January bucket list | The Gourmand & Gourmet

January bucket list

Hello? New decade? Give us the best you’ve got.

Hotter days call for cooler drinks, longer lunches and as many pool parties as you can fit in a month, and January is serving up all of these and more.  

Oyster Frenzy | One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point 

A pearl in Kangaroo Point, One Fish Two Fish has been dishing out hit after hit with successful spritz lunches and chef collabs. In January it’s all about the oyster, with the launch of their inaugural Oyster Frenzy event! Between 12pm-pm on January 24, 25 and 26, get the gang together to enjoy 18 oysters over six courses, showcasing a unique flavour combo in each course. From classic natural Pacific oysters to baked three-cheese, and dressed with limoncello and finger lime caviar or chardonnay mignonette granita , it’s a no brainer where you’ll be long lunching on the long weekend. Bookings are essential, and can be made here. 

Commercial Road Public Bar opening | Newstead 

The only appropriate way to start a new year is with a new bar, and this one has us just a bit excited. Setting up shop in Newstead, Commercial Road Public Bar is set to be the newest neighbourhood wine bar, offering drops from boutique local suppliers, to more niche varietals including biodynamic, organic and natural wines. There’ll be a big focus on family, with the space being casual and inviting, whilst still bringing its own personality to town. A European-influenced snack menu will treat patrons to the likes of charcuterie, salads, stone-baked pizzas and delicious pastas. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on their socials for more opening details! 

Hello Summer | Riverbar and Kitchen | CBD 

Embrace the heat at Riverbar and Kitchen as their Hello Summer event continues in January. With the cooling breeze blowing off the Brown Snake, sit back and watch Brissy do its thang with a coldie in hand thanks to 4 Pines. With live music, tasty fare and icy cold drinks, Riverbar and Kitchen is keeping it cool this January.    

Westin Pool Party | CBD 

No pool, no worries. Dive into the new year with the Westin’s pool party series continuing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January. Book online here and enjoy discounted entry and a cheeky Nautilus spritz on arrival as you and your posse enjoy a day poolside, with snacks, boutique wine, signature cocktails and live music. 

Gin Masterclass | The Old Seven | Camp Hill 

New year, new skill, are we right?! Learn everything there is to know about this juniper-based tipple with a gin masterclass hosted at The Old Seven. Collaborating with Kalki Moon Distilling, participants will be treated to tastings of a wide variety of gins, including their special single barrel solstice gin. Tickets are just $60 and include cheese and charcuterie platters so, yeah, this one has our name all over it. Get your tickets here. 

Weekends on the lawn | Howard Smith Wharves | CBD 

If the silly season has left your bank account a bit of a joke, you don’t need to be a recluse this January with many fabulous free events around town! Mosey on down to Howard Smith Wharves to get around their weekends on the lawn from 4pm every Saturday and Sunday in January. Whether you’re completely skint and just here for the live music and lawn games, or ready to splurge on a cheeky Felon’s brew and tasty pizza, there’s something for all budgets that will still have you enjoying your January. 

Pool Club | XCargo | CBD 

Because it’s just a tad warm in Jan, it’s only fitting that we Brisbanites find as many pools as possible to cool down in, so when XCargo announced their pool club series we were absolutely pumped. Taking over the Valley destination every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm, get ready to go from day to night in this infamous shipping container hotspot. Book a day bed with access to the private pool club bar, or get a bit boujee with a cabana, which includes bottle service and your own waiter, and get ready to party the summer away. 

If these tidbits are anything to go by, 2020 is shaping up to be an absolute banger. 

Words by Nikki Shields
- The gourmand who WILL stick to her resolutions (maybe).