Throw off that Snuggy, guys, and put some pants on ‘cause there’s a world of Brisbane events, good things to eat, new bars to fall over at, and fun stuff to do around town this month, and ‘I’m cold’ just isn’t going to cut it.
To help you work the trash from the treasure we’ve put together The MINI Edition: our guide to the best of everything happening in Brisbane this July.
#10 Bust Out the Wet Wipes for the Brisbane BBQ Festival
It’s not everyday a Brisbane event comes along that gets us this excited, but, boy, are we dribbling in anticipation for this one (luckily, bibs are encouraged). The very first ‘low and slow’ BBQ Festival is descending on Wandering Cooks this July, where top BBQ teams will battle it out in a meaty tournament like you’ve never seen. This weekend-long laneway party will see food trucks, live music, pop-up bars from local breweries, and tasty testers stonk up South Brisbane. Start dieting now, ‘cause things are going to get greasy.
When: July 18th and 19th
Where: Wandering Cooks, Fish Lane
#9 Voodoo Island at Jahh Tiger Every Wednesday
Milton’s Jamaican rum house, Jahh Tiger, gets even better on Wednesday nights, transforming into a spooky Caribbean Voodoo hut for their Voodoo Island event. Chicken wings and Voodoo cocktails are on special—bring a voodoo doll and really get into the spirit.
When: Every Wednesday night
Where: Jahh Tiger
#8 Eat Yourself Silly at Regional Flavours
Local food lovers, the locavore festival to end all locavore festivals is back in town. 80 of Queensland producers, plus food trucks, local vendors, and celebrity chefs (we’re talking chefs with serious culinary chops, including Adam Liaw, Matt Preston, and Adriano Zumbo) are taking over South Bank for Regional Flavours. You’re going to want to wear loose clothing.
When: Saturday 18th & 19th
Where: South Bank Parklands
#7 Supper at Farrier
As the mercury dips you have to check out new Brisbane bar, Farrier, where the door’s always open (7 nights a week, yo), the snuggly vibes are high, and the supper game is strong. An underground bunker bar, Farrier is a moody lover’s delight. Tuck into the pork buns when you’re done making goo-goo eyes.
#6 The Doughnut Bar at The Wintergarden
Doughies are the flavour of the month, and the most flavourful are coming out of The Doughnut Bar, which has just set up permanent digs in The Wintergarden. Expect crazy-good creations like the Cookie Monster, Mint Slice, and Hershey’s white chocolate cookies and cream.
Editor's Note: The Doughnut Bar at the Wintergarden's opening has been delayed. Stay tuned for updates on this store opening.
#5 Splendour in the Grass
The music festival that needs no introduction is back again. Florence and The Machine, Mark Ronson, Tame Impala, Blur, The Wombats, San Cisco—all the cool kids will be there. BYO bindi.
When: July 24th, 25th, and 26th
Where: North Byron Parklands
#4 Gelato Messina x Gerard’s Bar
Food collabs don’t come much cooler than this dessert mash up between Gerard’s Bar’s Ben Williamson and Messina’s head chef, Donato Toce. Every Sunday for July as part of their uber-swank Aperitivo Sundays sessions they’re creating a one of a kind Messina dessert. There’s also a heavenly Prosecco, chilled vodka, and Tonka bean and bergamot sorbet cocktail (AKA the Tonka GoneDollar) on offer every Sunday.
When: Every Sunday in July
Where: Gerard's Bar
#3 Superfood Café Pineapple Express Opens
If all this indulging has you feel flabby, you’ll be pleased to hear superfood café, Pineapple Express has opened doors in Hamilton. Coco Whip sundaes, acai bowls, smoothies, and other good for you things that taste delicious are the name of the game at this new Brisbane cafe.
#2 Weekend of Darkness at The Scratch
Expect dark beers, strange happenings, and creepy vibes (their words, not ours) as The Scratch holds its third Weekend of Darkness stout party. Stay tuned for the beer line up, which promises to bring some of the richest dark brew around to this adorably scruffy Brisbane beer bar. You’re going to want to take Monday off.
When: 25th- 26th July
Where: The Scratch
#1 4th of July Party at Miss Kay’s
The old US of A knows how to celebrate a holiday, and this 4th of July new bar and burger joint, Miss Kay’s is getting in on the action with their epic 4th of July Party. Expect Mo-Town hits, a USA-Themed costume competition, beer pong tournaments, and an eating comp with prizes for the best dressed and most greedy, plus burgers (natch). Tickets are on sale now.
When: July 4th, 3pm
Where: Miss Kay's
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