Usually held over nine days in August, the Ekka – or the Royal Queensland Show, if you want to be formal – attracts around 400,000 visitors each year, making it the largest annual event in the state.

Sadly, this year’s Ekka was cancelled due to Covid-19. But the Ekka Public holiday, which historically takes place on a Wednesday, has been rescheduled to Friday October 29. So there’s still a chance to put your feet up on a rare weekday off.

Whether you need a coffee, a beer or a meal, these hard-working cafes, bars and restaurants are staying open to sort you out.

The Golden Pig

Restaurant

Open from 5.30pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

38 Ross Street, Newstead

Billykart Kitchen

Cafe

Open from 7am–2pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

1 Eric Crescent, Annerley

Rogue Bistro

Restaurant

Open from 5.30pm–11.30pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

14 Austin Street, Newstead

Brewdog Dogtap

Bar

Open from 11:00–11pm.

77 Metroplex Avenue, Murarrie

Anouk

Cafe

Open from 7am–3pm.

212 Given Terrace, Paddington

Southside

Restaurant

Open from midday for lunch and 5.30pm for dinner. 15 per cent surcharge.

Fish Lane Town Square 63 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Kiki

Cafe

Open from midday–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

Fish Lane, South Brisbane

Honto

Restaurant

Open from 5.30pm–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

23 Alden Street, Fortitude Valley

Death and Taxes

Bar

Open from 2pm–2am.

36 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

The Osbourne Hotel

Bar

Open from 11.30am–late. 15 per cent surcharge on food only.

766 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
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Siffredi’s Spaghetti Bar

Restaurant

Open from midday–late

36 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe

Smokey Moo

Restaurant

Open from midday–8pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

68 Longland Street, Newstead

Ling Ling

Bar

Open from 6pm–late. 20 per cent surcharge.

11 351 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Newstead Brewing Milton

Bar

Open from 7am–11pm.

67 Castlemaine Street, Milton

Newstead Brewing Co

Bar

Open from 6.30am–11pm.

85 Doggett Street, Newstead

Milton Common

Bar

Open from midday–late.

35 Railway Terrace, Milton

Huskk

Cafe

Open from 7am–midday. 15 per cent surcharge.

8 Days Road, Grange

Three Blue Ducks

Restaurant

Opening with Saturday trading hours. 15 per cent surcharge.

Level 3 81 North Quay, Brisbane

Red Hook

Restaurant

Open from 4pm–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

3 88 Creek Street, Brisbane

Fritzenberger

Bar

Petrie Terrace, South Bank and Wilston locations are open as usual. 10 per cent surcharge.

52 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Harajuku Gyoza

Restaurant

South Bank, Broadbeach and CBD locations are open as usual. 10 per cent surcharge.

Albert Lane 141 Queen Street, Brisbane

Greca

Restaurant

Open from 11.30am–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

Howard Smith Wharf Precinct 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Yoko Dining

Restaurant

Open from midday–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

Howard Smith Wharves 5 Boundary Sreet, Brisbane

The Single Guys Kenmore

Cafe

Open from 7am–1pm.

2 2051 Moggill Road, Kenmore

Mary Mae's

Restaurant

Open from 8am–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

119 Lamington Street, New Farm
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Canvas Club

Bar

Open from 4pm–midnight.

16b Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Electric Avenue

Restaurant

Open from 4pm–midnight.

23 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Coffee Head Co

Cafe

Open from 7am–1pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

62 Manning Street, South Brisbane

Botanica Real Food

Cafe

All Botanica locations will be open from 8am–3pm.

Shop 9 1 Enogerra Terrace, Red Hill

Bunker Coffee

Cafe

Open from 6.30am–12.30pm. Surcharge is an extra $1 for every made-to-order drink.

21 Railway Terrace, Milton

Slipstream Brewing Company

Bar

Open from 11am–10pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

Unit 2, 94 Wilkie Street, Yeerongpilly

Milky Lane

Restaurant

Open from midday–9pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead
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City Winery

Restaurant

Open from midday–late.

11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley

The Jetty South Bank

Restaurant

Open from 11.30am–10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

River Quay Shop 4 Sidon Street, South Brisbane

The Corner Store Cafe

Cafe

Open from 7am–2.30. 15 per cent surcharge.

113 Sylvan Road, Toowong

Mrs Brown's

Restaurant

Open from 11.30am–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

32 Commercial Road, Newstead

Jocelyn’s Provisions

Cafe

All Jocelyn's Provisions locations are open as usual except for the CBD.

12/46 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Maya

Restaurant

Open from midday–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Seoul Bistro

Restaurant

Open from 11am–10.30pm.

2/152 Turton Street, Sunnybank

Range Brewing

Restaurant

Throwing a carpark party from midday–11pm.

4 Byres Street, Newstead

Same Same

Restaurant

Open from 11.30am–3pm for lunch and 5pm for dinner. 15 per cent surcharge.

Shop AM3 Ada Lane 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Butterfly

Restaurant

Open for midday lunch and two dinner services at 5.30pm and 8pm. Reservation only.

77 Jurgens Street, Woolloongabba

Dovetail on Overend

Cafe

Open from 7am–1pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

85 Overend Street, Norman Park

Wild Canary

Cafe

Open from 8.30am–2pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

2371 Moggill Road, Brookfield

Super Whatnot

Bar

Open from 3pm–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

Pasta Club

Restaurant

Open from 4pm–10pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

237 Boundary Street, West End

El Camino Cantina

Restaurant

Open from midday–11pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

Shop 2 45 King Street, Bowen Hills

Drum

Bar

Open from 4pm–late.

12 Longland Street, Newstead
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Vaquero Dining

Restaurant

Open from 4pm–late.

344 Sandgate Road, Albion
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Fox Coffee

Cafe

Open from 7am–midday.

3 Ellison Road, Geebung

Donna Chang Dining

Restaurant

Open from midday–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

171 George Street, Brisbane

Iris

Restaurant

Open from 11.30am–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

Roof Level 458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Bisou Bisou

Restaurant

Open from 6.30am–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

The Boom Boom Room

Bar

Open 4.30pm–late. 15 per cent surcharge.

49 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Dr Gimlette

Bar

A boundary-pushing cocktail bar from the team behind CBD laneway bar Death and Taxes. It takes service to a whole new level, with roving Martini carts delivering expertly made seasonal drinks to luxurious leather booths.

109 Edward Street, Brisbane

Billykart West End

Cafe

Open for brunch from 8am–2pm and dinner from 5.30pm–9pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

4 Edmonstone Street, West End

Gramps Cafe

Cafe

Open from 7.30am–12.30pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

110 Windsor Road, Red Hill

Yonder Espresso

Cafe

Open from 7am–midday. 15 per cent surcharge.

1/238 Hawken Drive, St Lucia

Kettle & Tin

Restaurant

Open from 7am–9pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

215 Given Terrace, Paddington

Leonards Bar and Bistro

Restaurant

Open from 11am–late. Sister laneway bar Dawn will also open from 4pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

181 Mary Street, Brisbane

Florence

Cafe

Open from 7am–1pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

54 Martha Street, Camp Hill

Za Za Ta

Restaurant

Open from 6.30am.

1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Nonna’s Deli

Cafe

Open from 11am–late.

174 Grey Street, South Brisbane

Suki

Restaurant

Open from 11am–7.30pm.

182 Grey Street, South Bank

Ooh La La

Bar

C'est Bon's rooftop bar and downstairs cocktail bar are both open from 3pm. Dinner at the restaurant from 5pm.

609 611 Stanley Street, Woollongabba

GOMA Restaurant

Restaurant

Open 11am–4pm. The GOMA bistro is also open from 9am. 15 per cent surcharge.

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Stanley Place, South Brisbane