Where to eat during Brisbane Festival 2020
BrisFest 2020: September 4-26.
Things might look a little different this year, but rest assured Brisbane Festival is back in full force, and popping up at cultural hubs across the city.
Be smart and plan ahead–because no one wants to be ordering Maccas in their finery (no judgement from us, though). Here are our picks on where to dine during the festivities.
QPAC | SOUTH BRISBANE
Vietnamese? Hello Please! Before making your way across the road to QPAC, treat yo’self to some vibrant eats at this Fish Lane joint.
We’re talking roast pork belly bao with pickled cucumber and peanut hoisin, yellowfin tuna with green Thai dressing and crackers, and spiced duck rendang with kaffir lime.
We can’t think of anything better than an aperitivo before the show.
Luckily, La Lune is right in the middle of the BrisFest action, and happens to have an extensive wine and spirit list, as well as a menu of small bites!
Sitting pretty (nay, gorgeous) across the road from QPAC, Maeve is the European wine bar of your dreams. Talk about culture!
Pop by post-show for share plates and peruse the insanely impressive wine list, or make a deal with the set menu and let the talented team take care of it.
Open from 11 am ‘till late every day, Brooklyn Depot is the perfect place for maxing and relaxing. Head down and feast on burgers, dawgs and loaded fries after the festivities, and enjoy a nightcap from their vast booze offerings. We’re currently McLoving their mac ‘n’ cheese balls, French dip sandwiches and Reuben hot dogs…
POWERHOUSE | NEW FARM
For modern Italian flavours, Aperol spritzes, and prime river viewing, it’s gotta be Alto. Come for a drink or five, get acquainted with a generous bowl of pasta on the deck or a pizza in the bar, and be wowed by the beauty of this posh Powerhouse eatery.
Hi, pretty lady! Situated under the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse and boasting unobstructed river views, Mary Mae’s is a spot for small bites or big meals with an all-day menu of tasty eats. For the perfect pre-show cocktail, work your way through Mary Mae’s Bloody Mary menu, which even features a bacon-flavoured option.
THE TIVOLI AND OLD MUSEUM | BOWEN HILLS
You don’t want your tummy rumbling through the show, do you? Ensure you are fully loaded up with carbs by visiting Il Verde, and dig into arancini, gnocchi al tartufo, and Nutella calzone. Chef’s kiss.
Looking for a no-fuss dinner before your gig? Head to Welcome to Bowen Hills and grab a pizza and a few cold ones for under $30! The only hard part is choosing between the diavola, supreme, or pork and fennel sausage ‘zas…
METRO ARTS | WEST END
Went a little hard last night at BrisFest and need a hearty breaky? Looking for something local before an event at Metro Arts? We know just the place…
One of Brisbane’s favourite breaky spots (their lunch menu is must-try, too), Morning After is serving up the good stuff from 7 am till 3 pm, seven days a week.
Did someone say pres? Get comfy in the beer garden, keep the cold ones coming, order snacks from their range of small plates, and try not to be late for your show…
All we can say is let the good times be-gin.
This cutie has over 350 gins and a delectable range of share plates and boards. Much like the London hotspot it’s named after, Covent Garden can be found in the heart of West End, keeping the good times pouring till late in the PM.
Whether you’re catching one show or five, there’s always time for food.
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