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The MINI Edition | Top 10 Things to Do In Brisbane This May

By Sophia McMeekin - 01 May 2015

This month, Brisbane’s positively bursting with things to do. You’ve got pizzerias, underground bars, food truck parties, live music, new markets, and more wine than is good for you to look forward to.

If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Brisbane this May, intoxication, cultural rejuvenation, and satiation await you. Get out there.

10. Spanish Film Festival | Palace Barracks

The best of contemporary Spanish Cinema is hitting Brisbane when then the Spanish Film Festival tangos its way into town this May. We’ll be mainlining the sangria and charcuterie all month for the full cultural emersion experience, and with a line up of 38 cracking Spanish films to see, we highly recommend you get into the Spanish spirit, too.

When: Runs until the 13th of May

9. Check Out King Arthur Café

New Farm’s newest reigning monarch is King Arthur, the delightful new café from the crew behind South Brisbane’s Merriweather. The breakfast game is strong here, with a menu stuffed with seasonal, locally-sourced goodies and great coffee, so put this café on the top of your brunch list.

8. Alt J + Asgeir at Riverstage

Hot UK ensemble Alt J are teaming up with ice-cold Icelandic wonder kid, Asgeir when they hit Riverstage this month. Alt J have sold out all their Aussie tours so far, so grab your tickets before they’re gone!

When: 8th May

7. Check Out The Bone Lorry at Downey Park Food Truck Festival

A Brisbane food truck festival practically in our backyard (well, mine anyway. Sorry, south side), The Downey Park Food Truck Festival is a delicious congregation if ever we saw one: Bella BBQ, Pizzantica, the brand spankin’ new Doughtnut Bar (from those pastry fiends at Chocolate Komberry Co.), and The Bone Lorry among many other four-wheeled food machines will be parked and ready to feed you.

When: 31st of May, from 3pm

6. Now Open: Pizzeria Violetta 

Kenmore’s stock continues to rise with the arrival of Pizzeria Violetta, Sichuan Bang Bang’s new Italian neighbour. Busting out authentic-o pizzas straight out of Naples (you can even sit back and watch the chefs throwing pizza dough old-school stylez before you eat) Pizzeria Violetta is easily one of Brisbane best new restaurants and well worth a visit this month. 

5. Catch La Soiree at QPAC

If you missed phenomenal cabaret La Soiree last time it was in town, don’t be a dunce and make the same mistake twice. Fresh from a sold-out world tour, La Soiree promises a night of thrills, laughter, and good old-fashioned fun. You’ll be left gasping and keen for more.

When: 7–24th of May

4. Cheeseburger Spring Rolls at Heya Bar

New underground bar, Heya has quickly cemented itself as one of the coolest new Brisbane hangs for dranks, good times, and a street food menu straight outta Asia. Heya is also home to the now infamous cheeseburger spring roll, a bar snack so deliciously bad for you it’s kind of brilliant.

3. Eat Your Way Through The Bakery Lane Providore Markets

We love us some small batch produce and local artisans, and this new Brissie market is big on both. With some of our favourite little Brisbane businesses popping up stalls—Crust & Co., Bee One Third, Reverends Fine Coffee, and more—be sure to check out the very first Bakery Lane Providore Market before they become everyone’s weekend regular (this market is set to be help on the first Saturday of every month!).

When: May 2nd, 9am–1pm

2. Game of Rhones Returns | Lightspace

Wine is coming, Brisbane. Celebrating the classic grape varieties from the Rhone Valley (think Shiraz, Mourvedre, Carignan, and Cinsault, among others) the GOT-esque wine event is back with some of the best plonk from across Australian and New Zealand, with over 40 producers battling it out for the title of supreme wine region. Armed with your Riedel glass, at Game of Rhones you’ll be sipping your way through over 150 wines, and voting for your fave (you’ll also go in the draw to win some epic prizes). Food will also be offer—and by food, we mean meat—making this wine battle a must event for oenophiles and foodies.

When: 31st of May, 1pm–6pm

1. Mac n Cheese Burgers at Miss Kay’s

New Brisbane burger joint and bar, Miss Kay’s has quickly moved to the top of our burger hit list. Case in point: their mac n cheeseburger, the Mac Daddy. If a beef patty topped with creamy mac n cheese doesn’t do it for you, one of their other burgs will surely tickle your fancy.

Can't wait to hit up all the events this month? Well why not WIN somethin' while you do?! Simply Instagram and tag @miniaustralia and #theminiedition when you are at any of the 10 April events, and you’ll be in the draw to win a $250 drink + dining experience at Heya Bar for you and 3 friends! Click here for more details!

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