What’s Open This Ekka Public Holiday in Brisbane

By Ellie Grounds
10th Aug 2015

Botanica | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

It’s that time of year again. Ekka Wednesday is nearly here, which means you’re probably about to spend the public holiday that the good gods of the Royal Queensland Show have bestowed upon us in one of three ways.

One: You’re going to be struggling to move after one (or seven) too many rum and cokes at The Jubilee Hotel the night before, and trying your best to forget (or perhaps remember) your attempt at riding the mechanical bull wearing a stolen cowboy hat.

Two: You’re going to be attempting to fight your way through the Ekka crowds on People’s Day, and tick off every single food item you’ve waited a whole year to eat, no matter how full you get.

Three: You’ve forgotten that last year you lost your shoes and lost 100 bucks on a horse whose name you couldn’t pronounce, and have opted to go to the Ekka Races… again.

But no matter which option you choose, food is non-negotiable, so we’ve put together a list of places that will be open next Wednesday to satisfy your needs. Here is what’s open on the Ekka public holiday in Brisbane.  


Artie & Mai


Artie & Mai will be open as per usual, serving all day breakfast and cracking lunch options from 7am – 3pm.

Arthur’s Green

Red Hill

Arthur’s Green are putting on their all day menu from 7am – 2pm.

Little Loco

New Farm

Breakfast aficionados Little Loco will be pumping out food from 7am – 2.30pm.

Bold Coffee

Bald Hills

Northsiders can get their coffee fix at Bold Coffee, who will be serving up cups of joe and breakfast from 7am – 3pm.

Double Brass


Bold Coffee’s sister café will also be open from 7am – 3pm.

Atticus Finch


The man, the myth, the legend himself, Atticus Finch, will be serving up delicious breakfast and brunch options from 7am – 2pm.



Get your French feast on at Pompidou for breakfast and lunch from 7am – 2.30pm. Plus, there’s going to be no public holiday surcharge! Hell yeah!


Red Hill

The Botanica team will be serving up breakfast boxes from 6am – 9pm, and salads from 9am – 6pm. Pop in and snag yourself a delicious lunch to take to the Ekka. That means more coin for strawberry ice creams!

Plum Tucker

Red Hill

Next door, Plum Tucker will be open for breakfast and lunch from 6am - 2pm. 

Cafe O-Mai


Super popular south-side Vietnamese spot Cafe O-Mai is open as usual but no bookings availble on Wednesday.

Alfred & Constance

Fortitude Valley

A&C will be open from 7 am until late. Whatever you’re after, they’ve got you covered.

Chester Street Bakery

New Farm

Breakfast, cocktails, cake – whatever your heart desires, Chester Street will give it to you. They’re open for their normal trading hours – brunch from 7am – 3pm, desserts from 7am – late and bar from 10am – late.

Alcove Café and Deli


Be an early bird and get the worm at Alcove Café and Deli, who will be open from 6 am until midday.

Samson and Sophie


Samson and Sophie will be serving up breakfast from 7 am until noon.

Fonzie Abbott


Get a good feed in at Fonzie Abbott from 6am until 3pm before heading up the road to the races.

Esher St Café


Southsiders can head to Esher St Café for breakfast from 7 am until noon.


New Farm

Rejoice! Pablo will be open as per usual, serving up gourmet breakfast and lunch options from 7 am.

Café Noma

Wavell Heights

Café Noma will be serving up coffee, juices, smoothies and an express brunch menu from 7 am until 2 pm. They have a full breakfast menu coming soon!



Your friendly home away from home, Abode, will be doing breakfast from 7.30am until noon.


South Brisbane

The mouthwatering morsels at Merriweather will be on offer from 8am until midday.

King Arthur Café

New Farm

Sister café King Arthur will also be serving up breakfast goodies from 8am until noon.


Petrie Terrace

Cure your hangover with a breakfast bagel from Scout. They’re open from 7am – 4pm.

Malt Pier

Malt Pier in Newstead will also be open from 7am to 6pm. Coffee, cocktails and full breakfast, plus lunch and afternoon menus will be available. 

The Burrow

West End

This cosy Brisbane hidey-hole The Burrow will be open from 9am until late for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Charlie Cools

West End

Nab yourself a cup of joe and a brownie from West End newbie, Charlie Cools. They’ll be pumping out food from 7am until 2pm.

Riverbar & Kitchen

Brisbane CBD

Riverbar will be open bright and early from 8am for all your breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks needs!



The darlings of the Brisbane breakfast scene, Pearl, will be doing breakfast and lunch from 7am on the Ekka public holiday. They will be closed for dinner.

Deedot Coffee House

Holland Park West

Those Instagram-worthy breakfasts will be on offer at Deedot from 8am until 1pm.

Foxy Bean

East Brisbane

The foxiest bean in town, Foxy Bean, will be open for breakfast from 6am until 2pm.

Dovetail on Overend

Norman Park

Norman Park’s hottest breakfast spot, Dovetail on Overend, will be open from 7am until 1pm.

Apples on Ainsworth


Health nuts Apples on Ainsworth will be dishing up nutritious breakfast dishes from 7.30am – 12.30pm.

The Single Guys


Westsiders, don’t worry. There’s something for you too! The Single Guys will be open from 7am until 2pm with their usual food and beverage menu.

The Gunshop Café

West End

West End breakfast institution The Gunshop Cafe will be open from 7am – 1pm. There will be no lunch or evening service, so get in early!

The Menagerie

Kelvin Grove

If you’re after a good chai, The Menagerie will be open from 7am – 3pm.

Lock’n’Load Bistro

West End

Lock’n’Load will have you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks from 9am until late.

Lunch onwards

London Fields

West End

West End newbie London Fields will be churning out its best gastropub fare for lunch from 11.30am until 2.30pm and dinner from 5.30pm until 9pm. The bar menu will also be available all day (from 10.30am until late).

5 Boroughs


If you went a little too hard at the Jube on Tuesday night and are in desperate need of a burger to drown your sorrows, 5 Boroughs will be open from midday until 8 pm.

Shady Palms

Stones Corner

Shady Palms will be open from 10am until late, plus they’re having an Ekka-themed party day, EKKARNIVAL! There will be dagwood dogs, mini hotdogs, strawberry fields desserts, fairy floss, popcorn, face painting and carnival laneway games!

Archive Beer Boutique

West End

Archive will be open from 10am until 1am. There will be live music and two-for-one meals on Wednesday! 

Crosstown Eating House


The Logan Road precinct will be hustlin’ and bustlin’ this Ekka public holiday. Crosstown will be open for lunch from 12pm – 3pm, drinks all afternoon and dinner from 6pm until late.



Crosstown’s neighbours Canvas will be doling up their usual delicious cocktails and food from midday until midnight.

Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar

South Bank

Get your fancy on with some delicious share plates at Popolo from 11am until late.

FaB Fish and Burger Grill

The Barracks

Burger lovers can rest easy – FaB will be open from midday until 7.30pm, and there will be no surcharge! Their wood fired pizza joint next door, Pizzeria 1889, is doing the same.

Chop Chop Chang’s

West End

If you’re after some delicious Asian street food, Chop Chop Chang’s will be open for lunch from 11.30am until 3pm and for dinner from 5.30pm until late.

Escobar Kitchen & Bar

New Farm

If you’re in the mood for some trivia on your public holiday, Escobar has you covered with their $2 trivia night from 7pm. They will be open for food and drinks from 3pm until late.

At Sixes and Sevens

New Farm

James St hot spot At Sixes and Sevens will be serving food and drinks from 11am until midnight. Their Garden Bar will also be open from 4pm until late the night before, so bring in your public holiday in style with a drink or two at Sixes and Sevens!

Bar Alto

New Farm

Bar Alto at The Powerhouse will be open for coffee from 9am, and lunch from 11.30am. Do your day off right and sip on a cocktail with a river view. Go on, you deserve it.

The Charming Squire

South Brisbane

When you’re this charming, you don’t need to take a holiday! The Charming Squire’s café, Brewer’s Pantry, will be open for breakfast from 8am. The bar opens at 10am, and the restaurant at 11am. There will be no public holiday surcharge and live music is on the cards from 2pm – 5.30pm.

Madame Wu

Brisbane CBD

Madame Wu will be plating up modern Asian delights from midday until late, and there won’t be a public holiday surcharge there either. Score!

Nantucket Kitchen and Bar


Nantucket will be open from 11.30am until late, and little sister NKB Express down the road will be open from 7.30am until 7pm.

Fish Lane Bistro

South Brisbane

Fish Lane Bistro will be doing lunch from midday until 2.30pm, then dinner from 5pm onwards. Get down and grab a lamb shank pie!

The Pig ‘N’ Whistle | Brunswick Street

Fortitude Valley

Pig'n'Whistle and its revamped beer garden will be open as usual from 11am until midnight. Plus, no public holiday surcharge!

South Side Diner

South Bank

You can get your mac ‘n’ cheese and wings cravings sorted at South Side Diner from 10.30am onwards.


Fortitude Valley

Late-night supper club Farrier will be open for drinks and food from 12pm – 2am. If you’re stuck out in the Valley after a day of drinking, you know where to go for your midnight feed.

Green Beacon Brewing


Green Beacon Brewing will be open from midday, with King of the Wings on offer from 6pm.

The Manhattan Line

South Bank

If you’re after whiskey and street food, The Manhattan Line will be open from 11am until midnight.

Los Villanos Mexican Kitchen

The Barracks

¡Arriba! Los Villanos is open from midday until late for all your Mexican needs.

Dinner onwards

Sichuan Bang Bang


If delicious Chinese is calling your name, Sichuan Bang Bang is open from 5pm until late. Italian neighbours Pizzeria Violetta are also open, doing dine-in and takeaway from 5pm as well!


The Barracks

Everyone’s favourite French-Vietnamese Libertine fusion restaurant will be open from 5pm for dinner.


The Barracks

If you’re after a little Spanish flavour on your Ekka public holiday, Peasant will be open from 5pm until midnight.


Fortitude Valley

Longtime will be open as usual, from 5.30pm until late. Remember to make a booking if you’re going before 6.30pm!

Greek On Cav


Opa! Greek On Cav will be open from 5pm onwards for dinner.

Heya Bar

Fortitude Valley

Asian street food and drinks are on offer for you this Ekka public holiday from 6pm until 3 am at Heya Bar.



Fortitude Valley

Limes will be open from 5pm on Ekka Eve and Ekka Wednesday. The bar will be open until late and they’re screening When Harry Met Sally on the rooftop cinema on the public holiday!


West End

West End’s whisky hotspot Cobbler will be open from 4pm until 1am this Ekka public holiday.

Greaser Bar

Fortitude Valley

If you’re after a drink and a greasy, gourmet cheeseburger, you’re in luck. Greaser will be open from 6pm until late.

John Mills Himself

Brisbane CBD

The café will be closed during the day, but the John Mills Himself Bar will be open from 4pm onwards. Hurrah!

The Gresham

Brisbane CBD

The bar at the Gresham will be open from 4pm – 3am if you’re keen to stretch out your Ekka public holiday for as long as you can. The café won’t be open during the day. 

The Junk Bar


Junk Bar will be open from 5pm until late! Head there for a New York bagel and a delicious Winterfell cocktail (organic steamed almond milk, organic chai, vanilla Galliano and cinnamon sugar).



If you’re after a cosy cocktail or two, Padre will be open from 4pm until late this Ekka Wednesday.

Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall

Caxton Street

If you’ve got an itch that only a whiskey and fresh apple juice from Lefty’s can scratch, you’re in luck! They will be open from 5pm – 3am with live music from Betty Smokes and Sahara Back. Sonny’s House of Blues will also be open, featuring tunes from the Transvaal Diamond Syndicate.  

Food Trucks


If you have somehow (God forbid) found yourself at the Ekka races, never fear. Pizzantica will be serving up piping hot slices at the Doomben Racecourse from 11am until 6.30pm.

Chip Tease

Those infamous sweet potato chip sundaes will be offer at the Ekka today! Chip Tease are operating at the Ekka for the full 10 days in the Gourmet Plaza.

The Bun Mobile

The Bun Mobile will be out and about this Ekka Wednesday, setting up at the Bob Jane in Carina just in time for dinner.

J’adore Les Crepes

There will be crepes galore when this food truck rocks up to the Fig Tree Farmers Markets at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on Ekka Wednesday. J’adore Les Crepes will be there from midday until 7pm, and there’s going to be face painting for the kids, live music and much more!

Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van

If you’re after delicious treats of the frozen variety this Ekka Wednesday, Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van will be at the Fig Tree Farmers Markets from midday until 6.30pm.

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