There are two types of people when it comes to Origin Game Day. Those who live for the action, and those fence-sitters who love to get amongst it. Now we’re not saying you have to go all out in a maroon morph suit this year… (believe us, it's been done before). But whether you’re screaming at the TV every time Greg Inglis hits the post, eyeing off your future husband on screen, or simply want to crack open a cold one with the boys, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve done the hard work and planned your Wednesday Origin game night. Here’s ten Brisbane restaurants to get a feed at, before or after game three.
Club Sosay in Paddington is a beer and board game lovers wonderland. This Snakes and Ladders inspired venue has you sorted for seriously good wine, beer and tapas. Not only that, behold one of their best secrets: they have 500 boardgames on hand. That’s right, prepare to come with friends and leave with foes mastering classic favourites such as Boggle Trivial Pursuit, Articulate, Cluedo, and now Cards Against Humanity. The menu brings a Southern American holiday right to the heart of Paddington, along with pizzas, sliders, fries.
The Hope & Anchor
Whilst Hope & Anchor is very much a fresh addition to the local bar scene, Paddington locals are already flocking there and we totally understand why. Where else in Brisbane can you kick back with a schooner and classic chip butty, spread with black garlic mayo and house-made tomato sauce? Bonus points for it being within walking distance to Suncorp Stadium!
Seymour's Cocktails & Oyster Bar
From the team behind Lefty’s Old Time Musical Hall, if you’re after a dimly lit and intimate diner slash bar with booth seats, leather stools and quirky wallpaper, then you’re after the right place. Seymour's is the perfect place to have a drink paired with some freshly shucked oysters (is this not perfect pre-game food fodder?.
Fritzenberger on Caxton Street is obsessed with perfecting everyone's favourite dish; the cheeseburger! Fritzenberger also know that a good beer is essential to any burger and fry combo, so they are setting up an in-house microbrewery to ensure that you never go thirsty! Could this be the most perfect pre-game belly filler ever? We think so!
The Paddington branch of Pizzeria Violetta shares both a roof with Brissy fave Chinese restaurant Sichuan Bang Bang as well as an overwhelming respect for traditional dishes. Everything from the custom built woodfired oven to their local and Italian brews in the fridge, pizza is always the order of the day pre or post Origin, surely?
Kettle & Tin
Sunday sesh vibes on a Wednesday—yes please! While Paddington’s Kettle & Tin are known for their decadent breakfast and lunch, nothing’s stopping you from heading down this Wednesday for a pre (or post) game beverage. Make sure white is not an outfit option, ‘cause it’s bloody mary’s galore and a degustation of share plates and mains at K&T. Hand drawn artworks make their way onto the walls and a herb garden out the back flourishes in this cute Paddington hub, making it the perfect setting for a Wednesday game night.
Bar food, share plates, cocktails… if you haven’t hit up Remy’s as a day time venture, Wednesday night is the time to do so. The Latrobe Terrace venue is balancing their laid back cafe atmosphere focus now with a nightlife persona - and a hip one at that. Ideal for group dining, Remy’s features a variety of share plates and small meals to satisfy those foodie cravings (and they have a mighty fine selection of beverages, may I add). A spectacular dining decision for before or after the game, TUL approved.
The Unforgiven At Darling & Co.
Described as Darling & Co’s dark side, this hidden treasure in the heart of Paddington is perfect for intimate dining and cocktails. The Unforgiven; an enigmatic, backlit venue and a hard one to find, but who doesn't love a bit of real life mystery while awaiting the next season of How to Get Away with Murder? Vintage inspired leather couches, modern lighting fixtures and a vinyl record jukebox adorn the seductive space, along with top shelf Australian spirits behind the bar. Whether you’re off to the Origin or seeking some weekday drinks, this captivating space is a perfect excuse to celebrate making it through to mid-week.
Brewski is hard to miss. The neon sign that is suspended from the roof is the perfect landmark that states what Brewski does best; brew. While eight beer taps and over 70 bottled brews, well, can be overwhelming… Brewski isn’t for the faint hearted. In saying that, if you’re after a pleasant night pre-origin, Brewski has a selection of share plates and wood fired pizzas to choose from. It’s win/win, really.
Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall
Envision; 1950s, saloon-esque setting, vintage lamps and taxidermy bear, deer, moose and peacocks looming against the wallpaper. Yes, you guessed it. Lefty’s Old Time Music HallÚ the quintessential venue for a slice of country music and American eats. Yet another icon to flourish on Caxton Street, Lefty’s is also a proud bearer of a wide selection of scotch, tequila and rum. Did we mention the (free) retro popcorn machine stationed upon the lower bar?!
Sandy’s Good Time Bar
Think Miami Vice, neon and golden hour sunsets. Just off Caxton Street, Sandy’s aesthetic is influenced by a Californian glamour which is tough to miss. But enough of the outside. Inside, DJ’s spin the best hits from the 80s, 90s and noughties, providing a range of classic party cocktails and booze slushies. If you've not got tickets to tonight's decider game, Sandy's are screening play by play, live. Be there.
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