Looking for something new to do with your BFF outside the usual coffee catch-up? As well as being one of Australia’s dedicated entertainment precincts, the Valley has loads of options for you and your mates to do something different when you meet up. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
1. Visit the Valley Laneways Markets
Chock-full of vintage and crafty wares and laneway eats, make a recurring friend date for the first Saturday of every month to hit up these artisan markets and shop local.
2. Do dim sum
Talking of eating, the Valley is the place on the northside for a classic yum cha get-together. One of our faves is Golden Palace, one of the first Chinese restaurants to introduce yum cha to Brisbane.
3. Follow the Vibrant Valley Heritage Trail
Did you know the Valley was to be home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most impressive cathedral? Find out where on this heritage trail.
4. Get your game face on at Netherworld
Fancy yourself a player? Take your mates on in retro arcade games, pinball machines, gaming consoles and even old-school board games at Netherworld arcade bar.
5. Throw some darts at Oche
Book a booth for some darts-throwing action at Oche Fortitude Valley. Each session is 85 minutes, so plenty of time for a catchup and some friendly competition.
6. Putt some shots at Holey Moley Golf Club
Sink some drinks and balls at Holey Moley Golf Club Fortitude Valley. Plaid shorts are optional, but booking online is not. Book 9 or 18 holes, or hire a private karaoke room – your choice!
7. Get a matching tattoo at Valley Ink
Care to make your friendship commitment permanent? Get a matching custom tattoo at Valley Ink. Walk-ins are accepted, but booking ahead is better.
8. Sip margaritas at Brisbane’s newest rooftop pop-up
Raise the roof with a Mexican fiesta at Maya. The rooftop restaurant and bar is here for a good time, not a long time, so head along before the six-month pop-up’s time is up!
9. Do a beginner groove dance class at V-Hub
Need to raise your TikTok game? Sign up for a casual dance class at V-Hub dance studio on McLachlan Street for you and your bestie to learn some new moves.
10. Have a craft party at Shadowplay House
Book in for a small catered craft sesh for up to six people at Shadowplay House. Co-owner Danni is a dab hand at crochet and biscuit decoration, so get in touch for a class.
11. Refine your culinary skills
Get expert instruction on smoking barbecue, vegan dishes or five-course meals in Indian, Spanish and Persian cuisines at Kitchen Confidence. Best of all? You’ll get to taste the results!
12. Learn the basics of Brazilian samba
You and your bestie can sashay your way to Carnival with a Sambaliscious Fundamentals course with Mishel at Elements Collective studio.
13. Stitch and bitch with a Social Sewing Class at Alice Nightingale
All-round crafty lady Alice hosts a Social Sewing Class every second Wednesday night and Saturday morning at her California Lane studio. Be sure to book yourselves in early for classes.
14. Catch a live gig at The Zoo
Live music is back, baby! The Anti-Social Series at The Zoo is centred around supporting local artists and beloved venues, so grab tix for two and rock out (while socially distancing).
15. Belt it out at karaoke
Get your song ready – karaoke is back on at Blute’s bar every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm. Only one singer is allowed on the stage at a time, so you and your mate can both shine!
16. Brush up on trivia
Get your A-Team together for Trivia Thursdays at The Wickham from 7pm. Register your table and you can bring your fur baby along, too.
17. Shake it up with a monthly cocktail class
Book yourself and your bestie in to steal some bartending flair with a Cocktail Masterclass at Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess on a Saturday arvo.
18. Take a barista and coffee art class at Coffee School Brisbane
Take the coffee catchup to the classroom with an all-day barista and coffee art sesh that will see you and your bestie master latte art and learn how to pour the perfect cuppa.
19. Fashion your own festival crown
Spring has sprung, so it’s definitely flower crown-making season for weddings, festivals and any time, really. Book your besties in for a flower crown workshop with Helena Rose and stay wild, child.
20. Try poppin’ and lockin’
Do a beginner break class with your crew at Elements Collective on Tuesday nights. The casual drop-in is $15 each for a one-hour sesh.
21. Have a dance-off
For a less structured danceathon, challenge your buddy to bust a move with a Dance Dance Revolution duet at B.Lucky & Sons Fortitude Valley.
– September 2020