Spring has sprung, and along with hay fever (thanks Mother Nature) it’s also brought us festivals, new bars and our new favourite cake (you’ll want to get a piece of this).
Whether you’re getting lit at Riverfire, cultured at Brisbane Festival or just stuffing your face with cake (seriously, this cake, next level) – there’s something for everyone this September.
#1 Brisbane Festival | Various Locations
There’s nothing quite like dinner and a show, and with the Brisbane Festival looming we’re already anticipating the masses that are about to descend on our favourite venues. Be smart and plan ahead, because no one wants to be ordering Maccas in their finery (no judgement). Whether you’re chasing a cheeky snack beforehand or an epic feast – we’ve got the scoop.
# 2 Riverfire | Various Locations
Want to see September out with a bang? You can’t look past Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display (literally – you can’t avoid it). As beautiful as they are, we could really do without the crowds and screaming children, so we’ve put together a list for you if you want to see the show, without the showdown. Check it out here!
#3 Beer InCider | Brisbane Showgrounds
It’s the hoppiest time of the year! Beer InCider returns, and it’s bigger and better than ever: with over 300 beers and ciders from 53 breweries, 18 food trucks and 9 bands. Check out performances from Brisbane darlings like Ball Park Music and Darren Middleton, as well as City Calm down and Cub Sport.
Knock back beers from Aether, Green Beacon (be sure to check out the Ball Park Music X Green Beacon collab – Sad Rude Future Brew) and Ballistic breweries. You won’t go hungry either with Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers, I Heart Brownies and The Cheeseboard dishing out the goods all weekend.
#4 Wine, Cheese & Hops | Treasury Brisbane | CBD
Can’t get enough of beer and cheese? Don’t confine your love of all things hops and dairy to one weekend, hop into Treasury. Sample eclectic wines, Little Creatures beers and delicious foods whilst you listen to some smooth, smooth jazz from Rhydian and the Residuals. Get in quick, tickets won’t last long.
#5 Gin & Asian Bites | Bangbang Bar | Paddington
Drank too much whisky over winter? Spring into the warmer seasons with a refreshing gin. Serving up gin love potions, cocktails and small bites like duck and softshell crab bao burgers, Bangbang Bar is the latest edition to the Paddington dining scene. Located within Sichuan Bangbang, the bar has taken influence from its Italian predecessor and also offers a selection of pizzas next to Sichuan bites – it shouldn’t work, but it totally does.
#6 Private Dining Fiesta | Peasant | Petrie Terrace
Birthday? Special occasion? Just want to keep it classy? Impress your date (or Mum, they need love too) with a private dining experience at Peasant. Eat like a king, without the chatter of peasants around and choose between three banquet options with options like patatas bravas, chacuterie boards and marinated spatchcock and chorizo cassoulet. Drink packages are also available to accompany banquets, with three on offer including delicious Spanish wines, cava spirits and beers. Get ready to salsa your way into an unforgettable evening
#7 Sunset Spritz | Customs House | CBD
Nothing says spring like spritzing at sunset, especially at Customs House. Launching Thursday 21 September, Sunset Spritz will celebrate apertivo with Italian inspired food and cocktails. Open throughout the spring and summer months, sit in the iconic Customs House courtyard and take in the views of the sparkling Brisbane River and Kangaroo point cliffs.
#8 Charcoal Fired Meats | Burnt Ends | Petrie Terrace
Get ready to set the night on fire at Burnt Ends Kitchen. Their unique charcoal oven is heating up, ready to smoke out your cravings with everything from yakitori to binge-worthy bao. With a bar stocked with beer, top-shelf wine and a selection of spirits, Burnt Ends is set to become one of our inner-city favourites.
#9 Jazz & French Cuisine | Madame Rouge | Fortitude Valley
We love tinnys in New Farm Park as much as anyone, but if you really want to jazz up your Sunday session you can’t look past Madam Rouge. With live jazz bands every Sunday, the whimsical, French inspired space is the perfect relax to see out the weekend with a wine from their extensive list. Looking to impress? You can’t look past their three-course menu with options like goats cheese soufflé, steak frites and tarte au citron with lavender ice-crem. Ooh la la!
#10 Iced Vovo Cake | Chester Street | Various Locations
Arnotts might have just brought out Iced Vovo icecream, but it has nothing on the decadence that is the Iced Vovo cake from Chester Street Bakery. With a biscuit base, vanilla cake and layers of marshmallow fluff, raspberry jam and white chocolate ganache – this is not your Nanna’s sponge cake. Topped with fresh raspberries and Iced Vovo biscuits – this is one cake you CANNOT miss!
Words by Emma Callaghan