Restaurants

  • Hit this south-side spot for soul-warming pasta, woodfired pizza and spinning Italo-disco tunes. For drinks, it’s birthday Negronis, an Aether-brewed Italian lager and 80-plus Italian wines.

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  • From the man who brought you edible insects and Kentucky Fried Duck.

  • If you’re after the cream of Italian dining in Brisbane, look no further. This place serves real-deal Roman food, and is officially recognised as one of the world’s best Italian restaurants outside the motherland for its stellar wine list.

  • A casual all-day diner that’s equally inspired by Brisbane’s locomotive history and New York’s delicatessens. Visit for Detroit-style pizza and bottled cocktails by The Canvas Club.

  • Dripping in pink neon, this curvaceous bar and diner is all about Chinese-Peruvian (AKA Chifa) cuisine, Pisco Sours and good times. Order some skewers, dumplings and ceviche soak up the soundtrack of high-energy Latin-American beats.

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  • After a dramatic face-lift, this once humble Stanley Street bistro transformed into a miniature French quarter with a stunning restaurant, garden terrace and rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the city. Duck dinners, crepes for brunch and a formidable cellar are just some of what you’ll find inside.

  • Big family, little pizza shop.

  • An ambitious, fun bar bringing life to Woolloongabba.

Cafes

Bars

  • A Palm Springs-inspired gin bar and pocket distillery flanked by six-metre palm trees. This 60-seat open air oasis highlights gins from Aussie gins by 79 Degrees and Seven Seasons. To eat, it's gin-friendly share plates and tacos by Los Felix.

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  • This European-style wine bar pours natural-leaning drops from Australia, France, Italy, Spain and beyond. Enjoy a drop alongside bistro classics such as escargot, steak frites and charcuterie.

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  • C’est Bon’s snazzy rooftop bar is the best place for a spritz either side of dinner downstairs. Graze on French snacks such as duck liver parfait eclairs and twice-baked soufflés, washed down by vintage champagne against the city skyline.

  • Behind an assuming shopfront, this clandestine cocktail lounge is inspired by the hidden, music-driven boozers found throughout South America. Rotating, rum-heavy drinks are the specialty, plus there's a short menu of snacks courtesy of the Canvas Club next door.

  • Down some damn fine cocktails.

  • A two-storey brewpub and barbeque joint with 26 beertaps and a menu of American-south classics – brisket, ribs, smoked potato skins and bourbon-spiked banoffee pie.

  • Grab a drink and admire the kitschy knick-knacks.