With a whopping 261 days of sunshine a year, Brisbane is perfect for a mates weekend away.
By Hey Gents
Brisbane is known for its relaxed, easygoing vibes, with plenty of sporting venues, outdoor activities and a thriving pub and craft beer scene. If you’re travelling to Australia with a few mates, Brisbane makes an excellent place to visit as the city stays warm for longer than most other capital cities all year round.
Brisbane is also known as the River City, with the mighty Brisbane River flowing through it. In fact, Brisbane River gave the city its name. So what would be a more exciting way to begin exploring the city than to go for a kayak along the river?
Riverlife offers a range of activities in and along the river. Head down there with your mates around sunset for a night paddle. You don’t need to have any prior experience as the instructors will provide some quick training, a safety briefing and all the equipment you’ll need.
On Friday and Saturday nights, you can finish up your evening activities with a bucket of beers and prawns.
Thornton Street Ferry Terminal
Thornton Street Ferry Terminal is just a few steps away from Riverlife. Situated on the west bank of Kangaroo Point, it’s a nice place to observe Brisbane city life from the other side of the river.
Follow the riverbank for a scenic walk along the leafy parkland and you’ll come across Brisbane Jazz Club. Known as the city’s only dedicated jazz club, Brisbane Jazz Club offers live performances in a relaxed atmosphere with Brisbane city views in the backdrop.
Suncorp Stadium is one of the largest sports venues in Brisbane with a maximum capacity of 52,500 spectators. Being the traditional home of rugby league in Queensland, the stadium houses regional and national games throughout the year.
If you’re into Rugby, time your visit here for the Brisbane Global Tens in February, for 2 days of electrifying atmosphere and intense sporting action.
Green Beacon Brewing Co.
From the look of the elaborate setup, you can probably tell how serious Green Beacon Brewing Co. are about their beer. In fact, they have just won the Champion Medium Brewery of The Year and the Champion Specialty Beer Award for their Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale by the Craft Beer Industry Association in 2016. Green Beacon is also famous for their fresh seafood offering, including oysters, prawns, and bugs.
You’re never out of options for pub food and craft beer when you’re in Brisbane. Very different to Green Beacon Brewing Co.’s industrial setting, Brewski Bar features a warmer, more intimate space. The bar boasts a selection of over 200 varieties of bottled craft beer and a daily rotation of eight different beer taps. Brewski specialises in American pub staples such as hot chicken wings and hearty burgers, with almost a dozen variations to choose from.
Netherworld is a bar and a diner, housed in an 80’s arcade setting. Here you’ll find scores of electronic games to play on nintendo and atari consoles, pinball machines, and classic coin-operated video game machines.
Not dissimilar to other bars, Netherworld’s food menu offers fries, burgers and mixed bowls. But believe it or not, this place is paradise for vegans and vegetarians as all dishes on the menu begin meatless. For those who need to have meat with their meal, all you have to do is order the base dish and add in the dairy or protein options. Throw all of that down with a choice of 24 draft beers they have available on tap.
The Charming Squire
The retro setting of the Charming Squire is inspired by the founding story of Australia’s first beer brewer - James Squire. The Charming Squire is a part of Squire’s legacy, offering a modern, open and casual space with delectable menu of food and drinks. Besides a wide array of James Squire beers, the Charming Squire is also known for their coal-grilled meat.
Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments
Located in the hipster suburb of Fortitude Valley and in close proximity to popular bars and nightclubs, Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments makes an ideal base for your adventures.
There are several accommodation options available, ranging from studio-style hotel rooms to executive-style apartments. On top of the building is a 15-metre heated pool, great for soaking hangovers from the night before.
King Arthur Café
King Arthur Café, is just a short walk from Alex Perry Hotel. Opening daily from 7am, King Arthur is a delightful double-storeyed space offering scrumptious breakfast and lunch options.
You can have a light breakfast of muesli, chia pudding, and eggs on toast, or some more hearty dishes like charred sweet potato and mushroom or a slow-cooked lamb salad. King Arthur also offers a wide variety of beverages including wine and beer.
Just across the road from Alex Perry Hotel is Nodo. Nodo was established in 2014 by Kate Williams, a health-conscious food enthusiast who wanted to combine artisan methods with natural ingredients into the making of donuts. All of the donuts here are gluten-free, non-fried, and made fresh daily.
The cafe boasts a cool, minimal interior with raw concrete walls and brass detailing. It’s a great place to sit down and enjoy a smoothie, tea, or coffee with those guilt-free donuts.
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