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Brisbane’s best pre-show dining

It's every theatre-goers worst nightmare. There you are, comfortably seated, the first act has just commenced, when the unthinkable happens. Your stomach seems to start competing with the vocals of the lead actress. When did you eat last?

Did you eat today? Have you ever eaten? The audacity of your stomach rumbles suggests you’ve never seen food in your life. It’s fine, just- 3 hours until the finale? You could die by then! Don’t risk spending the entire show wondering why they had to make the food props look so realistic, take a look at our list of Brisbane’s best spots for pre-show dining, and make sure you can enjoy your night on a full stomach.


Julius Pizzeria

Before getting stuck into the drama of the opera, enjoy the delicious simplicity of Julius Pizzeria’s wood-fired pizzas and pastas. Although there are new specials every week, we can never go past the pappardelle with duck and tomato ragu. Finished off with a panna cotta, of course.

Hello Please

From steaming bowls of pho to flavoursome dumplings, enjoy fresh Vietnamese Cuisine available from a refurbished shipping container that even Prince Ali would be happy to call home. Take a seat under the twinkling lights for pork and coriander spring rolls before you see the stars on stage.

La Lune

You’d have to be an American Idiot to not try the exquisite dishes designed to go perfectly with carefully curated wines from La Lune. Fill up on cheese and charcuterie before the show and make your (green) day that much better.

Brisbane Powerhouse

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Bar Alto

Get the giggles early with an aperitif on the river before you’re seated for a night of comedy and make the evening all the merrier. Paired with their zucchini fritters and a big pot of chilli, garlic, white wine and tomato mussels, your stomach will be prepped for all the laughter it’s going to endure.


With an uninterrupted view of the Brisbane River, you could be forgiven for forgetting WATT the show you’ve come to see is. And with tender braised short rib pappardelle, seafood chowder with clams and mussels, and sweets like lemon doughnuts with milk chocolate and fairy floss to dine on, you might be a little late for the curtain call.

Bitter Suite

Off to hear some sweet tunes at the Powerhouse? Make sure you won’t be interrupting any poignant pauses with your tum and sit down to charcuterie (complete with bacon jam), Peking duck pancakes and a warm lamb salad first. Then Lock ‘n’ Roll a rum, rockmelon and ginger ale cocktail before you go and find your seats.

The Tivoli

With the King Street Precinct so close, it’d be insane to not make the most of the incredible cuisine on offer. With cheesily the best Italian around, Il Verde has a great selection of pastas, pizza and cheese wheels. Feeling a little bit fancy? Try Montrachet for a french fine dining experience, or roll over to Fat Dumpling for handmade dumplings, prepared before your eyes. Take a beak at Hello Chicken, offering 5 pekkin awesome flavours of Korean fried chicken.

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Harajuku Gyoza

Got a lot on your plate? How about we add some edamame beans, chicken katsu curry and pork gyoza?

The Coop Bistro

Don’t get cocky, you’ll need dinner, so grab a burger or three from The Coop Bistro. Cluckily they’ve got great chicken, and hunger is not on the menu.

Woolly Mammoth Alehouse

Have a mammoth of a meal at the Woolly Mammoth, and with craft beers on tap and historic pub food, you might need to excavate a second stomach.


Feast yourself on the quirky LONgTIME menu, with Thai curries and salads like Moreton Bay bug coconut and turmeric curry and spicy green papaya salad. The sides are pretty unique, so make sure to check them out!  

So who’s up for some Shakespeare? 

Words by Rebecca Grady and Sophia Lunn,
- the gourmands who need multiple intermissions for snacks.