The Valley is a vibrant and ever-changing urban oasis where there is always something – or somewhere – new to discover.
From facelifts for favourites to fresh destinations for divine culinary experiences, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest new and revamped venues to check out this year.
If you are Irish (or wish you were) there’s a little slice of the Emerald Isle just for you at Finn McCool’s. The beloved Irish pub recently reopened after undergoing renovations, showcasing a revived aesthetic that still conjures the warmth and friendliness of a traditional village inn.
You don’t have to be Eva Peron to show your love for Argentina, just pop into Evita and experience old-world South American charm worthy of a revolution in the heart of the Valley. Secreted away in an elegant, Heritage-listed building on St Paul’s Terrace, Evita offers an Argentinian-inspired, relaxed dining concept featuring only the best Latin American flavours and a perfectly curated drinks list.
Valley Hops Brewing
Atop Cloudland, overlooking Ann Street sits Valley Hops Brewing. The rooftop microbrewery celebrates the unique diversity of Fortitude Valley with its range of independent beers that represent the precinct’s charm and character. You can grab a top-notch local brew, graze on wood-fired pizzas or sumptuous selections from the charcoal grill and even take a tour of the brewery to see where the magic happens.
Experience an authentic slice of Japan in the heart of Fortitude Valley with Kenjin, a newly opened restaurant and bar on Brunswick St. Leave the bustle behind with a décor heroing koi walls and cherry blossom trees that exude calm and elegance. Chef Dale Kettle incorporates the best Japanese, Asian and Australian culinary styles to produce a modern menu with serious wow-factor. Make a night of it and slip backstage after dinner to dance the night away at Kenjin After Dark.
Hey Chica! sure knows how to throw a Latin American street party. Pulsing music, a heaving dancefloor, fun cocktails, flirty staff and a festive menu of street food sees Hey Chica! bring pumping social house vibes to Brunswick Street. Raise your mojitos, daiquiris and pina coladas high as you refuel with the likes of tapas, tacos and Cubanos between salsa sets and DJ beat-drops.
Uh Oh Italian Wine Store & Bar
Tucked down Bakery Lane next to Uh Oh Spaghetti-O, this new wine emporium channels Tuscan charm with a cosy bar, alfresco laneway and extensive selection of Italian wine, beer, deli items and snacks. Grab a bottle – or two – on your way home or settle in and sample a glass of the ‘Wine of the Week’ while snacking on authentic Italian food from its moreish menu.
Gung Ho Dumpling
This Bakery Lane fave had a quiet refurb in late 2021 and has burst back open with a fresh new look. You know what hasn’t changed, though? That’s right, those delicious dumplings and drinks that have set tastebuds on fire and drawn diners from throughout the city. Gung Ho is a must-visit for anyone looking for traditional Chinese Sichuan dumplings, handmade with love and served with a smile.
Dukes on Brunswick
Looking for breakfast served with a side of Cali-dessert vibes? Look no further than Duke’s on Brunswick, a breezy new café on California Lane. If the loaded breakfast boards and pancake stacks don’t reel you in, the live music on a Sunday sure will! Start your day with Toby’s Estate coffee or ease into the afternoon with a selection of brunch and lunch cocktails including Duke’s signature mimosas and Bloody Marys.
- February 2022