Brisbane expects you to dress up

by Dea Martinjonis July 05, 2017

Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane is the hub of Queensland culture. Also known as Brissy and Bris-Vegas (“Don’t ask me why,” a local commented), it’s a city that is rich in luscious parks, fantastic food, and the scenic river running through it.

In recent years Brisbane has become a mecca for exciting and experimental art, events, installations, and cuisine. It may be a laid-back kind of place, but you’ll still need proper shoes to get into its bars and restaurants. 💡 In some cases, scruffy clothing may result in you being turned away.

The preeminent to-do’s in Brisbane

Want to know where to eat, drink, shop, play and stay in Brisbane? Wait no more — dig into this locally-sourced, totally organic and carefully brewed mix of tips by the kind folk at Readify.

In South Bank you’ll find beautiful gardens, numerous food and drink options, a wide selection of culture, and even a beach (picture is not illustrative, this IS that actual beach). Photo by: Adrian Kho / Shutterstock.

Sightseeing: Locals suggest taking the CityCat all the way to the South Bank. Covering 17 hectares of riverfront land, the Parklands feature free swimming facilities, walking tracks, licensed picnic areas, stunning public art and The Wheel of Brisbane.

Culture aficionados should head straight to the Cultural Center, which includes the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art— also known for its great food!

The Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is also known for its superb cuisine. Here’s one example — slow cooked kangaroo tail, wattle seed crumble, root vegetables and peas. Photo by QAGOMA .

Short layover activity: Shop at the Queen St mall that is a vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct that lies at the heart of Brisbane City and is Australia’s most popular pedestrian mall, hosting more than 26 million visitors a year. The mall offers a mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. More than 700 retailers have made their homes there.

Queen St shopping mall is a feast for the architecture lovers, too. Photo by: Lady Brisbane, via IG

Best locals bar: Netherworld— it’s a bar, arcade and diner in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Offering vintage gaming (yes!), good beer and denizens of the Netherworld.

Netherworld seems like the place we’d like to hang out — either with these anime-girls or playing on an ancient relic that is the Williams 1993 Indiana Jones pinball. Photos by: Netherworld Facebook.

Other bars to put on your list: Brewhouse— lots of rotating taps, great menu, pool, great location. A classier (please see visual and other evidence below.- D.M.) place is Tomcat, which has an amazing hidden bar in the back that has top shelf bartenders.

Instead of a photo of Tomcat, we decided to share this review because this review. Photo by Tomcat.

Must have food: Julius Italian, Yard Bird (wings and american food),Oh Shwarma is the best shwarma joint I’ve found so far.

Felix For Goodness sure does justice to its name. We’re up for lunch (and cocktails) there any day. Photos by Felix For Goodness.

Favorite lunch spot: Toby’s Estate is good in the city, or Felix For Goodness.

Black Bear Lodge looks like a place where we’d hang out at night, too. Photo by: Black Bear Lodge.

Hippest nightlife places: Cobbler in West End is a must for whiskey drinkers. Rics in Fortitude Valley is grungy but plays the best mix of non doof doof (yes, we had to look it up, too — doof doof music = Australian slang for techno music.) The Triffid is another favourite venue among the Readify folk and the place often has random bands playing with cheap entry. The Bowery for cocktails and also on Thursdays— amazing live jazz!, Black Bear Lodge/Greaser for chilled out music/drinks.

Moreton Island is just 25km off Brisbane’s shore and it is the third largest sand island in the world. The aerial view of the shipwrecks there is impressive. Photo by: Darren Tierney / Shutterstock.

Weekend getaway: Moreton Island/Stradbroke Island/Fraser Island (depending on your 4WD/camping chops), Inland to mountains/rainforests for camping or staying at a nice villa. This is one of the best parts of Queensland, the amazing weather that allows you to do these things. And we say amen to that!

If you’ve got skills — in C## programming or are a Business Intelligence and Data & Analytics pro — you should definitely apply for these positions at Readify in Brisbane. If only we could do it ourselves!

Brisbane does deserve you clicking the 👏, right?

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