Want to treat Daddio this Father's Day, but not sure where to take him? You need somewhere fun (but not too fun), tasty (but not too fiddly), and, probably most importantly, Dad's going to need a drink (he's been putting up with you for years, after all). If you're stuck for Father's Day ideas, we've made it easy for you; These are the best restaurants, bars, and events in Brisbane doing Father's Day right.
Deery's Restaurant & Smokehouse | Kangaroo Point
If he's an early riser, The Story Bridge Hotel are doing an epic breakfast buffet at The Shelter Bar until 12pm on Father's Day, or, if greeting the sun is not his jam, Deery's Restaurant & Smokehouse at The Story Bridge Hotel has some cracking Father's Day lunch and dinner specials to spoil Dad with (our pick is the Dad's Steak special, a 12 hour slow roasted, grain-fed rib fillet, served with bacon jam and whipped mustard butter!). Bonus, Dad will also receive a complimentary gift to take home courtesy of the chef.
Mighty Mighty | Fortitude Valley
A perfect fit for the meat-loving old man, Mighty Mighty are putting on an American-style breakfast from 9-11:30am on Sunday, so Dad can start the day right. They'll also have a special on the menu for Dad all day, The Godfather Ribs. This will be a meal he won't forget in a hurry — those ribs are going to be ridic'.
The Balfour Kitchen
Want to make Dad feel really special? Take him to a one-of-a-kind Brisbane breakfast location that really knows how to put on a spread. The Balfour Kitchen is an award-winning restaurant housed in a beautiful Queenslander, and they are open for breakfast this Father's Day. We've spruiked the virtues of the Balfour Big Breakfast before, but it's our pick for Dad's first meal of the day, hands down.
Peasant | Petrie Terrace
We love Peasant every day of the year, but for Father's Day they're really pulling out all the stops, treating Dad to a char-grilled Spanish lunch in the courtyard. This is one Brisbane Father's Day idea that's sure to make Dad smile.
Sake | CBD
Father's Day ties in nicely with the arrival of Cherry Blossom Festival at Brisbane Japanese favourite, Sake, and they have a swag of menus on offer for Dad to choose from this Sunday for both lunch and dinner, each more delicious than the next. Shaun Presland's Signature Spring Menu is our pick. This eight-course menu is made for sharing, and includes contemporary Japanese dishes like their salt and pepper bug tails, spicy tuna crispy rice, and seared salmon sashimi with ponzu and ginger. Combine this with a sake flight on Sake's riverside deck and you've got a cracking Father's Day idea.
Libertine | Petrie Terrace
Looking for a Father's Day idea that's a bit spesh? Think Dad deserves more than your bog-standard meal? We have the answer. Libertine are putting on an epic seven-course Father' Day shared banquet menu (yes, seven whole courses), in the French Vietnamese fusion style they do so well. The menu includes ceviche, san choi bao, boeuf bourguignon, and a yuzu curd tart, among other Dad-approved delights. The menu is available for lunch and dinner, but bookings are essential, so reserve your spot now.
Papa Jack's | New Farm
If the mere thought of a three-course, white-table-cloth dinner with Dad is making you sleepy, you might want to treat him to something a bit different this Father's Day. Authentic New Orleans-style bar and restaurant, Papa Jack's is a smashing location for a Father's Day celebration, where neither you, nor Dad, has a chance of being bored. The gang at Papa Jack's are masters of having a good time, with sazeracs on tap, and some of the most rootin' tootin' American bar food in town. Dad will dig it, trust us.
Bavarian Bier Café | CBD
Fact: Dads like beer. So it follows that Dad'll be loving Father's Day at Bavarian Bier Café, where he can score a complimentary 500ml Stein just for showing up! (Note: you must book ahead for Dad to receive his stein.) The menu here is loaded with fatherly-favourites, like pork-knuckles, schnitzels, and brats made in-haus.
Lululemon | New Farm
If these Father's Day ideas aren't doing it for you, or Dad could use a day of eating less, not more, lululemon Father's Day yoga class might be more his speed. Lululemon's James St store are hosting their weekly complimentary yoga class as per usual, expect this Sunday, Dad's invited. Lovely yoga-angels that they are, lululemon provide the mats, and you don't need to book. And, who knows, if he works hard enough breakfast at Chow House might be on the cards?
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