Another year is almost over, but that doesn’t mean your social life is! Instead of mourning 2017 and wondering where the year went, we’re celebrating another fantastic year, and what better way to do that than to count down our top 5 favourite food and drinks hotspots of Brisbane for 2017?
From pet-friendly paradises and laneway bars, to the ultimate frosé to get you through a scorching summer, put these beauties on your list to check out this holiday season.
Best pet-friendly place of 2017:
95 Riding Rd
This gorgeous Hawthorne hotspot is our favourite pet-friendly place of the year, and not just because you’re allowed to bring your pooch with you! The delish menu boasts everything from sweet potato hash cakes to grilled haloumi salad and dog ice-cream (seriously), so you and your best bud won’t be disappointed.
And if you’re craving a little caffeine, their coffee is ace, not to mention the delightful puppycinos they serve for your canine.
Best bacon venue of 2017:
340 Sandgate Rd
If it’s bacon you’re after this summer, then it’s bacon you’re going to get, because at Artie & Mai’s, bacon and brunch are everything. There’s something on this menu for every kind of bacon lover, from the Banana French Toast with candied bacon ice cream, to the bacon and egg roll with fiesty chilli jam.
The venue itself is as quirky as the menu, with exposed brick and funky, mismatched tiles, while the booze selection makes it a fab place to linger long after brunch is over.
Best dessert venue of 2017:
Rosalie Mews, 21 Nash St
Fresh, authentic French desserts is the what makes this gorgeous venue a winner for 2017, plus the vibrant coloured treats make them a crowdpleaser in summer too! The artistic patisseries are handmade daily, with the head chef spending years honing his craft in French pastry prior to La Casamia.
While the Crème Brulee and Baked Alaska make this the ideal winter dessert venue, you’ll find plenty of people queuing throughout summer for menu items like their Sweet Bouquet; French crema cheese and currants wrapped in fresh filo pastry, with a crispy tuille, some tasty vanilla ice-cream, and chocolate hazelnut crumble.
Best frosé hotspot of 2017:
157 Given Terrace
The sweet, slushy goodness of frosé is all you could want this summer, and lucky for you we’ve narrowed down the #1 spot for it. Darling & Co is a trendy, laidback venue, with the best damn lobster roll you’d ever tried.
But we’re not here to talk lobster rolls (although the Sunday lobster + frosé deal for $16 ain’t bad); it’s the Miss Play Frosé that steals the show here. Made with rosé, strawberries, and just a hint of rosewater, it’s the stuff frosé dreams are made of. Get in before the secret gets out!
Best laneway bar of 2017:
181 Mary St
Seriously, could there be a better laneway bar of 2017 than this one? Ok, namesake aside, this place has well and truly earned its title. Hidden in an elevated space off Spencer Lane, The Laneway brings a ‘touch of Melbourne’ to Brissy, with its premium cocktails like the Mary St Summer Punch, assortments of gin and boutique beers.
The intimate small bar buzzes with energy, and prides itself on its gourmet food in addition to its extensive drinks menu. Expect tasty cheese platters, tapas, gourmet burgers and moreish bar snacks.