Let’s face it, if you’ve been microwaving oats all week, you want your blowout weekend breakfast to be a good one, and lately your staple eggs benny just hasn’t been enough. You know what it’s missing? Booze.
It doesn’t matter if it’s hair of the dog from a big Friday night, or a simple upgrade from your latte to an espresso martini, you deserve a boozy breakfast every once in a while. Luckily for your indecisive-Saturday-morning-self, we’ve put together a list of our favourite brunch and lunch cocktail venues. Booze appétit.
THOMSON’S RESERVE | SPRING HILL
You shouldn’t have to stray from your weekend morning routine (and by morning we mean 2pm, because you should be sleeping before then). Start it right with a (champagne) shower – a free-flowing Louis Roederer champagne shower that is. Thomson’s Reserve has dubbed every weekend Champagne Weekend, which means that you get to pair the finest champagne with three courses from the a la carte menu, featuring meals such as spanner crab with crème fraiche, sorrel and grapefruit. Reserve a spot, stat.
DARLING & CO | PADDINGTON
Want a way to up your fruit intake and get your boozy brunch fix at the same time? Darling & Co’s Bottomless Bellini Sundays make for a delicious morning treat that most definitely still fits into your diet plan (…right?). For $39pp, you can pair any Bellini option (start with vanilla and white peach, because fruit intake) with one of three menu options, including new season asparagus risotto with goats curd and lemon.
RIVERBAR & KITCHEN | CBD
You’ll want to stay for more than one glass of boozy breakfast beverages at Riverbar & Kitchen, with river views as good looking as the plate of French toast with mascarpone, plums, pistachio and maple syrup in front of you. Lucky they make it easy to stay for another drink with jugs of white sangria or lychee mojito.
MALT PIER | NEWSTEAD
Anyone with a specific ‘breakfast cocktails’ menu has our vote. Choose from three refreshing beverages, or order all three and select a designated driver! Enjoy the citrus-y Breakfast @ Pier, the classic Bloody Mary, or a rich and spicy espresso martini with spiced rum for an extra morning kick.
NANA & DA’S | KEDRON
Ever taking care of their patrons, Nana & Da proclaim their hot breakfast and Bloody Mary combination to be the best hangover cure in Brisbane. Celery and tomato sound restorative enough to us, but combine it with a whole lot of bacon and you’ll be hangover free in no time.
CANVAS | WOOLLOONGABBA
We’re not normally ones to turn down a steaming hot flat white, but when we can upgrade to an espresso martini, well, that’s a no brainer. With an array of brunch cocktails on the weekend brunch menu, eggs your way has never been so exciting.
SUMMER HOUSE | KANGAROO POINT
If it’s simplicity you’re after, the Summer House champagne and watermelon bellini will not fail you, but if you’re looking for a kicker of a morning cure, there is no wrong choice between the mimosa and their fallen coconut cocktail, with coconut rum, vodka, pineapple juice, lime & fresh coconut water (look at you being all healthy with that coconut water). Pair either with the beef brisket benedict and you’ll be ready to take on the day!
ALFRED & CONSTANCE | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Oh A&C, is there anything you can’t do? After a big night, head right on back to Alfred & Constance for some good daiquiri jugs. Our rule is – if it’s served with fruit, you can have it for breakfast. The Nutella pancakes are also served with fruit – put two and two together and you can start a health blog.
HARVEY’S BAR AND BISTRO | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Specializing in the art of breakfast, is it really a surprise that Harvey’s knows exactly how to perfect a Saturday morning meal? Start the weekend with a strawberry southside (it sounds similar enough to a strawberry smoothie, so you shouldn’t feel guilty) or save a dark and stormy mojito for a rainy day.
KETTLE AND TIN | PADDINGTON
With four varieties of Bloody Mary’s to choose from, prepare to see red. There’s also a mimosa and espresso martini on the menu, and all pair delightfully with your vanilla pancakes for the perfect hair of the dog. If you’re not a tomato fan, kombucha can be infused with a shot of gin for an extra morning kick.
BLOCKHOUSE COFFEE & EATS | Nundah
Did someone say bottomless mimosas? Head down to Blockhouse on Saturday or Sunday to indulge in an endless supply of nature’s best hangover cure. When champagne is served with orange juice, it qualifies as both a serve of fruit and a wholesome breakfast drink, so you can have as many as you like. It’s science.
With the guidance of this list, start your Brisbane breakfast the right way: with a fork in one hand and an alcoholic beverage in the other.
Words by Rebecca Grady and Nicole Portacha