Spring is in full swing and, as it goes in nature, the Valley has new life popping up around every corner. From hidden speakeasies and arcade bars to vibrant eateries - it’s time to discover what's new in Fortitude Valley food offerings!

 

Nom Nom Bao 

Bakery Lane heavyweight Nom Nom is here to take a bao, opening a bao bar in Warner Street, just a stone’s throw from cult favourites Nom Nom Korean and Nom Nom Ramen & Sake.  These addictive Asian-inspired bites are the buns we want this summer with pork belly, fried chicken teriyaki and vegetarian options. Sweet tooths will salivate over dessert bao stuffed with ice cream! How bao that? 

TSO Lounge & Dining

With a modern twist on the classic early-20th century whisky bar of lore, TSO is the new den to sip away on your favorite single malt, an Old Fashioned, or even some moonshine. Located in Brisbane’s oldest heritage listed building, TSO is set to be one of the best pubs in Brisbane, where you can devour contemporary bites in the bustling dining room, or take it back to prohibition (without the legal ramifications) and climb the staircase to stylish speakeasy, The Dispensary. 

B. Lucky & Sons 

Hidden away in the depths of a vintage pawn shop off the Brunswick Street Mall lies a nostalgic paradise covered in neon lights, arcade machines and cocktails! B. Lucky & Sons is a hustler’s haven - a Timezone with a grown up twist that’ll let you relive your youth with bubble tea cocktails, deep fried bao burgers and stone baked pizzas. Game on. 

California Lane 

We’ve been California dreaming about the opening of this new Brisbane laneway precinct. Splashed with retro pastel shades, neon lights and summer vibes, Cali Lane is one we’re keen to stroll down. Bringing art, boutiques, fresh eats - and even a tiki bar within a barber shop - it’s clear Fortitude Valley is giving Melbourne a run for its money when it comes to laneway culture. 

Read all about it here.

hôntô

One of the most anticipated openings on Brisbane’s dining calendar, hôntô has been winning hearts for all the right reasons with its contemporary twist on Japanese dining, making it one of the best restaurants Brisbane has been graced with in 2018.  It’s not all about the grub, though. Tucked out of sight, hôntô’s bar ÔÔ specialises in rare and hard-to-find Japanese whiskey and sake- kanpai!

Read all about it here.

Marquee Bar 

If you’re looking for nightlife, step into the Gatsby glamour of new kid on the block, Marquee Bar. Inspired by Flemington’s Birdcage, Marquee will transport you to a good time with luxe silk drapes and art deco touches, a flower-filled courtyard, DJs, live music and cocktails on tap - including spiked creaming soda! Open until 2AM nightly.

Finney Isles 

Savile Row's new baby has been born! One of the freshest cocktail bars Brisbane has on offer, Finney Isles is a blossoming bar featuring fine wine, spirits, and charcuterie galore. We've crunched the delicious statistics to let you know that there are 14 rotating wines, 16 cocktails, seven beers on tap, a house spritz on tap, a number of spirits, and a partridge in a pear tree. 

 

And while we can’t reveal too much yet, word on the street is the Brisbane nightlife scene will be getting two new bars in The Valley before Christmas (have we been naughty or nice?)…

Whether you’re looking for a new watering hole, or somewhere different for date night, the Valley is full of new and exciting venues to experience. 

Where will you start?