Brisbane

Brewdog Has Just Opened a Massive Three-Story Brewery Bar in Fortitude Valley

Craft beer connoisseurs rejoice!

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BrewDog, the world’s first carbon-negative brewery, has moved into Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the cool neighbourhood. The Scottish-born brand brings the new bar to life in the neighbourhood’s heritage-listed Tranberg House, rubbing shoulders with See War and Co. building. Already the bar is a welcomed addition to the bustling nightlife of Brunswick Street.

Beer lovers will find 20 taps across session-strength pale ales and lagers to epic imperial stouts and sours, including the BrewDog & Friends’ range of guest local breweries. All BrewDog beers are sustainably made at their solar-powered Murrarie brewery and taproom and are 100% carbon-negative. Although, if you don’t drink beer, the bar stocks a selection of wines, spirits, non-alcoholic drinks, and cocktails.

As for the food, expect farm-to-table junk food. What does that mean? Well, on Wing Wednesday, you can get all-you-can-eat wings for $25. Half the menu will also be plant-based to satisfy every taste bud. Think vegan Reubens and chicken burgers. The other half includes grazing such as Korean loaded fries, calamari, and a range of pizzas.

“The opening of this new location really marks an exciting step forward in our Australian journey, and the perfect spot for us to continue quenching the thirst and wowing the taste buds of more craft beer aficionados,” said BrewDog Head of Operations, Calvin McDonald.

“By sharing 50% of profits with our crew, we’re setting the bar higher for hospitality workers everywhere, and it’s an initiative we can’t wait for the new Fortitude Valley crew to benefit from.”

BrewDog is a B-Corp-certified craft industry leader in sustainability, powering beer production across its Australian brewery using solar energy.

The brand’s commitment to producing environmentally friendly beer also extends to a variety of local initiatives, including packaging that’s 99% recyclable, donating used grain to farmers in Northern NSW and crafting their famous Lost Lager using recycled bread from Coles bakery.

BrewDog is also set to take part in a number of mammoth global sustainability initiatives in 2023 including the Lost Forest (named after their Lost Lager), a 9000-acre plot of land purchased by BrewDog to embark on one the UK’s largest reforestation initiatives. They also have a partnership with Eden Projects which is set to employ local villagers in communities across Africa, Asia and South America to facilitate the plantation of 1 million trees.

BrewDog Craft Beer Bar is open from 11 am til late every day. Book a table here.

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Brisbane

Where to Find the Best Italian Restaurants In Brisbane

All your Italian cravings are sorted.

The best restaurants come steeped in tradition. Luckily Brisbane is in full supply of rustic pizzerias channelling Napoli-style dough and candle-lit trattorias, serving steaming bowls of ragu. Whether you want hearty and full-flavoured dishes or modern takes on Roman dining, there’s an Italian restaurant for every occasion.

Here’s where to find Brisbane’s best Italian feasts.

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Gemelli

Fortitude Valley
If you need to book a long lunch or simply want to indulge in a rich, comforting bowl of pasta, pull up a seat at Gemelli. This large Italian restaurant sits on the corner of James Street—one of Brisbane’s most popular shopping strips—and is the perfect pit stop to fuel up after a long morning of shopping. The menu boasts home-style family recipes and generous servings, including pasta served in bread bowls. We recommend the gnocchi al forno. The pillowy soft gnocchi is bathed in Napoli sauce, topped with buffalo mozzarella and cooked in a wood-fired oven. Don’t forget to pair it with a cocktail or glass of wine.

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Bar Tano

Fortitude Valley
Next door to Gemelli is Bar Tano, the sister restaurant sharing the same la dolce vita approach to Italian food and drink. Stop in for a refreshing Aperol spritz, soak up a sunset, or stay after dark and let loose at a late-night disco. Bar Tano is reminiscent of taking an evening passeggiata through the cobbled pathways of Sicily, where bars and restaurants overflow with personality and exuberance. The food, which includes antipasti and salumi, is by Gemelli, so you know it’s going to be good. As for the bar, it’s charming and intoxicating. An afternoon at Bar Tano will transport you to Italy.

best italian restaurants brisbane

Otto Ristorante

South Brisbane
Otto’s signature bright outdoor furniture is hard to miss when you’re taking a stroll on the River Quay Green South Bank. The recently renovated restaurant commands riverfront views making it a destination, not just a restaurant. Most weekends, you will find it filled with locals and visitors, sharing pizzas and toasting cocktails. The menu is packed with homemade pasta and larger mains for sharing. However, the heavily awarded restaurant is best known for its  Champagne lobster and bottarga spaghettini—a must-try.

best italian restaurants brisbane

1889 Enoteca

Woolloongabba
1889 Enoteca is the kind of establishment where the servers are Italian, and the walls are exposed brick. Step in and be transported to Rome, with authentic Roman dishes laid out on white Bretagne dinner plates and hosts an extensive and lauded wine list. The pasta is all housemade and can be ordered as an entree or main. We suggest ordering the slow-cooked pork and beef ragu wrapped around pappardelle.

best italian restaurants brisbane

Bianca

Fortitude Valley
Are you looking for somewhere romantic for dinner? Bianca is a beautiful Italian restaurant with waiters flittering around a buzzy dining room. Despite its modern and slick decor, there’s nothing pretentious about the dining experience here. Curly graphics, monogrammed serving ware, and pops of colour keep it light and fun. As for the food, it’s a straightforward menu of snacks, entrees, house-made pasta dishes and a range of main courses. If you need something lighter, you can order from the antipasti section and dig into little creamy bags of burrata, mortadella, sardines, and marinated mushrooms.

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Mosconi

Fortitude Valley
This unassuming warehouse hides an exceptional 60-seat Italian restaurant serving up an innovative menu drawing on the family’s Italian-Australian roots. Think Moreton Bay Bug risotto, lamb ragu, local grilled fish with fennel, and yellowtail kingfish Crudo. The wine list draws from Australian winemakers and some tipples from Europe’s biggest regions.

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