Hawkie comes to town
If you've wandered past The Montague Hotel recently you might have noticed the familiar face of Bob Hawke on the wall of the West End pub. The mural depicting the former prime minister was unveiled last week in celebration of Hawke's Brewing Co's arrival in Queensland and the launch of its annual limited edition brew, the Legend IPA. The artwork by local artist Bastian Allfrey has Hawke sporting budgie smugglers, holding a schooner of beer and a newspaper with the headline "Hawkie saves Daintree" – a reference to the Hawke government's win in protecting the Daintree from logging in the ’80s. The Legend IPA – a two-hop brew with tasting notes of citrus and pine – will see $1 from each can sold donated to Landcare Australia to support the conservation of mangroves in Queensland. Hawke's Brewing Co beers and special release cans are now available at Dan Murphy's and selected independent bottle shops.
Friends of Southside
Southside's Benny Lam will be joined in the kitchen by former Brisbane boy Brendan Fong for a collaborative dinner on Wednesday May 18. Fong, who heads up Lilymu in Sydney (previously head chef at Dan Hong’s Mr Wong) draws from Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines. With Lam he’ll be cooking up kingfish and coconut ceviche, shallot pancakes with crispy chicken skin and XO sauce, beef rendang with mozzarella spring rolls, grilled Mooloolaba king prawns with sea urchin butter, and black garlic mie goreng (at $98 a head). You can add on matched wines and cocktails for $78 per person. Bookings are via the Southside website but we suggest you move fast.
Art versus science
Art, tech and science are getting a boost in our public spaces this June with Curiocity – a key event from World Science Festival Brisbane – which was postponed in March due to flood damage. The free five-kilometre trail will see spaces in South Brisbane and the CBD elevated into 20 multi-sensory, interactive art and science installations. Explore works such as giant birds’ nests, 3D photography of an Antarctic iceberg, a robot’s stream of consciousness and climate change as a kinetic sound sculpture from June 24 to July 10 (to coincide with the mid-year school holidays). More information here.
“Bon appetit, baby”
Following the success of its Britney Spears-themed brunch, La Costa is continuing its love for pop music royalty by hosting another brunch in honour of Katy Perry. For three hours, enjoy drag performances backed by the pop star’s tunes while sipping on bottomless mimosas and wine. There’ll also be roaming canapes like “perry perry” chicken sliders, rainbow pancakes and breakfast bruschetta from 11.30am. Tickets are $110 each for the full package with drinks or $85 without. Book online to secure your spot.
A spot for the cool change
From Friday May 13, the seasonal igloos at Customs House return for Veuve Clicquot in the Snow. The pop-up bar – on the terrace overlooking the river and Story Bridge – will pour bubbles by the glass or bottle from the champagne house, plus champagne cocktails. There’s also a special menu of Moreton Bay bug croissants, mac’n’cheese croquettes and a whole baked brie. The après-ski-style bar is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm and weekends from 1pm. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can book your own igloo here.