Fork Talk: Issue 32

Fork Talk: Issue 32

Start 2018 the right way with our pick of Brisbane's best wining and dining!

By Tamille Head | 9th January 2018

From gourmet fish & chips to riverside bars with breathtaking views, this is everything worth drinking and dining in Brisbane. Brace yourselves!


If ever there was a time to break your “I’m never drinking again” pact post-Christmas break, this is it. The gang at West End newbie, Covent Garden, have renamed this month Ginuary, and frankly we’re all for it. The month-long celebration of the most on-trend (and most delicious) spirit will include an Archie Rose Gin Masterclass, Gin High Teas and (here’s the part we’re really looking forward to) the big Ginuary event on January 25. That’s right, Australia Day eve, so you don’t need to worry about being hung for work the next day. Let the good times be-gin!


Opening just in time for those long, balmy Brisbane summer days, Riverland has set up shop on Eagle Street behind Emirates House. Designed as a beer garden and street food outlet, the impressive venue also boasts some of the best views in Brisbane, along with a cocktail menu to match. Built from two 12-metre shipping containers, the bar will serve a range of beer and cider spanning domestic, international, craft and micro-brewed; shining a particular spotlight on local breweries. If all that sipping leaves you a little peckish, treat yourself to something from one of the rotating street food vendors.

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New Brisbane hotspot, Bang Bang Bar is the latest to arrive on the Given Terrace scene, providing locals with a swish late-night cocktail bar. Bottoms up!


People of Brisbane, prepare for an explosion of mouth-watering flavours this summer. Brisbane Brewing Co’s new and improved craft ales are here to seduce your taste buds and quench your thirst. Four tantalising staples are on tap all year round, as well as at least three seasonal brews. The team at BBCo have perfected the art of providing guests with an alluring menu of food and beverages, enfolded in an experience that goes above and beyond expectations.

Hello, Sunday sessions!


Popping up next door to South Brisbane favourite Spaghetti House Trattoria, Ciao Bar should be your first point of call for all those authentic Italian food and beverages this summer. We’re talking freshly mixed negroni, an icy spritz or two, and a variety of wines that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Aperitivo hour has never been so sweet.


The humble fish and chip is certainly having a moment, with South Brisbane newcomer, Ol’ School putting a new spin on an old favourite. Think full table service, fancy sides and even fancier drinks. Your options don’t stop at crumbed or battered, you can also take your pick from cocktail rolls, fisherman’s baskets and fish tacos. If you prefer yours to-go, takeaway is also an option. Dive in!

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Back to work got you feeling salty? Don't worry - we've found the cure. If you haven’t already made your way to Kangaroo Points new local, make a date to check out Banter Bar & Seafood ASAP. Inside a rejuvenated Queensland cottage, unique bar space combines with fresh, local seafood to deliver a glorified fish and chip shop like no other.

“This goes beyond your average corner bar,” says owner Craig Singleton. “We’ve worked hard to design an eye-catching space with the menu to match. From the world’s best craft beers to locally-caught seafood, Banter’s biggest focus is on quality.”

Think plates of fresh Pacific oysters and pomegranate mignonette, a ‘posh’ fish finger sandwich with freshly crumbed cod, and delicious prawn cocktails. Dive in!

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Article by Tamille Head

Tamille was a Journalist at Style Magazines. She enjoys green smoothies and gin & soda (with cucumber) in equal measures. When she’s not writing about lifestyle trends, she can be found heading to gigs, adding to her hat collection, or ducking down to the coast for a salt water fix. She can rarely be found in the kitchen because pizza is life.