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Where to eat in Brisbane

Ristorante Tartufo
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Ristorante Tartufo

Hatted, starred and accoladed to the hilt, Tartufo remains Brisbane's high church of Italian cuisine

Gerard's Bistro
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Gerard's Bistro

Grab a mouthful of Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine from the sultan of James Street dining

Il Centro
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Il Centro

This riverfront Italian restaurant is where food, wine and service shine bright

Taro's Ramen
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Taro's Ramen

Taro's Ramen remains Brisbane's undisputed broth and noodle Emperor at three Brisbane locations

The Gunshop Café
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The Gunshop Café

West End’s destination café has some of the best breakfasts in town in its arsenal

Osteria Epoca
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Osteria Epoca

We found a piece of Italy in the quiet back streets of Yeronga

Corbett and Claude
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Corbett and Claude

Wine and beer on tap, Italian eats and slick surrounds are what lure post-work drinkers to this laneway basement bar in heritage-listed digs

King Arthur Café
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King Arthur Café

Gather your knights for any shaped table at New Farm's lofty café, where breakfast is given the royal treatment and even coffee and cake is fit for a king

Bao Down Now
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Bao Down Now

Be wowed by bao, booze and beats at this triple threat of an indoor alleyway space on the outer fringe of Chinatown

Double Shot New Farm
Restaurants Double Shot New Farm

Everything is baked on the premises at this riverside espresso bar – and it's pretty freakin' amazing

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Where to drink in Brisbane

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
Bars Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

This Ipswich micro-brewery is winning hearts with beer lovers, foodies and historians alike

Gerard's Bar
Bars Gerard's Bar

The cool crowd at Gerard's Bar are enjoying a trip to Spain, stopping over at Hong Kong, without leaving home

Prohibition
Bars Prohibition

A former subterranean pool parlour in Fortitude Valley is puttin’ on the Ritz in a cavernous underground bar setting reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy

Grand View Hotel
Bars Grand View Hotel

Get yourself to the oldest pub around, check out the history and check into an afternoon of good pub grub, live music and the good old Aussie ways

Kerbside Lounge Bar
Bars Kerbside Lounge Bar

Take a laneway trip to this fun party bar

Bitter Suite
Bars Bitter Suite

Bitter meets sweet at a laid-back local serving craft beers, boutique wines, fruity cocktails and, um, milkshakes?

The End
Bars The End

West End offers Brisbane’s answer to a Brooklyn speakeasy

California Native
Bars California Native

Go native in Coorparoo with this new restaurant-bar offering the best of the Bear Flag state including cocktails, ales and So-Cal fare

Corbett and Claude
Bars Corbett and Claude

Wine and beer on tap, Italian eats and slick surrounds are what lure post-work drinkers to this laneway basement bar in heritage-listed digs

Escobar Kitchen & Bar
Bars Escobar Kitchen & Bar

New Farm’s irreverent neighbourhood bar serves ’70s-style fare, craft beer and infused spirits

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Entertainment in Brisbane

Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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Brisbane Entertainment Centre

The BEC draws massive crowds for Queensland's biggest Australian and international rock, pop, comedy and stadium acts. We're talking Madonna, Black Sabbath, UFC and even the occasional ice hockey match.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The BCEC is where you will find your trade shows, expos and massive international touring artists when they come calling by Brisbane.

The Brightside
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The Brightside

Hardcore music lovers’ prayers are answered at this revamped Valley icon that's a promising new venue for Brisbane's alternative music scene.

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