Food & Drink

Woolloongabba Winter Wonderland

By Kate McCart
4th Jun 2012

With winter now upon us, we appreciate that it is often hard to get yourself out of the house and out on the town. Despite Brisbane's lack of blizzards, snow, or other such weather extremes, we still tend to enjoy the hibernation period a little too much. 'It's too cold' is the oldest trick in the book - the ultimate excuse to do absolutely nothing. No matter how many great options are on offer, when the temperature drops, it seems that a hot bath, tracky dacks, DVDs, and duvets often get the better of us…

Never fear, we are here with some inspiration to get those ugg boots off and bring you out of your 3-month-long siesta. Why not explore the Woolloongabba Winter Wonderland? Full of cosy corners, hearty meals, and warming reds, it's the perfect place to hide out on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Crosstown Eating House
Busy, but not overcrowded, and cosy, but not stuffy, Crosstown serves up simple, yet sophisticated fare that is sure to satisfy. Housed in an exposed brick, 1920s building, the décor is effortlessly chic and perfectly atmospheric. We suggest snuggling up and tucking into one of their many share plates - how do sticky pork spare ribs or chorizo and potato with roast peppers, olives, and goats curd sound?
Where: 28 Logan Road in Woolloongabba

Contact: 07 3162 3839 

1889 Enoteca
Oozing the warm, cosy charm of a traditional Italian enoteca, you will be immediately wooed by the red brocade booths, rustic mirrors, and wall-to-wall bottles of boutique Italian wine at 1889 Enoteca. Indulge in the Buccatini ll'amatriciana or gnocchi with Italian sausage, black truffle tapenade, and parmesan cream, all while swilling a glass of their finest Chianti. Well worth leaving the house for.
Where: 10-12 Logan Road in Woolloongabba
Contact: 07 3392 4315

Pearl Café
With a new winter menu to be introduced this week, we are on the edge of our seats to see what the brainchild behind Pearl, Daniel Lewis, has in store for us this time. We hear whispers that roast duck, beef shin and earthy root vegetables will be gracing the menu. With a decidedly antiquey and luxurious feel, this seems the perfect way to escape the chill and indulge in some seriously good tucker.
Where: 28 Logan Road in Woolloongabba 

Contact: 07 3392 3300 

This quaint little bar tucked away on Logan Road is a real gem. With old wooden bar stools, low sunken couches and an eclectic mix of armchairs, Canvas has a great selection of boutique wine and craft beer. Not to mention, an elaborate cocktail menu - from the Mandarin and Saffron Cruster to the Forbidden Fruit – you're sure to find a delicious concoction to treat yourself to. If you're feeling like a pre-dinner snack why not pick at one of the share plates on offer or build your own cheese board. We suggest the Italian sardine tin with crusty bread and onion relish! 
Where: 16 Logan Road in Woolloongabba 

Contact: 07 3891 2111

Milani Gallery
If you're hungry for something slightly more cultural, stop by Milani Gallery. Showcasing some of Australia's most prolific contemporary artists, this Logan Road favourite is the perfect place to keep warm while you meander through Gordon Bennett's current exhibition.
Where: 54 Logan Road in Woolloongabba 
Contact: 07 3391 0455

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