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A quick guide of where to eat (and drink) in South Bank, Brisbane

We’ve been lucky enough to call Brisbane home for eight years now - and in the last three or four years I’ve become obsessed with finding the best places to eat and drink. It’s become a really fun hobby, and I always love recommending places to people.

With that in mind I wanted to share some of my favourite places to eat, drink and be merry in Brisbane. It’s a reasonably big city (hush now all you Sydneysiders - I know it’s smaller than Sydney) so I’ve decided to divide it into suburbs. I’ll also do my best to keep it updated as I discover new places (and say farewell to old ones).

Pre P.S. Most of the photos are going to be from Instagram as I rarely take my big camera out when it’s not an event - so apologies in advance for the photo quality.


South Bank is one of THE places Brisbane Tourism tries to spruik to tourists as being the place to go, and you know what? They’re kind of right to do that.

Of everywhere in Brisbane, South Bank reminds me the most of Adelaide, lots of casual dining and sidewalk tables, perfect for people watching whilst sipping a delicious beverage. I’ve seen a lot of places come and go in my eight years in Brisbane (RIP Fifth Element), but this is the current list of my absolute faves.

Ole and Sangria Bar

Ole is the place to go if you want to eat all of the tapas. It is a bit pricey, so it truly is best to go with a bunch of friends to help share the bill. If you want something more casual, next door is their Sangria Bar. It has a great range of sangrias and a smaller range of tapas, making it perfect for after work drinks. Be warned though - the sangrias will knock you on your arse, so consume responsibly.

The Plough Inn

The Plough is pretty much an institution in Brisbane, it’s been around since 1864 (which is quite old by the Australian standard for pubs) and has gone through many a facelift over the years. I’ve been kicked out of it more than a few times for getting a bit rowdy on a Sunday, but I’m sure you’ll be much better behaved. It’s the perfect place for a casual drink with friends and some solid pub food.

Mucho Mexicano

Personally, I would recommend going to Mucho Mexicano on two occasions:

  1. On a Tuesday for all you can eat tacos

  2. For breakfast on the weekend

I can say with absolute certainty that you won’t be disappointed on either occasion. Though definitely book a table for All You Can Eat Tacos because it definitely fills up quick.

French Martini

This one of my favourite “special date” spots in Brisbane. It’s a small restaurant serving (not surprisingly) French cuisine. It has a good mix of well known classics and surprise offerings, and the food is always top notch. As a Francophile I’m always looking for places to replicate my experience in Paris, and this place definitely makes the grade. Take someone special.

Big Little House

Housed in the old South Brisbane police station, Little Big House is a reasonably new pub in South Bank, having only opened in 2018, but it’s fast become one of my favourites. It’s got lots of tables to gather around and the drink selection is unusually excellent. After a few early misses, the food menu has definitely found its stride and has a good mix of classic pub fare and inventive new ideas.

Bourbon Street

This is a place I wish I could visit more often, because I love New Orleans themed everything (don’t worry - it’s on the list to visit one day). I’ve never eaten there… I think… Possibly I had a late night snack once? But the cocktail menu is great and the ambience is excellent.

Aquitaine

The other French restaurant on my favourites list, Aquitaine is less of a cozy French bistro (like French Martini) and more of a classy Michelin star vibe (without the star by the way in case you were worried about the price). We had a particularly wonderful Bastille Day dinner at Aquitaine last year which was amazing from beginning to end.

Stokehouse Q

After dinner walk over to Stokehouse Q for some post dinner drinks whilst looking out over the Brisbane River. Every time I go here I’m reminded how insanely lucky I am to have ended up in Brisbane. It’s nowhere I ever expected to make my home, but having a glass of wine and looking out over the city twinkling on the river, makes me so incredibly greateful.

Munich Brauhaus

Long awaited newcomer Munich Brauhaus is everything you expect from the name. Lots of German beer, lots of pig based meal options and waitstaff dressed in dirndls and liederhosen. It’s a really fun place to go for dinner with friends (just make sure you have an empty stomach - the food portions are enormous).

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

No night is truly complete without a stop at Max Brenner’s for a hot (or cold) chocolate. I still remember the first time we went there and I was blown away by the lines that will form just to get their sweet treats.


A quick guide of where to eat (and drink) in South Brisbane

We’ve been lucky enough to call Brisbane home for eight years now - and in the last three or four years I’ve become obsessed with finding the best places to eat and drink. It’s become a really fun hobby, and I always love recommending places to people.

With that in mind I wanted to share some of my favourite places to eat, drink and be merry in Brisbane. It’s a reasonably big city (hush now all you Sydneysiders - I know it’s smaller than Sydney) so I’ve decided to divide it into suburbs. I’ll also do my best to keep it updated as I discover new places (and say farewell to old ones).

Pre P.S. Most of the photos are going to be from Instagram as I rarely take my big camera out when it’s not an event - so apologies in advance for the photo quality.


I was lucky enough to work in South Brisbane for 6 years and it’s one of my favourite parts of Brisbane. I loved going to the museum and art galleries on my lunch breaks, or walking down to the park lands to laze around and read. It’s also home to a lot of my favourite bars and restaurants so let’s take a quick tour.

Fox Hotel

When I first moved to Brisbane The Fox was a hole - but it wasn’t long before it was bought and immediately renovated. These days it’s a great place to go to have some casual drinks with friends and order food to share.

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Oh SBC, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. This was my regular haunt when my office was in South Brisbane because they did amazing coffee, the best mac and cheese around and all the craft beer a girl could want. To this day it’s one of my favourite places in the whole world, and I’ll find any excuse to go back. They have regularly rotating range of beer on tap, as well as a great food menu and excellent taste in music. I love it, and I hope you will love it too.

Julius Pizzeria

Oh my lord, if you want an amazing pizza experience then Julius Pizzeria is the place for you. It has some of the best pizza in Brisbane (and possibly Australia). Anytime we go to an event in South Brisbane it’s our default choice for dinner. Their menu is seasonal so there’s always something new to try, and it’s fun to watch them make the pizza in front of your eyes. Be warned though - they don’t do bookings (aside from one lunch hour and one dinner hour) but they’re happy for you to sit at the bar, have some olives and a drink whilst you wait for your table to be free.

La Lune Wine Bar

If you want to have a fancy happy hour La Lune is the place to go. They have a rotating list of uncorked wine bottles to choose from, as well as an enormous list by the glass and bottle. If you want to treat a lover (or friend) to a fancy drink (maybe before dinner at Julius), this is the place to go.

Taro’s Ramen

Taro’s has a bit of a cult following, and I was so excited when they opened a restaurant in South Brisbane. I’m a bit of a ramen fanatic, and this is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s the perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner.

NOM

If you want something a little healthier for breakfast or lunch, NOM is the right choice. It has a daily range of salads and wraps, along with a few cheeky baked treats. It was a favourite for the days where I forgot my lunch and didn’t want to indulge in the mac and cheese at Saccharomyces.

Gelato Messina

I’d heard about Gelato Messina long before it rocked up in South Brisbane - the queues it would attract in Melbourne were pretty legendary to the foodie set. I miss a lot of things about having my office in South Brisbane - but having a gelateria that did nothing but high quality, unique gelato made on site is up there.

P.S. Most of these places are in or around Fish Lane - and every year the Fish Lane Festival does its best to showcase the best the laneway has to offer. I’ve been lucky enough to go twice, and it’s great fun (though I do recommend getting in early before it gets too busy and crazy).


A quick guide of where to eat (and drink) in Fortitude Valley

We’ve been lucky enough to call Brisbane home for eight years now - and in the last three or four years I’ve become obsessed with finding the best places to eat and drink. It’s become a really fun hobby, and I always love recommending places to people.

With that in mind I wanted to share some of my favourite places to eat, drink and be merry in Brisbane. It’s a reasonably big city (hush now all you Sydneysiders - I know it’s smaller than Sydney) so I’ve decided to divide it into suburbs. I’ll also do my best to keep it updated as I discover new places (and say farewell to old ones).

Pre P.S. Most of the photos are going to be from Instagram as I rarely take my big camera out when it’s not an event - so apologies in advance for the photo quality.


First up is Fortitude Valley. It’s got a reputation as the place to party in the city - and that’s definitely correct, but it also has a great bar scene (including my favourite bar in Brisbane). So if you’re looking for a more chilled night out - this guide to the Valley is for you.

Greaser

I almost don’t want to tell you about Greaser because it’s my favourite bar in Brisbane and I like that I can always get a table. The theme in Greaser is The Outsiders (yes that book you read in high school) so the menu is heavy on burgers and fried chicken, the live bands are normally swing or jazz, and it’s got that speakeasy vibe (helped by the fact it’s underground and you have to walk through a creepy alley to get there).

Heya

Heya is inspired by the street food of South East Asia and the tiny bars found in the Golden Gai district in Tokyo. There’s lots of hidden corners to be found in the venue, and the odd secret bar as well. The food is really good - I recommend the cheeseburger spring rolls personally and there is a great range of alcohol behind the bar. It’s a fun place to go for drinks with friends on a Saturday night.

Les Bubbles

When I first moved to Brisbane I was surprised to learn that in the eighties and nineties the police were universally considered corrupt scum bags. All that ended with the Fitzgerald Inquiry, and that’s where Les Bubbles comes in. At its height the “bathhouse” where Les Bubbles now stands was a brothel and illegal casino where the high ups would come to - ahem - have “meetings”.

Les Bubbles (regretfully) would like to inform you that they are no longer a brothel - but their speciality is still meat - steak frites to be more specific. When I say specialty I mean it - they do one thing, but they do it perfectly. It’s probably the best steak you will eat in your life, and they serve it with bottomless fries, an amazing salad and a range of sauces. Don’t panic though if you’re vegetarian or pescatarian, you’re still welcome and they’ll happily tell you what the dish of the day is if you don’t consume meat. The ambience is perfect, the food is delicious, the wine range is excellent. Definitely don’t eat lunch before going so you can enjoy the experience fully. Bonus points if you head downstairs to the bathhouse for pre (or post) drinks. They still have the hot tub up and running and serve cocktails and snack food.

Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen

I love Bloodhound for pre-drinks before heading out to dinner. It’s got a great cocktail menu and a rotating range of interesting beers on tap. It can get pretty packed on the weekend, so head in early if you want a table, otherwise you might have to accept standing around. The food is tasty, but expensive for what you get, which is why I don’t really recommend it as a dinner place.


How to entertain yourself on long flights

Spending hours on a plane has limited ability for excitement. Sure initially it’s fun but that wears off quickly. I am fiercely determined to occupy myself on any flight I get on - being bored on a flight really does make it go approximately one thousand times longer. Here are my current favourite ways to entertain myself on a flight:

Podcasts

We all know that I am a podcast obsessive and you can check out my favourite podcasts right over here. When I travel I download a bunch of episodes so I can listen whether I’m near WiFi or not (I use the Stitcher app). I also sometimes resist the urge to listen to episodes from my favourite podcasts in the lead up to a trip so I have lots to listen to when I’m away.

Colouring

My favourite thing to pair with listening to podcasts is colouring. So far I’ve taken big colouring books on flights but I recently discovered small colouring books (I mean I say discover like they were hiding from me but obviously they weren't) and I’m excited to give these a go next time because I think it will be more convenient; for both me and the people in the seats around me. I use Derwent pencils (which are so fancy) when I colour.

I’ve also started using a colour by numbers app; there are a ton out there, and a lot of them can be used without wifi (I cheat and just “start” a bunch before I get on the plane so it downloads the image). It’s a good work around for short flights if you don’t want to be lugging your art supplied with you.

Games

There are tons of really awesome games you can download to your laptop these days - not just games like Candy Crush but adventure and puzzle games as well. My current favourite is the Nancy Drew games - they are just difficult enough to hook me in without being so difficult that I get frustrated. I’m so excited to download a game (or two) to play next time we fly.

Read

I love books and I always take at least one with me on the flight. I try and make it something a bit lighter that will suck me in rather than a more serious tome. I also buy a few magazines (favourites include Peppermint, Gourmet Traveller and Collective Hub). Lately I've also been really into Audible for non-fiction books.

Write

I always journal when I travel but lately I have also been taking my laptop with me on flights so that I can do more free-form writing. As much as I love the idea of having a beautiful notebook that I could write in between staring pensively out the window and sipping a martini the reality is my handwriting is awful and as a leftie I end up with stains on my hand. A laptop removes those obstacles and lets me pour out ideas.

Music

When I’m reading or writing I like to listen to music. Spotify is my app of choice for listening to music. I always make sure I have at least one playlist downloaded so I can play it offline. Normally it’s something atmospheric and peaceful, some of my favourites are:

TV & Movies

Most airlines these days have some pretty awesome choices of television shows and movies. I do recommend leaving TV and movies until you have exhausted all your other options. It’s much better to do all of the more “active” entertainment choices first and leave movies and TV for when you are just too exhausted (inevitable on a long haul flight) to do anything else.


A Quick guide of where to eat (and drink) in Glenelg

When Mike and I lived in Adelaide we lived right near the most popular beach in the city; Glenelg and we spent many afternoons walking on the beach, eating ice cream and in the winter, drinking hot chocolate.

Travel Guide: Glenelg // Miss Sweet Nothings

So it was natural after our wedding to hot foot it down to the Bay for a few days to unwind. We ate, we drank and we went for walks along the beach. It was glorious, and the perfect tonic after the intensity of the wedding. We had such a lovely time I thought I would share a few of our favourite places, both new and old.

Travel Guide: Glenelg // Miss Sweet Nothings

The Moseley

The Moseley is a fairly new establishment in the Glenelg scene and comes complete with a more traditional restaurant downstairs, and a more relaxed pub style bistro upstairs. Since we were looking for a quick lunch we selected upstairs. We found it to have everything we expect from a modern pub - good range of beer (and bonus wines), yummy menu and quirky decor. Our pizza and chips were both delicious, and the open balcony kept everyone cool.

Perfect for: Casual lunch with friends

Pure Boutique

Pure Boutique was so good we went there twice! Once for dinner and again for breakfast. Both times were winners - the menu is a bit less traditional than the Moseley, with more of an emphasis on experimentation and unique flavours. Also it is delicious. The drinks menu is nothing to be sniffed at either, craft beers are an expectation these days in pubs, not a bonus and they have taken it up a notch with the selection and range.

Perfect for: Brunch or a late dinner with your lover

Travel Guide: Glenelg // Miss Sweet Nothings

Horizons Cocktail Bar

Horizons Cocktail bar is part of the Stamford Grand Hotel and looks super fancy from the outside; think leather coaches, dark wallpaper and old fashioned landscape art. We were semi convinced we wouldn't be allowed in with our thongs and beach hair but apparently it wasn’t an issue. Once inside the vibe is much more relaxed than expected, and the bartenders are both funny and talented. It's not cheap (are cocktails ever?) but it was so awesome to sit on the couches facing the beach, watch the sun go down and sip on something delicious.

Perfect for: Feeling fancy as fuck

Montezuma's

Montezuma's is not exactly haute cuisine - I mean it's a Mexican chain restaurant after all, but frankly, it's delicious. We had such a good time drinking frozen margaritas (so many flavours) and eating delicious food.

Perfect for: Tipsy dinner with friends (the more the merrier)