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A Night Out in BrisbaneMarch 15th, 2012 0 Comments

So, I though that for this blog, I would highlight some of the restaurants, bars and clubs in the Brisbane area. There is literally something for everyone here, whether you like to dance or just want to chill with a cocktail.

I guess I will start with Scarlet, since that is where I used to hang out during my single days. It is supposedly the largest lesbian club in all of Queensland. I believe it, since the LGBT scene around these parts seems to be male dominated. There are not many places where ladies can go for a strictly girls’ night. These folks are always hosting some fun and crazy event, from wet tee-shirt competitions and masquerades to luaus and theme nights. This month they will be giving away a pair of Lady Gaga tickets. I better try to win those for Zee!

I put out an APB on Twitter to see where some of my friends and followers like to hang, and someone suggested Junk Bar. Zee and I have actually checked this place out before. It’s super plush, yet still a little funky. Don’t let the outside deceive you! The decor makes me feel like I should be wearing a smoking jacket and drinking scotch on the rocks while swapping tales with Hugh Hefner. This is a really great place to relax, where you can enjoy a drink and good conversation that won’t be drowned out but the uncha-uncha-uncha of drum and bass and noisy patrons. The staff is really friendly, and super quick! Even when it is really busy, you never have to wait that long for a drink.

Of course, you never want to drink on an empty stomach. Brisbane has some really great restaurants, no matter what you enjoy. Personally, Zee and I eat a vegetarian/vegan diet, but everyone likes vegetables, right? There is a great little place on Elizabeth Street called Govinda’s with amazing food and fair prices. They have soups, sandwiches, curry, desserts, and more. No matter what you get, you have to wash it down with the ginger and mint lemonade. Soooooo good! Plus, ginger, mint and lemons all aid in digestion, so your belly will be happy. Another great option is the Kitchen Sanitarium on Eagle Street. They have a great selection of meals for both vegans and vegetarians (though vegans won’t have as many options.) If you are visiting with a meat eater and they really don’t want to opt for a veg meal, the city also has a ton of restaurants that cater to everyone, especially for fans of Asian food. Check out The Hub’s Wok in Fortitude Valley. You can substitute the meat in any dish with tofu or veggies, but they also offer a vegetarian menu.

A car rental in Australia is really helpful, even if you don’t plan on venturing outside of Brisbane. There is just so much to see and do. I will highlight more of the city in my future blogs, as Zee and I are still saving up for our UK vacation. There is plenty of fun to be had right in our own back yard!


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