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Get stoked it’s Friday

If there’s one venue in this city that says ‘give me Brisbane any day,’ from the top of its dramatic roofline to the edge of its water-lapped deck, it’s South Bank’s Stokehouse. It doesn’t get any more Brisbane than a riverside location, stunning city views and creative modern Australian cuisine that makes use of incredible local produce. Not content with just being a rave worthy restaurant, Stokehouse is also home to a sweet riverside bar, perfect for indulging in cocktails and bar bites before dinner or just enjoying in it’s own right. Stoked for the weekend and need a chic after work drinks spot to kick off your weekend? This could be just the bar for you. Even better, the Stoke Bar has just kicked off a summer of Friday DJs, with a cool, upbeat soundtrack to match their luscious cocktails and flavoursome share plates. Every Friday from 4.30pm, you can relax to the sound of fresh tunes being remixed by talented local DJs – and maybe even sing along after a few drinks from their impressive wine list or cocktail menu! stokebar cocktailsSo get Stoked it’s Friday and sip a sweet Golden Mojito and watch the setting sun as Havana Especial rum, dark palm sugar, fresh lime and mint gets your toes tapping to the familiar tunes being spun. Or relax with a Sway With Me Iced Tea, and let the beats wash over you while a hefty mix of Bulleit bourbon, Averna amaro, Licor 43, grapefruit, passionfruit and lemon gets you swaying. But don’t let these liquid delights please you on their own, pair them with bites from the bar food menu of scrumptious shared and tasting plates. Split a plate of smoky eggplant dip with pomegranate and lavosh, crumbed prawns with smoked chilli mayo, or something a little more hanger-curing like slow braised beef cheek with white polenta. There’s even sweets for later in the evening when sugar cravings strike, including Stokehouse Q’s iconic ‘The Bombe,’ with layers of white chocolate parfait, strawberry sorbet and meringue all combining to make a sweet surprise. Cool tunes, sweet sips, good company and spectacular views – what more could you need on a Friday afternoon – or any day of the week really? You’ll find Stokehouse on the river’s edge at River Quay in South Bank, open 7 days. Words by Ranyhyn Akui