Eat and drink like a queen this long weekend | Gourmand and Gourmet

Eat and drink like a queen this long weekend

Let’s just take a moment to thank the queen for having the good sense to use her power wisely and give everybody the day off for her birthday. This is why we voted against becoming a republic, isn’t it? A day to party like it’s 1926 (she looks good for 89, right?) and then a day to sleep it all off. So let’s all take full advantage of the Commonwealth’s generosity and eat and drink to our hearts content at all the places open this weekend in Brisbane. Sunday Celebrations Sunday’s always a day off, but when it’s backed up by a public holiday? Helloo Sunday fun day! If you’ve decided to give the Caxton Street Festival a miss this year, kick off the celebrations at The Regatta with scones and jam, fish and chips, refreshing Pimms pitchers and tea cocktails, all in the name of Elizabeth. More prince than princess? The Fox Hotel’s Prince Harry Bar and their pommy cocktails might be just your style. If your wallet isn’t feeling particularly royal though, you might be better off heading to Canvas in Woolloongabba for $6 beers, $10 classic cocktails and buckets of wings, all served with free live music. ‘Coz what’s a Sunday session without an acoustic guitar and drink specials? You will find both at The Glen Hotel too. If you’re old enough to remember the Queen when she was, well, less wrinkly, you’ll enjoy the 80s, 90s and 00s tunes at The Wickham. When your dancing shoes need a break, take advantage of the $15 burger and beer or pizza and cider deals. After sunset, you can hop your way through the Valley with rumba Latina at Cloudland, a Full Moon Party at Birdees and drink specials at Up on Constance. Or get the cans out (tinnies – what were you thinking?) for Liz at Archive in West End with their Queens Birthday Party. Feeling classy? Roll out the royal carpet for Soleil Pool Bar’s Winter Wonderland party, with free entry, two stages of entertainment and a whole lot of rooftop cocktails. queens birthday holiday brisbane Monday brunch When you wake up with a head that feels like it’s filled with barking corgies, you can pop out for brekky at Riverbar & Kitchen with soothing river views (stay all day if you wish, they’re open for lunch and dinner too!) or South Bank’s Next Door Kitchen. Or escape the city streets and head to the south side where Mt Gravatt’s That Little Place, Wooloongabba’s Pawpaw Café, Camp Hill’s Picnic Café and West End’s Lock’n’Load will be waiting with a warm brew and breakfast fit for a royal. For some public holiday winter warmers Red Hill’s Arthur’s Green has you covered with their Boston style baked beans and just down the road Plum Tucker will bring some spice to the classic avo on toast. Feeling a bit under the weather from all the celebrations? Stop into Scout at Petrie Terrace where business will be as usual and try the new flu fighting beetroot juice. As usual, Paddington also performs on the breakfast scene with Atticus Finch Café and Kettle and Tin both opening their doors in the early morning. If you don’t have the strength to dine in, you can grab a quick takeaway from New Farm’s Pablo. Grease lovers should follow Oi! Taco and Fire’n’Dough down to Westminster Soccer Club in Redbank Plains where they will be parked all day. ahmets Dinner destinations What’s a birthday without a big birthday dinner? Don’t stop at breakfast, there’s heaps of places open for dinner to give you the power to make it through a four day week. If you find yourself down at South Bank you’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of options with South Side Dinner, Ahmets, and Popolo. all open to diminish those dinner craves. Dessert isn’t off the cards either with Cowch open and serving up the sweetest of treats (we won’t judge if you look less than queenly eating a naked pop). In the Valley, tuck into small or large plates at Gordita or take a stroll along the river and refuel at Eagle Street Pier with delights like seared Hervey Bay miso scallops from Sake Restaurant or get those iron levels up with a sumptuous steak from Cha Cha Char. Last but not least, head up to Lennon’s Bar & Restaurant to send off the public holiday with a meal that even Queen Elizabeth would give approval too, their BBQ spiced spatchcock. Just Keep Drinking Keep the Sunday celebrations going into Monday (and maybe even Tuesday) with 450 whiskeys to choose from at Cobbler in West End or The Gresham on Queen Street. Clink glasses together one more time on the long weekend in one of the multiple bars at The Regatta Hotel in Toowong where business hours are as usual. South siders are in luck with The Glen Hotel in Eight Miles Plains open Monday with an endless supply of drink ready to be poured just the way you like it. Or make the day a complete British affair by visiting on the Pig ‘N’ Whistle bars across the city. All of the bars are open until late, with the Queen Street Mall venue open 24 hours (guess the party never has to stop!). And after all that, you might just need more than a few coffees on Tuesday! Words by Suzanne McLoughlin and Ranyhyn Akui