Besties, booze and brilliant art—paint and sip nights bring together all of our favourite things. There’s something so relaxing about chatting, getting tipsy and looking busy, kind of like fishing. The only difference is, you’ll actually come home with something.
Make your own rules, unleash your inner creative and if you don’t think you’re up for the challenge, think again because you don't need any experience. Best of all, most of the workshops are BYO—does it get any better?
These are best paint and sip art nights in Brisbane.
If painting bowls of fruit or pastel sunsets isn’t quite your vibe, the BYO Montana Art Project nights at the Montague Hotel might be just the ticket. Their usual sessions include an Absolut Vodka Paint and Sip night, because if Andy Warhol could paint soup cans, we can paint vodka bottles, right? Other artistic works offered on the regular are Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn portrait painting, but if even holding a brush is too much to ask, acrylic free flow pouring (the paint, not the wine) might be right up your alley.
Cork And Chroma
The OG of Brisbane’s paint and sip art scene (it’s a thing), Cork and Chroma will equip you with a glass of BYO wine in one hand and a paintbrush in the other before teaching you the basic techniques of painting with acrylics on canvas. Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative, that’ll all change the moment you pop on your paint-splattered apron, settle in with a vino and start creating your very own masterpiece to take home. We know you just can’t wait to hang yours up in your living room so you can smugly tell every visitor, “Oh this? I just painted that myself, no biggie.”
Brush And Barrel
This adorable and intimate studio is the BYO venture set to rejuvenate your friend date routine and bring a refreshing change to the dinner and drinks scenario we’re all so familiar with. Just book your Brush and Barrel session according to what painting you'd prefer to recreate and enjoy a mindful two-hour escape from the daily grind. Paint your pet, paint a Banksy, even paint the fellow wannabe artist you’ve dragged along. All you need to bring along is your favourite adult grape juice and maybe a snack or two. BYO cheeseboard, here we come.
More of a beer or cider drinker? No matter your preferred tipple, you can be sure the legends at Aether have you covered during their regular Paint ‘n’ Pint nights hosted by The Blank Canvas Co. You’ll be putting your own artistic spin on a classic work of art (think Van Gogh’s Sunflowers) while sipping and munching on nibbles from the very well stocked bar. Lead by a line-up of talented artists, no experience is needed here, just good vibes and a willingness to learn.
MD’s Italian Kitchen And Bar
For something a bit different to your usual dinner and drinks nights in the Valley, why not get on the wines at a Paint ‘n’ Pour session at MD’s Italian Kitchen and Bar? Perfectly situated to kick off your evening with a bit of creativity (though you might want to put an apron over your outfit), Paint ‘n’ Pour will provide all the crafty materials while MD’s will keep the drinks coming. Sessions run every Thursday night with a different theme and style every week.
By now you’ll be familiar with the basic concept of paint and sip, but the artistic wonders at MK Gallery have gone and changed the game up, allowing punters the opportunity to paint portraits of their own pets and have a smashing time in the process, because who needs another painting of a sunrise? You just send in a photo of your beloved cat/budgie/dog/snake prior to the session and they’ll prepare a bespoke sketch for you to paint under the sage guidance of an experienced artist. No pet? No problem! MK Gallery will provide some templates for non-pet owners to create their own boozy masterpiece, so all there’s left to do is bring a bottle and a can-do attitude.
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