The Ekka public holiday could be one of our favourite days of the year. Not only do we get to gorge ourselves on dagwood dogs and strawberry sundaes, it’s also the perfect excuse to go out on a Tuesday night.

Ditch the 9pm bedtime and throw on your glad rags, this is one Tuesday when the Valley well and truly comes to life - and we know where to party!

Cut a rug at Black Bear Lodge 

Known for their disco vibes and seriously boogie-worthy live acts, Black Bear Lodge is one happening place come Ekka Eve. With three Brisbane bands taking the stage (Golden Age of Ballooning, Jeremy Hunter and Therapist), a stellar cocktail menu and a dance floor just waiting for you – lace up your boots and get groovin’.

Rock out at The Foundry

Effortlessly cool, The Foundry is serving up a killer line-up this Ekka Eve. With local legends Bugs and Minor Premiers headlining alongside Melbourne indie darlings Self Talk, ice cold beer in the fridge and Valley views – this is one evening you don’t want to miss!

Dance up a storm at Laruche

If decadent chandeliers, extravagant cocktails and house music are your idea of the ultimate night out, chances are you’ve already stepped beyond Laruche’s hallowed doors. So why should Ekka Eve be any different? With DJ sets from Rachel May and Tim Fuchs, free entry and a guaranteed good time – Laruche has your night covered.

Feast at Little Valley

Dive into mountains of dumplings at the Valley’s newest neo-Chinese restaurant, Little Valley! Devour lobster and chive har gow, shitake and water chestnut dumplings and piles of chilli crab and pork Xiao long bao. Add a couple of Silk Palace cocktails and you have yourself a party!

Wine taste at Valley Wine Bar

If you’re a fan of the finer things in life, an evening sippin’ on wines could be just the night out in the Valley for you. Graze on plates of cheese and charcuterie and catch up with friends over glasses of boutique wines at Valley Wine Bar. Wine not?

Sip cocktails at Eleven

It’s got one of the best views in the Valley, and one of the best cocktail lists in the city at Eleven Bar. With a name that matches the view, knock back a Peachy Keen with Woodford Reserve, Aperol, sweet tea and peach preserve, and watch the people make their way around the Valley.

Let's face it, Ekka Eve might be even better than those strawberry sundaes.