- Food & Booze
Where to eat before Brisbane Comedy Festival
According to science, 15 minutes of laughter a day will burn 10 to 40 calories.
Step aside, Fitness First–Brisbane Comedy Festival is back and coming for your gig from Friday, February 21-Sunday, March 22. With a massive cohort of comedians on show across five venues, you’re going to need sustenance for your workout! We’ve gathered a list of the top places to stock up on protein (fried chicken) and hydrate (beer) within walking distance from your show.
Sit down to some antipasti, tempura zucchini flowers, and a spritz before your stand up at this modern Italian restaurant nestled on the beautiful banks of the Brisbane River – you can even grab a gin from major festival sponsor Brisbane Distillery Co!
Heckle back at your hunger with duck pancakes, crispy miso eggplant, and popcorn prawn tacos at this institution within walking distance from the Powerhouse – there are plenty of craft beers, cocktails, and wine on offer to get you in the mood, too.
The Fortitude Music Hall
Right next door to The Fort’, TSG’s menu features a bunch of good-time bites like snapper and prawn spring rolls and mushroom arancini balls, as well as an extensive menu of wood-fired pizzas, share plates, and mains to prep your belly for some full-body laughs.
As well as hosting their own weekly comedy night every Thursday, these guys do a ripper menu based around Lucky Egg’s famed fried chicken; we’re talking burgers, hot wings, and bites all perfect for kicking off your night of clucking.
BRISBANE CITY HALL
Don’t let your feast become a one-liner at Fat Noodle – indulge yourself with Peking duck wraps, whole fried fish, and (arguably) the best fried rice in town.
You’ll be chirping before crossing the road to your show, with Goldfinch’s Mediterranean-inspired menu and easy, breezy, beautiful interior. Dig in to charred Mooloolaba prawns with nduja, wood-fired flatbread with dukkah, and Fremantle e way home.
Juicy tacos, spicy margs, and molé-covered cauliflower – does it get any better!? Baja has your pre-show dining sorted with their fresh take on Mexican cooking, focused on local ingredients, delivering some banging flavours that are sure to perk you up.
Just a short stroll from The Tiv’, King Street has everything from pizzas and burgers to fancy French fare and fresh sushi, as well as plenty of spots to enjoy a beer (or gelato) post-show.
NEWSTEAD BREWING CO (MILTON)
Snacking is no joke- start the fun with Asian-style sticky wings, vegetable bhajis, and parmesan polenta bites at this Paddington fave; it’s perfectly positioned for an easy roll down the hill to your show!
Wet your pre-show whistle at Hope & Anchor, where ham hock and pea arancini, stuffed baby squid, and barbecue beef ribs await to steer you towards an all-around joyful night.
Ready to laugh your way to a toned set of abs?