The New Year isn’t official until the bulk distribution of ang pow packets accounts for 90% of Brisbane’s spare cash. Now, by Gregorian standards 2016 has well and truly arrived, but if we’re being frank these first 40 days haven’t been up to snuff (this weather’s sure put a DAMPENER on things, amirite?). Everyone loves a do-over so let’s do over, and have a damn fun time while we’re at it. Enter Chinese New Year!
Before we embark on this duck-and-darting year of promised shenanigans, we’ll be living it up in a fire-breathing spectacular to give this year the kickstart it so richly deserves. Here are some choice and flagrant ways to smash bottles on the prow of 2016 and sail full fury into the year of the Monkey.
Check out these awesome Chinese New Year shenanigans in Brisbane:
Peng You Kitchen and Bar
Spend Chinese New Year at the Gasworks with all the dumplings, duck wraps and pork buns you can swipe off the plate of a passing waiter. Peng You Kitchen and Bar is offering punters three magical hours of sippin’, chompin’ and lion dances to honour the beginning of the lunar new year.
How much: $55 per person
When: 12-3pm, Sunday 7 February
Where: Peng You Kitchen and Bar, Gasworks
Lunar New Year Festival at Treasury Casino
Treasury Casino is positively brimming with love for the monkey. So much so that they’ve had to turn their lunar new year celebrations into a fortnight long festival just to cram everything in. There’ll be Asian street food vendors on the Queens Street steps, evening mixers in Stephens Lane, lunar high tea at the Lab, banquets at the Fat Noodle, cash giveaways, community yoga classes and lion dances on the reg. Head over to their website for full deets and itineraries.
Where: Treasury Casino
When: 8 – 22 February
Street Party at Sichuan Bang Bang
Putting on a proper New Year’s bash with more festive cheer than they can contain indoors, Sichuan Bang Bang is living up to their name with an explosive evening of street-sprawling spectaculars. There’ll be a street BBQ, dumplings, Chinese burgers, noodle boxes and a Tsing Tao bar with an appearance by the La Macelleria gelati truck for afters. And just in case you were worried it was going to be a quiet night, Master Tom Lo’s lion dance will be kicking off at 7.30pm.
When: Tuesday 9 February
Where: 8 Wongabel Street, Kenmore
Sunnybankers know what’s up, and you can bet your bottom franc that they won’t be charging across the river to get their rocks off this Chinese New Year. Market Square is RENOWNED for its proximity to incredible and authentic Chinese restaurants (I’m talking about you, Little Singapore) and for going absolutely off on Chinese New Year. Expect lion dancing, fragrant wafts of Peking duck, and all the widespread hysteria you can handle.
When: February 8
Where: Market Square, Sunnybank
Banquet at Kwan Brothers
Available for lunch and dinner from 8 to 22 February, the Kwan Brothers’ stellar banquet is the ideal way to ring in the lunar year with the squad. Diners are promised a splendid repast including Peking duck pancakes, lamb ribs, charcoal prawns, pork belly, chicken noodles and special fried rice to name just six. (**Duck next door to Doughnut Time on Feb 7 and 8 for a limited edition New Year doughnut with red cream glaze and gold chocolate coin.)
Where: 43 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
When: 8-22 February
Cost: $49 per person, minimum 4 people
Chinese Lunar New Year Festival in Chinatown
The Valley’s Chinatown Mall is a hotspot of Chinese feeds any day of the year, but come Friday 12 February and this strip is going to be teeming with excitement in the wake of the new lunar year. We’re talking fire cracker shows, dragon and lion dancers, dolls on stilts, chorus groups and some Asian markets to really GET YOU IN THE ZONE.
When: Friday 12 February
Where: Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley
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