Gearing up for Friday night but not feeling those inner-city vibes? There are some nights we just want to go for a drink or grab a bite to eat in a different area! Plus, since Brisbane has so much to offer, we decided to cover our favourite hot-spots that aren’t in the CBD.
OKTOBERFEST | BOWEN HILLS
Oktoberfest is returning! And whilst it’s not every Friday (a travesty, we know) it will be kicking off on both Friday the 6th of October and Friday the 13th of October. On the 6th October, the festival will be all about the Anzapfen Opening Ceremony and FREE carnival rides. Then, on the 13th October, there will be a Beardmeister Competition. Both the first and second Friday will feature the Münchner Buam Oktoberfest Band along with face painting and the opportunity to play human football (yes please!). If music is your thing, there’s no shortage of it at Oktoberfest; why not grab a stein and check out the roaming entertainment from Vic the Accordionist.
CORK & CHROMA | SOUTH BRISBANE
An amazing exercise in creativity, Cork & Chroma gives you the tools, the talent and the confidence to create a work of art. The resident artists run you through a painting class where no experienced is required – promise! All you have to do is jump on their website and book into any one of their available classes. The best part? Before you book, you can check out the painting you’ll be guided to create! Oh, and don’t forget to bring your favourite bottle of wine too - that’s right, Cork & Chroma is exclusively BYO! With nibbles available to purchase on the night, a Cork & Chroma event is perfect for date night or a fun evening out with your closest girlfriends.
EAGLES NEST | KANGAROO POINT
Eagles Nest is a rooftop bar located in the trendy Kangaroo Point. Appropriately named, the bar is situated on top of the twelve-story building and offers amazing panoramic scenes of the Brisbane city, Brisbane River and the Story Bridge. The bar offers a tapas style menu paired with classic wines, spirits and craft beers (and of course a signature cocktail or two). Open to the public on Friday and Sunday nights from 3pm, Eagles Nest provides a relaxed setting to catch up with friends and watch the sunset with a cold drink in hand.
KING STREET | BOWEN HILLS
King Street is the uber cool food & lifestyle precinct developed as part of the $2.9 billion Brisbane Showgrounds redevelopment. With a wide range of eateries serving a mouthwatering array of eats, you can meander up and down the street and be spoiled with a melting-point of options. This spring, enjoy a truly unique night out with their spring pop-up garden! Running until late November, you can be transported into a spring garden of modern fare and relaxed outdoor dining with beautiful, private dining booths. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and indulge in mouth-watering dishes from a selection of Brisbane’s most exciting restaurants, including The George Bar & Bistro, Fat Dumpling Bar, and Il Verde. These unique pop-up booths will be the must-try experience of the season, so head online now to book!
KING TEA | PADDINGTON
In the heart of Paddington is one of the newest additions to the suburb, King Tea. After having been open for the past few months King Tea has settled well into the community and is now a weekend staple for the locals. Definitely a Friday night kicker with free Pintxos from 5-6pm (that is, FREE tapas) and a large selection of incredible dishes. We highly recommend the pork belly and ribs with a glass of wine or beer. The décor inspires imaginings of Brooklyn with free brick work and an open to the restaurant kitchen and bar.
ALF’S PLACE | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Coming to you from Brisbane Hospo royalty Damian Griffiths, Alf’s Place is set to be a unique and exciting concept in the evolving Brisbane scene. Alf’s Place is designed to host pop-up venues of all kinds and has just finished with Sticky Fingers Smokehouse. The next chef to host is Danielle Dixon who is taking on a (very) late night dinner concept with doors opening from 11pm to 2am. Dixon will have a short menu and a “pantry” list. Dixon will be occupying the space from September 29-30th and October 5-7th. Griffiths has said that they have at least five in the pipeline. Keep an eye on their social media to see what’s up next!
BARCADIA KITCHEN + BAR | BULIMBA
Sitting just opposite the Bulimba Memorial Park, Barcadia, is a Bulimba favourite. With a strong drinks section featuring such cocktails as The Wonka and Strawberry Lava Flow this is a great spot to go with a sweet tooth in mind. Fear not though they also host ten separate taps for the more beer inclined and some amazing share platters for those clocking off work and forgetting lunch. You’ll have to go a few times to try them all but definitely check out the 12-hour slow cooked lamb, whole baked snapper and 500g rump cap steak.
POWERHOUSE | NEW FARM
One of the cultural meccas of Brisbane, the Powerhouse has supplied much of the city with access to a huge array of arts, culture and diversity. A champion for a good night out the Powerhouse also has free comedy every Friday night with their show Knockoff featuring local and national comedians. And! If you can make it to any last Friday of the month you’ll be witness to Brisbane’s premier improvised theatre company, ImproMafia. With the bar and kitchen available you’ll be sorted for drinks and food to accompany your free Friday night plans.
HOLEY MOLEY | FORTITUDE VALLY
If you’re really looking to do something that isn’t the standard after work drinks then Holey Moley is a hole in one! Why do I say that? Well it’s a late night, boozy putt putt course in the heart of Fortitude Valley. At only $16.50 for 9 holes you won’t be burning through your wallet either, although that does depend on how wild you decide to get at the bar. And if puns are your thing you might end up going pretty hard on some of these cocktails, such as the Teeyoncé Holes, So Par So Good and The Sugar Caddy.
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