Brisbane Spots Open on Ekka Show Day

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By Alice Sinclair | 15th August 2017

Ekka Wednesday, much like Christmas and New Years Day, can leave many Brisbanites either hiding indoors or fleeing to the beach, unsure of how to pass the time while most businesses and retailers close their doors.

But we’d hate for you to waste your novelty midweek work-free hours four seasons deep on Netflix. Particularly when weather forecasts are signaling sunshine and blue skies.

Luckily for us, several Brisbane restaurants and bars will be nobly working all through the Ekka Holiday.

Here is where to while away your Ekka Wednesday.

Riverbar & Kitchen | City

A classy waterfront favourite, Riverbar & Kitchen will be trading as usual until 10pm on Ekka Wednesday, servicing all your cocktail and nibblie needs.

Want to dive into the Ekka spirit (or spirits) early? From 5pm tonight, Riverbar is hosting an Ekka Eve Party where you’ll be able to enjoy a pop-up bar, fairy floss and free popcorn by the Brisbane Riviera.

Darling & Co | Paddington

Did somebody say bottomless bellinis? On Ekka Wednesday, Darling & Co will be hosting two lunch sittings (either 12pm or 2:30pm), where for just $39 guests can enjoy a main meal and 2 hours of peachy, fizzy deliciousness. From 6:30pm, they will be open as usual for dinner and drinks.

Sassafras | Paddington

Stroll on down to Sassafras, a lively restored working cottage with a lush outdoor dining terrace serving wholesome breakfast, lunch and dinner between 8 am and 3pm.

Chapter IV | Paddington

Pull up a chair on the wrap-around verandah of Chapter IV, a Paddington locals’ favourite with fresh flowers at every table, an excellent view of the city skyline and a homely menu to match. Open 7 am until 2:30 pm.

Alfred and Constance | Fortitude Valley

Describing their vibe as ‘like eating at your favourite aunt’s place, except livelier’, the team at Alfred and Constance welcome visitors to come enjoy honest fare and fruity drinks this Ekka Wednesday from 11 am until late.

Netherworld Arcade | Fortitude Valley

This drinking hole and diner featuring pinball machines and board games galore is an otherworldly stroll through decades past. Try your luck at trivia here from 6:30pm on Ekka Wednesday.

Kwan Brothers | Fortitude Valley

Nobody does modern Asian fusion quite like Kwan Brothers. Choose from an extensive selection of share plates, party platters and exquisite mains to accompany creative cocktails in their lively setting. Open 5 pm until late.

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Ahmets | South Bank

Take a quick trip to Turkey as you enjoy Ahmets’ vibrant rugs, intricate lanterns and banquet style dining. They’ll be dishing up the good stuff between 11 am until late Ekka Wednesday.

Mucho Mexicano | Southbank

Mucho puts a modern twist on traditional Mexican favourites. Open 11 am until late, their colourful dishes look so flavoursome, our tummies grumble just to taco bout it!

Mister Paganini | Southbank

Open 11 am until late, a visit to Mister Paganini’s, Southbank’s little slice of Italy, is a perfect way to pasta Ekka Wednesday hours away.

Olé | Southbank & East Brisbane

Pair fruity sangria jugs with fresh Spanish tapas and warm company at Olé. Open 7 am until late.

Southbank Beer Garden | Southbank

Open 11 am until late, counter Brisbane’s confusingly warm winter weather with a few cold ones at Southbank’s lively Beer Garden.

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Suki | Southbank & Bulimba

Between 11 am and 9pm, satisfy your mid-week Japanese cravings by crafting either a delectable sushi burrito or poké bowl at Suki.

The Yiros Shop | Southbank

Our Mediterranean friends will be doing what they do best between 10:30 am and 10 pm Wednesday, dishing up the best damn Yiros in town.

Cobbler Bar | West End

BYO food down to Browning Street and select from an incredible 400+ whiskeys from all around the globe. Cobbler Bar also features an extensive cocktail list that’s shaken up seasonally. Open from 4pm until 1 am.

Downtown Istanbul | East Brisbane

Spend Ekka Wednesday tantalizing your taste buds with contemporary Turkish at Hawthorne’s newest hotspot from 11 am until late.

Paw Paw Café | Woolloongabba

A Brisbane foodie’s favourite, Paw Paw adapts their menu seasonally but prides itself in its commitment to the classics.

Their all day breakfast menu features tantalizing options like chilli caramel waffles and eggs benedict served in a toasted croissant. They will be open 8 am until 3 pm this Ekka Wednesday.

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Artie & Mai | Albion

In the heart of Albion village, Artie & Mai embraces social dining with its spacious tables, hanging plants and warmly lit interior. Open 7 am until 3 pm.

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Wild Canary | Brookfield

Nestled behind the Brookfield Garden Centre, Wild Canary’s lush out-door terrace and edible artwork menu make it well worth the trip out West. Open 8:30 am until 2pm on Ekka Wednesday.

The Single Guys | Kenmore

Single Guys sources the finest single-origin beans in order to perfect your morning coffee in their sophisticated suburban setting. They will be open 7 am until 2pm this Wednesday.

Corner Store Café | Toowong

Set in a turn of the century cottage in Toowong, Corner Store Café has a spacious outdoor deck area that makes it the perfect place to indulge in delicious breakfast, lunch or sweet treats in the sunshine. Open 7 am until 3pm.

Feature Image: Ekka

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