We have been blessed with a three day weekend this steamy January, and you just know that we’re going to make it count! From Thursday night gins to Sunday recovery let us guide you through what could be the BEST WEEKEND EVER. Whether you’re a fan of throwing pineapples or just throwing back tinnies, we’ve scoured Brisbane to find the best of the best. So, gather your mates, organise your outfits and prepare your hangover kit – it’s going to be a big one!
The night before. It begins. Ready your body, but just don’t party too hard – this is a marathon – not a sprint, and we’ve got three days to go!
GINUARY | COVENT GARDEN | WEST END
From 6pm Covent Garden is starting your long weekend off right with a spectacular cocktail event – Ginuary. Set in Brisbane’s best gin garden, sip on Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin cocktails and nibble on gincredible canapes including smoked salmon, manchego profiteroles and pork dumplings. Get your hands-on tickets here.
PIG ‘N’ WHISTLE | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Not into gin? Spritz into your long weekend at Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick street with an Aperol Spritz themed beer garden. Pig out on cheese platter and charcuterie specials and boogie to live music from 6-930pm.
Australia Day. The public holiday, and for those lucky enough to get paid leave (soz hospo) – this is your time to party when you should be working. Gird your loins boys and girls, we’re in for a big one.
DEFIANT DUCK | NEWSTEAD
Lamb on a spit, ice cold beers and prawn buckets – let’s be real, you had us at lamb. For a feast that would make Sam Kekovich jealous, duck into Newstead and get ready for a day of full blown festivities at Defiant Duck. Kicking off at 11am – spend the day grooving to live music and DJs, frozen cocktail in hand. Event info.
PINEAPPLE HOTEL | KANGAROO POINT
Fancy yourself a bit of an athlete? Consider yourself competitive? Want to throw your chance into the ring? Warm up that arm and step up to the plate – it’s time for the iconic Pineapple Throwing Competition – with $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs. Raise a cold pint of James Squire and get stuck into a parmy at The Pineapple Hotel.
VICTORIA PARK | HERSTON
From lawn games to jumping castles, tug of war to ping pong – there’s an activity for everyone, young or old at Victoria Park. Enjoy Aussie Roasts from the Rotisserie Kitchen, Aussie Pizza’s from the Pizza kitchen, craft beer and cocktail specials. There will also be free kids face-painting, soft serves and watermelon slices, plus the golf range and Putt Putt course will also be open for those wanting to drive the day home.
PIG ‘N’ WHISTLE | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Can’t decide whether to throw a shrimp on the Barbie, love some lamb or get stuck into a meat pie? The Pig ‘N’ Whistle have thrown your decision out the window and bring you three Aussie classics – in slider form. The Lambington, Meat Pie and Shrimp on the Barbie sliders are available all weekend, pig out on three and a pint for just $21. Crikey!
SALT MEATS CHEESE | NEWSTEAD + SURFERS PARADISE
There are few foods more Australian than the humble snag, and our love of pineapple on everything (controversial). Salt Meats Cheese has embraced this and created two limited edition pizzas for Australia Day. The sausage pizza comes with a sausage filled crust and is served with squeezy bottles of tomato sauce and mustards – because what’s a sauso sizzle without ‘em? Feeling traditional? Grab a grilled pineapple and ham pizza – you might just find yourself in a heated argument with your mates – all for the low price of $20.
THE GLEN HOTEL | EIGHT MILE PLAINS
Know your way around a meat pie? Consider yourself a champion eater? The Australia Day Meat Pie Eating Competition is upon us again at The Glen Hotel, and last year’s champion is hungry to defend his title. Think you’ve got what it takes? Step up to the plate!
MON KOMO HOTEL | REDCLIFFE
Need to keep the little ones occupied? You can’t go past Mon Komo Hotel, with kids face painting and balloon twister – as well as kids eat free off the children’s menu of the Restaurant Caribbee Menu!
Hottest 100 Day. We’ve been blessed with three days to celebrate this year but this is your final day before you need to start thinking recovery, so we recommend finding somewhere cool, grabbing some beers (seeing a theme here) and gathering your mates, it’s countdown time.
DEFIANT DUCK | FORTITUDE VALLEY
The Duck is stoked that the Hottest 100 finally has a day of its own, and is celebrating its inauguration with another BBQ – suns out, (hamburger) buns out baby! Not just an excuse to feast and crank the volume, guess the top 10 for a chance to win a $50 bar voucher. Better get studying.
ALL INN BREWING | BANYO
If you’re going to go All Inn, you’d better do it with a cold one in hand. Head north to Banyo where the beers are cold and there’s a killer BBQ lineup. Celebrate our multicultural community and tuck into killer German Hot Dogs and other German fare from Brathaus BBQ. Count down your fave songs and then kick on after with live party band SHADY BLISS.
DEATH VALLEY | MORNINGSIDE
It’s no surprise that the resident record lords and general rad dudes from Death Valley are holding a Hottest 100 party. With build your own BBQ boxes from Texas BBQ Pop-ups including hickory brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken – as well as sides and fixins.
THE COOP | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Triple J is taking over one of our favourite Valley watering holes and serving up bangers with a side of sustenance. Enjoy tacos allllll dayum day at 2 for $10, or get stuck into signature burgers and fries between 12-3pm for $10.
LITTLE BIG HOUSE | SOUTH BANK
Part recovery sesh – part house party, climb on up to South Bank’s favourite house on stilts to soak up the rays and listen to 2017’s favourite tunes. After the count down stick around for DJ’s until late.
RIVERLAND | CBD
20 speakers, cold beers, street food and your mates – you don’t need a PhD to realise this is the formula to a cracker of a day. Party on the river and reminisce on your favourite hits of 2017 with live music continuing the party into the night.
If you’ve reached Sunday and you’re still standing – we salute you. You’re probably feeling dusty, so a recovery day is definitely in order – and we’ve got just the remedy. Follow our instructions carefully and you won’t even need that sick day come Monday.
BANTER BAR | KANGAROO POINT
Firstly, swing by Banter Bar for the Banter Fair Dinkum Burger. Available all weekend long, whether you’re curing the night before – or preparing for the night ahead, this is your saviour. With a brioche bun, beef brisket patty, red onion, tomato, lettuce, pineapple, beetroot, bacon, smoky BBQ sauce and a free-range egg as fried as you’re feeling. And some beer battered chips because, let’s be real, this hangover might actually kill you.
DELIVERY AKA YOUR SAVIOUR
Too crook to move from the couch? Still wearing pool floaties from yesterday’s pool party? Uber eats is your new best friend. Grab a hangover pack from BurgerFace – breakfast burger, hashbrown and a berocca twist and go. We hope your remote is in arms reach, you’re going to need an IV infusion of Netflix STAT.
We’ve given you the ingredients, and the recipe, for long weekend success. Go forth party animals, this is one to tell the grandkids about.
Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand who likes pineapple on EVERYTHING. (Fight me.)