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Where to dine this Father's Day

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  • Brisbane
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  • Everything in Between
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What’s not to love about dads? They tell terrible jokes, wear unsightly footwear and usually have some sort of peculiar tan line, but they let us try their beer when mum wasn’t around, so we let it slide.

He might not have let you go to Blue Light Discos and his culinary skills may not stretch much further than burnt snags and ‘ask your mother’, but Dadcore is in– and so is the old man by association. Show dad you love him despite his perchance for the Eagles and Rivers button ups by treating him this Father’s Day – after all, you’re the reason for all those greys!

The Regatta | Toowong

Dad not a fan of small portion sizes? He’ll be openly weeping with joy when he sees the spread before him at the Regatta! From 12pm tuck in to a smorgasbord of lamb korma, baked fish, mussels, charcuterie, roast pork and beef, before fighting dad for the last piece of cake at the dessert station. To show he’s number one, dad will also take home a personal engraved Stella Artois Chalice. That’s going straight to the pool room! Book here.

Queensland Parliament | Brisbane CBD

For the dad that has everything, treat him to something super special with Guy Tea at Queensland Parliament! Not your typical high tea, make dad feel like the ultimate VIP with views from the rooftop over a three-course lunch. Dad will be totally blissed out with a spread of duck scones, pulled wild boar, cajun snapper with pickled cucumber and rare beef fillet with goats curd. Spaces are limited, book in by emailing function.bookings@parliament.qld.gov.auor phoning (07) 3553 6377.

Victoria Park | Herston

Taking a swing at what dad wants? Victoria Park have got the answer. Tee off at the driving range, challenge him to a round of putt putt, help him perfect his game with a lesson from the Golf Learning Centre or skip the sports and sit down to lunch. Devour roast pork with herbed potatoes or free-range roast chicken from the Rotisserie Kitchen, or dig into wood fired pizza and juicy burgers with views of the green. Call 07 3252 0666 to book in!

Kookaburra Queen | Brisbane River

Dad a bit of an adventurous type? If you’re looking for a Sunday that’s equal parts cruisy and fun, look no further than a breakfast cruise on the legendary Kookaburra Queen. Bacon and eggs at your local are all well and good, but a buffet breakfast whilst cruising the Brisbane River? Iconic. Departing from Eagle Street at 8.30am, book in now!

Nostimo Restaurant Bar | South Brisbane

Freak for Greek food? Nostimo knows what’s up! Take a seat at Nostimo’s table and get ready for a feast fit for the gods. Celebrate over the modern Greek share-style menu, or order the Nostimo Banquet for the table at $58 per person, with a complimentary Fix or Mythos beer for Pa. Book your table online now at or call 3844 1166

Il Verde | Bowen Hills

Wheely need to suck up to dad? An entire cheese wheel should do the trick! Skip the socks and stuff dad full of four cheese pasta, fresh from the source at Il Verde. For lunch or dinner, treat dad to an arancini entrée, cheese wheel linguine, chef’s panna cotta for dessert and a glass of house wine for $59pp. And to keep things a little spicy, every dad will receive a bottle of house-made chili olive oil. Bellisimo! Book now on 07 3638 9494.

Holey Moley | Fortitude Valley

Dad more of a cool dad than a regular dad? Leave the sandals at home Pa, we’re going to the Valley! Show dad who the real head of the family is by challenging him to 18 holes of mini-golf at Holey Moley! The super eclectic, pop-culture heavy bar/sports arena (a stretch) is the perfect place to bond with dad over beers.

SMC Laneway | West Village

Ciao padre! Salt Meats Cheese are celebrating papa’s day the Italian way, with LOTS of food. With a beer on arrival (salut!), tuck into Tuscan style antipasto, a choice of steak, pasta or pizza and a life-changing Nutella calzone to finish for just $35. Bookings are available for lunch and dinner, save your seat here.

Pig n Whistle | Indooroopilly

Dad got a secret soft side? Forget about High Tea and book him a place at GUY Tea! Three tiers of Aussie pub classics including meat pies, sauso rolls and burgers, plus a sweet treat at the top. Fling the tea and grab dad a beer, he’s earned it.  Book in by e-mailing indooroopilly@pignwhistle.com.au

Clear Mountain Lodge | Clear Mountain

Escape to the hinterland this Father’s Day and pig out on a family feast! With pig on the spit, sliders, sausages, sliders, a dessert selection and beer on the deck at Mandy’s Lake View. Have a relaxed afternoon and chill out to the sweet sounds of live music. Adult tickets are $65 and kids are $25. Really want to make dad feel like a winner? One lucky Dad will win overnight accomodation with dinner and breakfast for two, you’ve gotta be in it to win it!

Now that you know where to go this Father’s Day you can start mentally preparing yourself for an onslaught of dad jokes; it’s the only day of the year you’re not allowed to groan (much). 

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who knows she can still flog her dad in putt-putt.