cafes. Expect the likes of fruit sashimi or an epic breakfast roll with porcini dusted eggs for breakfast, coffee rubbed wagyu burgers for lunch and ginger beer pork belly and black rice prawns for dinner. Yes this eatery is open all hours of the day.

Yolk, Newstead

The humble bacon and egg roll is the hero at Gaswork’s new breaky joint, Yolk. Whether it’s a hangover cure you’re after, or an easy breakfast on the go, this Aussie staple is sure to satisfy those hunger pangs. Choose from the classic bacon and egg, steak and egg or mushroom and egg and don’t forget to add on a hash brown – it’d be criminal not too.

Cinnabon, Toombul & Garden City

Hear that? It’s a stampede of loyal glaze-craving followers rushing to Toombul Shoppping Centre, desperate to get their hands on the world famous and ultra delicious Cinnabons. They’ve officially opened their first Australian outlet here in Brisbane and locals are going crazy over the United State’s delectable baked treat – so don’t walk, run to get a taste of the action.

Paradise Cafe, Fortitude Valley

It looks like Alfred Street is getting a revival with a new minimalist but super trendy brunch spot opening in the building formerly occupied by Alfredo’s Pizzeria. The kitchen is headed by a former Masterchef contestant, serving hearty food with an edge like the truffle mushroom pesto and sweet Matzo Brei along with Padre Coffee and Jocelyn’s Provisions treats.

Sister, Hawthorne

Eastsiders need not travel for their picturesque breakfasts as the team behind Miss Jones in New Farm has opened a sibling cafe in Hawthorne, aptly named Sister. Linger a little longer at this street-side pastel paradise and enjoy a fresh and quirky breakfast – the breakfast gnocchi with a poached egg is to die for.

Pablo, New Farm

There were tears among New Farm residents when popular local cafe Pablo closed its doors back in 2016. But now regulars can rejoice, as the owners are bringing their delicious cafe fare back to the neighbourhood. Expect to find some original favourites back on the menu as well as a range of new specials to delight new and returning patrons.

Bars In Brisbane

Mr Percival’s, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City

We’re channeling those endless summer vibes at Mr Percival’s, Brisbane’s newest overwater bar. Drop in for a lazy lunch on the deck, aperitif’s at sunset and live music to ease you into the night as you look back onto Brisbane City. Did we mention it’s directly under the Story Bridge?

The Sound Garden, Fortitude Valley

If you’re one to enjoy free live music with a drink in hand, then Brunswick Mall’s newest two-level live music venue, The Sound Garden, is the place you want to be. The expansive space houses a modern-Australian bistro, lengthy bar and plenty of room to listen and dance along to a lineup of up-and-coming artists. Plus, it’s convenient location next to Fortitude Music Hall makes it the perfect place for a pre-show bite and beverage.

Next Episode, South Brisbane

This hidey-hole is hidden in the backstreets of South Brisbane, only noticeable by a neon sign and lit up barbers pole. Once found, enjoy signature cocktails, artisan spirits, craft beers and wine within the confined walls of this 35-seat speakeasy bar. What could possibly make this place better you ask? Next Episode doesn’t want you going hungry, so you can order food from nearby Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack to snack and drink the night away.

Le Bon Bar, Woolloongabba

Beloved by locals since 2008, Cést Bon has recently undergone an upgrade and added a bar with new menus, garden terrace and rooftop lounge to their repertoire. Still expect the same great French cuisine but heightened to include fresh breakfasts, share-plate style bar bites and of course an abundance of French wine and drinks to match.

Lefty’s Music Hall, Caxton Street

It’s back! This Brisbane institution couldn’t keep its doors closed for long before Hallmark Group Australia decided to reopen the much-loved venue, keeping intact all the quirky vintage vibes that’s kept this a long-term favourite among locals and Caxton Street goers.

The Terrace, South Bank

The Terrace, Emporium Hotel’s eagerly anticipated rooftop bar is finally open to the public. With views for days, fluffy bar stools that blend in with the clouds, and an all-day food menu to keep you hydrated and hunger-free, The Terrace will easily become the place to spend a lazy day this summer.

Tetto Rooftop Bar, Everton Park

Not another rooftop bar – said no one ever. Tetto has joined with Corbett & Claude and opened a two-level venue at Everton Park’s Park Lane precinct. Oozing coastal Italian vibes, this rooftop establishment is your next go to for Italian fare, refreshing cocktails and sun-soaked afternoons.

Death & Taxes, Brisbane City

Who knew the mastermind behind Cobbler, Savile Row and Finney Isles still had the energy to do anything else, but he’s surprised (and delighted) us all by opening another joint down Burnett Lane. Wander through double wooden doors to find a moody lounge bar encompassing low light, leather couches in the back room and shelves lined with delectable drops ready for any liquor connoisseur to sip and enjoy.

Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar, Fortitude Valley

Stepping into the former Bowery Bar digs is Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar, the newest venture from the owners of Brisbane City’s Brooklyn Standard and Fat Angel Sports Bar. This Hawaiian-inspired dive bar has a focus on live music and uncomplicated drinks. So grab a beer and get yourself to the dance floor.

Felons Brewing Co, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City

Sit along the riverbank and toss back a cold one at Felons Brewing Co. Sitting under the Story Bridge at Howard Smith Wharves, the beer is freshly brewed on site within the confounds of the old heritage sheds.

Hello Gorgeous, Fortitude Valley

Move over Chester Street Bakery, there’s a new bar in town and it’s setting up shop in the old digs of the once highly popular and Instagram-able bakery. With an irresistible menu and handpicked wine list, this multi-level bar is sure to be the perfect place for after-work drinks and lazy Sunday sessions.

Naga Thai, Brisbane City

With the sweet-sour-salty-savoury hallmarks of Thai cuisine, head chef Suwisa Phoonsang brings a regional restaurant menu with bold flair to Eagle Street Pier. Enjoy views of the Brisbane River with delicious dishes and cocktails amid vibrant design by Anna Spiro.

La Costa, Fortitude Valley

Indulge in Italian delights at the Valley’s new La Costa restaurant. Offering restaurant and bar dining, you’ll feel the laid back atmosphere of a coastal Italian city town smack bang in the middle of Brisbane. Seeking antipasti? Done. Craving a pizza? Sorted. Want mouth-watering pasta dishes? All yours.

Eterna, Fortitude Valley

Indulge, explore and delight in dishes that draw from the history of Rome’s Testaccio Market at Eterna. Touting classic Roman cuisine, you’ll find a simple line up of pasta, antipasti and share plates for the evening meal, plus wines and cocktails to match (of course). There’s a vegan menu on offer here, too.



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New Year’s Eve Events

The Best New Year’s Eve Events In Brisbane

New Year’s Eve 2020 will mark the last lunch of the calendar year. Considering the significance of New Year’s Eve, there’s no surprise as to why this is one of our favourite events of the year.

We are set to showcase the best New Year’s Eve events, beginning with long lunches and finishing with a round up of the best parties.

New Year’s Eve is sure to be a sell out across the best restaurants, bars and venues, so make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disapointment.

This guide will be updated with a range of New Year’s Eve events over the coming weeks.

Scroll down to view a list of NYE events from last year.

New Year’s Eve At Stanley Restaurant

Sit down to a five-course cantonese banquet curated by head chef Louis Tikaram, including signature peking duck pancakes, caviar, steamed dim sum and more, as well as a 3.5-hour premium beverage package. Indulge in Louis Roederer champagne, signature cocktails, spirits, premium wine selection and felons brewing co. beer as you welcome the new year with friends and family at Brisbane’s waterfront restaurant.

New Year’s Eve At Ciao Papi

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brisbane with an all-inclusive, Italian feast on the riverfront. Choose to join us for la famigila seating with the bambini from 4pm or for our late night feast from 8pm. Gather your family and friends and delight in a spread of delicious Italian dishes for New Year’s Eve including caprese, pizza, pasta, gelato and more! With options for the bambini and the best seats in the house, let’s celebrate together as we count down to the new year at Ciao Papi.

New Year’s Eve Party At Mr Percivals

Bring in the new year with a premium three hour food and drinks package which will include roving canapés and a seafood station plus Louis Roederer champagne, Mr P’s signature cocktails, spirits, wines and Felons beers. Enjoy the sounds of Brisbane’s finest DJ’s as we dance under the stars and ring in the new year. Don’t miss the biggest night of the year at Mr Percival’s. 

New Year’s Eve At Felons Barrel Hall

Rally your crew and raise a fresh Felons beer with us at Felons Barrel Hall this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a feast for your senses in a 4-hour food and drink experience, including our punchy, flavoursome tuna sashimi, crispy pork knuckle and sweetcorn fritters to name a few. Wash it all down with Felons own, icy cold beers or a selection of classic & offbeat wines. The package runs from 7-11pm with live entertainment keeping us rockin’ until the new year.

New Year’s Eve At Felons Brewing Co.

Sit back and enjoy a 4-hour all-inclusive package from 7-11pm including our very limited release, Champagne Sour Beer. Enjoy oysters, wood-fired flatbread, coral trout or rib-eye, plus a few delicious sides with a refreshing sorbet to finish. We can’t wait to celebrate NYE with the great city of Brisbane.

Five Melbourne Cup Party Games

Every year the race that stops the nation gives us the opportunity to activate our out-of-office notification and have some fun with our colleagues at the annual office Melbourne Cup party.

Whether you’ll be watching the race at the office with some share platters and cheeky beverages or you’ve got a function venue booked, take your Melbourne Cup event to the next level with these hilarious Melbourne Cup party ideas.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 1. Office Chair Race

Before the Melbourne Cup race officially starts, you can have your own competition using office chairs as horses and a group of confident colleagues as jockeys. The rest of the office can put bets on who they think might win.

Create a circular race track similar to the one at the Melbourne Cup or just use whatever space is available to you. If lots of people want to be involved you could always have a relay race. Make sure you clear the ‘track’ get all valuables like computers out of the way before you fire the starting gun.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 2.     Horse Shoe Quoits

Quoits is a traditional game that dates all the way back to ancient Greece. It is relatively simple and can be enjoyed by everyone in the office without anyone having to go to too much effort.

The Game is simple; all players have to do is pitch a horseshoe at vertical spikes that are at a reasonable distance away.  If you have access to an outdoor area, this sport is commonly played on grass. If you have booked an indoor function venue for your Melbourne Cup office party, let the staff know ahead of time that you’ll be playing and they may be able to help you clear space and get set up.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 3.    Pin the tail on the racehorse

This game is fairly self-explanatory, it is essentially pin the tail on the donkey but with a racehorse. This game sounds simple but it is actually a lot of fun, especially after your second glass of bubbly. Making the racehorse DIY style won’t take too much time or effort, and it is also relatively inexpensive.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 4.    Fashion Walk Off

Encourage everyone to dress up for your Melbourne Cup event. Host a fashion show on the day and have everyone perform their best catwalk model impression. Pick a few people to judge the event and present awards for categories such as best dressed male, best-dressed Female, and Best Cat Walker.

Melbourne Cup Party Idea 5.    Hat Making Competition

A hat making competition will give everyone the chance to get creative on Melbourne Cup Day. Set up a craft table and watch as everyone goes crazy with the glue gun and sparkles. When everyone has made a hat they can show them off in a Melbourne Cup fashion show and the person with the best hat receives a prize.

If you really want to pull out all the stops you could also hire someone to teach a flower crown making workshop. This way everyone will be able to make something they are actually proud of and happy to wear.

Melbourne Cup

Let us take the hassle out of organising your Melbourne Cup event. Our guide to Melbourne Cup is coming soon.

Riverfire: Brisbane’s Best Events

Riverfire is set to be a special event in our lunching calendar. This is your opportunity to celebrate Riverfire with a magnificent dining experience served against the backdrop of spectacular views and fireworks.

We’ve put together a showcase the best Riverfire events, beginning with riverside dining packages and finishing with a round up of the best parties to watch the fireworks.

Riverfire is sure to be a sell out across the best restaurants, bars and venues, so make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Where to watch Riverfire in Brisbane:

1. The Jetty South Bank

Bring the whole family to The Jetty Southbank for Brisbane’s best Riverfire event and indulge and a delicious, 4 course meal and 3 hour beverage package. Celebrate a magical evening with the best seats in the house!

2. Maya Mexican Rooftop Bar

Celebrate Riverfire with an evening of specialty cocktails and entertainment at Maya Mexican. Grab a margarita and watch the city skyline light up with Sunsuper Riverfire. Enjoy live DJs from 4pm and watch the sun set over the beautiful Brisbane city.

3. The Fox Hotel

Brisbane’s biggest Riverfire event will unfold at The Fox Hotel in South Brisbane. Watch as the sky transforms into an array of colours, and bask in the glow of the fireworks amidst a night full of entertainment. 

4. Felons Brewing Co.

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch Riverfire in Brisbane, there’s no better vantage point than Felons Brewing Co. Celebrate over freshly brewed beers, modern pub dishes and enjoy spectacular views of the fireworks.

Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas Lunch Ideas: Brisbane

With the festive season fast approaching, it’s nearly time to start planning your Christmas lunch.

Whether you’re anticipating an all-out, end of year grand slammer, or a quiet and refined Christmas lunch, we’ve assembled the ultimate guide to Brisbane’s best Christmas lunch menus for the festive season.

Brisbane’s Best Christmas Party Ideas

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Darling & Co
Indulge in a festive lunch at Darling & Co’s restaurant and choose from a three course set menu that has been inspired by classic Christmas ingredients for just $48pp. A range of function rooms are also available to hire for private Christmas parties and events.

The Fox Hotel
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice – put The Fox Hotel at the top of your wish list this silly season. This function venue has 8 versatile spaces suitable for every taste and budget, alongside a range of festive menus ranging from sit down dining to stand up cocktail parties.

Eleven Rooftop Bar
Get into the spirit of the silly season and celebrate your office Christmas party at Brisbane’s best rooftop bar. Book a booth and celebrate with up to 20 guests with a 4 hour package, or host a decadent long lunch with a customised set menu. Alternatively, throw your Christmas party on a Sunday against the backdrop of live DJs and spectacular views.

The Jetty South Bank
With sweeping river views and a recently renovated interior, The Jetty South Bank can host Christmas functions for up to 150 people sit-down or 250 people standing. Enjoy a Christmas feast overlooking specular views of the Brisbane River and select two-courses from the Christmas set menu from $45pp.

iL Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar
Buon Natale! Host your Christmas party in true Italian style surrounded by friends and family sharing a selection of rustic Italian share plates. Indulge in artisanal cheeses, house made pizzas, and slow cooked meats or choose from the Christmas menu from $35pp.

Melbourne Cup Events

Brisbane’s Best Melbourne Cup Events

The first Tuesday in November marks one of the most significant luncheons in our calendar. Prepare to saddle up for Melbourne Cup as we showcase a spectacular range of events at the best restaurants, bars, pubs and venues.

This guide will be updated with more events for Melbourne Cup.

Planning your office Melbourne Cup event is no laughing matter. It’s the longest lunch of the year and there’s a lot more riding on it than just nailing the perfect outfit. So if you’ve been stuck with the night-mare of finding the best Melbourne Cup Brisbane has to offer, then you don’t need to search fur-long, because we’ve put together a list of the best Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane.

Eleven Rooftop Bar
Celebrate the race that stops the nation from Brisbane’s best rooftop bar. Enjoy a 4 hour cocktail party package featuring free flowing beverages, canapés and music from some of Brisbane’s best live DJ’s. Dress in your racing best for your chance to win up to $4,000 in prizes.

See more: Melbourne Cup at Eleven Rooftop Bar

The Fox Hotel
This year the Fox Hotel will be hosting not one, but three different Melbourne cup events for a range of different tastes and budgets. Whether you are looking to escape the office for a quick lunch, or you’ve got the entire afternoon off to enjoy this great Australian tradition, The Fox Hotel will have a package for you.

See more: Melbourne Cup at the Fox Hotel

Darling & Co
Climb aboard for the ride this Melbourne Cup as the mane event makes its way on stage. Pull on those fascinators and ditch the city living for a seriously glam party at Paddington’s Darling & Co. Dress to impress for an afternoon of racing, all-inclusive dining, live entertainment and a whole day spent rolling the clock back to island time. Two packages will be available including a 3 course seafood luncheon and an extravagant cocktail party package.

See more: Melbourne Cup at Darling & Co

The Jetty South Bank
Escape to River Quay’s favourite waterfront restaurant for Melbourne Cup in Brisbane. Be among the first to witness The Jetty’s new look with a three course feast featuring spectacular views of Brisbane’s river and surrounding CBD. Alternatively, host a private event in the new private dining room. Click below for details.

See more: Melbourne Cup at The Jetty South Bank

iL Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Bulimba’s favourite waterfront restaurant. Back a winner and enjoy a three course lunch with river views. The full beverage list will be available and bookings can be made for large groups.

See more: Melbourne Cup at iL Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar

Brisbane’s Best Melbourne Cup Events

Whether you’re hoping to celebrate Melbourne Cup with a luxurious long luncheon, or a stand up soiree you won’t be caught with a long face.

Considering the history of Melbourne cup, these winning events are sure to sell out fast, so get in early to secure your place.