Valley Fiesta might be over, but that doesn’t mean Brisbane has finished partying! The Valley is still booming come September, with Brisbane Festival lighting up the art scene once again.
The Tivoli will be playing host to shows including Heaps Gay Trash Palace, Sarah Blasko, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gareth Liddiard and Yothu Yindu, and while we’re hungry for entertainment – we’re also hungry for dinner beforehand. Here are our favourite Valley restaurants for a pre or post show feast, and where to see sparks fly for Riverfire!
With a cult following that rivals The Drones, Ben's Burgers will never let you go pre-gig hungry. We can’t look past the classic burger with beef, cheese, pickles, lettuce and onion with a side of chilli cheese fries and a house made cherry cola. Vegetarian? Their mushroom burger is one of the best in the business.
Fiending for a Guinness or two? A meal within itself, Finn McCool’s has your back. Knock back a couple of meaty, black beers before tucking into a traditional Irish fare including bangers and mash and beef and Guinness pie, or snack on crunchy potato skins and spicy buffalo chicken wings.
Baby, you’re a firework, and you deserve the best views for Riverfire. Climb to the top of the mood chain at the likes of Eleven, Elixir, Birdees and Up On Constance. Each venue boasts an array of seasonal eats and cocktails, and of course, the best rooftop hangs to write home about.
Wander down Brunswick Street and straight into Harajuku Gyoza. Famous for their plump, juicy gyozas, devour plates of poached duck and pork gyoza, bowls of Katsu curry and piles of sides like tempura eggplant, agedashi tofu and takoyaki octopus balls. Soak up the colourful atmosphere over sake and don’t leave without tasting the famous raindrop cake. Kanpai!
Because Spanish tapas is so 2017 (we’ll always love you patatas bravas), we’re all about slamming small plates of Japanese fare at Umami. Order up big on red dragon BBQ wings, pork and prawn dumplings, XO sauce tossed mussels and smoked wagyu beef tataki. And you gotta sip their take on bubble tea: a cocktail with tea-infused gin, spiced passionfruit syrup, condensed milk foam and passionfruit pearls.
Vegetarians beware, you might be going home hungry. A former illegal casino, Les Bubbles’ building has quite the reputation – but now it’s focused on its food. Plush booths, luxe lighting and stand up service – the restaurant might only have one dish, but they do it extremely well. Perfectly cooked medium rare steak with a choice of café de Paris, béarnaise or green peppercorn sauce, bottomless frites and soft leaf salad. Enjoy alongside glasses of bubbles for the true experience.
Want sum dim sum? From the culinary visionaries behind Rick Shores, prepare to feast on char siu pork and kimchi buns, truffle and prawn har gaw and Hong Kong wonton soups at the Valley’s hottest new neo-Chinese restaurant. Drink in the exceptional natural wine list and share a whole steamed baby snapper or pork shoulder with friends.
Hello Mister Frankie
Satisfying our love for sweet AND savoury, Hello Mr Frankie is one of the trendiest places on the block, serving up puffle cones and poké bowls. Take a seat in the super kitsch, neon lit space, devour poké bowls and indulge in sweet Hong Kong egg waffle puffles topped with matcha soft serve and pocky.
The Valley Wine Bar
Chasing a cheeky vino? The Valley Wine Bar has a huge range of unique, natural and boutique wines. This sleek, Euro-style bar runs on good wine and sunshine, and is the perfect hole in the wall for cheese boards and bottles of perfectly cellared wine before a show.
Whether you've got time to indulge or need to grab something on the run, venture into the Valley to kick off your night.