Right now is an exciting time to be in Brisbane. The food scene is constantly evolving and there are not only great new venues continuously popping up, but there are also numerous events and special offerings happening at some of Brisbane’s favourite spots.
Here is a round up the Brisbane venues getting both a lot of media and social shares at the moment.
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Mr Chester is a modern Wine Bar who champions the boutique, smaller producers creating world class products. The wine menu is revolving and handpicked by their in-house Sommelier. Chat to the bar tender about what flavours you enjoy a wine and they’ll be sure to pick one you love.
Not only do they have a stellar wine list but they also have a limited selection of great spirits. You won’t find cheap vodka in this bar, as Mr Chester features only two boutique gins and two fine whiskies.
Their food menu follows suit with a few select items featuring a range of share plates suitable to snack on with your wine or spirit. Cheese, charcuterie, terrine, pate, sardines on sourdough, chilli peanuts and olives are available to order – although these dishes also revolve with the wines that are available at the time of visiting.
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Saville Row is an opulent speakeasy-style vintage lounge bar hidden behind a closed orange door.
The bar is lined ceiling to floor with a staggering line-up of spirits including some 400 whiskies, 60 rums, 50 tequilas and 40 gins.
Savile Row has its own signature list of 20 bespoke cocktails such as the Hedwig – Ketel One Citroen vodka, lemon thyme kirsch, fresh pineapple, fennel seeds, cardamom & coconut sugar. bar folk can make up any one of 200 classic cocktails on request and boutique beer and wine are also available.
No food is served and customers are welcome to BYO snacks.
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This cool casual hub of inspiring food, live music and a good dose of creativity combines farmers markets, a cafe and street food.
It has a funky modern Australian cafe serving all day breakfast and fresh, healthy, lunch options.
For breakfast, the menu offers a range of fresh juices, smoothies, coffee, and teas, as well as the chow breakfast, bircher muesli with apricot and cranberries, fritelles (corn fritters with chorizo or halloumi), polpettes (broccoli and potato croquettes), or smoked ocean trout with Persian feta and sourdough.
For lunch, there is a popular range of paninis (beef cheek, paprika chicken, or vegetarian), as well as calamari, gnocchi, rigatoni and risotto of the day. These might be washed down nicely with a beer, wine, iced tea, or cocktail.
On a Friday night, they have happy hour from 4 – 5 pm, with $15 aperitivo and meal special from 5 – 8 pm. Every Sunday morning from 10 am – 12 noon, 321 Water St hosts live music, which is the perfect accompaniment to any leisurely breakfast.
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Bar OTTO sits opposite its older sibling at 480 Queen. The Italian-style bar is bringing aperitivo hour to the city, set against the backdrop of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River.
The concept of Bar OTTO is simple – after-work or pre-dinner drinks and assagai (small bites) in true Italian style from 3:00 pm weekdays.
They serve traditional aperitivos of Aperol spritzes and Negronis and classic cocktails including a bramble, old fashioned, sidecar and espresso martini. Much like the restaurant, Bar OTTO’s wine list is extensive, with a key focus on Italian drops.
Keeping in mind that you’re likely to eat dinner afterwards, the menu is concise, with the OTTO kitchen preparing a selection of assagai all sitting under the $12 mark. The menu includes items such as oysters with eschalot and black pepper, arancini, artichokes with garlic breadcrumbs, and mortadella with grissini. Lunch is also served on Thursdays and Fridays, with blackboard specials changing each week.
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The Farm Wholefoods is a newcomer to Gasworks Plaza that has breakfast and lunch sorted, with a range of nutritious and tasty bowls that promise to start your day the right way.
Founded in 2015 by Sydney foodies Josh and Lisa Thomson, The Farm Wholefoods concept was created to speedily deliver delicious and healthy food in a casual dining atmosphere. The Farm Wholefoods prides itself on supporting local suppliers and producers – sourcing the freshest ingredients for its rustic-yet-appetising culinary offering.
Bowls are a big deal at The Farm Wholefoods – there are ten varied choices ranging from breakfast to lunch.
Breakfast includes options like the Almighty bowl (featuring sourdough, smashed avocado, bacon and scrambled egg) or the Luxe bowl (poached eggs, smoked salmon, kale, avocado, quinoa and goats cheese).
Lunch offers up a sampling of savoury bowls, such as the Bento bowl (buckwheat soba noodles, salmon, pickled ginger and edamame beans) or the Burrito bowl (chicken, jalapenos, rice and smashed avocado).
Their takeaway counter is also full of rotating salads, fresh paninis, chia pots, almond milk porridge and even soup.