Brisbane Insider: June 2018

The W Hotel opens its doors

W Brisbane

After much anticipation, the W Brisbane has opened, marking the re-entry of the luxury W Hotels into Australia. As the city’s first five-star hotel in more than 20 years, there’s plenty of highlights, including a “wet deck” overlooking the river, unique and quirky designs throughout and the venue’s signature restaurant, Three Blue Ducks. Well worth a staycation!

Novotel South Brisbane opens

The city’s luxury hotel portfolio also expanded with the opening of the Novotel South Brisbane. The venue is located in perfect proximity for those looking to experience the theatre, arts and dining of South Bank.

Brisbane’s new riverside brewery

Howard Smith Wharves has unveiled details of Brisbane’s newest riverside brewery – Felons Brewing Co. Set under the Story Bridge, Felons Brewing Co, will be one of the star attractions at the new precinct. It will feature a working brewery, restaurant and bar and is due to open in October. Stay tuned for future updates here.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

Queensland fashion fans have snapped up more than 2000 tickets to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane, less than a week after they went on sale.

Much to the delight of local fashionistas, the organisers will be staging two additional shows. Jump to mbff.com.au or call QTIX on 136 246 now to avoid missing out.

Partners recognised as best in the biz

Two Brisbane Marketing members have received top awards. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) was named the top caterer in Australia at the prestigious Meetings and Events Australia National Awards, in recognition of BCEC’s commitment to innovation and uncompromised quality.

MCI Australia was recognised as PCO of the Year. Congratulations!

Drink Sake with the Masters

For the first time ever, 11 Sake Masters are touring Australia and will be visiting Brisbane for a one-off event. Taste Japan, without having to leave Brisbane, on 27 June at Urbane Restaurant. The evening starts at 6.30pm with cocktails, followed by a three-course dinner with five matching Sakes for $120. Seats are limited – email for a reservation.

Treasury raises the stakes

The culinary stakes have been raised with the opening of Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane this month. The restaurant showcases top-notch Australian fare, including its signature Wagyu and Angus steak cuts.

Watch the State of Origin on the big screen

Catch the State of Origin Game Two on the largest screen in the Southern Hemisphere at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Sunday, 24 June. Don’t miss the action – register now for your free general admission ticket, which includes a drink on arrival.

Free movies at Lone Pine

Head along to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for free movie screenings every first and third Friday of the month. Beer, wine and food stalls are available on the night for a child-friendly and dog-friendly event! More details on the website.

A new home for Artisan

After almost 20 years on Brunswick St, Artisan has relocated its gallery, workshop and retail store to the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct. The new Artisan proudly displays the work of more than 80 Australian craftspeople and designers. Well worth a visit.

Breakfast with a view

Enjoy your eggs bene while taking in the scenery of Ocean View Estates with the restaurant now open for Saturday breakfast. The restaurant will open from 8am to accommodate the early-birds starting their weekend at the newest PARKRUN in Brisbane, around the Ocean View winery.

Signature new Greek restaurant

The Greek Club’s new signature Greek restaurant, Nostimo Restaurant & Bar, is set to welcome internationally acclaimed, Sydney-based Greek chef David Tsirekas. Expect a modern Greek offering, using local farmers and suppliers.

Out of the Box

Out of the Box Jarjum Life Museum

Looking for some family fun? Don’t miss QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival of children’s workshops, activities, theatre and exhibitions. The five-day festival from 26 June to 1 July is jam-packed with arts and educational experiences for children aged eight years and under.