2021 has been almost as crazy as 2020—and the jury is still out on whether it's going to get better before the end. One thing we are looking forward in the last few months of wild ride though, is the epic restaurants, bakeries and cafes that will be hitting Brisbane before the new year—because if all else fails, we can just eat our feelings, right?
Here’s the top shelf Brisbane openings we’re most looking forward to checking out before the year is out.
Cloudland Micro Brewery And Rooftop Bar
Not content with just being one of the most luxe bars in Brisbane, Cloudland is adding a rooftop micro brewery and bar to their Fortitude Valley venue. This glam brewpub, which will feature it's own brewing tanks, will be adorned with creeping vines, a fire pit and a mix of wooden picnic tables, booth and high bar seating—perfect for enjoying the Valley views. While you sip on the six core house brewed beers, you'll be able to nibble on eats from a charcoal grill and wood-fired pizzas. There's no word yet on an exact opening date, but plans are to open the doors this spring.
Simon Gloftis, who you should know from Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster, has announced he will be opening a third James Street eatery, this one just across the street from The Calile Hotel. Taking over the site where Chow House formerly resided, the new venue—dubbed Sunshine—will be much more relaxed than his other two, focusing on casual Mediterranean eats in a chilled environment. Designed as both a spot to grab-and-go a lunchtime salad or sit down and dine with a bottle of wine, Sunshine is still a fair way off, but we’ll have more details later this year. In the meantime, you can stay tuned for updates here.
It’s Still A Secret
If you love all things vintage and vinyl, you’re probably a fan of Can You Keep A Secret?, Woolloongabba’s lounge bar slash vintage clothing store. Well, soon you’ll have double the vintage-adorned spaces to hang out in, with owner Emily Jane set to open a second venue in South Brisbane. Taking over a 130-year-old heritage building at 48 Montague Road (which used to be home to The Milk Factory), It’s Still A Secret! will open in October with a line up of live music, vinyl DJs and stunning event spaces. A mammoth restoration and renovation process is currently underway, but you can follow along for updates on Instagram.
Brass Tacks Bakery & Deli
If you haven’t heard of The Pie Hole, you’re clearly not a pie lover—this pop-up bakery and pie delivery service bakes up epic crusted creations that will have you drooling on sight. And soon, they’ll be dishing up even more drool-worthy goodies when they open the doors on Brass Tacks Bakery & Deli Goods together with fellow Albion makers Lady Bouchon Cakes. We don’t have too many details for you just yet, but we do know that the new bakery and deli will be the place to score everything from baked goods and desserts to cheese, antipasto and charcuterie, as well as fresh sandwiches and salads. Though the exact location hasn’t been announced, we’re going to take a wild guess and say this newcomer will probably be landing at Craft’d Grounds, which is looking mighty close to being ready to open these days. Stay tuned for more details, or follow Brass Tacks for updates here.
DAP & CO’s New Venue
If you don’t know the name DAP & Co, you definitely know the heavyweight hospitality group’s venues—The Gresham, Walter's Steakhouse and Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar are all in their portfolio. And now the group is set to add another impressive site to their lengthy list, taking over Naldham House in the CBD (you know it, it’s the big old white building near Eagle Street Pier, which used to house the Brisbane Polo Club) with plans to transform it into a multi-level restaurant and bar. They’re keeping pretty tight-lipped about the details for now, but with DAP & Co behind it, you can bet this will be one to keep an eye o
Somewhere In Brisbane
Rooftop drinking season is almost here, and there may be a new sky high drinking spot to hit in Brisbane this summer. Ivy Blu Rooftop, a new bar from the team behind Kenjin and Su Casa Nightclub, is taking over a secret space somewhere in Brisbane, and will be pouring fruity cocktails and serving up woodfired pizzas and other bar bites from early spring. They’re keeping the rest of the details under wraps for now, but you can stay up to date here.
Big news for anyone who got addicted to Agnes’s basque cheesecakes and sourdough doughnuts in lockdown—they're coming back, this time for good. Off the back of the success of the pop-up bakery, and the perpetual booked out state of the restaurant, partners Ben Williamson, Ty Simon and Frank Li are opening a dedicated bakery soon, with the fit out currently under way on a corner spot on James Street in New Farm. You can find out more here.
Long Island Refuel in Newstead’s Gasworks precinct has been in limbo for a while—but no longer. News just in is that the site is soon to be taken over by Evra, a glamorous restaurant, bar and grocer inspired by the many bright, airy LA venues where you can grab an organic feed and sip on a low-calorie cocktail. Whether or not you subscribe to the organic way of life, you’ll want to check it out when it opens in April—judging by the renders it’s going to be an absolute stunner.
Baker D Chirico
Newstead just keeps getting tastier, but the next addition to the ‘burb is a serious feather in the cap of the burgeoning Gasworks precinct. Dan Chirico, the man behind Melbourne’s Baker D Chirico, is moving to Brisbane—and he’s bringing his incredible bakery with him. Landing sometime around April this year, the third location for the group will feature the bakery’s iconic curved timber ceiling as well as artisan baked goods Baker D Chirico is known for. Stay tuned for more details soon
You’ll find the best new openings of 2020 here.
Image credit: Hayley Williomson (Gemelli Italian)