There’s no denying that 2017 was a major year for drinking and dining in Brisbane. With an insane number of Brisbane’s best foodie spots opening all across town, we’ve been spoiled for choice all year long. As well as fresh makeovers, new management and innovative ideas, there’s been no shortage of “newness” getting around town – there must be something in the water. We’ve rounded up all our favourite experiences of 2017 for you to tick off like some sort of culinary, alcohol-fuelled bucket list of debauchery. If you’re coming up short, it’s never too late to start!
Tell Melbourne and Sydney to take a seat, because 2017 was Brisbane’s year.
Miss Jones | New Farm
Potentially Brisbane’s most darling café, Miss Jones stepped onto the scene this year amidst an explosion of neon, pastel pink, and halloumi and secured its place in our hearts as one of Brisbane’s must-experience cafés. From the same (delightful) couple that are behind Little Loco, this charming spot is easily one of our favourites.
The Produce Wholefood Pantry | Ashgrove
The Produce Wholefood Pantry was one of those cafés we found ourselves returning too all year long for organic staples, green smoothies, and major health kicks. This family-run business is passionate about providing affordable and accessible organic and natural food that is as delicious as it is nourishing. Whenever we felt the urge for something wholesome and filling, The Produce always delivered the goods.
Archer Specialty Coffee | Chermside
Of course we had to include Chermside caffeine crusaders, Archer Specialty Coffee. In addition to their sonnet-worthy brews and beans, they also have a delish selection of sweet treats and toasties to keep your belly more than satisfied. And with everything plated up so beautifully (how TF do they do those swans in the coffee?!), our Insta-feed has never looked so damn good. Love ya work team.
The Single Guys | Brisbane CBD
Kenmore has long boasted of their claim to brekky-fame, The Single Guys. This year, with the opening of their second café location, the team made their way to the big smoke to delight city slickers with some of the city’s best coffee, brekkie options that make getting out of bed easy, and lunches that demand a schooner of beer on the side. Never change boys.
The Cheese Pleaser | Brisbane CBD
If the opening of a gourmet delicatessen and fromagerie stocked to the brim with artisanal cheese isn’t a reason to celebrate 2017, then we don’t know what is. Since opening their doors a few months ago, the team at The Cheese Pleaser have delighted us with their unique take on catering, their stunning selections of cheeses, and their café offerings that keep us more than satisfied.
Day Made | Woolloongabba
Yep, nothing’s changed. We are still obsessed with this charming and minimalist café in Brisbane’s inner-south. But don’t worry – we’re not going to rave about their incredible coffee (that fills me with life), their exciting and delicious breakfast offerings (that are making me drool just thinking of them) or their super sweet décor (home inspo anyone?). You’ll just need to check them out for yourself.
Botanica Real Food | Newstead
We spent a lot of time at this Newstead café this year, as well as their sister café in Red Hill. With delicious baked-treats that will satisfy even the sweetest of teeth, as well as salads and pastries, the team at Botanica have fuelled the Style staff through many print days this year. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat more wholesome, nourishing food, make sure Botanica is your first stop.
Lonely Boy | Spring Hill
If it were up to us, Lonely Boy wouldn’t be lonely anymore. Cosy, welcoming, and overflowing with tasty treats, we were very impressed by the latest venture of Mal Gill and Bec Saul, who you may know from My Kitchen Rules, Lady Marmalade Café, Shady Palms, and The Milk Factory (yeah, they get around a bit). This Spring Hill newcomer lifted our spirits this year with their eclectic and inspired breakfast menu, which offers all your old favourites as well as a few surprising curveballs.
La Lune Wine Co | South Brisbane
2017 was the year of Fish Lane, as the precinct flourished into a veritable culinary hub that guarantees a delicious fare any night of the week. La Lune Wine Co, a beautiful restaurant tucked away on Fish Lane, brings casual European dining to the forefront, with a focus on developing their expansive and inspiring wine menu. Using the Coravin system, diners are able to enjoy a single glass of even rare and old cork-sealed bottles. Score!
Betty’s Burgers | Chermside, Newstead
This was the year when Betty’s Burgers, beloved Noosa burger joint, finally made its way down south to Brisbane, opening in Chermside. The general consensus around town was #blessed but the team didn’t stop there, opting to open another store in Newstead! Whether you’re a Betty’s Classic kind of person or more into the Crispy Chicken, there’s no denying that these are some damn good burgs’.
Happy Boy | Fortitude Valley
“Hell yeah!” – us, when we heard that Happy Boy would be opening 2.0 in Fortitude Valley earlier this year. Still serving up their authentic Chinese dishes amongst a chill atmos, the grown-up décor and styling (hello, polished concrete floors and alfresco terrace!) has inspired a more mature menu. To commemorate their new digs, the team expanded the menu to feature Asian street-style plates and a new late-night-supper-club kind of feel. Two thumbs up from us.
Palace Supper Club | Fortitude Valley
Super trendy and effortlessly chic, Palace Supper Club joined Chinatown mall this year and has changed out late-night dining for the better. With plush armchairs, dark wood panelling, intimate booths, and stunning chandeliers, Palace is the place you take someone you really, really want to impress. Like a scene from decades past, Palace has pulled out all the stops to making dining with them feel truly special. Their caviar menu is too tempting to say no to.
Jessie’s Girl | Petrie Terrace
ICYMI: Jessie’s Girl has made a major splash in BNE’s bar scene, serving up aperitivo-style drinks and shaking up our evenings! This beguiling and bright bar is a convivial place to chat over European-style nibbles, sip on a delish spritz, and enjoy a lazy evening amongst friendly company. Not sure what to drink first? Get around the Benatar (white rum, watermelon, cucumber, lime and maraschino) and we’re sure you’ll be belting out Love Is A Battlefield in no time.
Copado | Teneriffe
It’s no secret that Teneriffe had a bit of a culinary moment this year, and the opening of Copado was a very welcome addition. Heavily influenced by dim and intimate bars of Europe and overflowing with character and charisma, Copado is perfect for everything from catch-ups with friends (read: five rounds of espresso martinis) to intimate date nights with bae. The tapas and share boards are legit, and best enjoyed in good company with one of their fortified wines poured straight from the barrel.
Covent Garden | West End
One of the newest kids to step onto Brisbane’s bar scene is Covent Garden, the urban oasis tucked away in West End. Taking inspiration from its significant other in West End, London, this gin bar is the calling card of summer afternoons and weekend tipples. Boasting over 120 gins and some of the most innovative cocktails we’ve seen yet, we can’t wait to spend looonnngggg afternoons in their courtyard.
Electric Avenue JR | Woolloongabba
This bar and bistro opened earlier this year to our absolute delight, and we’ve been no strangers since. With live music regularly on display, a cheeky courtyard outback, and more tricks up their sleeves than you’d suspect, Electric Avenue is the cherry on top of Woolloongabba’s eclectic and celebrated bar scene. With a hidden speakeasy-style jazz and whisky bar, Jack Rabbit, tucked away behind a secret entrance, you better start poking around…
Little Big House | South Brisbane
Just days ago, Little Big House opened in South Brisbane with not a fizzle but a bang! After tempting and teasing us for weeks, they finally emerged as the ultimate house party destination. Serving up eats from Matt Moran (yes, that celebrity chef), such as chicken parmi spring rolls, minute steak with gem salad, kingfish and avocado tostada, and the best damn lamb sausage roll we have ever had, this is not your typical pub grub.
Savile Row | Fortitude Valley
If a stiff drink in a hidden bar is what you’re after, Savile Row should be your go-to. Hidden behind an orange door on Ann Street, Cobbler’s younger sister specialises in fine whiskeys and show-stopping cocktails. With dark mahogany, deep leather booths, and dim lighting perfect for intimate conversations, Savile Row brings a sophisticated touch to Fortitude Valley.
Feature image: Red Electric Photography
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