Start off your Brisbane adventure by checking-in to the hip Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley. Named the best boutique hotel in Australia for the fourth year running, it has oversized designer rooms, plush beds and spacious bathrooms.
At the Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar, you’ll be more than impressed with their Bloody Mary. The rooftop pool is a great respite from the Brisbane summer heat, while in the Emporium complex that surrounds the hotel you’ll find the Wine Emporium, the top liquor shop in the district. 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley 4006. 07 3253 6999.
In the city, the recently renamed Traders Hotel Brisbane (formerly Holiday Inn Brisbane) has is in close proximity to Suncorp Stadium, the CBD and Paddington. Traders Brisbane offers great value rooms as well as a good in-house dining option in MJ’s. 159 Roma St, Brisbane 4000. 07 3238 2222.
Brisbane’s surge in the bar stakes has been gathering momentum in recent years. A long-time favourite is Sling Lounge, owned by veteran Brisbane mixologists Dustin Davis and Blake Ward. Here, expect great Aviations, Hemingway Daiquiris and Juleps, as well as a vast array of whiskies and rums. 153 Boundary St, West End 4101. 07 3255 3522.
Over at the Lark Food and Drink, top-quality cocktails are on offer by a team led by leading drinksmith Perry Scott. Order the Spring Hill Fair and if you’re morish, you’ll find a great spread of tapas. 1/267 Given Tce, Paddington 4064. 07 3369 1299.
A recent addition to the city’s scene, Public, from the creators of Woolloongabba’s Canvas, serves great drinks and hatted cuisine. Order the Space Gin Smash or the El Presidente, and on the food side, both the small plates (order the Wagyu with pancetta) and big plates (including saltbush lamb shoulder) hit the mark. Upper Lvl 1, 400 George St, Brisbane 4000. 07 3210 2288.
At the Queensland Art Gallery’s Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) notable exhibitions coming up include the7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Dec 8-Apr 14) and Ian Fairweather: Late Works 1953-74 (Nov 3-Mar 3). Stanley Pl, South Bank 4101. 07 3840 7303.
This month, the Brisbane Powerhouse has photography exhibitions (Shahidul Alam), comedy (Fat Swan), musicals (Bye Bye Birdie) and bands (Suen Kuti & Egypt 80). 119 Lamington St, New Farm 4005. 07 3358 8600.
Qantas flies daily to Brisbane from Melbourne. Alternatively, Tiger Airways offers low-cost flights to the Queensland capital.
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