The Best New Openings of 2015

By Sophia McMeekin
27th Jun 2015

Exciting new additions to Brisbane’s foodscape and fashion scenes have had us running around like head-less chooks. We’ve seen delectable doughnuts from the Sunny Coast lads at Donut Boyz, the grand-opening of Molten Store’s very first bricks-and-mortar permanent residency and a plethora of new places to get boozed up (yay!). So read on Urbanlisters: these are the best new openings in 2015.


South Brisbane

Gauge, one of Jerome Batten’s new 2015 offerings, has been the talk of the town since its opening in March. Talented chefs, Ollie Hansford and Cormac Bradfield, have been praised for their consistent delivery of the exceptional, unique seasonal and fresh dishes. This new Brisbane café provides a dining experience truly un-paralleled to other Brisbane offerings—you gotta get down here for breakfast.

The Kiosk

Fortitude Valley

You don't have to be a committed restaurant trainspotter to have noticed this year’s prevailing food theme: the mighty hipster-hole-in-the-wall. We’ve embraced the cheaper, louder, more youthful restaurant-scene to find ourselves going from stiff white-tablecloths to understated milk-crates. The Kiosk, the spunky new venture from Moubment Group, falls into this casual-dining category, and has been our favourite haunt this year, keeping us well nourished and well-quenched with mouth-watering Asian-influenced goodies and Laruche’s famous cocktails.

Heya Bar

Fortitude Valley

Heya Bar epitomises what we’re about, here in Brisbane—cheap drinks, live music, pool tables and pin machines, Pan Asian street food and dark, intimate corners. Our debaucheries at this fabulous new Brisbane haunt has lead to some shame spirals, but we can’t blame the guys at Heya Bar for making us have such a cracking time!

Donut Boyz

West End

Adding to the doughie revolution, these glazed and filled hand-made treats have been satisfying Brisbane’s sweet-tooth since late May. The Sunshine Coast locals started in Maroochydore, but the Donut Boyz have since expanded to Brisbane, selling God’s gift to mankind out of a shipping container digs tucked in next to the Gunshop Café. I guess surfboards and sandy beaches aren’t the only good things to come out of the North Coast!

Pineapple Express


If you haven’t already, it’s time jump aboard the organic, clean-eating bandwagon. And there’s no better place to start than with the team at Pineapple Express—it’s green smoothie, Cocowhip, zucchini pasta, and acai bowl heaven. 

Molten Store

New Farm

The Urbanlist office has been rejoicing since Jessy Cameron decided to open Molten Store’s first bricks-and-mortar residence in New Farm. The charming little store is brimming with tablesful of bags, jewellery, and pretty adornments just begging to be worn out the door.


South Brisbane

Also new from Jerome Batten this year is Maker, the understated bar nestled down Fish Lane. Brimming with fresh flavours, crisp beverages and well-mannered hipsters, this bar is sure to be Brisbane’s next biggest thing. Our tip? Give the Whisky Wax Coffee cocktail a bang. It’s a mix of pollen, beeswax, macadamia, coffee and whisky, served with black garlic bread. Sex in a glass.

5 Boroughs

Stones Corner

Love it or hate it, American cuisine is on like Donkey Kong this year. And 5 Boroughs have totally nailed it. Burgers? Soft and juicy. Ribs? Saucy and sweet. If this isn’t the American Dream, then I don’t know what is. 

The Stables


Our favorite suburban bar, The Stables has added an air of excitement and sophistication to simple old Racecourse Rd, Ascot. With a swanky share-plate menu, enormous selection of beer and wine and cool, chilled-out atmosphere, this is the ultimate destination for a sneaky inner-city suburban razzle. And they’ve started doing breakfast—win!

Pizzeria Violetta


Thought you’d experienced Brisbane’s best pizza? Think again if it wasn’t from Pizzeria Violetta. This gem is serving up authentic Napoli-style pizza straight from its imported, AVPN-approved woodfired pizza oven.  And we can’t get enough of it. Word on the street is that a home delivery service is also on the cards…

King Arthur

New Farm

King Arthur is the new venture from the team behind Merriweather, and the simple, locally sourced food being plated up here is why we get out of bed before 11am on a Saturday. 

Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen

Fortitude Valley

With a heap of local (and not so local) brews there’s not much to not love about Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen. They’ve got Belgian, stout, lager, and cider on tap, along with a cracking wine list, and a solid selection of the hard stuff on the back bar for your consumptive pleasure. Delicious, wholesome share plates—think fried wonton pillows filled with melted haloumi and jalapeños—are the reason we just can’t get enough of this epic watering hole. 

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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